Richard Pomfret is Professor of Economics and Jean Monnet Chair in the Economics of European Integration at Adelaide University, and Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bologna Center. Before moving to Adelaide in 1992, he was Professor of Economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC, Bologna (Italy) and Nanjing (China).
He previously worked at Concordia University in Montréal and the Institut für Weltwirtschaft at the University of Kiel in Germany. In 1993 he was seconded to the United Nations, acting as Adviser on Macroeconomic Policy to the Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. He has also acted as a Consultant to the World Bank, UNDP, OECD and Asian Development Bank.
He has published over a hundred articles and seventeen books, including Investing in China 1979-1989; Ten Years of the Open Door Policy (1991), The Economics of Regional Trading Arrangements (1997, 2002), Constructing a Market Economy: Diverse Paths from Central Planning in Asia and Europe (2002), The Central Asian Economies since Independence (2006), and The Age of Equality: The twentieth century in economic perspective (2011), as well as textbooks on Canadian economic development, international trade theory and policy, and development economics.