Monash Business School researchers named ASSA Fellows

Professors Gary Magee and Yves Zenou

Monash Business School’s Professor Gary Magee, Deputy Dean (Research), and Professor Yves Zenou, Richard Snape Chair in Business and Economics, have been elected as Fellows of the prestigious Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).

Professors Zenou and Magee are among 37 of Australia’s leading economists, lawyers, psychologists and philosophers elected as Fellows of the ASSA, one of Australia's four learned academies.

Two other Monash University researchers were also named as ASSA Fellows: Emeritus Professor Peter Gronn, from the Faculty of Education; and Professor Sarah Pink, Director of Emerging Technologies Research Lab, in the Faculty of Information Technology and Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

Established in 1971, the ASSA advances social policy and thinking by promoting research and its application.

The social sciences cover the disciplines of anthropology, demography, geography, linguistics, sociology, management, accounting, economics and economic history, marketing, statistics, history, law, philosophy, political science, education, psychology and social medicine.

This election recognises the contribution Professor Magee and Professor Zenou have made to the advancement of social science knowledge and the impact of their research.

“I am honoured to be elected to be a Fellow of such a prestigious organisation,” says Professor Magee.

“I look forward to contributing to the important work of the Academy in continuing to promote the advancement of the social sciences.”

Professor Magee is one of Australia’s leading economic historians. His research has advanced historical knowledge of industrial development, technological change, authoritarianism, transnationalism and globalisation.

He has been an Australian Bicentennial Fellow at the Menzies Research Centre, King’s College London; a visiting fellow at Oxford University; and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK).

He has published four major research titles, two with one of the leading academic publishers, Cambridge University Press. His most recent book, Quantifying Resistance, uses a path-breaking new database of internal resistance to the Nazi state to analyse empirically, for the first time, resistance to an authoritarian regime.

He has also regularly published articles in highly ranked international refereed journals, including The Economic Journal, Economic History Review, Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Central European History, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Business History, and Business History Review.

Professor Zenou is a world expert on social interactions and network theory, urban economics, segregation and discrimination of ethnic minorities, criminality and education.

“It is an honour to be elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia,” says Professor Zenou.

“This means a lot to me as it is the recognition of my contribution to the advancement of social science knowledge and the impact I have made to economics. It is not only a great honour but also an opportunity to contribute to the important work of the Academy in promoting the advancement of the social sciences.”

Before joining Monash Business School in 2016, Professor Zenou was a Professor of Economics at Stockholm University; the University of Southampton, UK; and a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley; the European University Institute; and Tel Aviv University.

Professor Zenou is an Affiliated Researcher at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Stockholm; a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London; a Research Fellow at IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Germany; and an External Fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration, London.

Since 2016 he has been a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and since 2012, a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International and the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea).

His book Urban Labor Economics was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009 and translated into Chinese in 2016.

He is currently the Editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics, and Associate Editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Journal of Public Economic Theory, the Journal of Urban Economics, the Scandinavian Journal of Economics, and Annals of Economics and Statistics.