Lachlan McDonald chose RMIT because of its strong reputation for applied development economics research.
The PhD (Economics, Finance and Marketing), provides a rare opportunity to delve deeply into a single issue which is of broad importance to society.
For Lachlan the program allowed him to draw on his own experiences, as well as the most up-to-date academic thinking, in order to address his topic.
“I chose RMIT because of its strong reputation for applied development economics research. In particular, there was a specific focus on the Pacific region, which is where my research interests lie.”
He says he also liked the thesis-only aspect of the PhD program, which suited his work and study arrangements.
Whilst completing his study Lachlan had the opportunity to spend considerable time undertaking field work in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
There he was able to travel to twelve separate communities across both archipelagos to collect survey information from households. He says the highlight was a trip across the coral reefs in a dugout canoe in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands.