Astghik Mavisakalyan

Principal Research Fellow

PhD (USyd)
MA (Tsukuba)
Diploma (YSU)

Telephone+61 8 9266 4412
Research Fields

Education economics, labour economics, political economy, gender economics


Associate Professor Astghik Mavisakalyan is a Principal Research Fellow at the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and oversees the Centre’s Focus on the States report series. Prior to her role at the BCEC, Astghik has held appointments at the Research School of Economics at Australian National University and at the Centre for the Economics of Education and Training at Monash University.

Astghik works in many areas, including cultural economics, political economy, development economics, labour economics, and gender and migration. With support from the Australian Research Council, UNU-WIDER and other sources, Astghik has published extensively through public reports and across academic journals including the European Economic Review, Energy Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics and European Journal of Political Economy among others. She has received several awards including the Walter Noel Gillies Prize for Best PhD Thesis in Economics at the University of Sydney (2010); Curtin Business School New Researcher of the Year award (2015) and Curtin Faculty of Business and Law Researcher of the Year award (2018). Astghik’s research has appeared in national and international media outlets and has informed public debates.

Astghik serves the profession in a variety of roles such as editorial committee member of The Economic and Labour Relations Review, chair of the steering committee for the Australian Gender Economics Workshop series, ARC Expert Assessor, and a member of the Women in Economics WA committee and the Economics Society of Australia’s WA Branch Council. She is a member of the Hiroshima Institute of Health Economics Research, Fellow at Global Labour Organisation, an affiliate of two ARC Centres of Excellence and has held visiting positions and fellowships at Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (Regensburg), Centre for Labour and Welfare Research (Oslo), Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative at Open Society Institute (Budapest), and Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW (Sydney).