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The team behind the rankings.

Professor Ross Williams

Ross Williams has been Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Institute since 2003. Prior to this he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce (1994-2002) and Professor of Econometrics (1975-2002) at the University of Melbourne. He has been a Member of the Commonwealth Grants Commission since 2002. He has also held positions at Monash University, ANU and the World Bank. He has a Ph D from the London School of Economics.


His research publications are in areas as diverse as demand and saving, time-use studies, the cost of civil litigation, housing, federal-state finance, and the economics of education. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and Principal Fellow of Queen's College.




Professor Simon Marginson

Simon Marginson is a Professor of Higher Education in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of Melbourne. Simon is one of the Coordinating Editors of Higher Education, the leading world scholarly journal in higher education studies. He also serves on 16 other journal boards including Educational Researcher, the Journal of Higher Education and Journal of Studies in International Education, and is a member of the Board of Times Higher Education and the Advisory Committee of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Simon specializes in higher education policy, systems and organization, and comparative and international higher education. In the last decade he has focused primarily on aspects of globalization and higher education including university rankings, international student welfare and rights, and higher education in the Asia-Pacific where he has just completed a 19-country study of research universities and their global connections. Associated works include the book International Student Security (with Nyland, Sawir and Forbes-Mewett, Cambridge University Press, 2010), Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific: Strategic responses to globalization (with Saur and Sawir, Springer, 2011), Handbook of Higher Education and Globalization (with King and Naidoo, Edward Elgar 2011) and Ideas for Intercultural Education (with Sawir, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).  Simon has published more than 350 books, book chapters, refereed journal papers and reviews; has received three publication awards for scholarly work in the United States; and is the most cited social scientist working in Education in Australia. Four of his books have been translated and published in China and a fifth is in preparation. He has prepared three policy papers for OECD and policy research for government in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan and Ireland as well as Australia.



Professor Paul Jensen

Paul Jensen is Professor of Innovation, Science and Technology Policy at the University of Melbourne. He has published in many different areas of empirical economics (including health economics and agricultural economics), but most of  his recent research has been focused on the economics of innovation and intellectual property. He is also actively involved in the “science of science and innovation policy”, which attempts to build (and analyse) data sets which enable governments to evaluate the returns to their investment in public science. He has a PhD in industrial economics from the Australian Graduate School of Management and has published in prestigious international journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Law & Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Economics Letters, Oxford Economic Papers and Cambridge Journal of Economics. Paul also participates regularly in important policy debates as illustrated by his submission to Australian Government reviews and his publications in the popular press. He has provided advice on a wide range of economic issues to numerous national and international agencies including IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the OECD, the European Commission, the Productivity Commission, and NSW Treasury. He was also an expert panellist on the “Innovation Measurement Roundtable” which was part of the Australian Federal Government’s National Innovation Systems Review and the World Intellectual Property Office’s Roundtable on “IP and SMEs”.


Gaétan de Rassenfosse 

Gaétan de Rassenfosse is a Research Fellow in economics at the University of Melbourne. He works at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR), a research-only department in the Faculty of Business and Economics and Australia's leading and longest standing research institute in the field of economics. He is also affiliated with the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA). He obtained a PhD in Economics from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management, ECARES) in 2010.

His research covers the fields of economics and management of innovation. It aims at understanding the innovation process, all the way from the emergence of inventions to their obsolescence, and mostly takes an empirical dimension. Published papers appeared in journals such as Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and Research Policy.