Dr Taha Chaiechi is Australia Director, Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA), at JCU where she is also an Associate Professor of Economics. Currently, Taha is serving JCU as Expert Member @ Academic Board. Previously Taha has contributed to the governance and the Teaching & Learning profile of the College in different capacities. She is also Associate Editor-in-Chief, Bulletin of Applied Economics (ABDC tanked).

Taha served JCU as the Head, Economics and Marketing Academic Group from October 2014- March 2019, she is also the Program Convenor for Master of Economics. Furthermore, she served the University in the acting position of Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching from July-2018- Jan 2019. Taha is an expert in systematic modelling of dynamic relationships between economic, environmental, and social variables. Taha’s research attitude is holistic and inspired by issues in climate change and natural disasters, and their impact on different economic sectors such as public health, tourism, environmental, energy, and urban economics, which makes it especially suitable for sustainability analysis. Since 2011, She has been collaborating in several research projects exceeding $1million in value. 

Current projects:

  1. Taha is the General Chair for BEMAS Conference to be held in July 2021
  2. Taha is leading a flagship about Climate-Resilient Economies and Community Empowerment  
  3. Taha is editing the Research Training Workshop Series within CITBA
  4. Taha is the Executive Editor of an edited collection on "Economic Effects of Natural Disasters"  with Elsevier.
  5. Taha, Dr Simona Azzali, & Dr Caroline Wong are working on a project about Measuring social and physical well-being of age-friendly residential buildings.
  6. Taha and Dr Emiel Eijdenberg are working on a funded project called "The role of entrepreneurship in urban economics of tropical cities
  7. Taha, Dr Silvia Tavares, and Dr Caroline Wong are working on a funded project called "Urban Design and Economic Growth: a tale of two cities"
  8. Taha led a UN-Habitat Urban Thinkers Campus in Cairns 2019 
  9. Taha led a research team on ON-Prime Innovation Program

In her approach to Research and Engagement, Taha is committed to the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. Particularly, Taha focuses on SDG 8SDG11, SDG 13 and SDG 17.


Sep 2020  COVID Economy-Part 2

Sep 2020  The Incomplete Economy

April 2020 COVID Economy

Oct 2019 Millenials & Avocados

 Aug 2019 Planning on Future Sustainable Cities 

Read my 2019 articles in The Conversation

2018 Sustainability Communique-  facebook and Twitter.

Watch June Issue here

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June 2015                          Acknowledged contribution to the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, Submission 61, p. 2. 42  

May 2014                           Invited to speak at the “Environmental Research Workshop: Biodiversity and social-economic valuation” organised by Tom Farrell Institute For The Environment 

 October 2014                    Invited speaker on Economics- 101 at the “Professional Development Workshop” - Suncorp Bank Group

 December 2013                Interview with Dukascopy- Swiss Financial Television (on sentiment index)


 June 2013                          Invited speaker, “Extreme Climate events and macroeconomic synchronous response through a Post-Keynesian lens”. MSH Paris Nord - AMPK team Seminar (CEPN, Université Paris 13) 



.   Custom publication, BU1003 Economics for Sustainable Business (compiled by Taha Chaiechi), by McEachern et al, published by Cengage Higher Education (1st and 2nd eds)

. Custom publication, BU1007 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation (compiled by Taha Chaiechi), by McEachern et al, published by Cengage Higher Education (1st ed)

·        Textbook Review - Students resources and workshops (Economics for Today, 4th Asia Pacific edition - Published by Cengage Ltd.) (2012 and 2013)

·        Textbook Review (2012) and (2013)- invited to review three chapters of Principals of Economics 5th and 6th Edition- Published by Cengage Ltd.)

·        Textbook Adaptation (2013) -  Produced lecture presentations materials (Principals of Economics By Stiglitz and Walsh- Published by Wiley and Sons


  • BX2053: Workforce Economics and Analytics (Level 2; TSV)
  • EC5219: Workforce Economics and Analytics (Level 5; TSV)
  • LB5132: Multinational Corporations and International Markets (Level 5; ONL)
  • Economic Modelling and Forecasting
  • Urban Economics and Transformative Cities
  • Natural Resources and Energy Economics and Policy
  • Economic Impacts of Climate Change and Natural Disasters
  • Tourism Economics
  • Economic Impact of Urban Design and Planning
  • Executive Education, Leadership, Coaching
  • Economics for non-economists
  • Urban Economics
  • Multinational Corporations and International Markets
  • 2015 to 2020 - Program Convener, Master of Economics, James Cook University
  • 2018 to 2019 - Acting, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, James Cook University
  • 2014 to 2019 - Head of Economics and Marketing Academic Group, James Cook University (Cairns)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2020 - Invited Guest Lecture in Executive Master of Public Administration Program by The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
  • 2020 - Detailed Assessor, ARC Future Fellowships 2020, with the Australian Research Council
  • 2019 - Highly Commended- TropEco Excellence Award
  • 2019 - Nominated for JCU Awards for Excellence- Community Engagement Category
  • 2019 - Winner- TropEco Partnerships & Engagement Award
  • 2018 - Winner- TropEco Excellence Award
  • 2018 - Expert Assessor in ERA Research Evaluation Committees (RECs) with the Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • 2018 - Highly Commended-TropEco, Learning and Teaching Award
  • 2012 - Faculty Citation Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Students Learning”
  • 2012 - Appointed Peer Reviewer in ERA Research Evaluation Committees (RECs) with Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • 2011 - University Finalist in “My research in 3 minutes” competition, ECR category
  • 2011 - Inclusive Practice Acknowledgement Award, James Cook University
  • 2010 - Inclusive Practice Acknowledgement Award, James Cook University
  • 2008 - Best RHD (Research Higher Degree) Publication Award. University of Newcastle, Faculty of Business and Law
  • 2018 to 2020 - Associate Fellow, with Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • 2012 - Fellow in Resident with the Cairns Institute
  • 2012 - Appointed “Fellow in Resident” with the Cairns Institute
  • 2013 to 2014 - Wiley-Blackwell Digital Advisory Board Member for Economics
  • 2011 to 2013 - Member of Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research- (TropWATER)
  • 2011 to 2013 - Research member of Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Professional member of “The Economic Society of Australia” (ESA)
  • 2013 - Visiting Scholar to The CEPN (Centre d'Economie de Paris Nord) at the University of Paris 13

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 50+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Taha Chaiechi from 2003 onwards.


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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.

  • Sustainable meat consumption and consumer intention: Evidence from Pakistan (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Western Theory Versus Eastern Practice: Chinese Tourists and Toursim Suppliers (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Spatial and Longitudinal Variations in the Economic, Social and Environmental Factors of Life Satisfaction (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Opportunity Cost of Non-Inclusive policy in Indonesia (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The Impact of Financial Market Developments on Growth and the Effectiveness of Fiscal Policy (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The role of modern built heritage tourism on community wellbeing (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • An Exploration of the Transformational Experience of Students Undertaking a Postgraduate Business Degree who have not Completed an Undergraduate Business Degree (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Compassion Fatigue: Experiences of Human Resource Professionals in the Not for Profit Sector (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Rise and Demise of the Mining Community in Australia: A Socio-cultural and Economic Investigation. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Understanding the Integration of Best Practice Enterprise Wide Risk Management with Strategy and Performance: A Queensland Local Government Study (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The Impacts of Community Based Tourism (CBT) in Villages Surrounding Borobudur Temple on Tourist Spending and Economic Growth in Central Java (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Climate-Resilient Economic Development through Community Empowerment and Sustainable City Planning (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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