Cluster convener

Academic members

  • Professor Andrew Walter
    Interim Director of the Melbourne School of Government, Professor in International Relations

    Andrew's research interests include political economy, finance, regulation, international standards, institutions and governance.

  • Dr Clayton Chin
    Lecturer in Political Theory

    Clayton’s past research interests have revolved around the methodology of political theory; specifically focusing on the implications of social, cultural and intellectual pluralism on how we think and act politically. Currently, he has emerging interests in democratic theory, and how pluralism and the specific forms of social conflict require new thinking about democratic concepts and institutions in multicultural societies.

  • Dr Evgeny Postinikov
    Lecturer in International Relations

    Evgeny's research centres on International Political Economy (IPE) and EU Studies. He's particularly interested in the politics of trade, the links between free trade agreements and social issues, such as labour and the environment, and trade policy-making institutions. Prior to his position at Melbourne Uni, he was a lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He completed his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014.

  • Professor Fiona Haines
    Professor of Criminology

    Fiona Haines is Professor of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Adjunct Professor at the Regulatory Institutions Network at ANU and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia. Her research, which encompasses work on industrial disasters, grievances and multinational enterprises centres on white collar and corporate crime, globalisation and regulation. She is an internationally renowned expert in the area of regulation and compliance with published work in the area ranging from occupational health & safety and financial fraud to the impact of criminalisation of cartel conduct and most recently the challenges for regulation in the transformation of the National Electricity Market with the introduction of household solar PV and the capacity of new governance to resolve issues of human rights violations associated with the activities of multinational corporations. Her recent books include The Paradox of Regulation: what regulation can achieve and what it cannot (Edward Elgar, 2011) and Regulatory Transformations: Rethinking Economy Society Interactions, (Hart Publishing), 2015, co-edited with Bettina Lange and Dania Thomas. Her major current research projects include an analysis of how to hold multinational corporations accountable for human right's abuse, the social impact of coals seam gas exploration and rethinking regulation in an ecologically constrained world.

  • Professor Jenny Lewis
    Professor of Public Policy

    Professor Jenny M Lewis is Professor of Public Policy and the Director of the Policy Lab. In relation to this research theme, Jenny is particularly interested in: policy and governance change over time; performance measurement as a tool of governing; and the impact of public sector reform on street-level governance.

  • Dr Kate Macdonald
    Lecturer in Public Policy and Political Science

    Kate's research focuses on the politics of transnational production and business, with a particular focus on social, labour and human rights regulation of global business. Recent publications include The Politics of Global Supply Chains: Power and Governance Beyond the State (Polity Press, 2013), New Visions for Market Governance: Crisis and Renewal (with Shelley Marshall and Sanjay Pinto, Routledge, 2012), and articles in Ethics and International Affairs, Review of International Studies, Governance, Journal of Business Ethics, European Journal of International Law and Third World Quarterly. Kate is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, having held previous positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Australian National University, and Oxford University.

  • Dr Roberto Stefan Foa
    Lecturer in Political Science

    Roberto's research interests include governance, international survey research, comparative politics, global trends and political economy.

  • Professor Robyn Eckersley
    Professor and Head of Political Science

    Robyn's research interests include climate governance and policy, international climate regime, climate leadership, climate justice, climate change and democracy. Robyn is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics.

  • Dr Trevor Findlay
    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr Findlay’s research focuses on global governance of nuclear energy with an emphasis on nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation and the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Asia-Pacific regional nuclear governance.

  • Dr Luke Heemsbergen
    Teaching Specialist SSPS and Research Fellow MNSI

    Luke focuses on evolutions of radical transparency and democratic governance in the networked world and, more generally,  how new technologies inform political life. Luke previously served the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, while his grant supported research includes exploring new complexities of distributed governance in relation to socio-legal aspects of 3D Printing in the consumer and medical spaces.