Astghik Mavisakalyan is a Principal Research Fellow at the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and oversees the Centre’s Focus on the States report series. Prior to her role at the BCEC, Astghik has held appointments at the Research School of Economics at Australian National University and at the Centre for the Economics of Education and Training at Monash University.

Astghik works in many areas, including cultural economics, political economy, development economics, labour economics, and gender and migration. With support from the Australian Research Council, UNU-WIDER and other sources, Astghik has published extensively through public reports and across academic journals. She has also received several notable awards and Astghik’s research has also appeared in national and international media outlets and has informed public debates. 

She is also a member of the Hiroshima Institute of Health Economics Research, Fellow at Global Labour Organisation, an affiliate of two ARC Centres of Excellence and has held visiting positions and fellowships at Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (Regensburg), Centre for Labour and Welfare Research (Oslo), Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative at Open Society Institute (Budapest), and Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW (Sydney).

As a busy working Mum, Astghik also has a good understanding of the challenges faced by many women in juggling and balancing family. career and other responsibilities.


Silvia Salazar is an applied micro-econometric researcher who is particularly specialised in the areas of development economics, gender and ethnic inequality as well as public policy. She obtained her PhD at the Paris School of Economics and she has previously held academic and teaching positions at the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, the University of Paris 13 and the Dom Bosco Catholic University.​

Her research focuses on the analysis of household well-being and consumption levels. She analyses the factors affecting household welfare such as monetary expenditures and time consumption in leisure activities and domestic production. A large part of this research concentrates on how public policies affect income allocation and time distribution. Silvia also has research experience in income inequalities, gender and Indigenous discrimination in the labour market. The specificity of her work lies in incorporation of the time dimension as well as in the utilisation of original and innovative econometric techniques in the study of well-being and public policies. She has presented her research at numerous international conferences and workshops and she has made key contributed to many key publications including the 'WA Women's Report Card 2019' and 'Green Shoots: Opportunities to grow a sustainable WA economy'.


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