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John Symons

Victoria University

About John

John is an economist whose research includes environmental economics and

economic analysis of investments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

(SDGs) in the health, education and road safety fields. Research partners include the

WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, FIA Foundation and the Murdoch Children's Research


Current projects are modelling investment in adolescent wellbeing for

the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), including the

developing toolkits at both the global and national level to allow the models to be

used by planners and analysts to produce their own benefit-cost estimates. The

results of the investigation will be presented at the WHO/PMNCH Global Forum for

Adolescents (1.8 billion Young People for Change) in October 2023.

John also worked with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute(external

link) and FIA Foundation to establish an investment case for road safety interventions

to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries for young people in Australia,

as well as low and middle-income countries. This work focused on active transport

and mobility issues specific to young people.

Conference Panellist

Presenting alongside Susanne Bransgrove

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