Dr Lynne Chester

Bcom Melb, MPubPolicy Syd, PhD UNSW
Senior Lecturer

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5044

Biographical details

Lynne Chester has previously taught at the University of New South Wales and immediately prior to her appointment in Political Economy, had been a Senior Research Fellow at The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, Curtin University.

Prior to academia, Lynne spent over 25 years working in the Australian public sector including as a senior executive with two of Australia's largest utilities (EnergyAustralia and Sydney Water), as Chief of Staff to Federal Government Ministers, and an economic adviser to the South Australian Premier. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority and the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics, and the 2011 Reference Group for the Federal Government's forthcoming Energy White Paper.

Research interests

Lynne Chester's research focuses on the application of régulation theory to energy issues and the environment, energy security, electricity generation capacity, energy poverty, markets for electricity and carbon derivatives, markets for goods and services previously provided direct by government, and Australia's institutional architecture. She is currently working with the French CNRS Centre International de Recherche sur L'environnement et Le Développement on a project assessing the implications for generation capacity and end-use prices of climate change policies in liberalised electricity markets.

Associations

She is a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, Economic and Labour Relations Review, Journal of Australian Political Economy, and Evidence Base, and a reviewer for the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Issues, Review of Radical Political Economy, Energy Policy, Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, and The Energy Journal. Lynne is also a Committee Member of the UK-based Association of Heterodox Economics and a co-editor of the annual conference proceedings of the Australian Society of Heterodox Economists.

In the media

  • (2012), ‘The PM’s electricity plan: It’s a Band-aid not a cure, The Conversation, 7 December, [Available here]
  • (2012), ‘Explainer: what is peak power and how does it affect prices?’, The Conversation, 8 November, [Available here]
  • (2012), ‘Electricity and the power of choice – for whom?’, The Conversation, 25 September, [Available here]
  • (2012) (co-authored with Alan Morris), ‘Housing stress and energy poverty – a deadly combination?’, The Conversation, 20 September, [Available here]
  • (2012), Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Electricity Prices, 14 September, [Available here]

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • The impacts for low-income households of rising energy prices; Chester L; Australian Energy Market Commission - Consumer Advocacy Panel/Research Grants Scheme.
  • Australian Centre for Energy Storage Research (ACESeR); Maschmeyer T, Masters A, Vassallo A, Minett A, Lyster R, Crossley P, Hill D, Verbic G, Hyde R, Chester L, Frost G; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).
  • The Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society; McCalman I, Schlosberg D, Bashford A, Probyn E, Allon F, Giles P, Smith V, Marks P, Celermajer D, Mikler J, Chester L, Gurran N, Shrestha K, Lyster R, McManus P, Pritchard W, Neilson J, Byrne M, Wright C, de Berigny Wall C; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Schroeder, S., Chester, L. (2014). Challenging the Orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwell’s Contribution to Political Economy. Berlin: Springer.
  • Kriesler, P., Chester, L., Johnson, M. (2013). Heterdox economics and the crisis that won't go away. Sydney: Australian Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2012). Heterodox economics: Social provisioning in crisis-prone capitalism, Refereed papers: Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Heterodox Economists. Sydney: Australian Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2011). Heterodox Economics: Ten years and growing stronger! Proceedings of the 10th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference 2011. Sydney, Australia: Australian Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2010). Heterodox Economics: Addressing perennial and new challenges: Proceedings of the 9th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference 2010. Sydney: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2009). Heterodox Economics' Visions: Proceedings of the 8th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference 2009. Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.
  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2008). Contemporary issues for heterodox economics: Proceedings of the 7th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference 2008. Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.
  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2007). Heterodox Economic Perspectives on Contemporary Issues: Proceedings of the 6th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference 2007. Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.

Book Chapters

  • Schroeder, S., Chester, L. (2014). Introduction. In Susan K. Schroeder, Lynne Chester (Eds.), Challenging the orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwells contribution to political economy, (pp. 3-9). Berlin: Springer.
  • Chester, L. (2012). The Australian variant of neoliberal capitalism. In Damien Cahill, Lindy Edwards, Frank Stilwell (Eds.), Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market, (pp. 153-179). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Chester, L. (2011). An inevitable or avertable energy crisis? In Argyrous, G. and Stilwell, F (Eds.), Readings in Political Economy: Economics as a Social Science, (pp. 299-306). Prahran: Tilde University Press.

Journals

  • Chester, L. (2014). To change or reform capitalism: Addressing the ecological crisis. Review of Radical Political Economics, XX(X), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Chester, L. (2013). Dissecting the Conjunction of Capitalism's Environmental, Energy, and Economic Crises: The Example of One Liberal, Market-Based Economy. JEI: Journal of Economic Issues, 47(2), 485-494. [More Information]
  • Chester, L., Paton, J. (2013). The economic-environment relation: can post-Keynesians, Regulationists and Polanyians offer insights? European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention, 10(1), 106-121.
  • Chester, L. (2013). The Failure of Market Fundamentalism: How Electricity Sector Restructuring is Threatening the Economic and Social Fabric. Review of Radical Political Economics, 45(3), 315-322. [More Information]
  • Chester, L. (2013). The Organization, Operation and Outcomes of Actually Existing Markets: A Suggested Approach for Empirical Analysis. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 72(2), 386-422. [More Information]
  • Chester, L., Morris, A. (2012). A new form of energy poverty is the hallmark of liberalised electricity sectors. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 46(4), 435-458.
  • Jo, T., Chester, L., King, M. (2012). Guest editorial to special issue: Beyond market-fundamentalist economics: an agenda for heterodox economics to change the dominant narrative. On the Horizon, 20(3), 155-163. [More Information]
  • Chester, L. (2011). The participation of vulnerable Australians in markets for essential goods and services. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 68, 169-193.
  • Chester, L. (2010). Actually Existing Markets: The Case of Neoliberal Australia. JEI: Journal of Economic Issues, 44(2), 313-324. [More Information]
  • Chester, L. (2010). Conceptualising energy security and making explicit its polysemic nature. Energy Policy, 38(2), 887-895. [More Information]
  • Chester, L. (2010). Determining the economic-environment relation: a regulationist approach. International Journal of Green Economics, 4(1), 17-42. [More Information]
  • Chester, L. (2008). The Contemporary Growth Regime Has Been Ensured by the Australian State's Mutations (At Least until Now). Economic and Labour Relations Review, 19(1), 3-23.
  • Chester, L. (2007). Who Benefits From the Restructuring of the Australian Electricity Sector? JEI: Journal of Economic Issues, 41(4), 981-1001.
  • Chester, L. (2006). The Conundrums Facing Australia's National Electricity Market. Economic Papers, 25(4), 362-377.

Edited Journals

  • Chester, L., Jo, T., King, M. (2012). Beyond market-fundamentalist economics: an agenda for heterodox economics to change the dominant narrative - Special issue of 'On the Horizon'. On the Horizon, 20(3).
  • Chester, L. (2010). International Journal of Global Energy Issues Volume 33, Issue 1/2: Special Issue on Energy Security in the 21st Century. International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 33(1-2).

Conferences

  • Chester, L., Paton, J. (2012). Greening economic theory: Heterodox possibilities. 14th Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics, Paris: Association for Heterodox Economics.
  • Chester, L. (2012). Unravelling the roles played by derivatives and market power in electricity price formation. 11th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2012, Sydney: Australian Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L. (2011). Another variety of capitalism?: The Australian mode of régulation. 13th Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics: Economists of Tomorrow (AHE Annual Conference 2011), Nottingham, UK: Association for Heterodox Economics.
  • Chester, L. (2011). Australian capitalism: Mimic, mutant or black sheep? 10th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2011, Sydney, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L., Morris, A. (2010). Energy poverty: An escalating outcome of 'liberalised' energy markets. 9th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2010, Sydney, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L. (2009). Actually existing markets: The case of neoliberal Australia. 8th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2009, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L. (2009). Determining the economic-environment relation: A regulationist approach. 8th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2009, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L. (2009). Does the Polysemic Nature of Energy Security Make it a 'Wicked' Problem? International Conference on Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development EESD 2009. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (W A S E T).
  • Chester, L. (2009). How can we analyse real world markets? 8th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2009, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L. (2008). The (default) strategy determining the security of Australia's energy supply. 2nd International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) Asian Conference 2008, Australia: Curtin University of Technology.
  • Chester, L. (2008). The public policy labyrinth impacting on the security of Australia's energy supply: does it matter? 7th Australian Society of Heterodox Economist Conference SHE 2008, Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.
  • Chester, L. (2007). How the Australian state has mutated to secure and sustain the contemporary growth regime. 6th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2007, Sydney, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L., Johnson, M. (2006). A New Approach Needed For Australia's Infrastructure. 5th Australian Society of Heterodox Economist Conference SHE 2006, Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.
  • Chester, L. (2006). The impact of neoliberalism on the Australian electricity sector. 5th Australian Society of Heterodox Economist Conference SHE 2006, Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Schroeder, S., Chester, L. (2013). Political Economy at the University of Sydney: Challenging the Orthodoxy. World Economics Association Newsletter.

Other

  • Boucher, A., Chester, L., Bromfield, N. (2012), Lecture capture and student learning: Is there a relationship between learning outcomes and the use of lecture recordings?, University of Sydney Teaching Colloquium, September 2011 and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Research Meeting, October 2011.

2014

  • Schroeder, S., Chester, L. (2014). Challenging the Orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwell’s Contribution to Political Economy. Berlin: Springer.
  • Schroeder, S., Chester, L. (2014). Introduction. In Susan K. Schroeder, Lynne Chester (Eds.), Challenging the orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwells contribution to political economy, (pp. 3-9). Berlin: Springer.
  • Chester, L. (2014). To change or reform capitalism: Addressing the ecological crisis. Review of Radical Political Economics, XX(X), 1-7. [More Information]

2013

  • Chester, L. (2013). Dissecting the Conjunction of Capitalism's Environmental, Energy, and Economic Crises: The Example of One Liberal, Market-Based Economy. JEI: Journal of Economic Issues, 47(2), 485-494. [More Information]
  • Kriesler, P., Chester, L., Johnson, M. (2013). Heterdox economics and the crisis that won't go away. Sydney: Australian Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Schroeder, S., Chester, L. (2013). Political Economy at the University of Sydney: Challenging the Orthodoxy. World Economics Association Newsletter.
  • Chester, L., Paton, J. (2013). The economic-environment relation: can post-Keynesians, Regulationists and Polanyians offer insights? European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention, 10(1), 106-121.
  • Chester, L. (2013). The Failure of Market Fundamentalism: How Electricity Sector Restructuring is Threatening the Economic and Social Fabric. Review of Radical Political Economics, 45(3), 315-322. [More Information]
  • Chester, L. (2013). The Organization, Operation and Outcomes of Actually Existing Markets: A Suggested Approach for Empirical Analysis. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 72(2), 386-422. [More Information]

2012

  • Chester, L., Morris, A. (2012). A new form of energy poverty is the hallmark of liberalised electricity sectors. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 46(4), 435-458.
  • Chester, L., Jo, T., King, M. (2012). Beyond market-fundamentalist economics: an agenda for heterodox economics to change the dominant narrative - Special issue of 'On the Horizon'. On the Horizon, 20(3).
  • Chester, L., Paton, J. (2012). Greening economic theory: Heterodox possibilities. 14th Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics, Paris: Association for Heterodox Economics.
  • Jo, T., Chester, L., King, M. (2012). Guest editorial to special issue: Beyond market-fundamentalist economics: an agenda for heterodox economics to change the dominant narrative. On the Horizon, 20(3), 155-163. [More Information]
  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2012). Heterodox economics: Social provisioning in crisis-prone capitalism, Refereed papers: Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Heterodox Economists. Sydney: Australian Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Boucher, A., Chester, L., Bromfield, N. (2012), Lecture capture and student learning: Is there a relationship between learning outcomes and the use of lecture recordings?, University of Sydney Teaching Colloquium, September 2011 and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Research Meeting, October 2011.
  • Chester, L. (2012). The Australian variant of neoliberal capitalism. In Damien Cahill, Lindy Edwards, Frank Stilwell (Eds.), Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market, (pp. 153-179). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Chester, L. (2012). Unravelling the roles played by derivatives and market power in electricity price formation. 11th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2012, Sydney: Australian Society of Heterodox Economists.

2011

  • Chester, L. (2011). An inevitable or avertable energy crisis? In Argyrous, G. and Stilwell, F (Eds.), Readings in Political Economy: Economics as a Social Science, (pp. 299-306). Prahran: Tilde University Press.
  • Chester, L. (2011). Another variety of capitalism?: The Australian mode of régulation. 13th Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics: Economists of Tomorrow (AHE Annual Conference 2011), Nottingham, UK: Association for Heterodox Economics.
  • Chester, L. (2011). Australian capitalism: Mimic, mutant or black sheep? 10th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2011, Sydney, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2011). Heterodox Economics: Ten years and growing stronger! Proceedings of the 10th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference 2011. Sydney, Australia: Australian Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L. (2011). The participation of vulnerable Australians in markets for essential goods and services. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 68, 169-193.

2010

  • Chester, L. (2010). Actually Existing Markets: The Case of Neoliberal Australia. JEI: Journal of Economic Issues, 44(2), 313-324. [More Information]
  • Chester, L. (2010). Conceptualising energy security and making explicit its polysemic nature. Energy Policy, 38(2), 887-895. [More Information]
  • Chester, L. (2010). Determining the economic-environment relation: a regulationist approach. International Journal of Green Economics, 4(1), 17-42. [More Information]
  • Chester, L., Morris, A. (2010). Energy poverty: An escalating outcome of 'liberalised' energy markets. 9th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2010, Sydney, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2010). Heterodox Economics: Addressing perennial and new challenges: Proceedings of the 9th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference 2010. Sydney: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L. (2010). International Journal of Global Energy Issues Volume 33, Issue 1/2: Special Issue on Energy Security in the 21st Century. International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 33(1-2).

2009

  • Chester, L. (2009). Actually existing markets: The case of neoliberal Australia. 8th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2009, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L. (2009). Determining the economic-environment relation: A regulationist approach. 8th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2009, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L. (2009). Does the Polysemic Nature of Energy Security Make it a 'Wicked' Problem? International Conference on Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development EESD 2009. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (W A S E T).
  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2009). Heterodox Economics' Visions: Proceedings of the 8th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference 2009. Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.
  • Chester, L. (2009). How can we analyse real world markets? 8th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2009, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.

2008

  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2008). Contemporary issues for heterodox economics: Proceedings of the 7th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference 2008. Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.
  • Chester, L. (2008). The (default) strategy determining the security of Australia's energy supply. 2nd International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) Asian Conference 2008, Australia: Curtin University of Technology.
  • Chester, L. (2008). The Contemporary Growth Regime Has Been Ensured by the Australian State's Mutations (At Least until Now). Economic and Labour Relations Review, 19(1), 3-23.
  • Chester, L. (2008). The public policy labyrinth impacting on the security of Australia's energy supply: does it matter? 7th Australian Society of Heterodox Economist Conference SHE 2008, Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.

2007

  • Chester, L., Johnson, M., Kriesler, P. (2007). Heterodox Economic Perspectives on Contemporary Issues: Proceedings of the 6th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference 2007. Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.
  • Chester, L. (2007). How the Australian state has mutated to secure and sustain the contemporary growth regime. 6th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2007, Sydney, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Chester, L. (2007). Who Benefits From the Restructuring of the Australian Electricity Sector? JEI: Journal of Economic Issues, 41(4), 981-1001.

2006

  • Chester, L., Johnson, M. (2006). A New Approach Needed For Australia's Infrastructure. 5th Australian Society of Heterodox Economist Conference SHE 2006, Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.
  • Chester, L. (2006). The Conundrums Facing Australia's National Electricity Market. Economic Papers, 25(4), 362-377.
  • Chester, L. (2006). The impact of neoliberalism on the Australian electricity sector. 5th Australian Society of Heterodox Economist Conference SHE 2006, Australia: University of New South Wales - Faculty of Commerce & Economics.

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