Economics of innovation, endogenous growth theory, economic geography, industrial organisation
Steven is a Research Fellow at the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Curtin University, contributing to original research and BCEC’s marquee reports. His research has been presented at international conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States on international trade, macroeconomics, regional science and economic geography, as well as in seminars at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. Prior to joining BCEC, Steven has been in a number of government, corporate and consulting roles providing economic advice to government departments, regulators and stakeholders.
Steven’s research focuses on the economics of innovation and aims to embed the micro-foundations of innovation within economic growth models in order to develop policy recommendations for sustainable and inclusive growth. His research has connected location and innovation in order to better understand industry clustering and its impact on growth as well as examining the impact of barriers to entry on innovative effort and growth.
Steven is on the international editorial board for the academic journal Regional Economies and Policies and has been a referee for Spatial Economic Analysis. For his research, Steven was awarded a graduate student paper award at the Pacific Regional Science Conference. Prior to joining BCEC, Steven has been a visiting researcher at the Australian National University, the London School of Economics, VU University Amsterdam and the University of Groningen. As a consultant, Steven published numerous reports for clients in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia on the economics of electricity, telecommunications, environment, transport and resources.