Dr. Uwe Kaufmann

PhD in Economics (The University of Adelaide), Masters of Commerce in Economics (The University of the South Pacific)

Senior Lecturer and Research Programme Coordinator

Research and teaching specialties

International Trade, Impact of Trade Agreements on Businesses, Services Trade, Non-tariff measures and Non-tariff barriers, Agriculture Trade, Supply and Regional Value Chains, Development economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Quantitative Methods, Research methods, Public policy, Tourism economics


Dr Uwe Kaufmann is AIB’s Research Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer.

He has more than 10 years of experience in academia with multidisciplinary specialization in international trade, public policy and the regulatory environment and their impact on business operations, economics, and sustainable development.

Uwe has worked on a wide range of research consulting and projects analysing the impact of policy on business performance and development. He has expertise in data and economic research and analysis, trade negotiation and the related preparations required for trade negotiations.

Prior to joining AIB, Uwe held a range of academic positions such as Associate Head Research and Academic Program Director for multidisciplinary postgraduate degrees in International Trade, Economics, Business and Trade Law at the University of Adelaide. He transitioned the delivery of the programs from a traditional face-to-face mode to blended learning by introducing and implementing e-learning.

Publications and Presentations


Findlay, C., Scollar, R. & Kaufmann, U. (Editors) (2011)  Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA) and Regional Integration. Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).


Book Chapters

Kaufmann, U. & Nakagawa, H. (2015)  Recent developments and changes in demand for tourism in Fiji. In Harrison, D. and Pratt, S. (Ed) Tourism in Pacific Islands: Current Issues and Future Challenges. Routledge.

Bora, B. & Kaufmann, U. (2010)  Economic Analysis and WTO Arbitration Cases. In Findlay, C., Parsons, D. and Pangestu, M. (Ed) Light the Lamp: Papers on World Trade and Investment in Memory of Bijit Bora. World Scientific Publishing Company, 2010.


Peer-reviewed journal

Kaufmann, U. (2010)  Pacific trade liberalisation and tariff revenues: a comment. Pacific Economic Bulletin. Vol.25, No.3, pp245-260.

Pomfret, R., Kaufmann, U. & Findlay, C. (2010)  Use of FTAs in Australia. RIETI Discussion Paper Series 10-E-042.

Kaufmann, U. (2009)  Pacific trade liberalisation and tariff revenues. Pacific Economic Bulletin. Vol.24, No.3, pp173-182.


Consulting Reports

Australia-Fiji Joint Economic and Trade Study (JETS) for the Governments of Australia and Fiji, September 2019. Co-Author with Professor Ronald Duncan, Professor Satish Chand, and Dr Haruo Nakagawa.

Review of the non-tariff measures of the ASEAN-Australia New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) for the AANZFTA Goods Committee and Working Group. Lead Author, May 2018.

Review of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) Health and Education Services and Investment Policies for the AANZFTA Services Committee and Working Group, June 2017. Co-Author with Professor Christopher Findlay.

Assessment of the Trade-related Development Assistance Needs and Capacity Constraints of the Forum Island Countries in relation to PACER Plus for Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA), June 2016. Co-Author with Professor Ronald Duncan, Professor Satish Chand, Dr Haruo Nakagawa, Mr Bill Bowen, and Mr Malcolm Bosworth.

Trade Impact Study for South Australia in Relation to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) for the Government of South Australia, December 2015. Co-Author with Professor Richard Pomfret.



Kaufmann, U (2018) “Trade Tools, Markets and Benefits from FTAs”, Training workshop for Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Danang and Hanoi 2018.

Kaufmann, U (2018) “Open Markets and Trade Agreements”, International Symposium on Regional Economic Integration and Trade Agreements, APEC Papua New Guinea 2018, Port Moresby.

Kaufmann, U. (2016)  Impact of the China Australia FTA on Manufacturing in South Australia. ChAFTA Business Outreach. The University of Adelaide and the State Government of South Australia, Adelaide, 22 March 2016.

Kaufmann, U. (2016)  Agriculture trade in South Australia and the China Australia FTA. ChAFTA Business Outreach. The University of Adelaide and the State Government of South Australia, Adelaide, 22 March 2016.

Kaufmann, U. (2016)  Case Study: Thailand and the automobile value chain in the context of regional trade agreements. Indonesia services short course. Australia Awards in Indonesia, Adelaide, 15 March 2016.

Kaufmann, U. (2015)  ASEAN Trade and Investment Update. 9th International Convention of Asia Scholars, Adelaide, 5-9 July 2015.

Kaufmann, U. (2015)  Making PACER Plus work for Pacific Island Exporters – the importance of Rules of Origins. Pacific Update conference. Organized by the Asian Development Bank, Suva, 2015.

Kaufmann, U. & Nakagawa H. (2014) Recent Developments and Changes in Demand for Tourism in Fiji. Islands & Small States Tourism Conference: Current Issues and Future Challenges. The University of the South Pacific, Suva, 2014.

Kaufmann, U. (2014)  Rules of Origin and the Use of PTAs. The European Conference on Politics, Economics and Law 2014. International Academic Forum, Brighton, UK, 3-6 July 2014.