Professor Nicholas Biddle

Bachelor of Economics (Hons) University of Sydney Master of Education (Monash University) PhD in Public Policy (ANU)
Associate Director, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Migration 160303
  • Population Trends And Policies 160305
  • Econometric And Statistical Methods 140302
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy 160501
  • Public Policy 160510
  • Education Policy 160506
  • Urban And Regional Economics 140218
  • Labour Economics 140211
  • Studies Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Society 169902
  • Applied Economics 1402
  • Experimental Economics 140206
  • Economics Of Education 140204


Professor Nicholas Biddle is Associate Director of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, head of the methods and survey program in the centre and lead researcher for the Policy Experiments Lab (

He has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Education from Monash University. He also has a PhD in Public Policy from the ANU where he wrote his thesis on the benefits of and participation in education of Indigenous Australians.

He previously held a Senior Research Officer and Assistant Director position in the Methodology Division of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

He is currently a Fellow of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute

Professor Biddle is on the following committees:


  • Academic Quality Advisory Group, College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • National Data Advisory Council
  • Behavioural Economics Team for Australia (BETA) Academic Advisory Panel, Prime Minister and Cabinet



  • Try Test and Learn Evaluation Steering Committee, Department of Social Services



  • Education Working Group, Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, Department of Social Services



  • Research Advisory Group, Aboriginal Affairs NSW



  • General Social Survey Reference Group, Australian Bureau of Statistics



  • Australian Census Longitudinal Database Technical Advisory Committee, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Demographic Statistics Expert Advisory Group, Australian Bureau of Statistics



Available student projects

The economics and demography of Indigenous populations (in Australia or abroad)

Patterns and determinants of income inequality

The economics of education (in particular early childhood education)

Application of behavioural economics to public policy

Social research methods


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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