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Claire Sainsbury
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2020

Claire Sainsbury

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Australian National University

Research title: Factors affecting Indigenous students' participation and achievement in education

Claire is a proud Torres Strait woman who grew up on Badu Island. In 2007, Claire moved to Canberra to work at the Department of Education, Science and Training. She has worked in Indigenous affairs for the last 12 years.

Claire currently works at the National Indigenous Australians Agency and leads the Teaching and Learning Policy Team. She is responsible for the development of policy and strategies to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students through national leadership and management of a number of flagship government initiatives.

Supervisor:
Associate Professor Nicholas Biddle

Tristram Sainsbury
SRW Scholarship 2020

Tristram Sainsbury

Department of the Treasury

Australian National University

PhD title: The difference a lifetime makes: how the distributional consequences of Australia's tax and transfer system change when evaluated on a lifetime basis

Tristram has worked in the Australian Treasury for close to a decade, alongside two years as Research Fellow and Project Director at the G20 Studies Centre at the Lowy Institute. His work has covered a range of tax, international economic and fiscal policy issues. He has  worked at Crawford School on behalf of the Australian Treasury and been a visiting scholar at both the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany and the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University.

Tristram’s research will investigate the impact of Australia’s tax and transfer system over people’s lifetimes. He will use cross‑government investments in administrative data to focus on the extent of smoothing and rich-poor redistribution.

Supervisor:
Professor Robert Breunig
  • Do we need more economics in Australian economic diplomacy?; Sainsbury, Tristram. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 11/2016, Volume 70, Issue 6
  • US Global Economic Leadership: Responding to a Rising China; Sainsbury, Tristram. Policy File, 08/2015
  • Making the Most of the G20; Wurf, Hannah; Sainsbury, Tristram. Policy File, 07/2016

Penelope Sullivan
SRW Scholarship 2018

Penelope Sullivan

Murray–Darling Basin Authority

Australian National University

PhD title: The techniques and strategies governments use to influence one another in federal water management: lessons for Australia from the US and Europe

Penny Sullivan is a Sir Roland Wilson scholar and PhD candidate at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. She has over ten years of experience working on water management in the Queensland and Australian public services. She worked on developing and implementing the controversial Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Her research focuses on intergovernmental relations in federal water management, seeking to understand how state and federal governments pursue their objectives in water conflicts with each other. Thanks to her Sir Roland Wilson Foundation scholarship she has been able to conduct extensive fieldwork interviewing practitioners and participants for case studies in Spain and the United States, as well as in Australia.

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