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Steven Bond-Smith

Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii

Steven is an Assistant Professor at UHERO at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Steven’s research focus is the implications of distance and scale for productivity and growth in small and isolated economies. This research helps to understand regional growth dynamics and supports the development of place-based policy approaches, informed by theory and data, to support economic growth for more people in more places.

Prior to joining UHERO, Steven was a Senior Research Fellow in Economics at the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre at Curtin University in Western Australia where he retains an adjunct affiliation. Steven was previously employed in various government, corporate and consulting roles in Australia and New Zealand providing economic advice to government departments, regulators, businesses and stakeholders.


  • 2021–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • 2020–2021
    Senior Research Fellow, Curtin University
  • 2016–2020
    Research Fellow, Curtin University