Global demand for CoPS expertise
It has been 21 years since Peter Dixon (now a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor) established the present group at the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS).
Director of CoPS, Professor Philip Adams said during that time they have developed models and software that are extensively used by governments and academics around the world.
“The software package, GEMPACK, for instance is used at more than 600 sites including the World Bank, IMF, the Asian Development Bank, and numerous government departments and universities in more than 90 countries including U.S.A., China, Australia, Ireland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Finland, Japan, Brazil, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, PNG,” Professor Adams said.
CoPS was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Commerce to apply the USAGE model to look at the effectiveness of different policies in achieving U.S. President Barack Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) targeted to lift the U.S. out of the current recession.
“Via USAGE simulations CoPS found a package of policies (export promotion, cost reduction, information provision) that would achieve the NEI target of doubling U.S. exports between 2010 and 2015,” Professor Adams said.
CoPS researchers have been commissioned to model the economic effects of many of Australia’s biggest sporting events, including: the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 2003 Rugby World Cup, the Melbourne Grand Prix, the Australian Tennis Open and the Ashes series.
Most recently, CoPS has been assisting in the building of modelling capacity in Least Developing Countries (LDCs), notably Uganda, Ethiopia and Cambodia. Uganda has been a particular focus-of-effort. The Ugandan project, which is coordinated out of the UK by Oxford Policy Management, is funded by the Ugandan government using money provided, in part, by the World Bank.
The Ugandan project finishes at the end of 2012. The final component will be the delivery of a report examining the economic contribution of the country’s newly discovered oil reserve.
“Over the past 21 years CoPS has delivered many high profile projects across the world and we will continue using our expertise in delivering a service to governments and communities across the globe where needed,” Professor Adams said.