Fellow of the Academy of Social Science in Australia, Life member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, Past President of the International J.A. Schumpeter Society. Current research interests include: the diffusion of innovations with special reference to the emergence of low carbon emission power generation technologies; modelling evolutionary economic growth with special reference to the role of energy; modelling the impact of climate change on the economy with a specific focus on the power generation sector; modelling the macro-economy as a complex adaptive system; applying self-organisation theory to statistical and economic modelling in the presence of structural change; the re-design of national power grids to accommodate renewable energy generation. He currently serves on the following editorial boards: Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Review of Political Economy, Journal of Bio-economics, Journal of Institutional Economics and, previously, the Scottish Journal of Political Economy and Economic Analysis and Policy. He is Director of the Energy Economics and Management Group at UQ and Focal Leader, Renewable Energy at the Global Change Institute. Previously, he was: Head of the School of Economics at UQ (1999-2008); Deputy Director of the ARC Centre for Complex Systems (2006-2008); Member of the Social, Behavioural and Economic Panel, ARC College of Experts (2005-2007); Member of the Expert Panel appointed by the Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation, Senator Kim Carr, to review the National Innovation System (2008).
Foster, John (2011). Economic systems. In Dov. M. Gabbay, Paul Thagard and John Woods (Ed.), Philosophy of complex systems (pp. 509-530) North Holland, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-52076-0.50030-4
Foster, John (2004). Econometrics and evolutionary economics. In: John Foster and Werner Holzl, Applied Evolutionary Economics and Complex Systems. The second European meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics (EMAEE), Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, (15-35). September 2001.