Professor Sue Richardson is Emerita Professor at Flinders University and Adjunct Professor at each of Flinders University and the University of Adelaide.
Sue taught for many years at the University of Adelaide School of Economics, and subsequently became Professor and Director of the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University. Her research interests are in labour economics, inequality, and the well being of children.
Sue is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a former President of the Academy and currently is the Chair of its Policy and Advocacy Committee and a member of its Executive. She is also currently a member of the Senior Advisory Panel of Deloitte Access Economics and of the Council of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
From 2010 to 2019 Sue was a member of the Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission, contributing to the annual setting of the National Minimum Wage and award rates of pay. She has also been a commissioner of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia and the Productivity Commission. She has been a director of the Pipeline Authority (high pressure natural gas pipelines), Enterprise Investments (venture capital) and Flinders Technologies (intellectual property). She has also been a member of many expert and advisory panels for the South Australian and Commonwealth governments, including on technological change, energy policy, nuclear power and migration. In 2012 she was appointed to the National Sustainability Council and as a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Australia’s adaptation to climate change. She was a member of the National Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for Child Protection from its inception in 2005 until 2015.
Sue was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to inclusive public policy and the social sciences. In 2019, she was made Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia.