Professor Peter Sheehan has made a substantial contribution to studies of the global knowledge economy, and of its Australian and international ramifications. For over two decades he has contributed to the analysis of new technologies and their application in Australia, and to policy and commercial developments, related to the commercialisation of such technologies.
His recent international work has focused on health and climate change, with special reference to developing countries in general and to China in particular. His Australian work has been especially directed to understanding the macroeconomic implications of the resources boom, and its impact on the labour market and on the distribution of income. An underlying theme of Peter’s work is the changing nature of growth and development, as we move beyond industrialisation to knowledge-based service economies. He has a continuing interest in the ways in which institutions, policies and structural change shape the distribution of welfare in communities, both through the labour market and through access to high quality education and health services.