Kate is an economist focusing on resources and energy, within the federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. As a resource economist she analyses commodity markets and forecasts Australia’s liquid fuels export earnings. This includes writing a chapter of the Departments’ flagship publication, the Resources and Energy Quarterly.
Kate has eight years’ experience as a professional economist, working in a variety of different contexts. She has worked in a peak industry association, looking a transport policy – everything from safety to environmental aspects, including economic costs of infrastructure use. She co-developed a heavy-vehicle charging policy, which lead to her joining the COAG Road Reform working group. As part of DFAT’s professional international development volunteer program, Kate worked with the IMF in West Africa to address statistical issues in national accounts.
Kate has a strong connection to the ANU, her undergraduate degree included exchanges to study economic development in South Africa and participating in the ANU internship program. She is currently completing her Masters in Resources and Environmental Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy.
Kate is passionate about using economics to make better decisions, ones that improve the quality of peoples lives in Australia and around the world. She is active in the Women in Economics Network and enjoys discussing the world’s problems, while also hoping the future is bright.