Alison Preston

Professor, BA (Hons) Strath., MBA Curtin, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


Alison joined UWA in 2013 as a Winthrop Professor of Economics in the UWA Business School. Her research interests are in gendered aspects of employment, pension savings and financial literacy. She teaches in the areas of micro-economics and public policy.

She’s a member of UWA’s Academic Board, an Associated Editor of the Economic Record, a member of the Industrial Relations editorial board, Vice-President of the WA Branch of the Economic Society of Australia and a member of the National Economic Panel. During her professional career she has held many senior leadership roles including as Deputy Dean of the UWA Faculty of Business, Director of the Curtin Graduate School of Business, Deputy Chair of Academic Board (at Curtin University). She has also served on numerous advisory bodies including the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), consulted for various industry bodies and held visiting appointments at the ILO in Geneva.


Wage setting

Gender pay gap

Segmentation and labour market structures

Economic security

Financial literacy

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Research expertise keywords

  • Wage determination
  • women and the labour market
  • financial literacy
  • employment structures


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