I joined ANU in mid-2020 as the new Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration in the Crawford School, a position that is co-funded by ANU and the Australia and New Zealand (ANZSOG) School of Government. As Deputy Dean (Research) for ANZSOG, and a member of Crawford’s Policy and Governance Department, I focus on research leadership and strategy to foster excellence in impactful and applied research; while continuing my existing research projects in governance, political sociology, and public administration.
My research interests are diverse, and include: citizen engagement, digital politics and governance, women and the future of work, policy advocacy, and young people and politics.
In mid-2020 I started an ARC Linkage project ‘Designing Gender Equality into the Future of Work’ with colleagues at the University of Sydney that contrasts change and technological disruption in the retail and legal industries. I’m also currently working with long-term collaborators on two books: one on online petitions, citizen engagement and politics; the other on storytelling and policy advocacy. All my research interests are underpinned by an interest in political equality and social justice – and these core questions of redistribution and recognition will be even more important to address via post-Covid19 policymaking and civil society organising.
I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia; and a visiting Senior Fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in Berlin, Germany.
I co-founded and co-lead the Australian Political Studies Association’s research group on Political Organisations and Participation.
From 2017-2020 I was an active member of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts.