Professor John Foster


Phone: +61 7 336 56780

Fax: +61 7 336 57299

Location: 639 [colin clark building]

Qualifications: BA(Hons) Coventry, MA(Econ) Manchester, PhD Manchester, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Research interests:

  • The impact of carbon trading on the electricity supply sector and the wider economy (ARC funded)
  • The economics of distributed, low carbon energy generation (CSIRO funded)
  • The complex statistical properties of economic and financial time series data (ARC Funded)

Selected Publications:

  • Dodgson, Mark, Hughes, Alan, Foster, John and Metcalfe, J.S. (2011) “Systems thinking, market failure and the development of innovation policy: the case of Australia.” Research Policy, Vol. 40, 1145-1156.
  • Foster, John (2011) “Energy, aesthetics and knowledge in complex economic systems.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 80, pp. 88-100.
  • Foster, John and Metcalfe, J. Stanley. (2012) “Economic emergence: an evolutionary economic perspective,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 82, 420– 432.
  • Foster, John (2014) “Energy, knowledge and economic growth .” Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Vol. 24, 209-238.
  • Wild, Philip, Foster, John and Hinich, Melvin (2014) “Testing for non-linear and time irreversible probabilistic structure in high frequency financial time series data” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A. Vol. 177, 643–659.


  • Assessing the impacts of proposed carbon trading and tax schemes on the Australian electricity industry and the overall economy. ARC Linkage Grant (with John Quiggin), $323,986 (July 2008 – June 2011)
  • Market and economic modelling of distributed generation and local cooperating agent-based demand side management. CSIRO, iGRID Flagship Grant, $571,000 (July 2008 - June 2011)

Full list of publications

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