Joe Branigan has recently joined AIBE as a Senior Fellow. Joe brings many years of commercial consulting and project management experience in the academic environment to AIBE. He has led numerous academic-industry-government partnerships and has a strong reputation for delivering commercially and policy relevant outputs for clients and partners.

He is also the Director of Tulipwood Economics, a public policy consulting firm based in Brisbane Queensland.

Most recently Joe was a Senior Research Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility UOW where he led the Infrastructure Economics Research Group (IERG) for 7 years, primarily undertaking commercial work for state and federal governments, and industry bodies. He is a Fellow at the Australian Institute for Progress (AiP).

Joe is a leading public policy economist with over 20 years’ experience in the public sector, academia and private sector consulting. Joe has extensive expertise in infrastructure economics, tourism, telecommunications, resources economics, public finance, economic regulation, financial modelling, cost benefit appraisal and economic impact analysis. Joe is a regular commentator on current public policy issues in the media.

For many years, Joe managed Professor Henry Ergas’ consulting firm Green Square Associates (GSA) where he also led many GSA consulting assignments. Joe is a former regulator at the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) and former economic advisor to the American Ambassador to Australia Robert McCallum Jr. when he worked for the US Department of State.

Early in his career, Joe worked at the Productivity Commission and then Federal Treasury. He began his career with the Queensland Treasury Department in 1998 after completing a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) at the University of Queensland in 1997. He is thrilled to be back at his alma mater and in his hometown.