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Dr Ryan McAllister

Principal Research Scientist


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Ryan is a behavioural economist who works on problems that require cooperation to solve, and how adaptation re-distributes economic winners and losers. His focus is on growing Australian food exports through biosecurity controls for better agricultural export market access, and agritech.

Previously Ryan has worked on managing for climate in the Australian rangelands, and extensively in urbanised, coastal communities. Before joining CSIRO he worked in statistical roles with the Australian and British governments, and within the telecommunications sector.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2003

    PhD (economics)
    The University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • 2014-on going

    Pricipal Research Scientist

  • 2018-2018


  • 2014-2016

    Research Group Leader

  • 2008-2013

    Team Leader

  • 1997-2002

    Teaching Fellow
    University of Queensland

  • 1996-1996

    Business Analyst
    BT Cellnet

  • 1992-1994

    Statistics - National Accounts
    Australian and British Statistical Bureaus

Achievements and Awards

  • 2005-2005

    John Philips Award - Young Science

  • 2000-2002

    University of Queensland Graduate School Award
    University of Queensland

  • 2007-2007

    Sustainable Ecosystems Science Excellence Award

  • 1993-1993

    Australian Bureau of Statistics Economics Cadetship
    Australian Bureau of Statistics

Other highlights

  • 2009-2009

    Parliament of Australia Science for Breakfast Talk