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Peter J Bligh
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship Graduated 2020

Peter J Bligh

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Australian National University

Graduate Diploma of Economics

Peter joined the APS in 2012. He has provided advice on program design, program management, strategic policy and regulatory administration for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. While doing this, Peter has embedded strategies to enhance Indigenous outcomes across the breadth of his work.

Peter is using his postgraduate study to continue to enhance Indigenous outcomes by applying economics to policy formulation and evaluation. He is also hoping to develop embedded understanding of issues involved in the coordination of economic policies, and better analyse the economic effects of policy changes and communicate them to a public, business or government audience.


Owen Freestone
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2020

Dr

Owen Freestone

Department of the Treasury

Australian National University

PhD title: Economic inequality over the life cycle in Australia.

Owen has worked in the APS since 2004. Since 2010, he has managed various teams within the Macroeconomic Group at Treasury, responsible for providing advice on the Australian and Chinese economies.

Owen’s PhD research explores the life-cycle dimension of income and consumption among Australian households, and how this is shaped by government policy. He looked to answer questions, such as the relative importance of individual differences versus other factors in explaining wage inequality in Australia, and the role that the tax-transfer system plays in cushioning workers from unexpected income changes. Owen has also published a number of research publications on economic topics like Australian household saving behaviour and structural change in the Chinese economy.

Supervisor:
Professor Robert Breunig
  • The Drivers of Life-Cycle Wage Inequality in Australia; Freestone, Owen. Economic Record Vol. 94, Iss. 307, (December 2018): 424-444.
  • China's unfinished state-owned enterprise reforms; Zhang, Dong; Freestone, Owen. Economic Round-up, 2013, Issue 2
  • The Rise in Household Saving and Its Implications for the Australian Economy; Freestone, Owen; Gaudry, Danial; Obeyesekere, Anthony; et al. Economic Round-up, 2011, Issue 2
  • Economic inequality over the life cycle in Australia; Freestone, Owen. 2020. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 

Dr Talia Avrahamzon
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2019

Dr

Talia Avrahamzon

Department of Social Services

Australian National University

PhD title: Everyday reconciliation at school: new celebrations and ongoing silences

Talia’s PhD explores how the education system engages in reconciliation at the policy, school and classroom levels as well as through the perspectives of children. Through a multi-disciplinary ethnographic inquiry into the everyday policies and practices in two urban primary schools on Ngunnawal Country, in the ACT education jurisdiction, the study responded to a gap in understanding how, why and for whom reconciliation is (re)constructed. The findings have implications for how individuals, organisations and the nation understand and engage with reconciliation beyond the education system.

Talia has been employed by the Department of Social Services since 2002 in various policy, implementation (including community engagement) and organisational culture (learning and development) roles. Talia’s current role is focusing on First Nation perspectives and engagement in disability policy and delivery. Since completing her PhD, she has also held positions in the ANU College of Arts and Social Science and holds a Research Fellowship position at the ANU Centre of Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR). Talia co-convenes the Indigenous Studies first year undergraduate course and has co-designed and delivered Indigenous Affairs, Policy and intercultural capability professional development and training packages. During her scholarship, Talia was a visiting scholar at Queens University, Belfast (2015) and Victoria University, Wellington (2019) where she maintains strong research and policy collaborations. 

Supervisor:
Associate Professor Jerry Schwab
  • Everyday Reconciliation at School: New Celebrations and Ongoing Silences; Avrahamzon, Talia. 2019. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 10.25911/5d77832701eef
  • Bar-Tal, D; Avrahamzon, T. (2016) Development of delegitimization and animosity in the context of intractable conflict. In Sibley, C. Barlow, F. (Eds) (2016). Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Prejudice. Cambridge Press. Cambridge.


Dr Nathan Deutscher
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2019

Dr

Nathan Deutscher

Department of the Treasury

Australian National University

PhD title: Empirical Essays in Intergenerational Mobility and Early Childhood Human Capital Formation

Nathan’s PhD research focused on intergenerational mobility—the extent to which economic outcomes are passed down from parents to children. Using maturing longitudinal datasets, twin studies and administrative data, his thesis examined how mobility varies across groups in Australian society, and investigated causal mechanisms, such as the role of nature versus nurture, and the potential impact of public policy.

Nathan has worked at Treasury since 2008 in a variety of roles across social and tax policy. He worked as a Departmental Liaison Officer in the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer’s Office between late 2011 and 2013, where he advised on individual income tax, indirect taxes and welfare policy. He is currently Acting Manager of the International Outlook Unit.

Supervisor:
Professor Robert Breunig
  • Empirical Essays in Intergenerational Mobility and Early Childhood Human Capital Formation; Deutscher, Nathan. 2019. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 10.25911/5d5147aea28f1
  • Baby Bonuses: Natural Experiments in Cash Transfers, Birth Timing and Child Outcomes; Deutscher, Nathan; Breunig, Robert. Economic Record, 03/2018, Volume 94, Issue 304
  • The Relationship between Immigration to Australia and the Labour Market Outcomes of Australian-Born Workers; Breunig, Robert; Deutscher, Nathan; To, Hang Thi. Economic Record, 06/2017, Volume 93, Issue 301

Dr Camille Goodman
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2019

Dr

Camille Goodman

Attorney-General’s Department

Australian National University

PhD title: The nature and extent of coastal State jurisdiction over living resources in the exclusive economic zone

Camille’s PhD focused on the nature and extent of coastal State jurisdiction over living resources in the exclusive economic zone. While the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea clearly gives coastal States ‘sovereign rights’ to explore, exploit, conserve and manage the living resources of the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone, the nature and extent of these rights—and the way in which coastal States can employ them—is not well understood. Camille’s doctoral research addresses this gap, reviewing and analysing the practice of 145 coastal States to articulate and justify a contemporary statement regarding the nature and extent of coastal State jurisdiction over living resources in the exclusive economic zone.

Camille has worked at the Attorney-General’s Department since 2005. She has provided advice to government on a wide range of public international law issues, with a particular focus on maritime law and international fisheries law. She has been the Australian Government legal adviser at international meetings and negotiations, and managed litigation before international courts and tribunals. Since completing her PhD, Camille has worked in various roles at the Attorney-General’s Department, including leading the Department’s Incoming Government Brief Taskforce during the 2019 election period. She is currently the Director of the Cabinet, Legislation and Estimates Section in the Strategy and Governance Branch.

Supervisor:
Professor Donald Rothwell
  • The nature and extent of coastal State jurisdiction over living resources in the exclusive economic zone; Goodman, Camille. 2019. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 10.25911/5d5149ad89340
  • Law Beyond Boundaries: innovative mechanisms for the integrated management of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction; Goodman, Camille; Matley, Holly. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 01/2018, Volume 75, Issue 1
  • Striking the right balance? Applying the jurisprudence of international tribunals to coastal state innovations in international fisheries governance; Goodman, Camille. Marine Policy, 10/2017, Volume 84
  • Rights, Obligations, Prohibitions: A Practical Guide to Understanding Judicial Decisions on Coastal State Jurisdiction over Living Resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone; Goodman, Camille. The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, 08/2018, Volume 33, Issue 3

Dr Paul Hubbard
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2019

Dr

Paul Hubbard

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Australian National University

PhD title: The nature and performance of China’s state owned enterprises.

Paul’s PhD, is on the “Nature and Performance of China’s State-owned Enterprises”. During his research, Paul was a frequent contributor to the East Asia Forum, and presented testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission in Washington DC in February 2016. He also spent a period as a visiting scholar at Peking University in 2015

Paul joined the Department of the Treasury as a graduate in 2006. Since April 2017, Paul has worked at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on international economic issues, attending three G20 Summits. In July 2018, Paul received a Secretary’s Excellence Award ‘for making an outstanding contribution to the Department's critical and strategic thinking across disciplines.’  Paul returns to ANU from time to time to present guest lectures and seminars relating to the Chinese economy.

Supervisor:
Dr Shiro Armstrong
  • Managing Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment; Hubbard, Paul. The China Quarterly, 12/2016, Volume 228
  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Multilateralism on the Silk Road; Callaghan, Mike; Hubbard, Paul.China Economic Journal, 05/2016, Volume 9, Issue 2
  • Where have China’s state monopolies gone?; Hubbard, Paul. China Economic Journal, 01/2016, Volume 9, Issue 1
  • Open government information in Chinese state-owned enterprises; Hubbard, Paul; Xiao, Weibing. Information Polity, 05/2017, Volume 22, Issue 1
  • A flying goose chase: China’s overseas direct investment in manufacturing (2011–2013); Xu, Jiajun; Hubbard, Paul. China Economic Journal, 05/2018, Volume 11, Issue 2
  • Chinese state owned enterprises: An observer's guide; Hubbard, Paul; Williams, Patrick. International Journal of Public Policy, 2017, Volume 13, Issue 3-5

Dr Nerida Hunter
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2017

Dr

Nerida Hunter

Department of Social Services

Australian National University

PhD title: Geodemographic and life course perspectives of population ageing in Australia: informing the policy response to population ageing

Nerida began her training in demography in 2010 at the university of California and subsequently joined ANU to complete her PhD as a Sir Roland Wilson scholar. Her PhD undertook applied demographic research of Australia’s aged and ageing population. She examined the size, structure and characteristics of the aged population across 328 regions of Australia, looking at; healthy life and working life expectancies; lifespan and life course disparity; and projections of growth and settlement of the aged population through to 2031. She was also a student affiliate of the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.

Nerida worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) from 2006 to 2015 on a wide range of social policy issues. She was the Departmental Liaison Officer in the Office of the Cabinet Secretary in 2008 and 2009 and also headed the International and Trade Analysis Unit for the Department of the Treasury during 2015 and 2016.

Supervisor:
Professor James Raymer
  • Geodemographic and life course perspectives of population ageing in Australia: informing the policy response to population ageing; Hunter, Nerida. 2016. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 10.25911/5d6e4ca407e6c

Dr Marie McAuliffe
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2017

Dr

Marie McAuliffe

Department of Home Affairs

Australian National University

PhD title: Self-agency and asylum

Marie’s PhD research examined the migration patterns, processes and factors involved in irregular maritime migration to Australia of Afghan Hazaras and Sri Lankan Tamils between 2008 and 2013. Her research focused on the conceptualisation of international migration, and irregular maritime migration specifically.

Marie started work with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in 2000. She has worked for the department in offices in Canberra, Seoul and Moscow. Marie has led branches and sections in DIBP, the Australian Public Service Commission, and the Department of Workplace Relations. She has consulted to the International Labor Organization as well as in the private sector. For three years Marie managed DIBP’s largest research programme as well as a research/analytical function on irregular migration.

Supervisor:
Professor James Raymer
  • Self-agency and asylum; McAuliffe, Marie. 2017. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 10.25911/5d149b842f660
  • Protection Elsewhere, Resilience Here: Introduction to the Special Issue on Statelessness, Irregularity, and Protection in Southeast Asia; McAuliffe, Marie. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 07/2017, Volume 15, Issue 3
  • Migration moderate, 'Master Weaver' and inspirational team leader: reflecting on the lasting legacy of Graeme Hugo in three spheres of migration policy; McAuliffe, Marie. Australian Geographer, 10/2016, Volume 47, Issue 4

Dr Rick Zentelis
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2017

Dr

Rick Zentelis

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Australian National University

PhD title: Bombing for Biodiversity: Integrating the Military Training and Environmental Values of Military Training Areas

Rick’s PhD looked at a better way to manage military training areas (MTAs). He used his unique experience and in depth knowledge of environmental management to develop a MTA management model that will increase training utility, reduce costs associated with training area management and increase environmental protection. The model is also applicable to sectors such as forestry and agriculture.

Rick has been employed by the Department of Defence since 2005. He 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.

Supervisor:
Professor David Lindenmayer
  • Bombing for Biodiversity: Integrating the Military Training and Environmental Values of Military Training Areas; Zentelis, Rick Aleksander. 2017. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 10.25911/5d6cf9df1db2e
  • Conservation: Manage military land for the environment; Zentelis, Rick; Lindenmayer, David. Nature, 12/2014, Volume 516, Issue 7530
  • Principles for integrated environmental management of military training areas; Rick Zentelis; David Lindenmayer; J Dale Roberts; et al. Land Use Policy, 04/2017, Volume 63
  • Bombing for Biodiversity—Enhancing Conservation Values of Military Training Areas: Bombing for biodiversity; Zentelis, Rick; Lindenmayer, David. Conservation Letters, 07/2015, Volume 8, Issue 4
  • Towards integrated management of Australia’s ecologically significant military training areas; Zentelis, Rick; Lindenmayer, David; Roberts, J Dale; et al. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 04/2018, Volume 25, Issue 2

Dr Suzanne Akila
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2016

Dr

Suzanne Akila

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australian National University

PhD title: Participation and the Protection of Citizens Abroad in International Law

Suzanne’s PhD examined how state and non-state actors participate in the protection of citizens abroad and why. It included in-depth studies of Australia, Germany and Mexico’s consular and protection frameworks and practice.

Suzanne is a Director in the International Legal Practice Group in the Legal Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has led the International Law Section, the International Law Advising and Treaties Section and the Sea Law and Antarctica Section. Suzanne was named Woman Lawyer of the Year for Government by the ACT Women Lawyers Association in 2018. She is a Visiting Government Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School and has taught international law at ANU. She completed her LLM specialising in public international law at University College London and her LLB at the University of Western Australia.

Supervisor:
Professor Hilary Charlesworth
  • Participation and the Protection of Citizens Abroad in International Law; Akila, Suzanne. 2015. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 10.25911/5d76383ea66a0
  • Australian Legislation Concerning Matters of International Law 2008. Akila, Suzanne; Cavenagh, Jennifer; Mackay, Emily; et al. The Australian Year Book of International Law Online, 2010, Volume 29, Issue 1
  • Networks of protection; Akila, Suzanne. Experts, Networks and International Law, 01/2017

Dr Michael McKenzie
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2016

Dr

Michael McKenzie

Attorney General’s Department

Australian National University

PhD title: Rethinking International Cooperation: Crime, Policy and Politics in Australia-Indonesia Relations

Michael’s research examines the conditions that promote criminal justice cooperation between Australia and Indonesia. He published a book based on the research, Common Enemies: Crime, Policy, and Politics in Australia-Indonesia Relations, with Oxford University Press in 2018.

Prior to commencing his PhD, Michael worked at the Attorney-General’s Department on legal capacity building in South-East Asia. His work focused on assisting countries in the region to strengthen their terrorism and transnational crime laws. After his research, Michael served as Counsellor (Legal) at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta (2016-2019). He currently serves as Minister-Counsellor (Legal) at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby. Michael is also a visitor at RegNet.

Supervisor:
Professor Veronica Taylor
  • Rethinking International Cooperation: Crime, Policy and Politics in Australia-Indonesia Relations; McKenzie, Michael John. 2016. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 10.25911/5d51467274772
  • Common Enemies: Crime, Policy, and Politics in Australia-Indonesia Relations; McKenzie, Michael. 2018.
  • Securitising transnational crime: the political drivers of police cooperation between Australia and Indonesia; McKenzie, Michael. Policing and Society, 03/2019, Volume 29, Issue 3
  • Market makers' optimal price-setting policy for exchange-traded certificates; Baller, Stefanie; Entrop, Oliver; McKenzie, Michael; et al. Journal of banking and finance, 10/2016, Volume 71

Dr Angelia Grant
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2015

Dr

Angelia Grant

Department of the Treasury

Australian National University

PhD title: Three essays on the US business cycle, expectations formation and model comparison

Angelia’s PhD researched business cycles and economic fluctuations, with a particular focus on comparing conclusions based on different economic models. She examined the role of particular structural shocks during the 2001 US slowdown and Great Recession, and whether the assumption of rational expectations or adaptive learning in a large macroeconomic model for the US economy provides a better model fit. Her thesis also proposes a new econometric method for computing a model selection criterion that is rarely used in applied work given its computational burden.

Angelia returned to the Treasury in 2015 as the Principal Adviser (Forecasting) in the Macroeconomic Conditions Division and then as the Head of the Macroeconomic Conditions Division. Angelia also continued to work as an academic. She has recently taken up a position as Principal Adviser to the Treasurer.

Supervisor:
Professor Warwick McKibbin
  • Three essays on the US business cycle, expectations formation and model comparison; Grant, Angelia Lee. 2015. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 10.25911/5d51464b32db1
  • The Early Millennium Slowdown: Replicating the Peersman (2005) Results; Grant, Angelia L. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 01/2017, Volume 32, Issue 1
  • The Great Recession and Okun's Law. Grant, Angelia L. Economic Modelling, 01/2018, Volume 69
  • Modeling energy price dynamics: GARCH versus stochastic volatility; Chan, Joshua Cc; Grant, Angelia L. Energy economics, 02/2016, Volume 54
  • A Bayesian Model Comparison for Trend-Cycle Decompositions of Output: MONEY, CREDIT AND BANKING; GRANT, ANGELIA L; CHAN, JOSHUA C.C. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 03/2017, Volume 49, Issue 2-3
  • On the Observed-Data Deviance Information Criterion for Volatility Modeling; Chan, Joshua C C; Grant, Angelia L. Journal of Financial Econometrics, 10/2016, Volume 14, Issue 4.
  • Fast computation of the deviance information criterion for latent variable models; Chan, Joshua C.C; Grant, Angelia L. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 08/2016, Volume 100
  • Reconciling output gaps: Unobserved components model and Hodrick–Prescott filter; Grant, Angelia L; Chan, Joshua C.C.Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 02/2017, Volume 75

Dr Neal Hughes
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2015

Dr

Neal Hughes

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences

Australian National University

PhD title: Water property rights in rivers with large dams

Neal’s PhD thesis focused on the design of water property rights in rivers with large reservoirs. Neal’s research involves the development of computational models of regulated river systems with large numbers of `artificially intelligent’ agents. You can read his thesis at nealhughes.net.

Since joining the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences in 2006, Neal has completed extensive research on a range of water and agricultural productivity issues. Neal is now the Director, Water and Climate at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy.

Supervisor:
Professor Quentin Grafton
  • Water property rights in rivers with large dams; Hughes, Neal. 2015. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 10.25911/5d612083a110d
  • The impact of water ownership and water market trade strategy on Australian irrigators’ farm viability; Wheeler, Sarah Ann; Zuo, Alec; Hughes, Neal. Agricultural Systems, 07/2014, Volume 129
  • Urban Water Management: Optimal Price and Investment Policy under Climate Variability; Hughes, Neal; Hafi, Ahmed; Goesch, Tim. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 04/2009, Volume 53, Issue 2
  • Trends in horticulture activity in the Victorian Murray region; Gupta, Mihir; Hughes, Neal. Agricultural Commodities, 03/2018, Volume 8, Issue 1
  • Shift from rice to cotton production in NSW Murrumbidgee region; Gupta, Mihir; Hughes, Neal. Agricultural Commodities, 03/2018, Volume 8, Issue 1
  • Drought and climate change are driving high water prices in the Murray-Darling Basin; Neal Hughes. The Conversation, July 18, 2019.
  • Better data would help crack the drought insurance problem; Neal Hughes. The Conversation, November 5, 2018.
  • Helping farmers in distress doesn’t help them be the best: the drought relief dilemma; Neal Hughes. The Conversation, October 23, 2018.
  • Australian farmers are adapting to climate change; Neal Hughes. The Conversation, May 23, 2017.
 
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