BEc(Hons) LLB(Hons) MEc(Monash) PhD (London)


Russell is recognised internationally for his work in energy economics. He has made contributions to modelling the relationship between energy consumption and GDP; estimating energy demand elasticities and using panel data with long time series to model the determinants of CO2 emissions. He has been a pioneer in examining the antecedents and implications of energy poverty using micro-datasets and using experiments to examine household behaviour with respect to energy. He has been at the forefront of developing new non-parametric panel data methods that have improved understanding of how energy variables vary with key economic measures over time. Russell was the co-author of the first study to model the time series properties of energy consumption, which has spawned a large subsequent literature employing more recent unit root tests on this topic.

Russell is also known for his work on Australian courts and judicial behaviour, being the first to test a number of theories in the law & economics and political science literatures with Australian data. He conducted the first studies for Australian courts in areas such as party capability theory, judicial voting behaviour and how judges allocate their time. 

1. Main Uddin, Choon Wang and Russell Smyth, “Do Government-initiated Energy Comparison Sites Encourage Consumer Search and Lower Prices? Evidence from an Online Randomized Controlled Experiment in Australia”, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2021) 188, 167-182.

2. Sefa Awaworyi Churchill, John Inekwe, Russell Smyth and Xibin Zhang, ‘CO2 Emissions and R&D Intensity in the G7: 1870-2014’, Energy Economics (2019) 80, 30-37. 

3. Wayne Geerling, Gary Magee, Vinod Mishra and Russell Smyth, “Hitler’s Judges: Ideological Commitment and the Death Penalty in Nazi Germany”, The Economic Journal (2018) 128(614): 2414-2449.

4. Alex Newman, Ingrid Nielsen, Russell Smyth, Giles Hirst and Susan Kennedy, “The Effects of Diversity Climate on the Work Attitudes of Refugee Employees: The Mediating Role of Psychological Capital and Moderating Role of Ethnic Identity”, Journal of Vocational Behavior (2018) 105: 147-158

5. Asad Islam, Chau Nguyen and Russell Smyth, “Does Microcredit Change Informal Lending in Village Economies? Evidence from Bangladesh”, Journal of Banking and Finance (2015) 50: 141-156.