Dr Carolyn Tran

Carolyn TranDr Carolyn Tran is a Senior Research Officer with the NSW Public Policy Institute, a joint venture of Western Sydney University, the University of Technology Sydney, and the University of Sydney.

Carolyn’s previous appointments include Discipline Leader in Business, MBA Program Manager, Director of Scholarship of Learning and Teaching at International College of Management, Sydney (2018-2020), Educational Consultant for a World Bank project (2015), and Vice Rector of a Vietnamese College (2005-2013).

Carolyn's research interests include efficiency analysis of Education, Public Policy Analysis, Applied Econometrics, Education Economics, Development Economics, Competitiveness Capacity, Public Administration and Socio-economics.


  • PHD, 2016, University of New England
  • MA, 1997, Development Economics, International Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands
  • BA, 1998, English, Hanoi University of Foreign Languages
  • BBus, 1994, Business Management, Ho Chi Minh University of Economics

Selected Publications

Tran, C-D.T.T. and Dollery, B 2020, All in the mind: Does strong financial performance in local government generate greater citizen satisfaction? American Accounting Review.

Tran, C-D.T.T. and Dollery, B 2020, Does Municipal Efficiency Affect Citizen Satisfaction? An Empirical Analysis of Efficiency and Effectiveness in Victorian Local Government. Public Administration Quarterly.

Tran, C-D.T.T. Battese, G, & Villano, R 2020, Administrative capacity assessment in higher education: The case of universities in Vietnam. International Journal of Educational Development.

Tran, C-D.T.T. 2020, Cost efficiency – one size fits all? A university-level analysis of economies of scale and scope in Vietnamese higher education. Asia Pacific Journal of Education.

Tran, C-D.T.T. 2020, Productivity growth of private universities in Vietnam: Revisiting the 2005 Higher Education Reform Agenda. International Journal of Education Economics and Development, 11(3), 292-313.

Tran, C-D.T.T. & Dollery, B 2020, Examining efficiency differentials by council type in South Australian local government: An environmentally adjusted meta-frontier DEA approach. Public Administration Quarterly.