Our people

Meet our Economic Policy Centre members.

Our director

Associate Professor Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy is the founding director of the Economic Policy Centre and heads its Urban and Spatial Economics research hub. His policy-focussed research examines the impact of land use and transportation policies on housing and urban development.

Ryan is enthusiastic about translating economic research into practical advice for policymakers and has counselled domestic and foreign Ministers and Government Departments on land use and housing policy.

Prior to joining the University of Auckland in 2014, Ryan was a Research Economist in the Office of the Chief Statistician at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) in Washington, D.C. In this capacity he served on the United Nations London Group on Environmental Accounting.

Academic staff

  • Dr Alexandre Dmitriev, EPC Deputy Director
  • Professor Henk Berkman
  • Dr Claire Dale
  • Professor Prasanna Gai
  • Professor Emeritus Tim Hazledine
  • Associate Professor John Hillas
  • Associate Professor Susan St John
  • Dr Steffen Lippert
  • Professor Robert MacCulloch
  • Professor Dimitris Margaritis
  • Professor Peter Phillips
  • Dr Erwann Sbai
  • Associate Professor Rob Scollay
  • Professor Basil Sharp
  • Dr Asha Sundaram

Research fellow

James Allan Jones, BEng (Hons), BCom (Hons), PhD

Email: james.jones@auckland.ac.nz

James is a Research Fellow at the Economic Policy Centre with a background in Economics and Engineering. His research aims to facilitate evidence-based policy making and employs a diverse toolkit including applied econometrics, spatial modelling, economic simulation, and machine learning.

He has applied this skillset to a wide range of critical issues including: urban development, congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions; house prices, heritage protections, and housing affordability; and the influence of social norms and gender dynamics on crime. His current projects focus on how transportation and housing policy can be used to encourage economic growth while transitioning the economy to more sustainable forms of production.

James holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (with honours) from Durham University (UK), a Bachelor of Commerce (with first class honours) from the University of Auckland and a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland.

His fellowship position is funded by the Kelliher Charitable Trust.

Contact us

For more information please contact:

Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy
EPC Director
Phone: +64 9 923 7943
Email: r.mcgrevy@auckland.ac.nz