Dr Riccardo Welters obtained his Masters degree at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands in August 1997. After completing his Masters degree, Riccardo was engaged as a Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), which is based at the University of Maastricht. He subsequently received scholarship support to pursue a PhD study at the University of Maastricht, titled “Efficiency of Employment Subsidies & Firms’ Recruitment Strategies”. Riccardo completed his doctoral dissertation in May 2005.

He then accepted a Fellowship at the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), which is located at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Subsequently he accepted a position at JCU early 2008. While at JCU, he has furthered his research agenda in areas relating to socio-economic disadvantage.

He also lead consultancy projects for Advance Cairns (FIFO workforce in Cairns: Perspectives from FIFO workers and potential FIFO workers – 2012); for Townsville Enterprise Limited (Has Townsville ‘come of age? – 2011 and North East Minerals Province Economic Potential – 2010) and for the Australian Defence Organisation (A holistic analysis of the socio-economic impact of the Australian Defence Organisation and its interaction with the city of Townsville – 2009).

  • BX2124: Behavioural Economics for Sustainable Policy (Level 2; TSV)
  • BX3023: Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (Level 3; CNS)
  • EC5205: Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (Level 5; CNS)
  • EC5217: Behavioural Economics for Sustainable Policy (Level 5; TSV)
  • EC5600: Independent Study (Level 5; TSV)
  • Socio-economic disadvantage.
  • Un(der)employment
  • Casualisation of the labour market
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Regional economic growth
  • 2016 to present - Associate Professor in Economics, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2010 to 2015 - Senior Lecturer in Economics, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2014 - Head Academic Group - Economics & Marketing, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Head of Economics Discipline, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Course coordinator - Graduate Diploma of Economics, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Course Coordinator - Bachelor of Economics (Honours), JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Course coordinator - Master of Economics, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2008 to 2010 - Lecturer in Economics, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2005 to 2008 - Research Fellow / Lecturer in Economics, University of Newcastle (Newcastle, Australia)
  • 2001 to 2005 - PhD student, Maastricht University (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 1999 to 2001 - Associate Lecturer in Economics, Maastricht University (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 1997 to 1999 - Research Consultant, Maastricht University (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2015 - Fellow - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (University of Maastricht, the Netherlands)
  • 2008 - Fellow - Centre of Full Employment and Equity (University of Newcastle, Australia)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 50+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Riccardo Welters from 2005 onwards.

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Gauging the value of flexible learning options for disenfranchised youth and the Australian community

Indicative Funding
$309,000 over 4 years, in partnership with Brotherhood of St Laurence ($18,000 over 3 yrs); Centacare Townsville ($15,000 over 3 yrs); Northern Territory Department of Education and Children's Services ($19,500 over 3 yrs); the Catholic Education Office ($19,500 over 3 yrs); the Edmund Rice Education Australia ($15,000 over 3 yrs); Victoria University Of Wellington ($6,200 over 2 yrs) and Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development ($18,000 over 3 yrs)
Flexible learning options (FLOs) for young people who have disengaged from schooling are expected to assist in raising educational attainment, but evidence of their economic and social value to date has been anecdotal. This project gauges the value of FLOs across three Australian states and the Northern Territory with the development of an analytic tool that takes into account the complexity of young people's lives together with their stories into an integrated analysis that provides rigorous evidence. The project develops a superior measurement of outcomes from educational interventions for wider use as well as specific findings to inform policy and practice about young people's access to education.
Sue McGinty, Riccardo Welters, Brian Lewthwaite, Katarina Te Riele, Val Wallace and Hurriyet Babacan in collaboration with Dale Murray, David Murray, Eva Lawler, Mary Retel, George Myconos and Tony McMahon (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, College of Business, Law & Governance, College of Arts, Society & Education, Victoria University (Melbourne), Cairns Institute, Edmund Rice Education Australia, VIC Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, NT Department of Education and Childrens Services, Catholic Education Office, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Centacare (Catholic Family Services))
alternative education; marginalised youth; cost benefit analysis

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Exploring the Role of Intentional Design in Online Collaborative Learning Contexts (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Indigenous Economic Development and Sustainable Livelihoods for Northern Australia. (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • UTAUT: Exploring Small Business Adoption of Facebook Technology for Consumer Engagement in Townsville, North Queensland. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • People Building Stronger Regions: an Empirical Investigation into the Determinants of Migration (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Quantifiable Evidence of the Integrative Model of Behavioural Prediction and Change (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Teaching 'Hope': Incorporating Hope Theory in Australian Law Students' Academic Experience (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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