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Katrina Howe
SRW Scholarship 2020

Katrina Howe

Department of Health

Australian National University

PhD title: Understanding the challenges associated with ‘off-label’ prescribing and repurposing of older medicines currently on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods to inform future policy development.

Prior to joining the Department of Health in 2010, Katrina worked on clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies both nationally and internationally. Whilst working for government, she has helped patients with rare, life-threatening conditions to access effective treatments; improve the sustainability of future PBS drug supply via pricing reviews; increase patient access to new and expanded pharmacy programs and protect public health through the scheduling of medicines and poisons.

Katrina’s research aims to evaluate the impacts of current medicines policy, regulatory processes, prescriber behaviour and clinical guideline content on ‘off-label’ prescribing and the potential repurposing of medicines. Australian and international policy perspectives will be studied. Katrina will use a mixed-methods approach to investigate factors that influence decision making in order to inform future policy development.

Supervisor:
Professor Emily Lancsar

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

Szabina Horvath
SRW Scholarship 2016

Szabina Horvath

Department of Defence

Australian National University

PhD title: Satisfying Australia’s applicable human rights obligations during extra-territorial armed conflict.

Szabina Horvath joined the Directorate of Operations and International Law at the Department of Defence in 2009. Szabina has provided advice on detainee management issues, maritime operations, domestic implementation of international legal obligations, gender issues, interrogation doctrine, and a range of other international humanitarian law issues, as well as human rights matters relevant to military operations.

Szabina’s research will examine Australia’s extraterritorial human rights obligations. Specifically, the research will consider Australia’s human rights obligations when engaged in extraterritorial armed conflict, with reference to other extraterritorial situations which may enliven Australia’s human rights obligations. The research will postulate on the means and mechanisms that could reasonably satisfy Australia’s human rights obligations extraterritorially.

Supervisor:
Professor Rob McLaughlin

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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