Philip is Professor at the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS), Victoria University, Melbourne.
Prior to his current position, Philip was Director and Professor at CoPS, Monash University (2004-2013). He is also past Australian coordinator for the Economic Outlook taskforce of the Pacific Economic Co-operation group. Philip was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences (FASSA) in Australia in 2016. In that year he was also awarded the GTAP Research Fellow distinction for the term of 2016 to 2019. He holds a Masters Degree and a PhD, both in economics, from the University of Melbourne.
Philip's main area of expertise is the application of large multi-sectoral and multi-regional economic models for policy analysis and forecasting. Since completing his PhD, he has been involved in the implementation of several large models of the Australian economy, including the MMRF dynamic model. Philip has also been active in developing models overseas, including in Denmark, South Africa, Taiwan, Uganda, Oman, Jordan and Thailand.
Philip has around 60 refereed publications. His recent work has focussed on greenhouse issues. He has completed projects for the Garnaut Climate Change Review and the Federal Treasury, assisting them in model development and model-applications. His October-2007 report for the Climate Institute on the economic implications of forcing large cuts in greenhouse emissions in Australia was reported widely in the Australian Press. Philip also delivered one of the key invited lectures (November 2008) of Monash's 50th Anniversary Public Lecture Series, focussing on the insurance-aspects of an emissions trading scheme.