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

    6009 Perth


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Dr. Michael Palmer is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. 

A/Prof Palmer's research is largely focused on the economic and social consequences of ill-health and disability. He is interested in the role of public policy in shaping equality of opportunities, and how notions of economic justice and human rights can help justify and enable such a change. 

A/Prof Palmer is Graduate Research Coordinator in Economics at the UWA Business School. He is the recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award (Post-Graduate category) at UWA Business School. 

Before joining the UWA, he has held several academic positions including Head of Discipline and Senior Lecturer in Economics at RMIT (Vietnam), Research Fellow at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, and Managing Director and Lecturer at the Vietnamese-Dutch Masters of Development Economics Program, Institute of Social Studies (The Hague).

He has also held several non-academic positions including Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator for the Disability Data Initiative and Promotions and Publicity Officer for the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW branch).


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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Industry keywords

  • Disability
  • Health
  • Social and Welfare Issues


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