Dr Malcolm Anderson
Senior Honorary Research Fellow
Malcolm was educated in Western Victoria at Lismore State School and at secondary schools in Derrinallum (Victoria) and Narrandera (NSW). He completed his BA (Hons) in prehistory and anthropology at the Australian National University (1981), together with a PhD in economics at the University of Melbourne (1999).
He has held many appointments during his 20-year association with the University of Melbourne, including research fellow at the Melbourne Institute, the CSHE, and the Melbourne Law School. He has also worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Health Economics (Monash University), and as a fellow with the Centre for Classics and Archaeology at Melbourne University. He is also currently Honorary Assistant Professor with the Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC), in the University of Hong Kong.
His research has been mostly concerned with survey design and its associated statistical analysis. Designing thoughtful and thorough surveys is crucial to good research, and he laments the fact of widespread poor survey design (and limited use of statistical techniques) which hamstrings research to the point of seriously skewed and erroneous conclusions. A messed up questionnaire is a missed opportunity. His interests cover the use of statistics in social science, education, economics, health and values, archaeology and biblical studies.
He is currently researching the dynamics of political finance (campaign funding) and its regulation in Australia in a project entitled "Dollars and Democracy" at the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law (CELRL) in the Melbourne Law School.
And he is also writing an intellectual biography on William G. Dever, a pre-eminent American archaeologist who has worked, excavated and written on the archaeology of Israel over the past half-century. It was Dever who introduced the techniques and methodologies of American "New Archaeology" to excavations in Israel.
Social Science and Education Surveys
Malcolm's expertise is in the design, administration, analysis and reporting of social science and educational questionnaire-based surveying. Over the past two decades he has participated in one aspect or more of the design, administration, or analysis of the following surveys:
2011 School Social Choice Survey (for Windle, Monash University)
2010 Bible Study Resources and Congregational Needs Survey (Global Scripture Impact, Wayne, Pennsylvania)
2009 CSHE First Year Experience Survey (for James, Krause, Jennings, CSHE)
2006 CSHE AVCC National Survey of University Student Finances (for James, Devlin, Bexley et al, CSHE)
2006 Health Care Choices and Social Values Survey (with Richardson, McKie and Iezzi, CHE)
2004 Health Care Priorities Survey (with Richardson, McKie and Iezzi, CHE)
2004 Equal Access to Public Health Services (with Richardson, McKie and Iezzi, CHE)
2001 Managing Study and Work (with McInnis, Scott-Young & Hartley, CSHE)
2000 What Did You Do With Your Science Degree Survey (with McInnis & Hartley, CSHE)
1998 Employer Feedback Survey (with others, MIAESR)
1998 Graduate Destination Survey (with Harding and Liew, MIAESR)
1997 Graduate Destination Survey (with Harding, Liew and Scutella, MIAESR)
1996 Community Attitudes Toward the University Survey (with Baker, Dawkins, Johnson, Robinson & Shann, MIAESR)
1996 Community Economic Knowledge Survey (MIAESR)
1996 Green Jobs: New & Emerging Employment Survey (with Kenyon, Alden, Wallis & Wilson, MIAESR)
1995 Commerce Students Economic Knowledge Survey (MIAESR)
1995 Economics Study and Secondary School Student Subject Choices Survey (MIAESR)
1994 Economic Rationalism Survey (with Harris, MIAESR)
1994 What Children Think of Banks Survey (Centre for Economics Education, Melbourne)
1993 Religious Media Values Survey (MIAESR)
1993 Survey of Asian Academic Economists (with Blandy & Carne, MIAESR)
1992 Survey of Australian Economics Professors (with Blandy, MIAESR)
Review of John H. Walton, General Editor, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament, 5 Volumes, 2009, in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (2011) pp.282-286
"The Relevance of Personal Characteristics in Health Care Rationing", American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 70 (1), January 2011 (With Jeff Richardson, John McKie, Angelo Iezzi, and Munir Khan)
"Shareholder Primacy and Directors' Duties: An Australian Perspective", Journal of Corporate Law Studies 8 (2) October 2008 (With Meredith Jones, Shelley Marshall, Richard Mitchell and Ian Ramsey) (30pp)
"Academic Work Satisfaction in the Wake of Institutional Reforms in Australia" in Anthony Welch, (Ed), The Professoriate: Profile of a Profession, Springer, Dordrecht 2005 (with Craig McInnis), pp. 133-146
Graduate views on the quality and relevance of their course and University experience (Evaluation Cycle 2004) Summary Report, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, July 2005 (With Marcia Devlin, Robin Garnett, Carole Hooper and Richard James) (40pp)
Graduate views on the quality and relevance of their course and University experience (Evaluation Cycle 2004) Companion Report, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, July 2005 (With Marcia Devlin, Robin Garnett, Carole Hooper and Richard James) (175pp)
"The Structure and Funding of the School System" (Policy Forum: Government Policy and Performance of Schools), Australian Economic Review 38 (1), 2005 pp. 83-90 (with Brian Caldwell, Peter Dawkins and Stephen King)
"Employment Outcomes of Science Graduates in Australia: Implications For Choice and Diversity in the Curriculum" in Tertiary Education and Management, 9 (1), 2003 (with Craig McInnis, and Robyn Hartley)
What Did You Do With Your Science Degree? A national study of employment outcomes for Science degree holders 1990-2000, Prepared for the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS), Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, December 2000 (with Craig McInnis and Robyn Hartley) (100pp.)
"Economic Science In Evangelical Social Thought: A Missing Dimension of the English Christian Social Movement", Lucas: An Evangelical History Review (Sydney), No. 15, June 1993, pp. 21-43.
"Academic Economists on Trial: The Value of Economist's Opinions" (with Richard Blandy), Australian Quarterly, Vol 65, No. 1, 1993, pp. 482-97.
"What Australian Economics Professors Think" (with Richard Blandy), Australian Economic Review, 4th Quarter 1992, pp. 17-40.
"Accounting in Schools" (with David Johnson), Australian Economic Review, 4th Quarter 1992, pp. 79-88.
"Economics in Schools" (with David Johnson), Australian Economic Review, 3rd Quarter 1992, pp. 59-73.
"Historiography and Nineteenth Century Evangelical Social Concern in Britain", Lucas: An Evangelical History Review (Sydney), No. 2, March 1988, pp. 7-29.