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Associate Professor Margaret Giles

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5749, Mobile: 0432 662 101, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.453
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5749
Mobile: 0432 662 101
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.453  


Dr Margaret Giles is an Associate Professor in the School of Business and Law, and a Member of the Centre for Innovative Practice.


Dr Giles is available for consultation during semester as per notices on unit Blackboard sites.

Current teaching

  • Economics I
  • Economic Analysis for Business


Dr Margaret Giles commenced at ECU in July 2008. Margaret has previously worked in research, policy, and planning positions in State and Federal Governments and the not-for-profit sector, as well as in teaching and research positions within private and public universities.

Professional associations

  • Economic Society of Australia, Member and Committee Member (WA Council)
  • Graduate Women WA, Member
  • Hegg Hoffet Fund for Displaced Women Graduates, Geneva, Switzerland, Committee Member
  • Meta-Analysis in Economics Research Network (MAER-Net) (Hendrix College, Arkansas, US), Member

Awards and recognition

  • 2017 - Promoted to Associate Professor
  • 2012 - Dean’s Award for an A* Journal publication
  • 2012 - Best Paper (with P. Williams) at the 2012 Global Telehealth Conference, Sydney, November
  • 2009 - Inaugural Dean’s Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • 2008 - Joint winner of the Nina Buscombe Award from the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria

Research areas and interests

  • Determining the effectiveness of correctional education and training (with WA Department of Corrective Services)
  • Evaluating telehealth initiatives (with ECU and Silver Chain)
  • Labour economics including human capital and economic growth effects of education
  • Correcting for selection bias in the estimation of regression equations using Heckman’s two stage technique and the Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition method
  • Meta regression analysis and correction for publication bias in quantitative systematic reviews


  • Doctor of Philosphy, The University of Western Australia, 2003.
  • Master of Economics, The University of Western Australia, 1990.
  • Bachelor of Economics, The University of Western Australia, 1977.


Recent Research Grants

  • The Impact of Fitness Levels and Leisure-Time Exercise Patterns on the Risk of Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders among New Graduate Registered Nurses in Western Australia,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2014 - 2018,  $8,737.
  • A Future Beyond the Wall: Improving Post-release Employment Outcomes for People Leaving Prison,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2015 - 2017,  $1,658,760.
  • The economic and social impacts of contemporary music in Western Australia (WAM project),  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Capability Enhancement Scheme - 2015 or earlier,  2015 - 2016,  $28,410.
  • External Evaluation of the Industry Skills Centre Program, Victoria Prisons,  Department of Justice and Regulation,  Industry Skills Centre (ISC),  2013 - 2015,  $84,443.
  • Welfare and recidivism outcomes of in-prison education and training,  Australian Institute of Criminology,  Criminology Research Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $96,170.
  • Labour market outcomes of education and training during incarceration.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2011 - 2013,  $40,191.
  • Labour market outcomes of education and training during incarceration,  Department of Corrective Services WA,  Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $10,000.
  • Contract to Investigate Mechanisms and Costs Associated with Establishing a Sustainable Road Trauma Support Service in Western Australia,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2010,  $35,000.
  • Support services for people with intellectual disability: the cost of meeting and not meeting the need,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2008 - 2010,  $186,917.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Coventry, L., Pickles, S., Ong, M., Towell, A., Giles, M., Murray, K., Twigg, D., (2017), Impact of the Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner Role on Acute Hospital Length of Stay and Cost-savings for Patients with Hip Fracture: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(11), 2652-2663, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jan.13330.
  • Giles, M., Paris, L., Whale, J., (2016), The role of art education in adult prisons: the Western Australian experience. International Review of Education, 62(6), 689-709, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s11159-016-9604-3.
  • McWilliams, T., Hendricks, J., Twigg, D., Wood, F., Giles, M., (2016), Telehealth for paediatric burn patients in rural areas: a retrospective audit of activity and cost savings. Burns, 42(2016), 1487 ? 1493, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2016.03.001.
  • Newton, D., Day, A., Giles, M., Wodak, J., Graffam, J., Baldry, E., (2016), The Impact of Vocational Education and Training Programs on Recidivism: A Systematic Review of Current Experimental Evidence. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62(1), 187-207, DOI: 10.1177/0306624X16645083.
  • Giles, M., (2016), Study in prison reduces recidivism and welfare dependence: A case study from Western Australia 2005?2010. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 514(April), 1-9.
  • Pugh, J., Twigg, D., Giles, M., Myers, H., Gelder, L., Davis, S., King, M., (2015), Impact and costs of home-based trial of void compared with the day care setting. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(3), 559-569, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12525.
  • Giles, M., Larsen, A., Whale, J., (2015), Carving Out Employment Futures for Aboriginal Ex-prisoners in the Resource Sector. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 41(1), 38-57, Flinders University, Adelaide, National Institute of Labour Studies.
  • Giles, M., Thomas, M., Lewin, G., (2015), Ageing intensifies the care needs of adults living with Parkinson's Disease and their carers. Ageing International: information bulletin of the International Federation on Ageing, 40(4), 338-352, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s12126-014-9217-8.
  • Twigg, D., Myers, H., Duffield, C., Giles, M., Evans, G., (2015), Is there an economic case for investing in nursing care - what does the literature tell us?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(5), 975-990, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12577.
  • Stanley, T., Doucouliagos, H., Giles, M., Heckemeyer, J., Johnston, R., Laroche, P., Nelson, J., Paldam, M., Poot, J., Pugh, G., Rosenberger, RS., Rost, K., (2013), Meta-analysis of economics research reporting guidelines. Journal of Economic Surveys, 27(2), 390-394, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/joes.12008.


  • Powell, R., Ryan, M., Lambert, C., Cooper, T., Giles, M., Hope, C., (2016), Report for WA Music: Preliminary Economic Impact of the Music Industry in WA., Joondalup, WA, Edith Cowan University.
  • Giles, M., Whale, J., (2016), Welfare and recidivism outcomes of in-prison education and training., Australia, Criminology Research Grants.
  • Giles, M., Whale, J., (2013), Prisoner education and training, and other characteristics: Western Australia, July 2005 to June 2010., Joondalup, WA, Edith Cowan University.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Progress Of Anomie In Australia Between 2001 And 2011
  • Contribution Of Education To Economic Growth In Australia
  • Master of Criminal Justice by Research,  An Investigation Of Mobile Phone Use While Driving: An Application Of The Theory Of Planned Behavior

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Older Indigent Women?s Economic Crimes: Subsuming Feminism In Favour Of A Human Rights Explanation
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