Chris Ryan was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce, with Honours in Economics from the University of Melbourne in 1982, a Master of Economics from the Australian National University in 1986 and a PhD in economics from the University of Melbourne in July 2001. His PhD looked at how to test between human capital and screening theories of the role of education in the labour market.
He was employed in Commonwealth government agencies, primarily in the employment, education and training and primary industries portfolios for thirteen and a half years. He was a member of the Senior Executive Service between 1992 and 1996, holding Senior Executive Service positions in two portfolios. Since that time, he has undertaken his PhD, held research and administrative positions in Australian universities and worked as a consultant. In 2002, he was awarded an Australian Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the Australian Research Council to undertake research between 2003 and 2005 on the role of literacy and numeracy in explaining the education, training and labour market outcomes of young Australians.
Chris Ryan has extensive experience in designing, undertaking and managing research projects, developing policy and providing advice to Ministers and senior government and university staff, participation in Commonwealth/State committees in both the education and agriculture sectors and in managing and leading staff.
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