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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: Federal structures on the Australian welfare state

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

Siddharth Shirodkar
SRW Scholarship 2018

Siddharth Shirodkar

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Australian National University

PhD title: Where are all the Indigenous entrepreneurs? A study of the pathways and barriers to entrepreneurship

Siddharth joined the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2015 to work on Indigenous economic development, particularly centred around Indigenous entrepreneurship. He has worked as an economist in the Australian Government for over a decade including at the Treasury, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and with the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Siddharth’s research is on the pathways and barriers to Indigenous Australians starting a business. He will take a mixed-methods approach to investigate factors that are limiting opportunities for potential Indigenous entrepreneurs to get into business, including the impact of racial bias. His study involves econometric analysis and groundbreaking qualitative techniques to identify Australia’s hidden entrepreneurial potential.

Supervisor:
Dr Boyd Hunter
  • Australia's Current Account Deficit in a Global Imbalances Context; Garton, Phil; Sedgwick, Matt; Shirodkar, Siddharth. Economic Round-up, 2010, Issue 1
  • Harnessing the Demand Side: Australian Consumer Policy; Hally-Burton, Stephen; Shirodkar, Siddharth; Winckler, Simon; et al.Economic Round-up, 2008, Issue 4

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 joined the Australian Public Service in 2010 to work at the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) Authority on the MDB Plan, one of the most significant Australian Government interventions in water policy since Federation. The experience gave her a passion for solving national scale natural resource management problems, combined with an understanding of the challenges of ensuring appropriate regional and state participation in policy solutions.

Penny’s research examines the techniques and strategies governments in federations use to influence each other to adopt and implement water resource management policies. She is taking a particular focus on cases where exploiting fiscal gaps alone has not been sufficient to secure lasting agreement. Penny will use her experience working on the MDB Plan as an initial example comparing it to experiences in the Colorado River Basin in the United States, and the Jucar River Basin in Spain.

Supervisor:
Dr Daniel Connell
 
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