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Dr Brett Parris

Senior Economist at Australian Conservation Foundation
Brett Parris

Brett is an economist focussed on the interactions between economic development, the environment, climate change, poverty, energy and conflict. He also has a strong interest in the political forces impacting on the poor and the oppressed, the legal underpinnings of economic systems, the roles of religion and spirituality in development and higher level issues such as the philosophies of science and religion, how to understand complex systems, and how to work with so-called ‘wicked problems’.

His academic background is in science, theology, development studies and economics.He currently works as the Senior Economist for the Australian Conservation Foundation and holds an Adjunct Research Fellow role in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University. Before 2010, he worked for the aid agency World Vision for almost 15 years, including four years coordinating WV International’s economic policy work. His most recent role there was leading a team of economists and technical specialists in WV Australia, and coordinating WV International’s climate policy development. From February 2010 to February 2012 he was a lecturer in Deakin University’s Master of International and Community Development programme, where he taught economic development, microfinance, and aid and trade.