Chris Berg is a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, the world’s first dedicated social science research centre studying blockchain technology, based at RMIT University, Melbourne.
Dr Berg is one of Australia’s most prominent voices for free markets and individual liberty, and a leading authority on regulation, technological change, and civil liberties.
He is the author of nine books, including most recently Understanding the Blockchain Economy: An introduction to institutional cryptoeconomics and Cryptodemocracy: How blockchain can radically expand democratic choice.
Dr Berg is an Adjunct Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, an Academic Fellow with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, a Research Fellow with the University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies, a Founding Board Member of the Worldwide Blockchain Innovation Association and the International Society for the Study of Decentralised Governance, and is on the Academic Board of the Samuel Griffiths Society.
The impact of his research and scholarship is widely recognised in Australia and around the world. In 2019 he was awarded the RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact (Early Career Researcher) and the RMIT College of Business Award for Research Impact. He was awarded the Australian Libertarian Society’s ‘Libertarian of the Year’ prize in 2018.
His other books include The Classical Liberal Case for Privacy in a World of Surveillance and Technological Change, Against Public Broadcasting: Why we should privatise the ABC and how to do it, In Defence of Freedom of Speech: from Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt, Magna Carta: the tax revolt that gave us liberty and The Growth of Australia’s Regulatory State.
Dr Berg has been a regular columnist with the Sunday Age and ABC’s The Drum. In addition, his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Australian, the Australian Financial Review, and the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as magazines such as Quadrant, Spectator Australia, Meanjin, and Overland. He is a frequent media commentator on television and radio and appears regularly throughout the electronic press.
His scholarly contributions have appeared in journals such as Research Policy, Australian Journal of Political Science, Ledger, Econ Journal Watch, History of Economics Review, and The British Journal of Anaesthesia.
Dr Berg was a long-standing editor of the IPA Review, Australia’s oldest political magazine, published by the Institute of Public Affairs. Under his editorship, the IPA Review won the 2008 Sir Anthony Fisher Memorial Award for best magazine. He has been a regular contributor to the IPA Review since 2004.
He holds a PhD in economics from RMIT University, which was awarded in 2017. His thesis was titled Safety and Soundness: An Economic History of Prudential Bank Regulation in Australia, 1893-2008, and offered the first comprehensive history of the politics and economics of prudential bank regulation in Australia. The thesis was awarded the RMIT Prize for Research Excellence in the Enterprise category.
He also holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Melbourne. His undergraduate thesis was titled ‘The Biggest Giveaway in the History of the Nation’: A Legislative History of the 1962 Communications Satellite Act, and looked at the political economy of the creation of the United States Communications Satellite Corporation.