Keith Hancock Lecture

The Keith Hancock Lecture is named in honour of Emeritus Professor Keith Hancock AO – a Fellow of the academy since 1968, academy President for the period 1981–1984 and one of two Australians who are Honorary Fellows of the London School of Economics. The annual lecture was inaugurated in 2009. The academy Fellows are invited each year to nominate distinguished social scientist to present the Keith Hancock Lecture.As part of the academy's Outreach program the lecture is presented twice—first at the lecturer's home university and then at another venue usually in a different city.

About - Keith Hancock

A graduate of Melbourne University and the London School of Economics, Professor Hancock was the Foundation Professor of Economics at Flinders University, which opened for teaching in 1966. In 1980, he became the third Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University. Upon leaving the University, he was made an Emeritus Professor. In 1987 he became a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. In 1989, he transferred to the newly-created Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and became a Senior Deputy President in 1992. He retired in 1997.

Since retirement, Keith has held honorary appointments as a Professorial Fellow in the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University and an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of Economics at Adelaide University. He is one of two Australians who are Honorary Fellows of the London School of Economics. In 1987 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.


2016 Dr Richard Denniss A Model of Confusion Why economic modelling is ruining public policy and public debate and what can be done about it
2014 Professor Simon Ville FASSA Resilience and fragility in the Asian Century
2013 Scientia Professor John Piggott FASSA Retirement income design with an ageing demographic (at UNSW)
2012 Professor John King FASSA A case for pluralism in economics
2010 Professor Stuart Macintyre AO FASSA The poor relation
2009 Professor Thomas Lemieux Wage inequality