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Lee-Anne Daffy
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2020

Lee-Anne Daffy

Services Australia

Charles Darwin University

Research title: Hearing the whispers of many: truth telling journeys of Aboriginal Australian women employed by the Australian Public Service through entry level programs

After completing her Masters of Business Management thesis, Lee-Anne returned to the Department of Human Services through the graduate program in 2011. In her current social work role, Lee-Anne contributes to the provision of compassionate and holistic support to Services Australia customers who present with complex life circumstances.

Lee-Anne’s doctoral research will inform governments, the Australian Public Service, various departments and academia of the significance entry-level programs have in changing the lives of Indigenous Australian women. Using predominantly qualitative analysis, this study has implications for fundamental shifts in employment outcomes in a way that directly influences levels of self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and, in turn, future generations.

Professor Ruth Wallace
  • 'Hearing the Journeys: The Factors that Impact Female Indigenous Entrepreneurship in Victoria'; Lee-Anne Daffy, Master Thesis, Master of Business Management, RMIT, 2011

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SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2021

Kayannie Denigan

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Australian National University

Master of Public Policy

Kayannie joined the Australian Public Service (APS) in 2015 after relocating from Far North Queensland. She has experience working across policy, customer service and program management roles in government, as a political staffer and in the not-for-profit sector in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership, training and reconciliation. At the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Kayannie manages policy, operations and heritage responsibilities in Australian territories.

Kayannie is Aṉangu Luritja with strong family and cultural ties to Bagarrmuguwarra and Kuku Yalanji Bama of Cape York. Kayannnie has an academic background in Aboriginal history and will undertake a masters by coursework with a focus on public policy, which she plans to use in future senior roles in the APS. Kayannie is interested in supporting and encouraging Indigenous women to consider executive roles across Indigenous-specific portfolios and the broader APS.

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SRW Scholarship 2022

Nikolai Drahos

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Australian National University

PhD title: Governing gas in a world transitioning to net zero - from natural to sustainable gas

Nikolai has been in the Australian Public Service since 2012, where he has led specialist research and analysis at the Climate Change Authority and the Office of the Chief Economist within the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Nikolai’s research focuses on the political-economy of the transition from natural gas to hydrogen, and the opportunities and challenges this presents for policymakers.

Dr Christian Downie
  • Ledesma, D & Drahos, N 2018, ‘Prices and crisis: LNG and Australia’s East Coast gas market’, Energy Insight, Vol. 30, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford.
  • Drahos, N 2019, ‘LNG spot price forecasting and the futures curve’, NG147, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford.
  • Drahos, N 2021, 'Australia’s gas trilemma: prices, exports and emissions', Energy Insight, Vol. 100, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford.

Fiona Dunne
SRW Scholarship 2019

Fiona Dunne

Attorney General's Department

Australian National University

PhD title: The Walker Talker Project: can a structured professional judgement tool help predict those at risk of violent extremism?

Fiona joined the APS in 2002, working as a psychologist across both state and federal government. Fiona’s experiences have broadly focused on risk assessment and driven her interest in better understanding extremist violence. She is passionate about applying research to real-world contexts and improving evidence-based knowledge to inform decision making. 

Fiona’s doctoral research investigates the use of structured professional judgement to indirectly, but reliably, identify, triage and manage risk associated with extremist violence. Being able to better differentiate factors salient to risk in an Australian context provides opportunities for early identification, intervention and disengagement.

Professor Katherine Reynolds
The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation is a partnership between The Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Public Service.