Kevin Liu is the Undergraduate Program Co-ordinator of the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies at the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining UNSW in 2011, Kevin served in the research department at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). He has an honours degree and a PhD in Finance from the University of Sydney.
Kevin’s primary area of expertise is superannuation and retirement income policy. Kevin’s current research projects focus on the governance and performance of superannuation funds; regulation and supervision of superannuation and private pension funds; systemic risk in retirement systems; and retirement saving and investment decision making. Kevin has led and participated in grant projects attracting over $300,000 dollars in public and industry funding.
Kevin is also a regular contributor to superannuation policy discussions, and his research is cited by major public reviews and inquiries. He served on two APRA working groups on investment governance and trustee governance in conjunction with the post-Cooper Review (Super System Review) superannuation reforms. Kevin has been a consultant on superannuation governance and performance issues to APRA and Industry Super Australia (ISA), and was a member of the Productivity Commission’s Industry Roundtable on the efficiency and competitiveness of the superannuation system.
In the education space, Kevin is a multi-award-winning educator who is committed to empowering students by developing inspirational learning experiences through the integration of a career-focused educational approach and innovative educational technologies. As an EF Academic, he leads multiple teaching innovation projects and has led the development of six new courses for undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional students at UNSW Business School. Kevin co-directs the Sandbox Education Program. He pioneered the StoryWall Formative Assessment Model, which has been adopted in over 25 courses at UNSW Business School to engages students as partners in co-creating authentic learning experiences and active online learning communities. Kevin also leads teaching innovation projects that use advanced digital technologies to support student learning, e.g. Online Personalised Adaptive Revision Tool, Retirement VR (Virtual Reality). He is a founding member of two Learning and Teaching Communities of Practice at UNSW, and has jointly received $367,800 competitive learning and teaching funding. Kevin received the UNSW Business School Teaching Excellence Award for “A Program that Enhances Learning” in 2017.
Kevin is also a director of Understanding Super, a not-for-profit start-up that provides free financial literacy education through its online platform and mobile app to help young people understand superannuation.