Cathy Fussell's picture

Cathy Fussell

Contact details

Cathy Fussell is a Sir Roland Wilson PhD scholar at the Crawford School of Public Policy within the Australian National University. Cathy’s doctoral research explores how we can realise the collective value of data. Working at the intersection of theories of value and power, and public service practice, she aims to unpack what collective value looks like and how it can be systematically created. Drawing on Deleuze and Guattari’s assemblage theory, Cathy will interrogate how we think and talk about data, develop a new collective theory of value, and apply that theory to practice. Cathy hopes this work will support the public sector policy and data communities to design, create, and facilitate supported data assemblages that create collective value.

At the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, Cathy led Health’s cross-portfolio engagement on big data analytics projects through the Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA) including co-leading the Social Health and Welfare Analytic Unit. DIPA was a highly collaborative initiative with around 20 participating Australian Government agencies. Through this network Cathy collaborated on strategies for the evolution of the government’s big data system and leveraging that system for policy impactful analytics. She also delivered data strategies, analytics projects, and data capability building activities for the Department of Health.

Cathy joined the Australian Government public service in 2001. Since then, she has had a broad range of roles in the health portfolio including policy and program work with a particular focus on primary care (e.g. practice nursing, after hours services, dental, regional networks), legislation, performance reporting, and data analytics projects and strategy. From 2012 to 2015 Cathy was an assistant director at the National Health Performance Authority. Prior to the public service, Cathy was a molecular biologist at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth, Western Australia.

PhD programme

Public Policy


Fussell, Cathy (2022) Four data discourses and assemblage forms: A methodological framework. SocArXiv. Preprint.

Scholarships and fellowships

Sir Roland Wilson Scholar 2020

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

Updated:  4 February 2023/Responsible Officer:  Crawford Engagement/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team