John Mangan is the Director of the Australian Institute for Business and Economics and a Professor of Economics within the UQ Business School.

John has instigated and completed numerous research projects, drawing on his experience of working with such iconic Australian brands and multinationals as BHP, Rio-Tinto, Energex, and the National Rugby League. He was the Faculty’s Associate Dean (Research) from 2008 - 2012.

An experienced presenter with a straightforward style, John has lectured on a broad range of subject areas including regional economics, labour economics, business finance, business policy, human resource management, management, and quantitative economics.

John’s extensive academic, consultancy, editorial and ‘expert opinion’ experience sees his economic modelling acumen regularly called upon for impact analyses and applied micro-economics relating to professional sports, wages and employment, and workplace health and safety.

John’s industry engagement includes being a principal of Synergies Economic Consulting, a director of the Economics & Law Research Institute (ELRI), a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Manpower, and contributor to the Ministerial Commission for Training and Education. He’s also a member of the Economic Society of Australia (Qld branch), Australasian Regional Science Association International, Royal Economic Society and Labour Economics Group (UK). He consults and writes for Sports Analysis, which specialises in deep-data analysis, trend identification and sponsorship leveraging for the sports industry.

Previously, John was the director of the Centre of Economic Policy Modelling, director of the Labour Market Research Unit within the Department of Employment and Training, and an external consultant to the Queensland Jobs Council. He has been an Eminent Research Visitor to the Department of Education and Training, a Visiting Fellow at Queensland Treasury, and a Visiting Research Professor at the Universities of Lancaster (England), Ulster (Northern Ireland) and Kiel (Germany). He has also held editorial roles with the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies and Focus on Economics series, Oxford University Press.

John’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics, a Diploma of Education and a Master of Economic Studies from The University of Queensland; and a Master of Arts from the University of Lancaster (UK), where he also completed his and PhD in Economics.

Researcher biography

Specialises in labour economics, regional economics and industrial economics.

John Mangan is a Professor of Economics within the UQ Business School at the University of Queensland and was the inaugural Director of the Australian Institute for Business and Economics (2014-15). John's qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics, Diploma of Education and Master of Economic Studies from the University of Queensland and a Master of Arts and PhD in Economics from the University of Lancaster (UK). John is a member of the Economic Society of Australia (Qld branch), Australasian Regional Science Association International, Royal Economic Society and Labour Economics Group (UK).

Extensively published, John is an experienced presenter who has lectured in a broad range of subject areas including regional economics, labour economics, business finance, business policy, human resource management, management and quantitative economics. John was the Director of the Centre of Economic Policy Modelling (2001-2006), the Director of the Labour Market Research Unit within the Department of Employment and Training (2001-2004) and an Eminent Research Visitor to the Department of Education and Training (2006). John is, currently, a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Manpower and has held previous editorial roles with the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies (joint editor 1994-2004) and Focus on Economics series, Oxford University Press (General Editor, 1992-1994). John has been a visiting Research Professor at the Universities of Lancaster (England), Ulster (Northern Ireland) and Kiel (Germany). John has extensive industry consultative experience (including Taskforce, Commissions of Inquiry and Review Committees) and is currently a Principal of Synergies Economic Consulting. He is currently a member of the Ministerial Commisssion for training and Education.

With extensive academic, consultancy, editorial and 'expert opinion' experience, John is a skilled economic modeller, and a leading researcher in the areas of:

  • Labor and Social Economics
  • Economic impact analysis
  • Economics of professional sports
  • Human resource management
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Applied micro-economics
Featured projects Duration
Back from the dead: Australian Inheritance Tax
Australian Institute for Business and Economics
Large scale renewables projects for rural communities

Areas of research