Professor James Giesecke is Director of the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS), Victoria University. His research is in the development of large-scale multi-regional and national computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, and the application of such models to the analysis of the determinants of economic growth and structural change, forecasting, and policy analysis. He has published over thirty papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited books on these topics, and with Professor John Madden, contributed the chapter “Regional Computable General Equilibrium Modeling” to Elsevier’s “Handbook of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling”. He has twenty years of experience in commissioned research, completing over a hundred contract research projects, on a wide range of topics, for private and public sector organisations, both nationally and internationally. Recent major projects include: a UNDP-financed project to develop, apply and transfer a dynamic fiscal CGE model for Vietnam Ministry of Finance (2008); a World Bank-financed project to analyse the economic impact of adaptation to climate change in Vietnam (2009); a World Bank financed project to investigate rice market policy interventions in Vietnam (2010); and an AusAid-financed project to develop a large-scale labour market forecasting model for the Vietnam Ministry of Labour (2011). He has developed and delivered training courses in static and dynamic CGE modelling in Australia, Germany, the Philippines, Brazil, Italy, Vietnam, Poland, the U.S. and South Africa. Since late 2008 he has collaborated with scholars at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, University of Southern California, applying CGE models to security-related topics such as the economy-wide consequences of U.S. border closure and the regional economic impact of terrorist events.