Research Committee

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Our Research Committee meets on a regular basis. They oversee the CPD’s research agenda and advise on the scope of research projects.


James Arvanitakis

Dr James Arvanitakis is a lecturer in the Humanities at the University of Western Sydney and is a member of the University’s Centre for Cultural Research. James has worked as a human rights activist throughout the Pacific, Indonesia and Europe. He was seconded to the Whitlam Institute to author a research report discussing young people and democracy released in May 2009. A regular media commentator on ABC and 2JJJ, James’ latest book, Contemporary Society: A sociological analysis of everyday life, was launched in February 2009. He writes a blog applying academic theory to real world situations at Musings of a (sometimes) academic.

Eva Cox

Eva was, until recently, Program Director of Social Inquiry at the University of Technology Sydney, and is now practising as an unattached change agent while reviving her consultancy organisation, Distaff Associates. Eva is a contributing author to CPD’s recent publication More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. Eva’s chapter, ‘Strengthening our social fabric‘, argues that we need to rethink our tax and income policy practices to make our society more civil. She is the national Chair of the Women’s Electoral Lobby – which she was a founding member of in 1972. A feminist and strong advocate of women’s issues, she delivered the 1995 ABC Boyer Lectures on A Truly Civil Society, which she is still trying to achieve (available through ABC Books). She has researched and published works on a variety of policy and social issues, including: child care, sole parents and welfare payments, superannuation, social capital, community well being, asylum seekers, corporate social responsibility, research and evaluation. A frequent media commentator, she sees herself as a problem solver rather than a specialist. Her current research interests include creating a more civil society, teaching community research skills, policy formulation, Indigenous child-care and domestic violence, the Welfare to Work program, and a wide range of gender issues, such as parental leave.

Roy Green

Professor Roy Green is Dean of the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology Sydney. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide with a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge, and has worked with universities, business and government in Australia and overseas, including the OECD’s National Innovation System Programme, EU’s FP7 and Ireland’s Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). Roy is chair of the Federal Government’s Innovative Regions Centre, CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council and NSW Manufacturing Council. He is also a member of the ABS Innovation Technical Reference Group, IBSA National Project Reference Group, SA Training and Skills Commission, Public Sector Performance Commission and the Board of the Society for Knowledge Economics. He recently completed a Review of the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industries for the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and also assisted the Minister and Department with the innovation white paper, ‘Powering Ideas: An Innovation Agenda for the 21st Century’. He is a member of the board of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and the UTS Steering Group for the Federal Government’s Creative Industries Innovation Centre.

Miriam Lyons

Miriam Lyons is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Development. Formerly the Policy Coordinator of New Matilda, Miriam has a history of bringing policy ideas to new audiences, as the former director of the Interface Festival of Ideas in Sydney, and the Ideas Program for the Straight out of Brisbane Festival. Miriam has also worked as a freelance writer and researcher and as a media development consultant in East Timor. She is on the advisory committee of the Centre for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies at UTS. Miriam was a delegate to the 2020 Summit and was profiled in the Thinkers category of The Australian’s Emerging Leaders series, as a ‘Woman Shaping Australia’ in Madison Magazine and as an AFR Boss 2010 ‘True Leader’. She is an occasional guest on the ABC shows Q&A and The Drum and co-edited the book ‘More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now’ with Mark Davis.

Ian McAuley

Ian McAuley is a contributing author to CPD’s recent publication More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. Ian’s chapter, Living off our resources, looks at how we use our resources in an era where environmental capital is fast-becoming our scarcest resource of all. Ian lectures in Public Sector Finance at the University of Canberra. His research interests are in public policy, with a specialisation in health policy. His academic qualifications are in engineering and business management from Adelaide University and in public administration from Harvard University. Besides his academic work, he has assisted consumer and welfare organizations in financial and economic policy matters. He has been a strong advocate for integration of the components of health care into a coherent consumer-focussed system. He has been a critic of successive governments’ piece-meal approaches to health policy, particularly the government’s subsidies for private health insurance because they bring neither the benefits of market competition nor the benefits of strong government control. Ian is co-author of a number of papers for the Centre for Policy Development, including ‘Reclaiming our Common Wealth: policies for a fair and sustainable future’, ‘A Health Policy for Australia: reclaiming universal care’ and ‘You Can See a Lot By Just Looking: Understanding human judgment in financial decision-making’.


Antoinette le Marchant

Antoinette le Marchant is the former CEO of KU Children’s Services, having recently retired after 13 years with the organisation. Antoinette has had a long senior career in the NSW and Federal public services, including at the Cabinet Office, Attorney General’s Department and NSW Transport as well as Comcare, the Federal Government’s workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety agency. She is a former editor of the Australian Quarterly and director of the Australian Institute of Political Science, its publisher. She was the inaugural chair of the NSW Public Transport Authority and until recently, was on the NSW Government’s Social Justice Reference Group, the NSW Motor Accident Authority and the Central Sydney Planning Committee. She chaired  CPD from 2008 to ’09.