I have just started as the new Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration in Crawford School, a position that is co-funded by ANU and the Australia and New Zealand (ANZSOG) School of Government. I will lead ANZSOG’s research activities as Deputy Dean (Research), and be a member of Crawford’s Policy and Governance Department. I will focus on research leadership to foster excellence in impactful and applied research, while continuing my existing research program in governance, public administration, and political sociology. Taking up this new position really appealed to me at this stage of my career, as both Crawford and ANZSOG have a genuine commitment to high-quality collaborative applied research, and building partnerships between governments, community and universities. Plus, there are so many people in Crawford doing great research, and I want to be an active part of that community.