I am an academic with a over a decade of professional experience spanning universities, think tanks, federal parliamentary offices, community advocacy groups and other non-government organisations. I'm currently based at the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University where I'm a Policy Fellow examining policy coherence across the education continuum, with a focus on the early years and schooling. I'm also the Vice President of a public, community-run preschool in Melbourne's outer suburbs.
My research covers federalism, education policy (early childhood, schooling and tertiary), Australian politics, comparative public policy, governance, interest groups, networks and multiculturalism. My work has won multiple national and international awards and my analysis frequently appears in print and broadcast media.
My PhD examined how federalism shapes policy reform, using State and Commonwealth school funding reforms as case studies. This was an interdisciplinary study located in in the School of Social and Political Sciences – where I have taught Public Policy Making and Australian Politics - and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. My first book, Many Hopes, One Dream, was published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in 2009 and launched by former prime minister Malcolm Fraser. More recently, I wrote the chapter on education policies for Social Policy in Australia, published by Oxford University Press, a commissioned report for Melbourne School of Government evaluating federalism white paper taskforce's proposals for reforming roles and responsibilities in Australian schooling, a book chapter on education in Australia for the Forum of Federations, and co-authored a major report on early education in Australia.
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