Peter Dawkins is an economist and educator, whose academic career has spanned teaching, research and administration in various universities in Australia, and before 1984 in the UK. He was Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University (2011-2020), the Ronald Henderson Professor and Director of the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne (1996-2005), and Professor
of Economics at Curtin University (1990-1995). He is now an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy at Victoria University. He holds a B.Sc. (hons) and PhD from Loughborough University and a M.Sc. (Econ) from the University of London.
For six years (2005-2010) he was a senior public servant in Victoria, as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of Education. He has a passion for the power of education to transform lives and for evidence-based public policy.
At Victoria University, Peter led the implementation of the Block Model, an Australian first, university-wide innovation, in which students study one subject at a time, in smaller classes. He also led an engagement strategy with the community, industry and government in the West of Melbourne,. He has an ongoing commitment to his region as chair of the West of Melbourne
Economic Development Alliance (WoMEDA).
He has published a number of books and many articles and has served on a range of government committees and reviews including the Prime Minister's, Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, and is currently co-leading a review for the Federal Minister for Education on industry-university partnerships in teaching and Learning,
In 2017 he became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration (Australia}, and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. He is a board member of UniSuper and of UniSport Australia. Peter is married to Sue Sleep and has two grown up children, Emily and Mark. He has a passion for sport, especially cricket, but now plays golf and supports the Western Bulldogs in the AFL.