I am an associate professor in economics at the University of Waikato. I am also a research fellow in Te Ngira - Institute for Population Research the National, and I was a PGDA Visiting Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University from 2015-16.
I gained my PhD from University of Waikato in 2007, with a thesis titled "The Relationship between Poverty and HIV/AIDS in Rural Thailand". My current research interests include population, health and development issues (including the social impacts of liquor outlet density, the economics of communicable diseases especially HIV/AIDS, health applications of non-market valuation, and health and development project monitoring and evaluation), population modelling and stochastic modelling, financial literacy and economics education.
I blog regularly at Sex, Drugs and Economics (https://sex-drugs-economics.blogspot.com/)