The CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster has brought together a team of outstanding research leaders to develop and undertake this ambitious research program.

CLUSTER PROJECT 1: INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND SUPERANNUATION

Robert Bianchi

Associate Professor of Finance at Griffith University

Assoc Prof Robert Bianchi

Robert Bianchi is Deputy Director of Griffith Centre for Personal Finance and Superannuation, and an Associate Professor of Finance at Griffith Business School. Robert’s research expertise and interests are in the areas of asset allocation, alternative investments, hedge funds, investment style analysis and fund manager selection. Robert’s industry appointments include H3 Global Advisors (current), AlphaHedge, Venitia and Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC).

Rob represents Griffith on the Cluster Management Committee.



CLUSTER PROJECT 3: BETTER SUPERANNUATION OUTCOMES: INFORMATION, OPTIONS, AND SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM MEMBER BEHAVIOUR

Gordon Clark

Professor and Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University, and Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor, Monash University

 Prof Gordon Clark


Gordon’s research focuses on global finance and the governance of investment management in pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments. He is a Founding Governor of the UK Pension Policy Institute, and is a consultant to the Swedish Government’s Buffer-fund Inquiry. He also advised the Kay Review on Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making. His research expertise spans superannuation, financial structure and economic development. Monash and Gordon Clark have recently entered into an agreement to access Mercer data for research purposes.

Paul Gerrans

Professor of Finance, UWA Business School, The University of Western Australia.

Prof Paul Gerrans

Paul has received many competitive research grants including from government agencies (ARC, Productive Ageing Centre, Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies) as well as industry (for example Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees). He is widely published in retirement savings and his expertise is highlighted by appointments to the Federal Government’s Superannuation Advisory Committee (2010) and the Superannuation Roundtable (2011 to present).

Paul represents UWA on the Cluster Management Committee.


CLUSTER PROJECT 4: BETTER SUPERANNUATION OUTCOMES: FUND INDEXING, STYLE AND HEDGE FUNDS

Paul Lajbcygier

Associate Professor, Department of Banking and Finance and Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University

 Assoc Prof Paul Lajbcygier

Paul combines extensive industry and academic experience in investments and has provided investment advice to various funds managers, banks and hedge funds. He has worked at both London Business School and the Stern School of Business, New York University.


CLUSTER PROJECT 6: SUPERANNUATION AND THE ECONOMY: TRACKING SYSTEMIC IMPACTS

James Giesecke

Professor and Director, Centre of Policy Studies/Impact Project, Victoria University

Prof James Giesecke

James’ research interest is in the development of large-scale multi- regional and national computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, and the application of such models to the analysis of economic policies. He has 20 years of experience in commissioned research, completing over 100 contract  research projects. Recent major projects include: World Bank financed project to investigate rice market policy interventions in Vietnam (2010); and an AusAid-financed project to develop a large-scale labour market forecasting model for the Vietnam Ministry of Labour (2011).


CLUSTER PROJECT 7: MODELLING RETIREMENT OUTCOMES FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS

Robert Bianchi

Associate Professor of Finance at Griffith University

Assoc Prof Robert Bianchi 

Robert Bianchi is Deputy Director of Griffith Centre for Personal Finance and Superannuation, and an Associate Professor of Finance at Griffith Business School. Robert’s research expertise and interests are in the areas of asset allocation, alternative investments, hedge funds, investment style  analysis and fund manager selection. Robert’s industry appointments include H3 Global Advisors (current), AlphaHedge, Venitia and Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC).

Rob represents Griffith on the Cluster Management Committee.


CLUSTER PROJECT 8: COMPARATIVE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES

Noel Whiteside

Professor of Comparative Public Policy, Zurich Financial Services Fellow, University of Warwick

 Prof Noel Whiteside

Noel Whiteside’s research focuses on systems of governance and public accountability in historical and comparative perspective; she has specific interests in labour markets and constructions of social dependency. Recent work has focused on pensions: their governance, regulation, economic and political viability in Europe and the UK: work involving the coordination of an extensive network of European scholars. She has long been a consultant for Zurich Financial Services and gave invited evidence to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change.


CLUSTER PROJECT 9: POST-RETIREMENT WEALTH AND ITS EFFECT ON HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Anthony Harris

Director of the Centre for Health Economics, and Professor, Monash University

Prof Anthony Harris

Anthony has held previous academic positions at the University of Aberdeen, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia. He has been awarded numerous competitive research grants including an NHMRC funded program modelling the economics of the health care; system in Australia, a macroeconomic model of the impact of an influenza epidemic, and an ARC grant on drug pricing. His most recent work has been an analysis of international drug reimbursement decision making, evaluation of cost effectiveness within clinical trials, econometric analyses of the impact of chronic disease on labour market outcomes  in Australia, and the demand and supply of acute and emergency public hospital care.


CLUSTER PROJECT 10: 60+ AS A NATIONAL ASSET – ABILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ECONOMY - LABOUR MARKET POLICY AND FLEXIBILITY FOR OLDER WORKERS

Robert Lindley

Founding Director, Institute for Employment Research, and Professor of Social Studies, University of Warwick

 Prof Robert Lindley

Robert is founding Director of the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick and a professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences. His principal fields of research are the labour market; the roles of education, training and knowledge production in economic development; and European integration. He has taken the lead in three major EU multi- country studies on older worker employment and has served on many UK and EU advisory and related bodies.

Robert represents the University of Warwick on the Cluster Management Committee.

Philip Taylor

Professor of Human Resource Management, Federation University Australia Honorary Professor, University of Sydney; Visiting Fellow, University of Warwick

Prof Philip Taylor

Philip has researched and written in the field of age and the labour market for more than 20 years. He is currently leading major programs of research considering the management of ageing workforces. His interests include the management of labour supply, individual orientations to work and retirement, employers attitudes and practices towards older workers and international developments in public policies aimed at combating age barriers in the labour market and prolonging working life.


CLUSTER PROJECT 11: CSIRO MULTI-DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PROJECT

Andrew Reeson

Research Scientist, CSIRO Data61 Digital Productivity Research Flagship, Canberra

Dr Andrew Reeson 

Andrew Reeson’s current research is focused on the service sector, and involves applying econometric modelling and behavioral economics to better understand human decision-making. He has a track record of innovative interdisciplinary research to inform policy design. Past projects include the design and implementation of environmental incentive schemes, water buybacks and a review of behavioral economics for the Henry tax review. He has 25 published papers across a broad range of topics, which have been cited over 500 times in the academic literature.

Zili Zhu

Research Leader in Real- Options and Financial Risk, Digital Productivity Research Flagship, CSIRO Data61

Dr Zili Zhu

Zili leads the CSIRO Finance and Optimal Decisions research team in developing risk analytics and innovative solutions for government services, finance, agribusiness and mining. The focus is on developing real-option evaluation methodologies for optimal decision making under uncertainty, particularly for large uncertainties with longer-term market prices. The other activities of the team are in evidence-based policies, risk quantification and measurements. Zili has over 25 years of experience in delivering science solutions through innovation and technology. His career spans naval architecture, engineering, software development, and financial engineering.


RESEARCH & COORDINATION

Deborah Ralston

Cluster Leader and Professor of Finance, Monash University

Prof Deborah Ralston

Deborah Ralston has extensive experience in financial studies research and in coordinating and managing research and dissemination programs. She is project manager of the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index and has research interest in fund management, performance and regulation. Deborah and ACFS are responsible for ensuring that a program of industry engagement and research dissemination maximises the research program impact.

Deborah Chairs the Cluster Management Committee and reports to CSIRO on the activities of the Cluster.