2014 Scholars


Talia Avrahamzon

Supervisor: Dr Jerry Schwab, Director for the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Mentor: Michael Lye, Department of Social Services

Talia has been employed by the Department of Social Services since 2002, primarily in roles that focused on children, family and Indigenous policy, program development and implementation. Key roles included working with communities under the Remote Service Delivery National Partnership Agreement in NSW, developing a workforce development strategy for the Northern Territory Intensive Family Support Services, and undertaking community development with regional communities in NSW to establish the Commonwealth-State Flexible Child and Family Service initiative.
Talia’s research aims to use a qualitative mixed methods approach to understand the ethnic-racial socialisation of school children towards Indigenous history, culture and people. Increasing this understanding is central to designing effective, evidence-informed policies and programs that foster respect and understanding, and not just knowledge of culture and history of Indigenous Australia.


Martine Cosgrove

Supervisor: Associate Professor Peter Butterworth, Centre for Research of Ageing, Health & Wellbeing, ANU College of Medicine, Biology & the Environment

Mentor: David Morton, Department of Defence

Martine has been employed by the Department of Defence since 2007.  Martine’s most recent role was coordinating the implementation of the 2011 ADF Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy in Southern NSW.  Martine played a pivotal role in delivering a range of mental health services and mental health promotion initiatives to Army, Navy and Air force training in the area.  She was involved in practice-policy forums which informed primary mental health care policy development that improved the delivery of mental health services to members of the ADF.

Martine’s research will explore the determinants of psychological adjustment and mental health outcomes across the military lifecycle.  She will examine the interaction of individual characteristics with institutional conditions at different stages of the individual life-course to determine what factors influence health trajectories at points of occupational and personal transitions.  The research will inform the development of policy and interventions which promote and sustain practices to support positive psychological health outcomes.


Paul Hubbard

Supervisor: Dr Shiro Armstrong, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Mentor: Rob Heferen, The Treasury

Paul joined the Treasury as a graduate in 2006.  In that time he worked on tax policy, including the Australia’s Future Tax System review. He was seconded in 2010 to the Office of National Assessments for two years, before returning the Treasury’s International Economy Division. In 2013 Paul worked closely with the Indonesian hosts of APEC to launch a pilot Public Private Partnership (PPP) Centre, and managed the team responsible for the Treasurer’s attendance at the APEC Finance Minister’s Meeting in Bali.

Since commencing at ANU in February 2014, Paul has focused on understanding Chinese state owned enterprises (SOEs). This is important not just for Australian businesses and government dealing with individual Chinese firms, but also for understanding the likely long-term trajectory of the Chinese economy. Paul has presented his early findings back to the Treasury, to a joint ANU-Business Council of Australia roundtable in Sydney, and chronicles his ongoing research at chinasoe.wordpress.com


Rick Zentelis

Graduated 2017

Supervisor: Professor David Lindenmayer, Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU College of Medicine, Biology &the Environment

Mentor: Michael Healy, Department of Defence

Rick has been employed by the Department of Defence since 2005.  During this time Rick has been involved in the environmental management of the Defence Estate, developing the Department’s policies and approaches on biodiversity, heritage, biosecurity, bushfire and erosion.  Rick’s last position prior to commencing his scholarship was the development and implementation of the Defence Environment Management System – arguably the biggest EMS in the world.

Rick commenced his PhD program at the Fenner School of Environment and Society in 2014 and is looking at a better way to manage military training areas (MTAs).  His unique experience and in depth knowledge of environmental management ideally places him to develop a MTA management model that will increase training utility, reduce costs associated with training area management and increase environmental protection.  The model will have wider applicability to sectors such as forestry and agriculture.


Updated:  21 March 2018/ Responsible Officer:  Foundation Director/ Page Contact:  Sir Roland Wilson Foundation