Dr Rabindra Nepal


Lecturer in Economics
Honours Course Coordinator

Dr. Rabindra Nepal has an academic background in Economics and in recent times has applied the economics knowledge in understanding the global energy, environmental and development issues. His work has ranged from studying the industrial organization of network industries across OECD economies to unravelling the importance of rural energy access in developing countries. He is an internationally recognised energy economist and an active member of the International Association for Energy Economics. The RePEC database ranks him to be among the Top 25% economists in Australia based on the research contributions and publications outputs. He maintains research collaboration with The World Bank, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies at the University of Oxford, Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge, Durham Business School at Durham University, School of Economics at the University of Queensland, etc. on energy economics and policy matters.

 Dr. Nepal worked as the Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Economics of the University of Queensland prior to joining the CDU Business School in November, 2015. He is an elected current member of the LEBA Faculty Board and a member of the Business School Research and Research Training Committee as well as the Learning and Teaching Committee. Dr. Nepal is also the convener of the Business School seminar series.

Dr Nepal is currently the Honours Course Coordinator of Bachelors of Accounting (VACCH1) and Bachelors of Commerce (VCOMH1).

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Research interests

  • Industrial organisation of network industries
  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Applied economics (of energy, development, ecology)

Research Supervision

(only includes Principal Supervision at CDU)

PhD Candidate Maxim Rahman Maruf, Thesis title: ‘Green Tax: Challenges and the Way Forward.’

Completed:  Masters by Research Candidate Vikki McLeod, Thesis title: ‘Future Energy Options for Northern Territory.’


Teaching Interests

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Ecological Economics


Selected Publications (since appointment at CDU)

Refereed book chapters(s)

 9) Delivering Electricity Network Security: Economics, Regulation and Policy (with T. Jamasb), in Heffron, R. and Little G.F.M., Eds., Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US: A Reader, 1st Edition, Edinburgh University Press pp.45-49, June, 2016.

Refereed journal articles

Journal Rankings for each paper below is obtained from the most recent research assessment: 2016 Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) and ERA (2010).

 8) A Quarter Century Effort Yet to Come of Age: A Survey of Power Sector Reforms in Developing Countries (with T. Jamasb and G. Timilsina), The Energy Journal, International Association for Energy Economics, Vol. 38 (3), pp. 195-234, (2017). 

[ABDC – A]

 7) On Environmental Impacts of Market-Based Reforms: Evidence from the European and Central Asian Transition Economies (with T. Jamasb and C. Tisdell), Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol 73, pp. 44-52, 2017.

                                                                                       [ERA – A]

 6) Testing for Market Integration in the Australian National Electricity Market (with J. Foster), The Energy Journal, International Association for Energy Economics, Vol. 37 (4), pp. 215-238, 2016.                                                                                                                                 

 [ABDC – A]

 5) A Survey-Based Approach to Estimating the Benefits from Energy Efficiency Improvements in Street Lighting Systems in Indonesia (with M. Indra al Irsyad), Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 58, pp. 1569-1577, 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                               [ERA – A]

 4) Revisiting Electricity Liberalization and Quality of Service: Empirical Evidence from New Zealand, (with J. Foster), Applied Economics, Vol. 48 (25), pp. 2309-2320, 2016.

                                                                                                                                           [ABDC – A]

 3) Economic Reforms and Human Development: Empirical Evidence from Transition Economics (with A. Carvalho), Applied Economics, Vol. 48 (14), pp. 1330-1347, 2016.

                                                                                                                                                         [ABDC – A]

 2) Incentive Regulation and Utility Benchmarking for Electricity Network Security (with T. Jamasb), Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 48, December, pp. 117-127, 2015.

                                                                                                                                            [ABDC – B]

 1) Electricity Networks Privatization in Australia: An Overview of the Debate (with J. Foster), Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 48, December, pp. 12-24, 2015.

                                                                                                                                           [ABDC – B]


Professional Associations


  • International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE)
  • World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies (WSSET)

Funding and Grants

Since Appointment at CDU

  • LEBA Faculty Small Grant Scheme, Charles Darwin University, AU $4625 (2016)
  • LEAD Author Travel Grant for the chapter “Meeting Future Energy Needs (Energy Security) of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region”, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), US $3,000 (approx.) (2016)
  • Research and Matchmaking Conference Grant, UK AID, US $3,000 (approx.), Applied Research Programme on Energy and Economic Growth, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C. (2016)
  • Supporting Stronger Research and Collaboration (SSRaC), LEBA Internal Grant Funding, Charles Darwin University, AU $9,396 (2016)
  • Search and Visitors Funding Scheme, School of Economics at the University of Queensland, maximum AU $5,500 (2016)
  • Conference Travel Grant, LEBA Internal Grant Funding, Charles Darwin University, AU $1,000 (2015)
  • Conference Registration Funding, Energy Economics and Management Group (EEMG), University of Queensland, AU $ 770 (2015)
Dr Rabindra Nepal


T: 08 8946 8856
E: rabindra.nepal@cdu.edu.au

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