Ian Li

Associate Professor, BEc W.Aust., PhD Curtin, SFHEA

  • The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am an economist with research expertise in health and labour economics. I am the principal lecturer and coordinator in the health economics and policy units at SPGH, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

In the past five years, I have been a chief investigator on research grants successfully funded by nationally competitive schemes, including funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education. My research has published in well-regarded journals such as Social Science and Medicine, World Development, Education Economics and top policy journals such as the Economic Record. My research has attracted considerable media interest and coverage on national broadsheets such as The Australian, radio media such as the ABC, and popular media such as Cleo magazine. I am an editorial board member of the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, and a co-editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics. I am an a Research Fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor, University of Bonn and an adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Curtin Universty. 

I have taught across the faculties of business, law and medicine/health, and have received competitive teaching awards from all three faculties. My teaching was recognised with a national teaching award from the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia in 2017. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

At present, I direct the Public Health Major Program. I am a member of the UWA Academic Board, the Board of Studies (Management and Commerce), and the Equity and Participation working group.

Roles and responsibilities

Director, Public Health Major

Academic Board

Equity and Participation Working Group

Human Research Ethics Low Risk Panel

Learning and Teaching Committee

Board of Examiners

Human Research Ethics Committee (2018-2021)

SPGH Honours and Dissertations Coordinator (2014-2018)


Funding overview

Ian has been funded by several prominent organisations and funding schemes, including funds from the National Health and Medical Research Council, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, the Drug and Alcohol Office and The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Previous positions

Associate Lecturer, UWA Business School

Tutor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia

Teaching overview

PUBH3307 Health Systems and Policy

PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics

PUBH5801 Economic Evaluation of Healthcare


Higher education policy and equity

Graduate labour market outcomes

Health workforce

Determinants and effects of well-being

Economic evaluation, cost-effectiveness analysis



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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Curtin University

Research Fellow, Inst Study Labor IZA, IZA Institute Labor Economics

Research expertise keywords

  • Health economics
  • Labour economics
  • Education economics
  • Health policy
  • Economic evaluation


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