Dr Russell Thomson

Senior Research Fellow

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research


Contact details

Phone: +61 3 8344 2198
Fax: +61 3 8344 2111
Email: russell.thomson@unimelb.edu.au

Curriculum Vitae pdf


Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
Level 5, Faculty of Business and Economics Building, 111 Barry Street, The University of Melbourne


Russell Thomson is an economist at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research specialising in the economics of innovation and intellectual property and innovation policy. Russell has a PhD from Australian National University (2009)  and  has published in leading international academic journals including National Tax Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, Research Policy and The Economic Record.

In addition to his academic work, Russell regularly undertakes applied policy oriented research on industrial economics issues, for clients including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. Russell has also published a few opinion editorials in the Australian Financial Review.

Research interest

His current research interests include the economics of intellectual property, R&D and innovation policy, intellectual property and plant breeding industries, the globalization of innovative activities and applied industrial economics in general.


BSc, Mathematics and Genetics (Melb); Graduate Certificate Arts, Development Studies (Melb); Grd. Dip. Economics (ANU); PhD (ANU).

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