David's Bio

David Dickson
Professor David Dickson

David Dickson has been professor in the Centre for Actuarial Studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne since March 2000. His main research interest is risk theory, in particular ruin theory, and he has published on a number of other topics.

David graduated with a PhD from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, in 1983. After leaving Heriot-Watt, David was an Actuarial Trainee with the Government Actuary's Department in London until 1985. David returned to Heriot-Watt as a lecturer in the Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics until 1992. From 1989-92 David also worked as a part-time lecturer at the Department of Social Statistics at the University of Southampton.

In 1993 David joined the  Centre for Actuarial Studies as a Senior Lecturer. He was one of the three initial appointees to the Centre, and served as the Director of the Centre from July 1999 to December 2008, and again in 2014. He also served as Head of the Department of Economics for the second half of 2012, and for the three years 2016-2018.

David qualified as a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (Scotland) in 1987 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia in 1996. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

David has a long-distinguished career in academia and in service to the actuarial profession. He has published 70 articles in refereed academic journals and has been recognised for the quality and impact of many of these articles.

He has received awards for his papers and books including the England Prize from the Faculty of Actuaries Students’ Society in 1988, the Jackson Prize from the Institute of Actuaries of Australia in 1997 and 2006, and a research prize from the Institute of Actuaries in 2003. He has also received awards for teaching and research from the Faculty of Business and Economics. Besides having published in academic journals in actuarial science, David has published 3 books and 2 monographs on introductory actuarial mathematics, life contingencies, risk models and ruin theory.

David has served as an associate editor for a number of prestigious journals including Insurance: Mathematics & Economics, North American Actuarial Journal, British Actuarial Journal and Annals of Actuarial Science. He has also served as an editor of the leading journal ASTIN Bulletin: The Journal of the IAA, from 2009 to 2018. Over the years, he has been an invited or keynote speaker at several international conferences in insurance and actuarial science, seminars, and workshops at universities across the globe. He has guided 11 students to their completion of a PhD and all these students currently hold positions in academia and industry.