2013 Scholars


Shane Johnson

Supervisor: Professor Warwick McKibbin, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Mentor: Dr David Gruen, Prime Minister & Cabinet

Shane joined the Treasury as a graduate in 2001 and has worked in a wide range of policy advising roles. Prior to commencing his PhD in 2013, Shane worked in the Department of the Treasury’s Macroeconomic Policy Division.  In this role, he managed a unit responsible for providing advice on monetary and fiscal policy and financial market conditions.  Prior to this Shane was a senior advisor on the Australia’s Future Tax System Secretariat, where he primarily focused on the taxation of savings and investment.

Shane’s research interests include domestic and international tax policy and fiscal policy. His current research is focused on examining taxpayers’ understanding of, and responses to, the Australian taxation system.  Shane hopes his research will provide insights for the future design, implementation and administration of the tax system.


Eliza Murray

Supervisor: Professor Frank Jotzo, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Mentor: Steven Kennedy, Department of Environment

Since joining the Department of the Environment as a graduate in 2007, Eliza has contributed to a wide range of biodiversity and climate change policies, covering everything from national parks and forests to light bulbs and landfills. Before commencing her PhD, she was Director of Land Sector Policy at the (then) Department of Climate Change, where she played an instrumental role in the design of Australia’s Carbon Farming Initiative. Eliza graduated from the Master of Climate Change course at the ANU in 2012 and was awarded the Garnaut Prize for Academic Excellence.

Eliza is now conducting her doctoral research at the Crawford School of Public Policy, with the generous support of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation. She is investigating whether the proliferation of climate change initiatives outside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is leading to a fragmented, inefficient system, and whether it is possible to establish linkages to deliver a more coordinated and effective global response.


Michael McKenzie

Graduated 2016

Supervisor: Professor Veronica Taylor, Regulatory Institutions Network, College of Arts & Social Sciences

Mentor: Katherine Jones, Attorney General’s Department

Prior to commencing his PhD in 2013, Michael worked in the International Legal Assistance Branch of the Attorney-General’s Department.  In this role, he assisted countries in South-East Asia to strengthen and implement their transnational crime laws.  Michael previously worked at the Australian Government Solicitor, and spent two years on secondment to AusAID helping to establish the Australian Civilian Corps.

Michael’s research examines cooperation between Australia and Indonesia on criminal justice issues.  Drawing on interviews with over eighty participants in the cooperative relationship, the research seeks to identify the conditions that promote cooperation between the two countries.  Michael also hopes the research will provide insights for practitioners and scholars working on international cooperation in other regions and policy domains.

Michael is now Counsellor (Legal) at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also a visitor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific.


Agnieszka Nelson

Supervisor: Professor Matthew Gray, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, College of Arts & Social Sciences

Mentor: Serena Wilson, Department of Social Services

Agnieszka Nelson has been employed by the Department of Social Services since 2001. In her capacity as Director of Evaluations, Agnieszka has worked to strengthen the Department’s evaluation capability and culture through provision of training, advice and leading a team of researchers managing major policy evaluations. These include evaluations of income management trials in Northern Territory, Western Australia and in Place-Based sites.

In 2012, Agnieszka was awarded the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation PhD Scholarship.  Her thesis—a quantitative enquiry into the impact of welfare conditionality policy levers on youth disengaged from education, training and the labour market– seeks to understand the shifting objectives and effectiveness of welfare conditionality policy initiatives in Australia. Specifically, she is interested in examining the effects of sanctions and incentives on different treatment and comparison groups using longitudinal administrative data from Department of Social Services and Department of Employment— specifically constructed by her for this research.

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