Chandra has extensive experience in labour market and economics of education research. He has completed many research projects for governments, both state and Commonwealth, and other public and private organisations. The projects cover a broad range of topics:
forecasting the supply and demand for labour
projections of replacement demand
future demand for teachers and nurses
rates of return to qualifications
geographical dimensions of social inclusion
analysis of course completions in vocational and higher education.
Jointly with Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES), Victoria University, Chandra is currently working on a project on pathways for students undertaking Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) for the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
For 21 years until 2016, Chandra was Associate Professor (Research) in the Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET) at Monash University. Previously he taught at Deakin University and in the Department of Econometrics, Monash University. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor at CIRES, Victoria University.