Professor Brian Dollery

Professor - UNE Business School

Brian Dollery

Phone: +61 2 6773 2500



My academic career began in 1976 as a temporary junior lecturer at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. In 1978 I took up a temporary position in the Economics Department at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa and then held this job in a tenured capacity until 1987. In 1985 I taught at East Carolina State University, Greenville N.C., U.S.A. and moved to Australia in February 1988 as a lecturer in the (then) Department of Economics at the University of New England. During a 1991 sabbatical I taught at the University of Cape Town for six months and at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska for a further six months. In 2002, I spent nine months on sabbatical leave teaching at Yokohama National University in Yokohama, Japan. I secured a Hobart Houghton Research Fellowship in the Department of Economics at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, and spent a month researching at that institution in early 2003. In 2006/07, I spent six months as a Visiting Foreign Scholar at Yokohama National University in Yokohama and a further month at that institution as a Visiting Foreign Scholar in June 2009. From December 2010 onwards, every year I have spent the two month period (December/January) as a Visiting Researcher at Yokohama National University. In 2016, I spent a five month sabbatical at Yokohama National University. In 2018/19 I spent a further seven month sabbatical as a Visiting Researcher at Yokohama National University. Over the period September 2019 to 30 June 2020 I was a Visiting Researcher at Yokohama National University. I enjoy drinking, cricket and rugby.


BA, BA(Hons), MA, PhD (Rhodes)

Teaching Areas

Australian local government, economics of public policy, public economics and microeconomics.

Research Interests

Australian local government, local government economics, local public economics, public finance.

Examples of Research Projects

To date, Brian has published 462 refereed journal articles, 42 book chapters and 17 books. Recent books include Perspectives on Australian Local Government Reform (2015), Funding the Future: Financial Sustainability and Infrastructure Finance in Australian Local Government (2013), Councils in Cooperation: Shares Services and Australian Local Government (2012), Local Government Reform: A Comparative Analysis of Advanced Anglo-American Countries (2008), The Theory and Practice of Local Government Reform (2008), Reform and Leadership in the Public Sector (2007) and Australian Local Government Economics (2006). Over the past two decades, Brian has closely worked with local government across all Australian states, largely in the area of municipal mergers, shared services , financial sustainability and urban water.

Research Supervision Experience

Supervision Topic Areas

I am prepared to supervise in the following topic areas:

  • Structural reform in local government.
  • Size and effectiveness in Australian local government.
  • Financial viability in Australian local government.
  • Empirical analysis of Australian local government, including scale economies, scope economies, efficiency analysis and performance analysis.
  • Local infrastructure finance.
  • Shared services in local government.
  • Leadership in local government.
  • Comparative local government analysis.
  • Australian fiscal federalism.
  • Applied topics in government failure literature.




Refereed Journal Articles

Chapters in Books

Entries in Major Works of Reference

Refereed Conference Publications

Working Papers

Non-refereed Articles

Recent Conference Papers

PhD Supervision

Research Grants

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Consultancy Interests

My consultancy efforts fall squarely in the area of Australian government, especially in the area of structural reform and amalgamation, as well as shared services, which is the major structural alternative to municipal mergers. I worked extensively on local government financial sustainability.