ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Professor John Hicks

Professor John Hicks

John Hicks is Professor of Economics at Charles Sturt University where, for 16 years, he was Dean of the Faculty of Business. With research interests in labor economics and industrial relations, he has published on a range of regional issues including regional airline access to Kingsford Smith Airport, the economics of petrol supply to regional Australia, the regional nursing labour market and older workers in the regional work force. He has also published on China and its economic relationship with Australia. He is now engaged in a number of projects with a regional and sustainability orientation. Projects include one on assisting transition in regional areas affected by drought and climate change with a particular emphasis on areas that depend on irrigation; and another on disaster management using case studies in Australia and Bangladesh. Previously John was a Regional Development Board member in the Central West of NSW and a director of the Western Research Institute.

Research Interests

  • Labour economics
  • Regional economics
  • Emergency Management

Bachelor of Commerce (Hon), University of Melbourne. 1972

Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne. 1973

Masters of Arts (Economics) (Hon), University of Melbourne. 1976

PhD Massey University 1984

Memberships of Editorial Boards

Agenda (Associate Director)

International Journal of Sport and Society (Associate Editor)

Energy Journal (Associate Editor)

Economic Papers (Associate Editor)

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Islam, R., Ingham, V., Hicks, J. & Kelly, E. (2018) From coping to adaptation: Flooding and the role of local knowledge in Bangladesh. JDisaster Risk Reduction.

Hicks, J., Basu, P. K. and Sherley, C. (2014) The Impact of Employment Specialisation on Regional Labour Market Outcomes in Australia, Australian Bulletin of Labour, 40(1), pp.68-90

Hicks, J., Murphy, T., Basu, P.K., Arthur, L., Keogh, D., &  West, G. (2014) Evaluating sporting events: economic impact versus cost-benefit – the case of the Bathurst 1000, International Journal of Sport and Society, 3, pp. 209-218.

Islam, R., Ingham, V., Hicks, J., & Manock, I. (2014) The Changing Role of Women in Resilience, Recovery and Economic Development at the Intersection of Recurrent Disaster: A Case Study from Sirajgang, Bangladesh. Journal of Asian and African Studies

Manock, I., Islam, R., Hicks, J., Sappey, R.B.  & Ingham, V., (2013). Community Response to Frequent Flooding in an Australian Rural Town. Australian Journal of Emergency Management.

Mallik, G, Basu, P. K., Hicks, J., & Sappey, R. (2013) Do the determinants of employability and earnings returns produce similar outcomes in metropolitan and regional labour markets? The case of NSW in Australia', Regional Studies

Shi, Y., Sharma, K, Murphy, T., Hicks, J., Arthur, L. (2012) Exports, energy and the environment in China: an input-output perspective Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 13(4) pp. 279-293 DOI: 10.1504/IER.2012.051438

Hicks, J., Sappey, R., Basu, P.K., Keogh, D., and Gupta, R. , Succession Planning in Australian Farming, Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, 6(4), 2012, 94-110.

Basu, P.K., Hicks, J., Conroy D., and Sappey, R.B. .(2012) 'Implementing policy for place: Delegating labour market policy decisions to the local level', in Kuvvet Lordoglu, Derya Keskin Demirer and Ismail Siriner (eds) Labour Markets and Employment, IJOPEC Publication London and Istanbul, pp.95-111

Basu, P.K., Hicks, J. and Sherley C., (2012) 'The Role of Education in Determining Growth in Total Factor Productivity: Evidence from the provinces of China'. Paper presented to the 41st  Annual Conference of Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Section, J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, 28-30 August.

Islam, R., Manock, I. Sappey, R. Hicks, J. & Ingham, V., Flooding in Bangladesh and Australia: Applying an Interdisciplinary Model. (2012). International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 6(8 )81-92. Paper available at

Ingham, V., Hicks, J., Islam, R., Manock, I., & Sappey, R. (2012). An interdisciplinary approach to disaster management, incorporating economics and social psychology. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 6(5)93-106. Paper available at

Hicks, J. & Sappey, R. (2011) Controlling the worklife balance? A case study of soccer non-participation in regional Australia, The International Journal of Sport and Society, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 41-54

Book Chapters

Basu, P.K., Hicks, J., Conroy, D. &  and Sappey, R.B. (2012) Implementing policy for place: Delegating labour market policy decisions to the local level', in Lordoglu,K.,  Demirer,D.K & Siriner,I. (eds) Labour Markets and Employment, IJOPEC Publication London and Istanbul, pp.95-111


Morrison, M., Hicks, J., Murphy, T. (2018) Economic Development Study - Murray Region. Report commissioned by Federation Council, working with four other Local Governments Areas (LGA) in the Murray Region – Berrigan, Edward River, Greater Hume and Murray.

Morrison, M., Hicks, J., Murphy, T. (2018) Murray Region Economic Development Study Operational Plan.

Conference Papers

Hicks, J. (2017) The determinants and consequences of regional migration in Australia: Identifying the issues. Keynote presentation at the Australian Regional Development Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Sept 11-12.

Current Projects

Emerging trends in skill shortages in regional NSW: the case of the Riverina. Sharma, K., Oczkowski, E., Hicks, J., Houston, L.  (RDA-Riverina)  (2015) Regional Development Australia-Riverina, $5000

Achieving Balanced Growth in Domestic and External Markets in China., Hicks, J., Sharma, K., Basu, P.K. & Bandara, Y.   (2012-ongoing) Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship grant from AusAID,  $136,606 & CSU $26,930 Project details

Strategies to promote community resilience in disaster management: The case of flooding in selected communities in Bangladesh and Australia. Hicks, J., Ingham , V., & Islam, R., Sappey, R., Manock, I. (2010 - 2015) CSU   In 2013 this project was extended to look specifically at the role of women in flooding in Bangladesh. Project details

Evaluating Major Events in the Region,  Hicks,J., Murphy, T., Basu, P.K., Arthur, L., Keigh, D., & West, G.  ILWS (2011-ongoing) Project details

Newcrest Mines, Hicks, J., Krivopic-skoko, B., Basu, P.K., & Sherley, C. CSU & ILWS, (2011-ongoing) Project details

Sustaining Economic Growth in China. Sharma, K. Hicks, J & Bandara, Y. (2011) Funded by AusAid's Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships Program. $158,000

Growth in China and its Regions and the impact on Australia and Regional Australia. CSU. Hicks, J., Basu, P.K. and Sappey, R.B. (2010 – ongoing) [Summary Sheet PDF]