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David is a Professor in the Centre for Health Economics, Monash Business School, Monash University.

His broad research interests are in health economics, labour economics, and applied microeconometrics; but he has a particular interest in the economics of mental health and wellbeing, resilience, and the impacts of people's environment. New research on these topics can be found on David's Google Scholar page.

His current research is funded by an ARC Discovery Project titled "Microeconometric Analysis of Socioeconomic Inequity in Mental Healthcare", an ARC Linkage Project with Beyond Blue titled "Insecure Work and the Mental Health of Workers and their Families", the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program, and the Fire to Flourish program.

Recently completed projects include an ARC Discovery Project titled "Microeconomic Impacts of Australian Natural Disasters", and a Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation grant to explore "The impacts of increased gambling opportunities on gambling behaviour and related harms".

Before joining Monash University in 2011, David was a senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, and before that, a research fellow at University of Melbourne. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Melbourne in December 2007.


A list of up-to-date publications can be found at:




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Mental Health
  • Resilience
  • Wellbeing
  • Natural Disasters
  • Disadvantaged populations
  • Inequalities in Health

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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