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Associate Professor of Economics, Australia Director - Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA), James Cook University

Dr Taha Chaiechi is Director, Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia, at James Cook University where she is also a senior lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance. In the past several years, Taha has contributed to the governance and the Teaching & Learning profile of the College in different capacities. She is also an Associate Fellow in Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), where she engages in professional development and serves HERDSA and the broader tertiary education community.

Taha served the University as the Head, Economics and Marketing Academic Group from October 2014- March 2019, she also has been the Program Convenor for Master of Economics, since Jan 2015. Furthermore, she served the University in the acting position of Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching from July-2018- Jan 2019. Taha is an expert in systematic modelling of dynamic relationships between economic, environmental, and social variables. Taha’s research attitude is holistic and inspired by issues in climate change and natural disasters, and their impact on different economic sectors such as public health, tourism, environmental, energy, and urban economics, which makes it especially suitable for sustainability analysis in a number of disciplinary areas. Through her research, she actively pursues innovative empirical objectives aimed at shedding light on contemporary economic problems and issues. Accordingly, her work is methodological in nature, driven by the need to provide a method to answer important real-world questions. Since 2011, She has been collaborating in several external and internal research projects exceeding $1million in value, in which her roles and responsibilities vary from the Principal Investigator to Coordinator of Analysis. Since 2009 she has also produced (mainly in collaboration) 41+ HERDC publications at an average of 4 per year.


  • 2014–2018
    Academic Head, Economics and Marketing, James Cook University


  • 2009 
    University of Newcastle, PhD, Economics