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Cris Castro
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2020

Cris Castro

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Australian National University

Master of Leadership

Cris works at the Department of Education, Skill and Employment. He leads a team responsible for reporting and overseeing state and federal government investment in the vocational education and training sector. The first ten years of Cris’ public service career focused on Indigenous employment and economic development, policy development and program implementation. More recently, Cris has worked in strategic policy and corporate governance roles.

Studying a Master of Leadership, Cris is looking to extend his knowledge and understanding of the complex systems and relationships that drive organisational performance. Through his studies, Cris will be exploring how emerging organisational performance frameworks and leadership models can best be applied in the public service context, helping to ensure the APS retains its ongoing relevance to both the government of the day and to the public it serves.


Lisa Conway
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2020

Lisa Conway

Services Australia

Australian National University

Research title: Is the Australian Public Service culturally responsive?

Lisa has worked for the Australian Government for the past 15 years in a variety of roles, including service delivery, social work, community engagement, fraud prevention and human resource policy. Lisa has been recognised by her department for her work helping them better communicate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers and by the APS more broadly for her research and development of the Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness program for social workers.

Lisa’s research will focus on applying cultural responsiveness to policy design to enable innovative solutions to closing the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She hopes to identify opportunities and strategies to improve the cultural responsiveness of the APS.

Supervisor:
Dr Julie Lahn

Anthony Cowley
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2019

Anthony Cowley

Department of Social Services

Charles Darwin University

PhD title: How do the drivers of design and co-design for mainstream Federal Government grants affect the welfare of Indigenous Australians?

Anthony works at the Department of Social Services, contributing to the design and integration of performance and partnership functions under the Department of Social Services Grants Hub. He has over 20 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service, spanning several portfolios including Industry, Education, Health, Social Services and the Australian Public Service Commission. Seventeen of these years have been dedicated to working in Indigenous Australian policy and program delivery areas.

Anthony’s research uses a mixed-methods approach to examine the values and priorities that drive decision making by Australia’s federal public servants as they make critical choices about public spending (through grants) for social welfare.

Supervisor:
Professor Ruth Wallace

Joseph Chien
SRW Scholarship 2016

Joseph Chien

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian National University

PhD title: Using semantic technology to better capture labour market network dynamics for productivity analysis.

Joseph began his career in the APS as an ABS graduate in 2001. Prior to starting his PhD, Joseph worked in the Methodology Division and was responsible for data integration, access and confidentiality methodology. Joseph also spent three years in the Economics Directorate at the OECD working on global macro simulation models.

Joseph’s research is analyses complex labour market dynamics to better understand the micro drivers of productivity. He has combined semantic web and network analysis methods to study the connections between firms and employees, and their impacts on productivity. Joseph hopes that his research will shed insights on productivity drivers and help the APS make better use of administrative data.

Joseph has published several ABS working papers.

Supervisor:
Professor Alan Welsh

Martine Cosgrove
SRW Scholarship 2014

Martine Cosgrove

Department of Defence

Australian National University

PhD title: Ecological Perspectives on Strategic Military Mental Health Policy

Martine has been employed by the Department of Defence since 2007. Her research explores the Australian Defence Force’s strategic approach to mental health and wellbeing and how this influences the development of positive mental health in adults. Martine wants her research to inform the development of policy and interventions so as to promote positive mental health outcomes across the life-course and facilitate healthy transitions across the military lifecycle.

Supervisor:
Professor Peter Butterworth

Jennifer Chang
SRW Scholarship 2012

Jennifer Chang

Department of the Treasury

Australian National University

PhD title: Labour Supply in China

Since starting as a graduate at the Treasury in 2004, Jennifer’s work experience has involved rigorous analysis of Asian economies, a deep understanding of the Australian economy and an appreciation of the importance of effective international economic engagement.

Jennifer’s study examines the dynamics of the Chinese labour market and links to an analysis of China’s broader economic growth prospects.  A deeper understanding of the Chinese economy is of critical policy relevance, with China’s overall growth trajectory of particular importance to Australia’s prosperity.

Supervisor:
Associate Professor Jane Golley
 
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