Melbourne Institute Leadership Team
Director, Professor Abigail Payne
Professor Payne is the Ronald Henderson Professor and is responsible for the strategic direction, leadership and management of the Melbourne Institute. She started her appointment in 2016. Prior to this she was a professor of economics at McMaster University, Canada, where she was the inaugural director of MacDATA, McMaster’s Big Data Institute and the director of the Public Economics Data Analysis Laboratory (PEDAL), a data facility she created to develop high quality research data sets for projects that address key public issues. She serves on a variety of scientific and advisory boards, and is a member of various international networks.
Deputy Director, Professor Roger Wilkins
Professor Wilkins provides strategic support and direction to the Institute’s Senior Management Group. He is also Deputy Director (Research) of the HILDA Survey, and is responsible for the annual HILDA Survey Statistical Report, as well as the Australian income component of the World Wealth and Income Database.
Program Director, Professor Guyonne Kalb
Professor Kalb leads the Labour Economics and Social Policy research program. She is an associate investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, and is involved with MABEL and the Melbourne Institute Tax and Transfer Simulator. Professor Kalb is an associate editor of both Economic Record and Fiscal Studies, and is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
Program Director, Professor Guay Lim
Professor Lim leads the Macroeconomics research program and is the director of the CASiE Survey. She has held visiting research positions at a number of overseas institutions, notably the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Her research interests are in quantitative macroeconomics and macroeconometrics and her papers have been published in many journals. Professor Lim is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne.
Program Director, Professor David Ribar
Professor Ribar leads the Economic and Social Disadvantage research program and is Chief Investigator of the University of Melbourne node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. He is a deputy editor of Demography and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
Program Director, Associate Professor Chris Ryan
Associate Professor Ryan leads the Economics of Education and Child Development research program. He has extensive experience undertaking research and consultancy for state and federal governments across Australia, and is an associate investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course.
Program Director, Professor Anthony Scott
Professor Scott leads the Health Economics research program and is the director of the MABEL Survey. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a board member of the International Health Economics Association. Professor Scott is also an associate editor of both the Journal of Health Economics and Health Economics.
Professor Ross Williams
Professor Williams is the managing editor of the Australian Economic Review, a peer-reviewed, applied economics journal published by the Melbourne Institute. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of Queen’s College at the University of Melbourne.
Program Director, Professor Mark Wooden
Professor Wooden is the director of the HILDA Survey. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Research Fellow at both the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) and the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW).
Business Manager, Ms Tracy Groves
Ms Groves is responsible for the operational management of the Melbourne Institute and for the leadership, co-ordination and delivery of support services to its academic staff. Her role is the most senior administrative position in the Institute and works closely with the director.
Engagement Manager, Ms Sarah Thyssen
Ms Thyssen is responsible for assisting the Melbourne Institute and the Centre for Workplace Leadership research units to collaborate with government and industry partners and assist with the development of externally funded projects. Her main focus is identifying and recommending opportunities for collaborations, following up on and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, and assisting in the preparation of tenders and project proposals.