Christopher Parsons

Dr, MSc PhD Nott.

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Chris is a development economist specialising in migration and development. Chris has a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham during which time he held a Royal Economic Society Junior Fellowship. Prior to joining UWA, Chris worked as a Research Officer at the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford, where he also held a William Golding Fellowship at Brasenose College. Before undertaking his PhD, Chris worked as an Economist at HM Treasury, as a Research Officer at the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty at the University of Sussex and as an Economic Advisor and ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Sierra Leone.

Funding overview

Future Fund Research Grant 2018: $9,656
UWA Travel grants, 2016-2018: $7,265, $6,460, $7,727, $6,840, $4,828
Ahern Family Early Career Researcher Portfolio Prize, 2016: $2,500
BHP Billiton Distinguished Research Award, 2016: $16,000
UWA Business School Research Development Award, 2015: $8,700
John Fell Fund, University of Oxford, 2013: £45,528
Oppenheimer Fund, University of Oxford, 2012-2015: £3,590
ESRC PhD +3 award, University of Nottingham, 2007/08: £47,529

Teaching overview

UWA: Applied Microeconomics (3rd yr. UG), Development Economics (3rd yr. UG), Dissertation Techniques and Methods (Honours), Economic Research and Evaluation Methods (MSc).
IZA/DFID: Short course on Policy Evaluation (Dhaka, December 2015, Lusaka, October 2016, Abidjan November 2017), Difference-in-difference and regression discontinuity (PhD).
University of Oxford, International Migration and Development (MSc/MPhil Economics).
University of Nottingham: Development Economics (2nd yr.UG).
Graduate Tutor: University of Nottingham, Econometrics (1st yr.UG), Macroeconomic Theory (2nd yr.UG), Development Economics (2nd yr.UG), Advanced Development Economics (3rd yr. UG).


English (Native)
Spanish (Advanced)
Krio (Proficient)
French (Basic)

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Research Fellow, IZA

Research Fellow, GLO

Research Fellow, International Migration Institute Network

Research expertise keywords

  • Determinants Of International Migration
  • Diaspora Externalities
  • Migration And Conflict
  • High Skilled Migration
  • The Economics Of Forced Migration


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