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Professor Jenny Lewis

Professor Jenny Lewis
Professor Jenny Lewis

Jenny M Lewis is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and Director of the Policy Lab. Jenny is particularly interested in: expertise and the policy process; policy design; public sector innovation; and performance measurement. She has published widely in international journals, is the author of six books, and has been awarded American, European and Australian prizes for her research. Jenny has led numerous research projects and was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow for 2013-16. She is the current President of the Australian Political Studies Association. More information...

Dr Emma Blomkamp

Dr Emma Blomkamp
Dr Emma Blomkamp

Emma Blomkamp is the Research Coordinator at the Policy Lab. Emma is interested in creative and participatory approaches to policy design and evaluation. She joined the Policy Lab after leading social innovation projects for public sector and non-governmental organisations in New Zealand. Emma's award-winning PhD from the Universities of Auckland and Melbourne explores meanings and measures of outcomes such as community wellbeing in urban cultural policy in Australia and New Zealand. She co-edited the 2015 book Making Culture Count: The Politics of Cultural Measurement (Palgrave Macmillan). Her research on cultural policy, local governance and evidence-based policy has been published in international journals. More information...

Dr Erik Baekkeskov

Dr Erik Baekkeskov
Dr Erik Baekkeskov

Erik Baekkeskov is Lecturer in Public Policy and Political Science. His research seeks to answer why we get the policies we get through comparative studies of national policies and politics. In the past several years, Erik has studied infectious disease policies, and responses to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic in particular. He has also studied government reform processes leading to public-private partnerships. Erik's work has been published in journals such as Governance, Disaster Prevention and Management, Journal of European Public Policy, Policy Sciences, and Public Administration. More information...

Dr Andrea Carson

Dr Andrea Carson
Dr Andrea Carson

Andrea Carson is Lecturer in Media and Politics and serves as an Honorary Fellow with the University's Centre for Advancing Journalism. Her work examines changes in the news media - with a focus on investigative journalism - on political communication, and the role of digital technologies in both. She has done extensive research on journalism, Australian politics, party representation and voter behaviour, election campaigns and beyond. Andrea holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in International Politics from The University of Melbourne. She has taught courses on political communication, news media and politics and campaigns and elections at The University of Melbourne. She has worked previously as a print journalist, radio and TV producer and broadcaster. More information...

Professor Mark Considine

Professor Mark Considine
Professor Mark Considine

Mark Considine is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. His research areas include governance studies, comparative social policy, employment services, public sector reform, local development, and organisational sociology. Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. He has published award-winning journal articles and numerous books, most recently Welfare to Work: Street-Level Governance in Australia, the UK, and the Netherlands. Mark has also been associated with governments and the community sector in the implementation of a number of recent projects and organisational reviews. More information...

Dr Roberto Stefan Foa

Dr Roberto Stefan Foa
Dr Roberto Stefan Foa

Roberto Stefan Foa is Lecturer in Political Science and International Public Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Roberto's research examines quality of government, democratic transition, comparative survey research, and political methodology. He completed his PhD in 2016 at the Department of Government at Harvard University, and is a member of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, the Oxford Altius Society, and a Principal Investigator of the World Values Surveys. His academic work has been published in a wide range of international journals, and his non-academic essays have appeared in publications including the New York Times, Vox, and the Financial Times. More information...

Assoc. Professor Belinda Hewitt

Assoc. Professor Belinda Hewitt
Assoc. Professor Belinda Hewitt

Belinda Hewitt is an Associate Professor in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Belinda's broad research interests are gender differences in the experiences of family, work and health. Her research program has investigated: mothers' workforce participation, paid and unpaid labour in households, the factors that influence change over the family life course and the consequences of those changes for family members. Her research program has a strong focus on developing policy-relevant evidence. She is currently on a Future Fellowship examining the links between the family life course, health and wellbeing. More information...

Professor Yoshi Kashima

Professor Yoshi Kashima
Professor Yoshi Kashima

Yoshi Kashima is Professor of Psychology in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. He studies micro-macro dynamics about how culture is formed, maintained, and transformed, using a variety of research tools including experimentation, surveys, archival research, and mathematical modelling. He has co-edited six books, and written more than 180 journal articles and book chapters, on the topics including self and identity, stereotypes, culture of sustainability, and behaviour and culture change processes. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. He served as the President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology from 2014 to 2016. More information...

Dr Aaron Martin

Dr Aaron Martin
Dr Aaron Martin

Aaron Martin was educated at the ANU, the Institute of Political Studies (Paris), Stanford University and The University of Melbourne. He returned to The University of Melbourne as Lecturer (now Senior Lecturer) in Political Science Research Methods in 2010. Aaron's research focuses on political trust, young people and politics, public opinion and policy agendas. He is the author of Young People and Politics: Political Engagement in the Anglo-American Democracies (Routledge) and, with Keith Dowding (ANU), Policy Agendas in Australia (Palgrave). He is currently working on ARC-funded project 'Understanding the Causes of Political Thrust through Survey Experiments.' Aaron is a member of the Steering Committee for Vote Compass and in 2014 was a Visiting Researcher at McGill and Princeton. More information...

Dr Michael McGann

Dr Michael McGann
Dr Michael McGann

Michael McGann is a Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences. His work focuses on the intersection between employment and disadvantage, specialising in particular on issues related to ageing and employment, welfare reform and public employment services. Michael also has an interest in political philosophy (egalitarianism, multiculturalism) and he has published widely in international journals including Social Policy and Society, Work, Employment and Society, and Ageing and Society. Michael also has experience of working in the community and public sectors, having previously worked as a researcher with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Parliament of Victoria. More information...

Dr Irma Mooi-Reci

Dr Irma Mooi-Reci
Dr Irma Mooi-Reci

Irma Mooi-Reci studies employment instability and its implications for labour market outcomes. Her research agenda encompasses three main areas: (1) the socioeconomic consequences of unemployment, joblessness and casual employment; (2) the intergenerational consequences of joblessness; (3) application and innovation of quantitative methods for panel data. She is adjunct senior research fellow of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; associate of the Centre for Vocational and Educational Pathways at The University of Melbourne; and a fellow of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course where she is involved in the data reference group that aims to improve the Big Data potential in Australia. More information...

Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves

Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves
Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves

Barbara Barbosa Neves is a sociologist of technology studying digital technologies, ageing, social capital, and social inclusion in a life course perspective. Currently, she is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Melbourne. Previously, she was Associate Director and Research Fellow of the Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Toronto. Her research has been published in a range of top tier Sociology journals and Computer Science (HCI) outlets, including Social Science Research, Young, Journal of Community Informatics, CHI, and ASSETS. She serves as an elected board member of the 'Committee on Family Research' of the International Sociological Association. More information...

Dr Phuc Nguyen

Dr Phuc Nguyen
Dr Phuc Nguyen

Phuc Nguyen is a Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Melbourne. Phuc specialises in the welfare state, especially the delivery of employment services. She also has an interest in logistics and supply chain management. She has published three book chapters and several journal articles. More information...




Dr Leah Ruppanner

Dr Leah Ruppanner
Dr Leah Ruppanner

Leah Ruppanner is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology. Leah is a quantitative methodologist with expertise in: gender, family and family policies. Her research focuses on the impact of gender equality and family policy on individuals' lives through analysis of large cross-national data. Her research is published in a range of top tier sociology journals, and has also been featured in Slate, the Guardian and the Age. Leah has received grants including the Australian Research Council Discover Early Career Researcher Award and is a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre for Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. More information...