Prof Paul Johnson
Prior to his appointment as Warden of Forrest Hall in April 2017, Professor Paul Johnson served as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Australia (2012-17) and of La Trobe University, Melbourne (2007-11). Before moving to Australia, Professor Johnson served as Deputy Director of the London School of Economics (2004-7), where he had been a member of academic staff since 1984. He was an undergraduate and graduate student and post-doctoral fellow at Oxford University, from which he received his doctorate in 1982.
Professor Johnson has an international reputation and extensive publications in the fields of economic history and of population ageing. He has been an expert adviser on pension reform and the economics of demographic change to the World Bank, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, the British Government and the U.K. House of Lords.
He has served on a number of professional councils, learned societies and professional bodies in the U.K. and Australia, including the Economic and Social Research Council’s Research Grants Board, the Council of the Economic History Society, the Governing Board of the Pensions Policy Institute, the Advisory Committee of the Australian Research Council, and the Economic Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
He was elected to fellowships of the Royal Historical Society in 1987 and the Academy of Social Sciences in 2001. He holds dual Australian and U.K. citizenship.