BCEC PhD candidate awarded prestigious UNU-WIDER Visiting Fellowship

ContactsJoanna Holcombe, Industry Engagement Coordinator
Published17 July 2023

Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre PhD candidate Robert Mackay has been awarded a prestigious United Nations University-World Institute Development Economics Research (UNU-Wider) Visiting Fellowship.

Beginning in September this year and running for three months, this fellowship aligns with Robert’s thesis, analysing community behavioural responses to natural disasters in developing countries.

Associate Professor Astghik Mavisakalyan, Robert’s PhD supervisor and Principal Research Fellow at BCEC, noted the significance of this appointment.

“The success rate for this scheme is usually at one per cent, so this reflects very highly on the quality of Rob’s PhD project,” Associate Professor Mavisakalyan said.

The UNU-Wider Programme gives PhD students the opportunity to use the resources and facilities at their Helskini campus in Finland for their research on developing economies.

More broadly, UNU-Wider provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all.

Robert’s fellowship continues BCEC’s work with UNU-Wider; previous publications via UNU-Wider can be found here.