Hans Hoegh-Guldberg: Short Biography

High school

  • Horsens, Denmark


  • Copenhagen University, Denmark, cand. polit. (cum laude), June 1958. Equivalent to MSc in Economics according to university website.


  • Danish Ministry of Agriculture (1956-58, until emigration to Australia in December 1958)
  • W D Scott & Co., management consultants, Sydney, economic forecasting and market research consulting (1959-64)
  • Co-founder and director, Philip Shrapnel & Co Pty Ltd, Sydney, forecasters and industrial market researchers (1964-73)
  • Senior consultant, PA Management Consultants, Sydney, urban and regional development, strategic planning (1973-76)
  • CSR Limited, Sydney, new business research, corporate planning management (1977-84)
  • Founder, Economic Strategies Pty Ltd, a consultant firm specialising in cultural and ecological economic research (1984-2011, located in Sydney until 1995, then moving to Oberon in the NSW Central West)
  • Entire focus on developing and editing the Music in Australia Knowledge Base after winding up Economic Strategies (2011-)
  • Joining the Music Trust as a consultant and continuing editor of the Knowledge Base (November 2013).

Selected Publications since 1985

  • The Australian Music Industry  for the Music Board of the Australia Council (1987)
  • Copyright — An Economic Perspective  for the Australian Copyright Council (1987 and 1994)
  • Books — Who Reads Them  for the Australia Council (1990)
  • Cultural Funding in Australia  for the Australia Council (1991)
  • Four Scenarios to 2008, "Indonesia Outlook", Economic Strategies Indonesia (1998). "Indonesia Outlook" was a service for Australian businesses with Indonesian interests conducted between 1995 and 1998 with wife Isobel Hoegh-Guldberg
  • Pacific in Peril: Biological, Economic and Social Impacts of Climate Change on Pacific Coral Reefs  for Greenpeace (Co-author with Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, David Stout, Herman Cesar and Axel Timmermann, 2000)
  • The Implications of Climate Change for Australia's Great Barrier Reef  for WWF Australia and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (Co-author: Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 2004)
  • A Statistical Framework for the Music Sector  for the Statistics Working Group or the Cultural Ministers' Council (Co-author: Richard Letts, 2005)
  • Climate Change and the Florida Keys  for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, Washington, DC, 2010.
  • Numerous other published reports on public libraries, climate change and other topics.

The Knowledge Base

  • Having worked with the Music Council of Australia (now Music Australia) from time to time since 2000, I proposed in 2006 that an original plan to develop a statistical database for music in Australia could be extended to include narratives as well. Between 2006 and 2008 (when this work was interrupted by other commitments), and again from late 2010, the Knowledge Base was the subject of intensive development under my editorship. It was transferred to the Music Trust with MCA's agreement in November 2013 when the Trust was formed. The intensive development continues, further motivated by the decision to develop a combined statistical and scenario planning approach to understanding the long-term prospects of the music sector.
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