Professor Mark Considine
Professor Mark Considine is Professor of Political Science and Provost of the University of Melbourne. He is one of Australia’s most respected political scientists, with a career spanning both academic research and applied policy work for government and civil society organisations. He and his collaborators have won numerous major international research prizes, including the Marshall Dimmock Award (2000) and the Jan Kooiman Award (2013), for their comparative work on the contracting of employment services and the governance of welfare-to-work program delivery.
Mark has been an advisor to the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Program, and has worked with state and federal governments in the design of social services and strategies for place-based innovation. He assisted the Brumby Government with its review of employment programs and was seconded by the Gillard Government to the departmental Working Group to review the jobactive Star Ratings system. He was later appointed to chair the federal Working Groups charged with developing a quality measure for rating job agencies.
Professor Jenny M. Lewis
Professor Jenny Lewis is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Melbourne, and was the Founding Director of the Policy Lab at the University of Melbourne. Jenny is the Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Arts, and is currently President of the International Research Society for Public Management.
The author of six books and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters, Jenny is one of Australia’s most respected experts on public policy, with a career spanning policy roles in state treasury departments, academic research, and applied policy work for government organisations. This has included consulting for the Department for Victorian Communities on approaches to evaluating community development partnerships, and assisting the National Public Health Partnership and VicHealth to develop strategic public health priorities.
Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan
Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of New South Wales and a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She specialises in the study of welfare states, especially their delivery of employment services and 'mission drift'. Her recent research focuses on the delivery of contracted employment services. She also has an interest in animal welfare legislation, ethics and environmental matters.
Dr Michael McGann
Dr Michael McGann is a Research Fellow in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. His experience in social policy extends beyond academia, including working as research officer with the Parliament of Victoria’s Family and Community Development Committee, and as a Research Fellow with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Michael’s research addresses the intersection between employment and disadvantage, focusing on the labour market experiences of vulnerable groups such as mature-age workers and the long-term unemployed.
Dr Phuc Nguyen
Dr Phuc Nguyen is a Lecturer in Management at La Trobe University. Her research interests include the welfare state, employment services delivery, and public services contracting. She also has an interest in supply chain integration and sustainability.
Dr Wilma Gallet
Dr Wilma Gallet has a breadth of experience in the employment services sector spanning over 25 years including management and policy and program development roles within the public sector and the community sector. She was responsible for the establishment of The Salvation Army Employment Plus and as the founding CEO built this enterprise from a zero base to the largest community provider of employment services under the Government’s Job Network umbrella. She has a keen interest in the evolution of employment services and in particular how these services interact with other social service sectors such as the Homelessness Service Sector the Youth and Family Services Sector, Mental Health Services and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Service Sector to ensure that people with complex needs are effectively engaged and supported into meaningful and sustainable employment.
In 2010, she undertook a major project on behalf of the National Employment Services Australia (NESA) and Homelessness Australia focusing on developing strategies to assist Job Services Australia and Homelessness Providers to work more collaborative to provide integrated support services to homeless job seekers. In 2013, she was appointed to the Australian National Council on Drugs by the then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and served a 2 year term.
Wilma completed her PhD in 2016 at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis entitled Christian mission or an unholy alliance?: The changing role of church-related organisations in welfare-to-work service delivery focused on the impact of the contracting environment on the mission, identity and behaviour of church-related organisations delivering government funded welfare to work programs in Australia.
Wilma has a continuing interest in investigating the marketisation of welfare services and in particular the effect that the increasingly competitive environment has on the not-for-profit sector. She has authored various reports and journal articles and is currently engaged in a number of research projects specifically examining current issues that impact churches and their agencies. Wilma is currently acting as a Commissioner for the National Youth Commission into Youth Employment and Transitions, an independent inquiry examining challenges faced by young jobseekers.
Dr Sue Olney
Dr Sue Olney completed her PhD, False Economy: New Public Management and the welfare-to-work market in Australia, in 2016.
Sue is a Research Fellow in the Public Service Research Group UNSW Canberra and an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne. She has worked in state government, the not-for-profit sector and in graduate teaching and research at the University of Melbourne, and been part of numerous research teams, government inquiries, cross-government and cross-sector initiatives, committees and working groups examining governance, policy implementation and equity issues in employment, training and disability services in Australia. Sue is also co-director of the social policy discussion platform Power to Persuade and is on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Public Administration.
In 2019, the Entitlement to Experiment research project will host Niklas Andreas Andersen (University of Aalborg), and Associate Professor Jo Ingold (University of Leeds), for short visits and research collaborations.
Niklas Andersen is a PhD Fellow at the University of Aalborg within its Centre for Labour Market Research, who is currently undertaking a research project on local innovation in social and employment services.
Associate Professor Jo Ingold
Associate Professor Jo Ingold conducts research that focuses on the overlap between public policy and human resource management, and has led research projects studying employer engagement in welfare-to-work programs in the UK and Denmark.
Dr Sophie Danneris (University of Aalborg)
In 2018, the Entitlement to Experiment project hosted Dr Sophie Danneris Luthman for two months to conduct comparative work with the Employment Services research team.
Sophie holds a PhD in Sociology, and is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Sociology and Social Work at Aalborg University, Denmark. Her areas of research are social and employment policies, labour market participation for hard-to-place unemployed as well as qualitative longitudinal studies, conversation analysis and practice research.
During her visit, Dr Danneris Luthman presented a public lecture on her research examining changes in the Danish approach to welfare income support for those out of work. While Denmark is widely perceived to have a more socialist welfare regime, changes in its approach over recent decades have mirrored similar developments in liberal welfare regime countries like the UK and Australia. This has been accompanied by a shift towards putting income welfare recipients into work placements and developing their work experience to transition them into employment. In her qualitative research focusing on the experience of the long-term, vulnerable unemployed, Dr Danneris Luthman shows how these large-scale ideologies play out and are negotiated locally in meetings between the recipients and the government case managers. This research provides novel insights into the experiences of the hard-to-place long term unemployed and illustrates the difficulties and frustrations they experience with the system. It sheds light on how benefits and services are received and administered as well as on what is received.
Dr Sharon Wright (University of Glasgow)
Dr Sharon Wright is an international expert in welfare reform, specialising in the marketisation of employment services. Her research focuses on the lived experience of welfare policy recipients and front-line workers, and considers the agency of welfare subjects in networks of welfare governance. She is an expert Adviser to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow.
The Entitlement to Experiment research project hosted Dr Wright for two weeks in 2018. During this time, she gave a keynote address at the Jobs Australia National Conference on conditionality in welfare policy, and participated in a workshop comparing implementations of conditionality in welfare-to-work policies across Australia and the U.K., jointly hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University of Melbourne.