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Andrew Morgan
SRW Scholarship 2020

Andrew Morgan

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Australian National University

PhD title: Public investment coherence: what conditions support effective decisions to maintain long-term impact?

Andrew comes from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. He is a 2015 Churchill Fellow and has worked in safety, health and environmental policy development, governance, planning and evaluation. Through this experience Andrew has developed a passion for understanding how to prioritise policy investment and conditions that sustain long term benefits to builds public trust in policy making.

Andrew’s PhD seeks to establish how government reforms in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore influence and inform policy investment and decisions in different contexts over time. Through comparative analysis this project will build a model for a systematic understanding of policy investment and benefits that provides a whole-of-government lens to policy prioritisation and evaluation.

Supervisor:
Professor John Wanna, School of Politics and International Relations and ANZSOG

Steve Munns
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2019

Steve Munns

Services Australia

Australian National University

PhD title: Violence at work: reducing assault and abuse directed at frontline staff in public service roles.

Steve has worked at the Department of Human Services since 2004. He most recently worked in the Assessment Services Branch, with responsibility for health & allied health professionals who undertook job capacity and employment service assessments, as well as specialist professional assessments in Northern Australia, North, Central and South East QLD. Steve’s background is in forensic psychology, having worked and studied in various forensic environments both in Australia and the United Kingdom. Steve’s previous postgraduate studies have been in the areas of Cognitive Neuroscience, Forensic Psychology and Public Administration. Steve is a proud Bundjalung man with his mob being from Grafton in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

Steve’s research aims to understand the nature, prevalence and severity of customer violence and aggression perpetrated against frontline APS staff. He’s exploring the factors associated with the risk of violence and aggression through an understanding pre-incident factors, including staff and customer behaviour, as well as operational and physical environments. His research uses a multi-phased, mixed methods approach. He hopes the outcome of this research will determine what factors or responses are most promising in preventing aggression and deliver an evidence based to develop proactive risk mitigation polices that could reduce the number of physical and psychological injuries incurred by public servants.

Supervisor:
Professor Roderic Broadhurst

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

Tess McGirr
SRW Scholarship 2017

Tess McGirr

Department of Social Services

Australian National University

PhD title: Family services and the employability of mothers in Australia's social security system

Working at the Department of Social Services, Tess provided advice on children’s policy, family policy and programs, homelessness policy, family safety, gambling, welfare quarantining and financial wellbeing.

Tess’s research explores the concept of employability from the perspective of mothers in the social security system. She is also investigating mothers' views on the impacts of family services, such as playgroups and parenting programs. In her thesis, Tess argues many mothers build confidence and social connections through participation in family services which in turn increases their employability, both real and self-perceived.

Supervisor:
Professor Peter Whiteford

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

Eliza Murray
SRW Scholarship 2013

Eliza Murray

Climate Change Authority

Australian National University

PhD title: The international political economy of carbon trading.

Since joining the Department of the Environment in 2007, Eliza has contributed to a wide range of biodiversity and climate change policies, from national parks and forests to light bulbs and landfills. In this, Eliza played an instrumental role in the design of Australia’s Carbon Farming Initiative. Eliza has also worked as the director of International Climate Change Negotiations at the Department of the Environment and Energy. She is currently the acting General Manager at the Climate Change Authority.

Her research investigates inter-governmental cooperation on carbon markets and whether emissions trading could contribute to a more coordinated and effective global response to the threat of climate change.

Supervisor:
Professor Frank Jotzo
 
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