About Us

Stephen Thornton (Dr.)  Social Economist BP61902_web - Copy

Stephen is principal of BG Economics. He holds degrees in economics (Macq.), social administration (UQ) and social science (UQ). He is a former business banker and asset manager with the Commonwealth Bank and academic at The University of Queensland where he tutored and lectured in social policy and politics from 2005 to 2010, being acknowledged in 2008 with a prestigious faculty teaching award.

Stephen has co-authored a number of published academic journal articles and conducted the first major study of the 2006 Howard Government welfare-to-work policy for people with disability. He has been acknowledged for his contributions to a number of books including the 6th edition of one of the world’s most popular academic texts, American Social Welfare Policy: A pluralist approach. His social policy interests are diverse and include the economics of drug and alcohol law reform; emerging food technologies such as 'clean' meat; growth in strata living; and animal welfare practices.

He is a member of the Economic Society of Australia (Qld) and the Association for Social Economics.


P62001-web-cropPaul Killerby  Consultant Economist

Paul is a social economist, strategic planner and researcher. He holds graduate degrees in management studies (Waikato) and applied statistics (Massey). He has published papers, articles and opinion-pieces in the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, Sustaining Regions Journal, International Journal of Social Economics, New Zealand Local Government Magazine, New Zealand Planning Quarterly and Social Policy Journal of New Zealand [selection of papers >> http://www.paulkillerby.wordpress.com].

Over the past 21 years as a consultant, Paul has undertaken more than 400 projects of varying types and scale, including developing and implementing strategic work programmes and projects for central and local government agencies and community and voluntary organisations.