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Carlyn Waters
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2021

Carlyn Waters

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Australian National University

Master of Business Administration

Carlyn has over 25 years’ experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs at local, state and national levels and is committed to supporting employment, education and economic opportunities for Indigenous people.

She joined the Australian Public Service in 2000 and currently oversees Parks Australia’s enabling services including visitor experiences, legal advice, human resources, learning and development, media and marketing, finance and asset management, and security and property services, whilst managing Booderee National Park, a park jointly managed by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council and the Director of National Parks.

Carlyn will use her postgraduate study to further identify and explore opportunities for economic growth within Indigenous communities, Australia’s business sectors and government partnerships. Her plan is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities develop and grow their business acumen.

Timothy Watson
SRW Scholarship 2019

Timothy Watson

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Australian National University

PhD title: Hysteresis and the Australian economy

Timothy joined the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2015.  Between 2015 and 2019, Timothy supported the Prime Minister’s engagement in the G20; was the Australian Government’s lead representative on the G20 Digital Economy Taskforce; and undertook secondments to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the Policy Evaluation Branch in the Indigenous Affairs Group, and the Office for Women. He has published original economic research with colleagues in peer reviewed journals and conference volumes, and presented at numerous conferences. Prior to joining PM&C, Timothy spent almost a decade providing advice on multinational taxation, economic and financial policy in the Commonwealth Treasury, the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, and in the private sector.

Timothy’s research will investigate output and unemployment fiscal multipliers in Australia, and how these vary based on capacity utilisation and the stance of fiscal policy. It will also explore cross-country evidence concerning how multipliers differ based on these factors, with reference to differences in exchange rate regimes, economic openness, government debt, and monetary policy settings.

Professor Renee Fry-McKibbin

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SRW Scholarship 2021

Nu Nu Win

Department of the Treasury

Australian National University

PhD title: Business tax policy and the macro-economy

Nu Nu joined the Department of Treasury in 2005 and has a broad range of experience across tax policy and legislation as well as macroeconomic policy, modelling and forecasting. She has also worked in the Department in Industry’s business tax incentives area and at the ANU Crawford School as a research fellow. Nu Nu led the BHP’s macroeconomic team in Singapore to develop a new forecasting system to underpin commodity price forecasts, and worked in the World Bank’s macroeconomic modelling team in Washington DC.  

Nu Nu’s research will examine the effectiveness of business tax policies in achieving macroeconomic stabilisation objectives, taking explicit account of firm heterogeneity. The trade-off with longer-run objectives of economic efficiency and growth will also be explored. Empirical analysis including dynamic panel and regression discontinuity methods will be undertaken using firm-level datasets. These empirical insights will feed into the development of a general equilibrium model of the Australian economy that can be used for tax policy analysis. 

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