Dr Rahul Sen

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5037

Email: rahul.sen@aut.ac.nz

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  • 2003 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from National University of Singapore
  • 1996 Master of Arts in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, University of  Delhi, India
  • 1994 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics from University of Delhi, India

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Advisory Committee Member for the ILO funded project “Improving worker rights in globalising economies: Assessment of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements” involving the International Institute for Labour Studies, Employment and Social Development, Canada and State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland (2013 onwards)

  • Associate Partner, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia-Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand

  • Member, Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), Purdue University, Indiana, USA

  • Fellow, New Zealand-India Research Institute (NZIRI), Victoria University of Wellington


Rahul was previously a Research Fellow with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore from 2003-2007, prior to joining AUT in 2008. He is a recognized expert on economic integration in the Asia-Pacific, particularly related to Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), having published papers, articles, books and book chapters on the subject. In recognition of his expertise, his paper on FTAs involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) member countries was included at the 2006 IMF-World Bank Annual Program of Seminars in Singapore.

Rahul’s research findings have been widely cited by researchers working on Asian economic integration. He has also been invited to referee papers for several international journals, such as Economic Record, New Zealand Economic papers, The World Economy and the Southern Economic Journal. His recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles appeared in The World Economy and the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (Ranked A by the Australian Business Dean’s Council (ABDC) 2013 Economics Journal Rankings).

Teaching Areas:

  • International Trade Economics (Undergraduate)
  • International Trade Theory and Policy (Postgraduate)
  • Economics for Business (Professional Masters)
  • Master of Business –Dissertation/Thesis supervisor
  • Bachelor of Business (Honours) – Dissertation/Thesis supervisor

Research and Supervision Interests:
  • Global Production sharing and its implications
  • Asian Economic Integration and implications for New Zealand
  • India and the Global economy

Research Areas:

Research Summary:

Rahul is involved in two currently evolving areas of research in international trade. The first is the effects of trade and economic partnership agreements on deepening economic integration in the Asia-Pacific. His latest co-authored paper on this subject has been accepted for presentation at the 10TH Australasian Trade Workshop to be held at the University of Sydney in April 2015. He has already published a co-authored article in an A ranked journal in this area of research, with an academic from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2011, on the future of Trade Policy in Southeast Asia.

The second research area is that of global value chains, intra-industry trade and its impact on Asia-Pacific economies in the wake of their involvement in mega trade deals such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Rahul has co-authored a widely cited study on India’s prospects of joining the Asian International Production Networks in manufacturing sector. In 2014, Rahul was also invited by the newly established New-Zealand India Research Institute (NZIRI) based in Wellington, to present his ongoing research in this area, as well as to be a panel speaker at the New Zealand-India Diaspora convention organized by them in July last year.

In 2011, Rahul became an associate partner of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) an open regional network composed of leading trade research institutions across the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia-Pacific (UNESCAP) member countries, and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. Rahul is also involved in applied general equilibrium modelling of trade policy issues by becoming a member of Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) based in Purdue University, Indiana, USA. He successfully completed the 19th Annual Short Course in Global Economic Analysis in 2011, and is presently working on research projects involving the use of the recently launched multi-country GTAP 8 and 9 databases. He is also supervising a postgraduate student thesis on Impact assessment of Free Trade Agreements in Laos.

Current Research Projects:

  • Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava. Global production sharing in New Zealand compared to Australia
  • Rahul Sen and Badri Narayanan G. Integrating India into global production networks through RTAs and productivity gains: The case of the Auto-Parts Industry.
  • Rahul Sen, Sanchita Das and Sadhana Srivastava, Is an ASEAN Customs Union Feasible post-2015?
  • Pundarik Mukhopadhaya, Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava, Australia’s trade and investment linkages with China and India: A comparative analysis and implications for the deeper economic integration.
  • Don Webber, Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava. Trade Creation and Trade Diversion in ASEAN+6 PTAs.


  1. Siddique, M.A.B, Sen R., Srivastava S. (2016). Australia-Thailand Trade: An analysis of competitiveness and effects of the bilateral FTA. The Journal of Developing Areas 50 (5), forthcoming.
  2. Das S.B, Sen R., Srivastava S. (2016). Can ASEAN+1 FTAs be a pathway towards Negotiating and Designing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement by end-2015? Journal of World Trade, 50(2), forthcoming.
  3. Srivastava, S. and Sen, R. (2015). Production fragmentation in trade of manufactured goods in India: prospects and challenges. Asia-Pacific Development Journal, 22 (1), 33-66.
  4. Kumar, S., Sen, R., & Srivastava, S. (2014). Does economic integration stimulate capital mobility? An analysis of four regional economic communities in Africa. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 29, 33-50.
  5. Sen, R., Srivastava, S., & Pacheco, G. (2013). The Early Effects of Preferential Trade Agreements on Intra-Regional Trade Within ASEAN+ 6 Members. Journal of Southeast Asian Economies (formerly ASEAN Economic Bulletin), 30(3), 237-249.
  6. Sen, R., & Srivastava, S. (2012). Asia's international production networks: Will India be the next assembly centre? (No. 118). ARTNeT Working Paper Series.
  7. Bangkok, UNESCAP. Available from www.artnetontrade.org.
  8. Asher M.G and R. Sen (2011). India-New Zealand PTA: Broaden it for Balanced Gains, East Asia Forum, April 1, available online at http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2011/04/01/india-new-zealand-pta-broaden-it-for-balanced-gains/.
  9. Sen, R. & Sally, R. (2011). Trade policies in Southeast Asia in Wider Asian Perspective. The World Economy, 34(4), pp. 568-601.
  10. Sen, R. (2010), New Regionalism in Asia: The Case of the Singapore-Australia Bilateral FTA, International Journal of Business and Globalization, 4(4), pp.359-398.
  11. Sen, R. (2006). New Regionalism in Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Emerging Regional and Bilateral Trading Agreements involving ASEAN, China and India. Journal of World Trade, 40(4), 553-596.
  12. Sen, R. & Sally, R. (2005). Whither Trade Policies in Southeast Asia? The Wider Asian and Global Context. ASEAN Economic Bulletin, 22(1), 92-115.
  13. Sen, R. & Rajan, R. (2005). The New Wave of FTAs in Asia: Implications for ASEAN, China and India. ADB Volume on Asian Economic Cooperation and Integration. Manila: Asian Development Bank, pp.123-160.
  14. Sen, R., Rajan, R. & Siregar, R.Y. (2004). Misalignment of the Baht, Trade imbalances and the Crisis in Thailand. The World Economy, 27(7), 985-1012.
  15. Sen, R., Rajan, R. & Siregar, R.Y. (2003). Singapore and the New Regionalism: Bilateral Trade Linkages with Japan and the US. The World Economy, 26(9), 1325-1356.


  • AUT Excellence in Teaching Annual Award, Department of Economics, 2011
  • NUS Research Scholarship for Doctor of Philosophy, 1998-2000, National University of Singapore

  • NUS Graduate Assistantship, Department of Economics, 2001-02, National University of Singapore

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