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Gary Magee is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of Royal Historical Society in the United Kingdom. His training was undertaken in Melbourne, where he completed a history degree from Monash University and then a first-class honours degree in economics from La Trobe University. At La Trobe he was a D. M. Myer University Medallist. In 1991, he went to the University of Oxford as a Commonwealth Scholar and obtained his doctorate from Nuffield College, Oxford. He has held academic positions at the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and Queen Mary, University of London and has had visiting fellowships at inter alia the University of Oxford; the Russian Academy of Sciences;  King's College, London; the University of Stellenbosch; the China Development Institute in Shenzhen; the University of Leeds; The University of Johannesburg; the University of Exeter; and the Center for the History of American Business, Technology and Society in Delaware, USA. He is a former Director of the Asian Economics Centre at the University of Melbourne; Head of the School of Economics and Finance at La Trobe University; and Deputy Dean (Research), Associate Dean (Graduate); and Founding Director of the Centre for Global Business in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash. He is currently a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic History at the Australian National University. In 2005, he held an Australian Bicentennial Fellowship from the Menzies Research Centre at the University of London. He has published widely in the fields of economic history, technological change, globalisation, transnationalism, historical political economics, and industrial development. He has published five major research monographs, two with Cambridge University Press. He has also regularly published articles in highly ranked international refereed journals, including The Economic Journal, Economic History Review, Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Central European History, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic InquiryBusiness History, and Business History Review.  He has also contributed to major publications in his field, most notably in three of The Cambridge Economic History series, namely, The Cambridge Economic History of Britain, The Cambridge Economic History of Australia, and The Cambridge Economic History of the Modern World. In 2018, he was listed as Australia's "Field Leader" in two fields: Economic History and History (The Australian, 26/9/18, pp. 12 & 36).

Research interests

Economic history, political economics, theories of long-run change, behaviour in authoritarian societies, innovation and technological change, industrial economics,  globalisation, transnationalism, international economics and public policy.

Supervision interests

I am particularly interested in supervising research in any area of economic history and historical political economics.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Economic history
  • Historical political economics
  • Innovation and technological change
  • Behaviour in authoritarian societies
  • Theories of long-run change
  • Globalisation
  • Public policy
  • International economics
  • Industrial economics