Researcher, RMIT University

Dr Quanda (Samuel) Zhang | PhD in Economics

1. Research & Academic Excellence

Dr Zhang's research area is in development economics with a focus on inequality, poverty, financial inclusion and international development. His research applies rigorous econometric techniques founded on sound economic theory in order to formulate evidence-based economic and social policy recommendations aimed at improving conditions in developing countries.
Dr Zhang has a strong record of academic excellence. His works have been published in many peer-reviewed leading journals, including Journal of Development Studies, The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics and Applied Economics Letters. He has attended many international conferences and has won two Best Paper Awards. In Feb 2018, he was awarded the RMIT Research Award by RMIT University.

2. Teaching Experience

Dr Zhang's teaching experience has been receiving positive feedback and awards from both students and peers. One of his undergraduate student H says, “…I thoroughly enjoyed all the tutorials and have learnt a lot about statistics and how to improve as a student from you”. In Dec. 2016, he was awarded the 2016 Team/Collaborative Learning & Teaching Award by RMIT University.
His teaching expertise lies in Applied Statistics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics, and Finance.

3. In the Media

As an economist, Dr Zhang actively promotes his work and take part in policy debates in various arenas, including the media. Recently, his study is receiving significant media attention worldwide, including but not limited to World Economic Forum, the Conversation, Asia Times, the Indian Economist and the Huffington Post.


  • 2015–present
    PhD Candidate in Economics, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)