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Tess McGirr
SRW Scholarship 2017

Tess McGirr

Department of Social Services

Australian National University

PhD title: Maternal employability, conditionality and the role of family service in the Australian 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

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SRW Scholarship 2021

Helen Mitchell

Australian National University

PhD title: Australian strategy for a new geo-economic global order

Helen began her public service career in 2011. An economist and former diplomat, she is currently one of a cadre of experts providing strategic advice to the Prime Minister and rest of government. Helen has also worked at Treasury and served Australia in New York, South Africa and Mexico with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is trained in analytical tradecraft and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.

Helen’s research draws on her expertise fusing economics, geopolitics and security for government. She will explore geo-economic strategies to respond to a new global order – one in which Australia faces sharper trade-offs between sovereignty, security and economic prosperity. Helen will collaborate with international institutions and governments to develop her model and test strategies.

Supervisor:
Professor Jane Golley

Mixing the carrots with the sticks: third party punishment and reward; Nikiforakis, Nikos; Mitchell, Helen. Experimental Economics 17, 1–23 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-013-9354-z

Equality, well-being and the work of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission; McDonald, Ian; Mitchell, Helen. Insights: Melbourne Business and Economics Vol. 8 (November 2010). https://issuu.com/business-economics/docs/insights_volume_8_november_2010


Andrew Morgan
SRW Scholarship 2020

Andrew Morgan

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Australian National University

PhD title: Delivering outcomes through uncertainty: crafting policy in thin markets

Andrew is 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.

Andrew’s thesis seeks to describe the role of the public service in stewarding policy outcomes. His research examines the tension between linear accountability and multi-dimensional accounts of policy that engage with uncertainty and contradictory evidence in thinning markets. This is the location of ‘policy crafting’, which was heightened during the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrew is examining the problem across regional thin market challenges to understand how policy analysis supports delivery of outcomes through uncertainty.  

Supervisor:
Professor Ariadne Vromen, Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration, Deputy Dean (Research), ANZSOG, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. Professor John Wanna. Dr Michael Di Francesco.

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 commenced his public service career in 2004 as a psychologist with Centrelink.  He most recently worked as a Director in the Assessment Services Branch of Services Australia, with responsibility for health & allied health professionals who undertake 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 service user violence and aggression perpetrated against frontline APS staff. He’s exploring the issues associated with the risk of violence and aggression through understanding pre-incident factors, including staff and service user behaviour, as well as operational and physical environments. Steve’s research uses a multi-phased mixed methods approach.  He hopes the evidence based outcomes of this research will provide insights that will lead to greater proactive risk mitigation policies, a reduction of service user violence and aggression but more importantly a decrease in physical and psychological injuries incurred by frontline public servants.

Supervisor:
Professor Roderic Broadhurst

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