Curriculum Vitae



BIRTH: 28 July 1946, Perth, Western Australia

EDUCATION: Perth Modern School (1959-63), The Australian National University (B.A. 1967; PhD 1972)

HONOURS: Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, Honorary Professor, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Distinguished Fellow, Economic Society of Australia, Distinguished Life Member, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Doctor of Science in Economics, Honoris causa, University of Sydney (2013), Doctor of Letters, Honoris causa, Australian National University (2009).


Professor Emeritus in Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne; Professor Emeritus, College of Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University, Director ZEN Energy Pty Ltd, Director of The Superpower Institute, Chairman Renergi Pty Ltd, Chairman Australian APEC Study Centre Advisory Board.


Principal Economic Adviser to Prime Minister R.J.L. Hawke (1983-1985); Australian Ambassador to China (1985-1988); First Assistant Secretary (Head of the Division of General Financial and Economic Policy),  Papua New Guinea Department of Finance in the years straddling independence in 1975; Chairman of the Australian Government’s Wool Industry Review (1993); Chairman of the Review of Federal-State Funding (2001-2002); Member of the Advisory Council to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs (1997-2002); Chairman, Western Australia China Economic and Technical Research Fund (1989-1995); Deputy Chairman and Member of the Australia-China Council (1990-1994); and author of the 1989 Report to the Australian Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, 1989, Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendency, (Australian Parliament Publicity Service, Canberra, 1989).

Conducted a review on Climate Change and Policy Response to Climate Change for all Federal, State and Territory governments of Australia (2007-2008).  Provided an independent update to the 2008 Garnaut Climate Change Review in 2011 for the Australian Government. Published as Garnaut Climate Change Review (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change (Cambridge University Press, 2011).


Distinguished Professor, The Australian National University (2008-2013); Professor of Economics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University (1989-2008); Head of Economics Department, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, (1989-1998);  Board Director of Asialink (2003-2014); Founding Board Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy (Sydney) (2003-2012); Chairman, Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Program (2002-2012); Chairman and Director, International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington DC) (2003-2010); Chairman, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (1995-2003); Foundation Director, Asia Pacific School of Economics and Management (APSEM), The Australian National University (1998–2000); Chairman of the Editorial Board of Asian Pacific Economic Literature (1989-2008); Chairman, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (1994-2000);  Editor, Australian Quarterly, (1992-1996); Chairman of Editorial Board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (1989-2007); Director, Sydney Institute (1991-1996);  Adjunct Professor of Pacific Basin Economics, Columbia University, New York (1988-1991); Director of the ASEAN-Australia Economic Relations Research Project (1981-1983).


Chairman of the Impact Investment Group Solar Income Fund (2016 – 2018); Director, Ok Tedi Mining Limited (Papua New Guinea) (2002-2011, Chairman 2011-2013); Chairman, Lihir Gold Limited (1995-2010); Chairman, Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd (Melbourne) (2002-2004); Chairman, Pacific Economic Outlook Forecasting Group (Pacific Economic Cooperation Council) (2000-2004); Chairman, Primary Industry Bank of Australia Ltd (PIBA) (1989-1994); Chairman, Bank of Western Australia Ltd (BankWest) (1988-1995); Chairman, Aluminium Smelters of Victoria (1988-1989). 

Professor Garnaut is also author of numerous books, monographs and articles in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Some recent books of which he is author or co-author include Reset: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession (2021 Black Inc); Superpower: Australia’s Low Carbon Opportunity (2019 Black Inc); Forty Years of Economic Reform and Development, 1978-2018, with Ligang Song and Cai Fang (editors), (2018 ANU Press); Dog Days: Australia After the Boom (2013 Black Inc); China: A New Model for Growth and Development (2013 ANU Press); China: The Next 20 Years of Reform and Development (2010 ANU Press); The Great Crash of 2008 (2009 Melbourne University Publishing).

Ross Garnaut Curriculum Vitae (Long version)

Ross Garnaut Curriculum Vitae (Summary)