“Being a CPD research fellow has helped me connect with a dynamic and forward-looking group of people, focused on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to the big policy issues facing our community.”
Fiona Armstrong is a leading public policy reform advocate, with particular interest in climate, health and energy policy. She is a co-author of the 2009 CPD Paper Putting Health in Local Hands: Shifting Governance and Funding to Regional Health Organisations. She has a background in health policy as a health professional and as a journalist. Fiona is a contributing author to CPD’s 2010 book More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. Fiona’s chapter Shifting from fear to hope calls for a new national narrative to allow us to feel confident in our solutions to combat climate change. In 2013 Fiona was the author of a report on the health benefits of climate action, Our Uncashed Dividend, and the producer of The Human Cost of Power, a film on the implications for health from our energy choices. She has been published on a wide range of issues including health, environment, energy, politics, finance, Indigenous affairs, mental health, aged care, education, workforce, law, and industrial relations. Fiona has a Masters in Politics and Public Policy and is involved in research, advocacy and communications in the areas of climate, health and energy policy.
Professor James Arvanitakis
Professor James Arvanitakis is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University, where he is also a lecturer in the Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. Previously, James has spearheaded the establishment of The Academy and its founding principles of future proofing education, ethical leadership and the Citizen Scholar program. His research areas include citizenship, resilience, piracy and the future of universities. James is a regular media commentator appearing on ABC TV and local radio, and has his own segment on FBI Radio. Having published over 100 articles and books chapters, in 2015, James released two books: a new sociology textbook for Oxford University Press titled Sociologic, and edited a new book on innovative teaching for Palgrave. Penguin books recently published his 2016 Sydney Writers Festival ‘Curiosity Lecture’ entitled From Despair to Hope. In 2012 James was named the Prime Minister’s University Teachers of the Year. In 2013 he was awarded a prestigious Australian Discovery Grant to research Australia’s changing citizenship and in 2015, he was named an Eminent Researcher by the Australian Indian Education Council.
Chris Bonnor AM
Chris Bonnor AM is a retired secondary school principal and author. Chris was co-author with Jane Caro of two books published by UNSW Press, The Stupid Country: How Australia is dismantling public education in 2007, and What makes a good school in 2012. He is a contributing author to CPD book’s More Than Luck: Ideas Australia Needs Now in 2010 and Pushing our luck: ideas for Australian progress .in 2013. Chris is a regular writer and commentator on education issues, and most recently published the CPD report and review of the My School website and funding system, Uneven playing field: the state of Australia’s schools with long-term colleague Bernie Shepard.
Dr Kate Charlesworth
Kate Charlesworth (MBBS (Hons), MPH, FAFPHM, PhD Candidate) is a Public Health Physician in Sydney. She previously worked in the UK as a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and then at the Sustainable Development Unit which is a world-leading unit tasked with reducing the carbon footprint of the National Health Service. Her main interest is in low-carbon, sustainable healthcare, and she is currently undertaking a PhD looking at the characteristics of a future, sustainable health and social care system and the transition towards it.
Dr Mark Davis
Dr Mark Davis is the author of The Land Of Plenty: Australia in the 2000s and Gangland: Cultural Elites and the New Generationalism. He is well-known as a cultural and political commentator, and teaches as an Associate Professor in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His primary research areas are Australian media and culture, specifically emerging forms of youth media, including e-books and digital publishing. Mark is a co-editor with Miriam Lyons of CPD’s 2010 book More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now.
Jennifer Doggett is a health policy analyst and consultant who has worked in a number of different areas of the health system, including the federal health department and the community sector, and as a political advisor on health policy. She currently works with the health provider industry and consumer groups on a range of health issues. Jennifer is the author of three CPD papers; A New Approach to Primary Care for Australia in 2007 and Out of Pocket: Rethinking Health Copayments in 2009, and Beyond the Blunt Instrument: the Efficiency Dividend and its alternatives in 2010. Jennifer also contributed to CPD’s 2010 publication More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now, with the chapter Getting health policy into shape. She argues for a sharper focus on addressing the issues which matter most to consumers: out-of-pocket expenses, co-payments, and unequal access to health-care providers. Jennifer has also contributed to CPD’s Pushing our luck: ideas for Australian progress with chapter ‘Getting better: Prescriptions for an ailing health system’. She has a Masters in Public Health and a Graduate Diploma in Health Economics.
Ian Dunlop’s background is as a senior executive in the oil, gas and coal industry. He chaired the Australian Coal Association in 1987-88, chaired the AGO Experts Group on Emissions Trading in 1999-2000, and was CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 1997-2001. He is Chairman of Safe Climate Australia, Deputy Convenor of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil, and a Member of the Club of Rome. Ian is a contributing author to CPD’s 2010 book More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. Ian’s chapter Facing our limits identifies that we are making a great strategic error in protecting our carbon-intensive industries in the misguided expectation that global markets will continue to demand coal in large volumes over the long term.
Dr Donna Green
Dr Donna Green is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Climate Change Research Centre, and an Associate Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Systems Science at the University of New South Wales. Her research interests include taking an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and explaining climate impacts on Indigenous communities in northern Australia. In 2009 she co-authored Screw Light Bulbs: smarter ways to save Australians time and money, a popular science book on energy and climate policy. She was a contributing author to the fourth and fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports, and has advised on climate policy around the world.
Peter Hughes is a Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy and a Visitor at the Regulatory Institutions Network of the Australian National University. He has over 30 years of experience in the development and implementation of Australian and international migration and refugee policies, including associated policies related to compliance, integration, citizenship and multicultural affairs. He has represented Australia extensively in international migration and humanitarian forums. Until early 2011 he was Deputy Secretary of the Policy and Program Management Group of the then Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Prior to his activities in the migration field, he worked in a number of other Australian Government agencies. In 2011–12 he chaired the Australian Government’s Access and Equity Enquiry Panel. Peter was the inaugural chair of the Australian Government’s Tuition Protection Service Advisory Board in 2012-13.
Ray Ison leads Monash University Sustainability Institute’s Systemic Governance Research Program, where he is a Professor of Systems for Sustainability. He is also based at the UK Open University (OU), where he and colleagues run the STiP (Systems Thinking in Practice) Postgraduate Program. Ray has been Professor of Systems at the OU since 1994 where he has developed an international reputation in Systems scholarship and made significant contributions through his research, teaching and consultancy. Ray works in the areas of systems thinking in practice and social learning, systemic environmental decision making, ‘knowledge transfer’, design of learning/inquiring systems and agricultural systems.
Ray’s work has found practical application in diverse fields including water and river governance, organisational change, staff induction, Higher Education reform, rural development and climate change adaptation. Ray’s most recent book is Systems Practice: How to Act in a Climate Change World. His recent work investigates how social learning could be employed as an alternative governance mechanism for managing complex, or ‘wicked’ situations, particularly water catchments and other multiple stakeholder settings. Ray is a contributing author to CPD’s 2010 book More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. Ray’s chapter Governance that works brings systems thinking to public service reform. You can read more at Ray’s blog.
Arja Keski-Nummi‘s career with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship spanned more than 30 years. Her most recent position was the First Assistant Secretary of the Refugee, Humanitarian and International Division from 2007 – 2010, where her responsibilities included high level policy and reform of all aspects of Australia’s refugee and humanitarian program. This encompassed asylum and protection issues in Australia, Australia’s offshore humanitarian resettlement programs and engagement with international organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and foreign governments on matters relating to protection and humanitarian assistance to displaced people. Arja has played a key role in the development of Australia’s settlement and integration policies for humanitarian entrants, as well as being involved in direct delivery of services to refugees and migrants. From 1987 – 1993 she worked in Senior Adviser positions to Immigration Ministers in the Hawke and Keating Governments, including Mick Young and Gerry Hand. In 2010 Arja received the Public Service Medal for her work delivering Australia’s Humanitarian Program.
Dr Anand Kulkarni
Anand Kulkarni was previously the Research Director of the CPD’s Sustainable Economy Program. He is also Senior Manager, Planning and Research at RMIT University – a role encompassing university-wide planning, strategy and policy making. Previously, Anand held senior Executive and Management positions in Federal and State Governments, including Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. Anand led the development of a number of key strategies and projects while in Government, in areas of industry development, innovation and climate change. Anand has a particular interest in innovation, higher education, the knowledge economy (both in Australia and abroad) and climate change. Anand has published book chapters and papers in these and related areas, and presented at a number of conferences. Anand holds Honours, Masters and a Ph.D in Economics.
Miriam Lyons is the former Executive Director of CPD. She is a regular guest on the ABC TV shows Q&A and The Drum. For the CPD Miriam was editor of Pushing Our Luck: Ideas for Australian progress, and co-editor with Mark Davis of More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now.
Miriam was a delegate to the 2020 Summit and has been 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 on the board of the Centre for Australian Progress and the advisory committee of the Centre for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies at UTS. Formerly policy coordinator for 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.
Ian McAuley is an Adjunct lecturer in Public Sector Finance at the University of Canberra. His research interests are in public policy, with a specialisation in fiscal and economic 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 organisations in fiscal and economic policy matters. He is a regular contributor to New Matilda and Dissent. Ian is author or co-author of a number of papers for CPD, including Reclaiming our Common Wealth: Policies for a Fair and Sustainable Future in 2006, A Health Policy for Australia: Reclaiming Universal Care in 2007, What are we Complaining About? An Analysis of Cost of Living Pressures and Private Health Insurance: High in Cost and Low in Equity both in 2012.
Kate Mackenzie is Director of Finance, Policy and Decision Metrics at Climate-KIC Australia (a Knowledge Innovation Community). Her expertise and prior experience as Head of Finance & investment at The Climate Institute will be invaluable for our Sustainable Economy program. Kate has worked as a financial journalist, winning awards at the Financial Times and The Australian. Kate will work closely with our Policy Director Sam Hurley.
John Menadue AO
John Menadue was Private Secretary to Gough Whitlam as leader of the Labor Party from 1960 to 1967. He then served seven years as General Manager of News Limited, Sydney. He headed the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 1974 to 1976, working for Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser. After four years as Ambassador to Japan, he returned to Australia in 1980 to head the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. He was CEO of Qantas between 1986 and 1989. He has chaired major Health reviews in NSW and SA. John was the founding chair of CPD. He co-authored the 2011 CPD report on the asylum-seeker and refugee debate, A New Approach with Kate Gauthier and Arja Keski-Nummi. Read his articles for the CPD here and read his blog at johnmenadue.com/blog/
Claire Molinari works in sustainable investment. She is currently working with the Reef Trust to assemble a suite of Great Barrier Reef ecological and social impact projects for private investment. Until December 2015, Claire worked as an analyst in the global equities research team at London-based investment manager Sarasin & Partners, where she specialised in environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. At Sarasin she assessed ESG investment risks in potential investments and engaged with major global companies to raise ESG concerns. A qualified lawyer with a competition law background, Claire received a DPhil (PhD) from Oxford, studying the legal framework around sustainable investment, with a focus on fiduciary duty and intergenerational equity. She has published peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and professional reports in the field.
Tony Moore is an academic, cultural historian, author and former documentary maker, with a special interest in media reform, Australian popular culture, artistic bohemia, education and Labor, and radical politics. Tony is a Senior Lecturer in Communications and Media Studies at Monash University and former Director of its National Centre for Australian Studies. He was employed at the ABC for nine years working in documentaries, and at Four Corners, Foreign Correspondent and 7.30 Report. Prior to that Tony was a member of the ABC’s National Advisory Council. Tony also had a decade long career in book publishing, serving as commissioning editor at Pluto Press and Cambridge University Press, and was series editor of the Australian Encounters book series for CUP. Tony’s latest book is the critically acclaimed history Dancing with Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians Since 1860 (Allen & Unwin 2012), and earlier publications include Death or Liberty: rebels and radicals transported to Australia 1788 – 1868 (Allen & Unwin 2010, and now an ABC documentary) and The Barry McKenzie Movies (2005, Currency Press). Tony also appears regularly as a commentator in the media.
Tani Shaw is currently undertaking a PhD with the Institute for Sustainable Futures, at the University of Technology, Sydney and is a Sustainable Economy Research Fellow with CPD. Prior to this, Tani completed a Masters of Environmental Management with the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Business from Southern Cross University. Tani’s fellowship with CPD is generously sponsored by Slater and Gordon. Tani is a contributing author to CPD’s 2010 book More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. Tani’s chapter What does ‘progress’ mean to you looks at alternative ways to measure Australia’s progress.
Dr James Slezak
James Slezak is currently the Vice President and Chief of Operations at The New York Times, where he was also formerly the Executive Director of Strategy. He was previously at McKinsey & Co, and is a partner and founding executive team member at consultancy firm Purpose. He is also managing partner of New Economy Lab, and co-founded sharing economy group Peers.org, in partnership with grassroots activists and Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs and investors. James is co-author of the book Climate Change and Australia, as well as other reports and articles on sustainability and climate change. He majored in mathematics at the University of Sydney, and holds a PhD in Physics from Cornell University, where he researched high temperature superconductivity. He was appointed as an affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Dr Mark Triffit
Mark Triffitt lectures in public policy and politics at the University of Melbourne. He was formerly Director of Strategic Communications with the Business Council of Australia, as well as Executive General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Wesfarmers Limited. Prior to these roles, Mark worked as a strategic communications and policy consultant advising Australian governments and corporates on political and policy positioning, and as a policy advisor and ministerial press secretary in the Victorian Government during the 1990s. He has a PhD in politics from the University of Melbourne, a Masters degree in international politics, as well as a BA (Hons) in sociology.
Professor Peter Whiteford
Peter Whiteford is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University, Canberra. Between 2008 and 2012 he worked at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He previously worked as a Principal Administrator in the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. His work at the OECD encompassed pension and welfare policies in OECD countries, Eastern Europe and China. He also worked on child poverty, family assistance policies, welfare reform, and other aspects of social policy, particularly ways of supporting the balance between work and family life.
Professor John Wiseman
John Wiseman is Deputy Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) at the University of Melbourne. John has worked in a wide range of public sector, academic and community sector settings including, as Foundation Director of the McCaughey Centre, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne; Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University; and Assistant Director, Policy Development and Research, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. John is a co-ordinator for the MSSI Post carbon pathways project. The main focus of his current work is on the social and political transformations needed to prevent runaway climate change and achieve a rapid transition to a just and resilient post-carbon future. John is a contributing author to CPD’s 2013 book Pushing our luck: ideas for Australian progress with his chapter Climate change: reconnecting politics with reality.