DR Diana Contreras Suarez

DR Diana Contreras Suarez


  • Development economics
  • Health Economics
  • Labour Economics (Gender Inequality)



  • I like my research to be driven by questions on how to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. My work focuses on understanding human capital formation throughout the life cycle. I use applied econometrics techniques to look into those questions and most of my expertise is in developing countries.   


Member of

  • Center for Development Economics and Sustainability. Advisory Committee (previous), Associate (current) 2015 -
  • Australian Health Economics Society. Member 2013 - 2018


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

    • “Does More Information Results in Better Health Care? Evidence from NBN Expansion in Australia”, w/ G. Aschwanden and A. Zaresani.  2018 – 2019. ESPRIt Hallmark Seed Funding Scheme University of Melbourne.
    • “Theoretical explanations for socioeconomic inequalities in multi-morbidity among adults”, w/ A. Singh, T. King and E. You.  2018 – 2019. ESPRIt Hallmark Seed Funding Scheme University of Melbourne.
    • “Social protection programs and children’s development” 2018 – 2019. University of Melbourne ECR Grant.
    • “Cash Transfers and Violence against Women”, w/ L. Cameron, V. Baranov and C. Thibout.  2017 – 2019. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
    • “Gender wage differences and skills mismatch”, w/ A. Alisjahbana and P. Pitriyan.  2017- 2018, ANU Indonesia Project and SMERU Research Institute Research Grant.
    • “Disability in Indonesia”, w/ L. Cameron.  2016-2017. (DFAT), Administered through the Australian Indonesian Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG).
    • “Gender Inequality in Indonesia”, w/ L. Cameron.  2016-2017. Trade (DFAT), Administered through the (AIPEG).


Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2015
  • M. Sc., National University of Colombia 2008
  • B.A., National University of Colombia 2005

Awards and honors

  • Monash University, 2012