Sean Turnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Macquarie University. A former Senior Analyst at the Reserve Bank of Australia, Mr. Turnell joined the Economics Department in 1991. Much of Professor Turnell's work has been concerned with the political economy and economic history of Burma. With Alison Vicary and Wylie Bradford, in 2001 he established Burma Economic Watch, an on-line resource of information and commentary on Burma's economy.
He was a Visiting Scholar to the Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge in 2000, and a Visiting Fellow to the Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, in 2006, and to the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in 2008. His writings on Burma include his 2009 book, Fiery Dragons: Banks, Moneylenders and Microfinance in Burma.