Dr Ian Li

Started at UWA: 2008

Senior lecturer in health and labour economics

At its core, economics is about decision making around resource allocation and maximising
well-being. Dr Ian Li

Dr Ian Li is an economist working across the areas of health and labour economics. He is particularly interested in research with strong policy elements and seeks to work with policy makers and consumers for demonstrable outcomes. His recent work has included: 

  • Analyses of the nursing and public health workforce
  • Determinants and consequences of ill mental health and well-being
  • Higher education policy and equity, with a particular emphasis on graduate outcomes and student experience 
  • Economic evaluation of health programs, in the areas of cardiovascular disease, hearing loss and diabetes

Dr Li’s research program has been funded by numerous prestigious competitive schemes at the national level. His research has been published in top journals in the health and economics fields, and have established policy impacts at various levels of government. 

Dr Li serves the research community as a reviewer for multiple journals, assessor or panel member for nationally competitive grant funding bodies, and editorial responsibilities for peer-reviewed journals. Dr Li is an active collaborator with industry and government on commissioned research and consulting opportunities. 

Dr Li is also a passionate educator. He is the coordinator and principal lecturer for the health policy and economics units in the School of Population and Global Health, and directs the Public Health undergraduate program. He is a member of the Board of Studies (Management and Commerce) and the University’s Equity and Participation Working Group, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr Li seeks to provide his students with knowledge and skills in health policy and economics, while providing an excellent student experience. His excellence in teaching has been recognised by several teaching awards at UWA and a national teaching award from the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia. 

BEc W.Aust. - UWA
PhD Curtin
External positions:
Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor, University of Bonn

2017 Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching, Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia

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2015 UWA Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Investigator Award

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6 Excellence in Teaching awards from UWA



National Health and Medical Research Council Partnerships for Better Health – Partnerships Projects

  • An Intervention to Improve the Detection and Management of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in Primary Care (#1142883)
  • Brett, T., Arnold-Reed, D., Watts, G., Sullivan, D., Vickery, A., Li, I.W., Troeung, L., Heal, C., Hespe, C., Radford, J


West Australian Department of Health Research Translation Projects 2017 Round 11

  • West Australian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (WACOR): Does routine stratification for competing risks at the time of diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndromes improve outcomes and lower health care costs?
  • Schultz, C., Hillis, G., Briffa, T., Reid, C., Sanfillippo, F., and Li, I.W.


National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

  • Postgraduate Study and Graduate Employment: How do Equity Groups Perform?
  • Li, I.W. and Carroll, D.


National Priorities Pool 2017, Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, Department of Education and Training

  • Widening Regional & Remote Participation: Interrogating Outreach Programs across Queensland
  • National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, The University of Western Australia, Queensland University of Technology


National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

  • How does Student Experience at University Influence Academic Outcomes
  • Li, I.W. and Carroll, D.


WA Health Promotion Foundation Healthway (#24248)

  • Enhancing the Mental Health and Well-being of Children with Impaired Hearing
  • Cross, D., Atlas, M., Shaw, T., Eikelboom, R., Kickett-Tucker. C., Runions, K., Li, I.W., Coffin, J.


National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

  • Employment Outcomes of Disadvantaged University Students
  • Li, I.W., Junankar, P., Mavromaras, K., Mahuteau, S.


More grants and publications

Contact Dr Li

Dr Ian Li is available as a PhD, master’s and honours supervisor in topics related to health economics, labour economics, health policy and the health workforce.