Richard Denniss is the Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and a former Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Denniss was described by Mark Kenny in the Sydney Morning Herald as "a constant thorn in the side of politicians on both sides due to his habit of skewering dodgy economic justifications for policy". In October 2018, The Australian Financial Review listed Denniss and Ben Oquist of The Australia Institute as equal tenth-place on their 'Covert Power' list of the most powerful people in Australia.
Prior to his appointment at The Australia Institute, Denniss was Senior Strategic Advisor to Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown and was also Chief of Staff to Senator Natasha Stott-Despoja, former Leader of the Australian Democrats. Denniss also worked as a researcher at the H.V. Evatt Memorial Foundation (the 'Evatt Foundation'), a public policy organisation with strong links to the Australian Labor Party. His academic work has resulted in publications in various peer-reviewed journals, and he has lectured in Economics at the University of Newcastle.
During the 2000s Denniss' research focused on climate change policy  and tax policy. He also worked on a number of projects aimed at improving the measurement of government and economic performance including the 'Genuine Progress Indicator' (GPI), the 'Wellbeing Manifesto', and the state of Australian Government.
666 ABC Canberra produced and broadcast "An occasional series with 'The Moral Economist'" podcast starring Richard Denniss, in 2013. The series discussed economic issues from the dollar cost of a human life to preventative health care to who deserves welfare.
In 2015 Denniss delivered the 16th Manning Clark Lecture at The Australian National University. The speech drew from Clark's writings, identifying 'enlargers' and 'punishers' in Australian cultural, economic and political history.
Denniss is the co-author (with Clive Hamilton) of best-selling book Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough  and An introduction to Australian Public Policy (with Sarah Maddison). He co-authored Minority policy: rethinking governance when parliament matters with Brenton Prosser, a book that examines the operations of minority government and implications for public policy in Westminster systems. In 2016, his book Econobabble was published by Black Inc and Redback. Most recently, Denniss has published Curing Affluenza, a followup to Affluenza: When too Much is Never Enough, and is the author of the June 2018 Quarterly Essay, Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next.
- The Australia Institute research by Richard Denniss
- Article archive at The Monthly
- Article archive at The Australian Financial Review
- Article archive at The Canberra Times
- Recorded appearances
- The Australia Institute: "Organisational structure", retrieved 10 October 2013
- "Organisational structure". The Australia Institute. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
- "How the leadership coup changed our Power list". Financial Review. 2018-10-05. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
- "Richard Denniss". The Conversation. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
- Denniss, Richard (November 2008). "Fixing the Floor in the ETS". Australia Institute Policy Brief. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- Denniss, Richard (October 2008). "The case for a new top tax rate". Australia Institute Research Paper. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
- Denniss, Richard; Hamilton, Clive (December 2000). "Tracking Well-being in Australia: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2000 ". Australia Institute Web Paper. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
- Durber, Dean (October 2005). "Review of Affluenza: When too much is never enough". The Australian Public Intellectual Network. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- "Econobabble". Redback Quarterly. Retrieved 2016-04-17.