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Dr Nobu Yamashita

Economics, Australian National University, Australia


Nobuaki “Nobu” Yamashita is an economist with broad interests in globalisation, innovation and Asian development issues. Before commencing a current position at the Centre for Transformative Innovation (CTI), Nobu held the position at La Trobe and RMIT University. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC), the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra and a Specially appointed Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, Keio University in Tokyo. His policy-oriented research agenda investigates global value chains (GVCs) with a special focus on enterprise performance and workers as the central units of analysis. His studies cover dynamic Asian countries - Japan, China, Vietnam, and other ASEAN countries. He has extensive consulting experience for International Organisations such as the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, ADB Institute (ADBI) in Tokyo, and the Economics Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asian countries (ERIA) in Jakarta. He serves as an Associate Editor to Asian Economic Journal and is an Elected Fellow of the East Asian Economic Association (EAEA). Nobu received his PhD in Economics from ANU in 2008, together with Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics and Graduate Diploma in Economics in 2004. He obtained several research awards, including the J.G. Crawford Award at ANU in 2008, the Dean’s Research Award at La Trobe University in 2012, and the Japan Foundation Fellowship in 2014.

Research interests

Entrepreneurship; Innovation

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Applied Economics - 380100
  • Entrepreneurship - 350704
  • International Business - 350706

Teaching areas


Professional memberships

  • 2015 (current): Associate Editor, Asian Economic Journal, Select Country/Region
  • 2018 (current): Fellow, East Asian Economic Association, Select Country/Region
  • 2013 (current): Associate, Centre for International Economics, Keio University, Japan
  • 2016 (current): Associate, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Australian National University, Australia


Also published as: Yamashita, Nobu; Yamashita, N.; Yamashita, Nobuaki
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