The University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre (USSC) has appointed a former Australian Financial Markets Association economist to direct its trade and investment program.
Mr Stephen Kirchner joins USSC and brings his over 20 years’ experience as an economist and a tertiary academic, having most recently spent four years at the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA) as policy secretariat and director of economics.
He has held lecturer roles at the University of New South Wales’ Australian School of Business as well as the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School, and he is currently a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute working on research projects that compare the public policies of Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
He was a research fellow for over six years at the Centre for Independent Studies and has also advised senior members in the Australian House of Representatives.
Commenting on the appointment, USSC chief executive and professor Simon Jackman said that Mr Kirchner is bringing “experienced leadership” to the program at a crucial time of accelerated research output.
“The Centre’s new trade and investment program had great success with its first report release in 2017, which looked at the invaluable US-Australia investment relationship and was launched by Treasurer Scott Morrison in Parliament House in August,” Mr Jackman said.
“I’m so excited to see where Stephen leads this vital research area in 2018.”
Mr Kirchner has already commenced in his new role.