Chris Schilling

Research Director (Demographics and Data)

Executive Team

Dr Chris Schilling is an accomplished health economist with more than 15 years of experience in economic modelling and research across academia, industry and consultancy.

At AIFS, Chris leads the Demographics and Data team responsible for three of Australia’s most prominent longitudinal studies: the longitudinal study of Australian Children (LSAC); the longitudinal study of male health: Ten to Men; and the longitudinal study of humanitarian migrants: Building a New Life in Australia. Chris and teams are responsible for a range of large-scale econometric analyses and modelling engagements using linked and longitudinal data. His work has influenced key policy debates around palliative care, mental health and wellbeing, productivity and low-value care.

Chris has a double degree in Engineering (Hons)/Commerce (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. He completed his PhD in Health Economics at the University of Melbourne where his thesis included a range of publications using individual-level observational data.

Chris maintains a link with the University of Melbourne where he continues to conduct research, guest lecture and supervise PhD students.


B.Eng(Hons)/B.Com(Hons), MSc (Agricultural Economics), PhD (Health Economics)