Report Authors

The team behind the rankings.

Professor Ross Williams

Ross Williams is Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Institute. Prior to this he was Professor of Econometrics and Dean at the University of Melbourne. He has worked at Monash University, ANU, and the World Bank; for nine years he was a member of the Australian Commonwealth Grants Commission. Over the last twenty-five years he has been a consultant to the Australian department of education on five different reviews of costing and funding of higher education. He has published articles on tertiary education rankings in Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education and the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. Ross is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. In 2010 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia ‘for service to education, as a contributor to professional publications, and as an adviser to state and Federal governments’.


Ms Anne Leahy

Anne Leahy joined the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne in 1999, initially as Manager, Economic Indicators in the Macroeconomics research program and then as Survey Manager in the Industrial Economics and Health Economics research programs. In these roles she has been primarily engaged in managing and reporting on a range of survey-based contract and general research projects across the respective program areas. Anne’s previous experience is primarily as a macroeconomist in the business sector and includes 13 years at global mining company BHP Billiton’s corporate head office in Melbourne, and a secondment to the OECD in Paris. Anne is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, with degrees in commerce, philosophy and applied ethics.


Professor Paul Jensen

Paul Jensen is Chair in Public Policy & Engagement at the University of Melbourne. He has published in many different areas of empirical economics (including health economics and agricultural economics), but most of his recent research has been focused on the economics of innovation and intellectual property. He is also actively involved in the “science of science and innovation policy”, which attempts to build (and analyse) data sets which enable governments to evaluate the returns to their investment in public science. He has a PhD in industrial economics from the Australian Graduate School of Management and has published in prestigious international journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, RAND Journal of Economics, and Journal of Law & Economics.

Professor Gaétan de Rassenfosse

Gaétan de Rassenfosse is Assistant Professor at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) where he holds the Chair of Innovation and IP Policy. He joined the Institute of Technology and Public Policy at the College of Management of Technology in late 2014. Prior to that, he was a senior research fellow in the Melbourne Institute, University of Melbourne. He obtained a PhD in Economics from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in 2010. The overarching objective of Gaétan’s research is to provide the policy environment that best addresses the needs of the knowledge economy. This objective is met by providing sound empirical evidence in areas such as the patent system, the measurement of intangible capital, and the benchmarking of higher education systems. His work has appeared in international peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Research Policy and Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.