Professor Stephen Howes is Director of the Development Policy Centre. He has a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics. He served in various positions for a decade at the World Bank before becoming AusAID’s first Chief Economist in 2005. He is now Professor of Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.
Robin Davies was appointed Associate Director in December 2012. He has made an Honorary Professorial Fellow of ANU in July 2014. He held a range of senior policy and program management roles in the Australian Agency for International Development over almost twenty years, serving in Paris and Jakarta. He has been based in Geneva since May 2014. Robin leads on the Centre’s third research pillar, global development policy, and also contributes to our work on Australian aid effectiveness.
Dr Matthew Dornan has worked at the Development Policy Centre since 2011, and in January 2016 became Deputy Director. He received his PhD from Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, and has a background in public policy and economics. Matthew previously worked across the Pacific Islands as part of an Australian technical assistance program, and later worked on climate change adaptation for AusAID. Matthew leads our research on Pacific growth and regional integration, and undertakes research on PNG.
Dr Carmen Voigt-Graf joined the Development Policy Centre in October 2014 as a Fellow. She is based in Port Moresby where she is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Research Institute (NRI), and leads our research partnership with NRI. Carmen has a PhD from the University of Sydney and has held academic positions at ANU and the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. She also served as an Economic Adviser with the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser in Vanuatu. Carmen has worked in a range of economic issues in the Pacific, particularly in the areas of labour markets, skills development, labour mobility, migration, and regional integration.
Michelle Rooney is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, working for our partnership with the University of Papua New Guinea. She is currently completing her PhD at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program. Michelle holds a Masters of Arts in Development Economics from University of Sussex, UK and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the ANU.
Dr Anthony Swan commenced as a Research Fellow with the Development Policy Centre and a Lecturer in the International and Development Economics Program in January 2013. He has a PhD in economics from the ANU and a background in economic policy formulation and consulting. In 2012 he worked for the PNG National Research Institute on the PNG Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) project in Port Moresby. He has also lectured at the University of Papua New Guinea. Anthony is a key figure in our collaboration with the UPNG Division of Economics. The focus of his research is curently on education policy in PNG
Dr Grant Walton is a Research Fellow at the Centre. He recieved his PhD from the University of Melbourne. His thesis compared anti-corruption actors and citizen perspectives on corruption in PNG. Over the past decade Grant has conducted research in PNG, Liberia and Afghanistan. In 2015 Grant was appointed Deputy Director of the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption, a Research Associate of the University of Birmingham’s Developmental Leadership Program, and an ANU University House Early Career Academic Fellow. Grant leads our research into the effectiveness of health and education spending in PNG, and also undertakes research into corruption.
Dr Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. Terence’s research focuses on the domestic political economy of aid in donor countries, public opinion about aid, NGOs, aid effectiveness in poorly-governed states, and Melanesian electoral politics. Prior to commencing PhD study Terence worked for the New Zealand Government Aid Programme.
Michael Cookson joined Devpolicy in December 2015 as Partnership Manager for the Centre’s partnership with the University of Papua New Guinea. He has extensive experience of supporting collaborations with universities in Indonesia, PNG and the Pacific Islands. Michael completed his PhD at the ANU on political and social change in Indonesian Papua.
Tatia Currie is an Associate Lecturer, working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. She has experience in both teaching and applied policy contexts in Africa and Australia and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Tasmania. Her policy interests include policy design and policy entrepreneurship, governance and policy transfer.
Manoj Kumar Pandey is a Lecturer in Economics, working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. Prior to join ANU, he worked as a Fellow in Official Statistics and coordinator of the Official Statistics Program at the School of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of the South Pacific (USP). Dr Pandey has a strong background in statistics, applied econometrics and economics. His interests include ageing, development, health, labor, gender and well-being.
Dr Marcel Schröder joined the Development Policy Centre in July 2016 as a Lecturer in Economics. Marcel is based in Port Moresby as part of our ANU-UPNG partnership. After completing his Ph.D. studies at the ANU in 2014 he joined the Lebanese American University where he is an Assistant Professor. His research focuses on macroeconomic aspects of economic development.
Dr Lhawang Ugyel is a Lecturer, working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. He worked as a Research Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy. His field of research is comparative public administration specializing in public sector reforms, policy transfer, evaluation studies and cross-cultural studies. Prior to completing his PhD program at the ANU, he worked for the Royal Government of Bhutan in various capacities such as Senior Human Resource Officer and Policy Analyst.
Dr Amanda H A Watson is a Lecturer working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. She is also a Visiting Fellow with the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU. Her PhD thesis explored the uptake and use of mobile phones during the earliest days of mobile phone adoption in Papua New Guinea. Dr Watson has published in various publications, including Mobile Media and Communication, Pacific Journalism Review, Media Asia, Australian Journalism Review and The Australian Journal of Emergency Management.
Ashlee Betteridge is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She holds a Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) from Crawford School. Previously, Ashlee was a newspaper journalist and editor in Australia and Indonesia. She has also worked in development organisations in Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Ashlee leads on the Centre’s outreach and communications, and also provides support to Femili PNG.
Camilla Burkot joined the Development Policy Centre as a Research Officer in February 2015. She has a background in social anthropology (BA Hons, University of Cambridge) and holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. She works primarily on research on Australian aid effectiveness under the Centre’s Gates Foundation grant, and edits the Devpolicy Blog.
Tara Davda is a Research Officer at the Centre. She has a Masters in International and Development Economics from Crawford School of Public Policy. She has had a range of professional experience overseas, including in Vietnam, India, Bangladesh and most recently with IPC-IG / UNDP Brazil. She provides research support for the Development Policy Centre’s research on PNG, including statistical analysis, writing and survey and fieldwork assistance.
Rohan Fox is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. He has a Masters in International & Development Economics from the ANU and is currently working on research on the development impact of roads infrastructure in Papua New Guinea in partnership with the National Research Institute and Development Policy Centre. His interests include behavioural economics and development impacts of infrastructure projects.
Henry Sherrell joined the Development Policy Centre as a Research Officer in October 2016, working on Pacific labour mobility. He has a background in immigration policy, having worked at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Migration Council Australia, as well as an adviser in Federal politics. He holds a Master of Public Policy from ANU.
Macarena Rojas is a Program Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She studied journalism and has a background in program coordination. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Studies from The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
Cleo Fleming has worked at the Development Policy Centre since 2011. She currently works part-time as our Publications Editor. Cleo has a background in program management and administration. She has a Master of Social Science (International Development) from RMIT University and a Graduate Diploma in International Relations from Monash University.
Dr Nematullah Bizhan is a Global Leaders Fellow at Oxford and Princeton Universities. He has a PhD from the Australian National University. He studies the effects of foreign aid on state building in developing countries, examining the case of Afghanistan. His research interests include state-building, international development, political economy, taxation and budget.
Dr Richard Curtain is an independent consultant with expertise in the areas of skill formation, program evaluation and analysis of youth labour markets. He works closely with Devpolicy on issues relating to Pacific labour mobility, is a regular visitor to the Centre, and a frequent contributor to our events and workshops.
Dr Dinuk Jayasuriya worked as a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre in 2012 and 2013. He currrently undertakes research and evaluation work for the Asian Development Bank and the Australian government and operates as the Research Director for Red Elephant. He previously worked as the evaluation advisor to the Asian Development Bank’s impact evaluation committee and as a Monitoring and Evaluations officer at the World Bank Group.
Dr Kylie McKenna’s research explores the dynamic nexus of business, conflict, violence and peace building. Her case study foci over the past seven years has been the Panguna mine (Bougainville), the Ertsberg and Grasberg mines (Papua) and BP’s Tangguh LNG project (West Papua). She has a particular interest in tracing the connections between the headquarters of extractive companies and local communities affected by resource development. She completed her PhD studies in 2012 at the Regulatory Institutions Network, ANU.
Bob McMullan has had a long and distinguished career in the Australian Parliament as one of Australia’s pre-eminent Labor politicians. He is a former Parliamentary Secretary for International Development (2007-2010) and Executive Director for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Dr Tess Newton Cain is the principal of TNC Pacific Consulting and is a Visiting Fellow to the Development Policy Centre. She is a citizen of Vanuatu where she lived for almost 20 years and is now based in Brisbane. Tess is a specialist in Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism, with a particular interest in the Melanesian Spearhead Group. She is a regular contributor to the Devpolicy blog, where she often co-writes with Matthew Dornan. She is the co-ordinator of the ‘Pacific Conversations series in which she discusses politics and policy with established and emerging leaders from the Pacific island region.
Dr Gordon Peake has worked extensively in Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific. His book ‘Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor-Leste’ was winner of the 2014 ACT Book of the Year and People’s Choice Awards. Gordon received his PhD from the University of Oxford.
Dr Jonathan Pickering is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. He completed his PhD thesis on climate change financing for developing countries at ANU in 2013. Previously, he worked at AusAID (2003–09).
Professor Lekshmi N. Pillai is the Dean of the School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP) at the University of Papua New Guinea. He leads the partnership between Crawford School of Public Policy and the UPNG SBPP, and is a regular visitor to the Development Policy Centre and ANU.
Bob Warner has worked at the Productivity Commission, the World Bank, the Centre for International Economics and the Crawford School of Public Policy (where he was Director Pacific Research Partnerships with for the Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies Journal). He has been a long term advisor in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and a short term advisor and consultant to governments in a number of developing countries, particularly in South East Asia and the Pacific.
James Webb is Economic Advisor for the Cook Islands Ministry of Finance and Economic Management. James earlier worked in the Australian Treasury and in the Australian Department of Finance. He has a broad interest in economic policy but has focused his recent efforts on areas such as tax reform, public financial management and economic policy within the Cook Islands.
Ian Anderson has over 30 years international development experience with AusAID, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and as an independent economics consultant. He is a regular Devpolicy blogger. He is currently undertaking research on health priorities and funding in Asia and the Pacific at the Crawford School of Public Policy.
Dr Sharon Bessell is the Director of Research at Crawford School of Public Policy and Director of the Crawford School’s Children’s Policy Centre.
Dr Carola Betzold is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Her research concerns the interplay of climate change and development cooperation, with a specific focus on aid and adaptation in small island developing states, in the Pacific and beyond. Carola holds a PhD in Political Science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Dr Sean Burges is a Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Politics and International Relations, ANU. His research interest is non-traditional aid, with a particular focus on Latin American aid.
Satish Chand is Professor of Finance at the University of New South Wales and Adjunct Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. He co-authored a paper on Bougainville that was presented at the 2015 PNG Update.
Jessie Connell recently completed her PhD with the Mekong Research Group, University of Sydney, focusing on population displacement and the resettlement safeguards of international financial institutions. She is currently working for the International Organization for Migration in Bangladesh.
Dr Jack Corbett is an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Southampton. He is the author of “Being Political: Leadership and Democracy in the Pacific Islands” and is currently finalising a book project on the history of the Australian aid program, with support from Devpolicy.
Dr Martin Davies is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University. His research interests include international trade and development. He has a D.Phil. from Oxford University, and has taught at UPNG, St John’s College Oxford, and the Foreign Commonwealth Office (UK). He has held a post at the Australian Treasury, and is currently working with the Institute of National Affairs in Port Moresby.
Benjamin Day is a PhD scholar in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU. His research seeks to understand how recent changes in the international system are affecting how traditional donors use foreign aid as an instrument of foreign policy. Ben is a frequent blog contributor on Australian aid policy and global development issues.
Jesse Doyle is a Social Protection Economist with the World Bank Group in Sydney. His research focuses on labour mobility in the Pacific, often in collaboration with Devpolicy.
Dr Björn Dressel is a Senior Lecturer at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. Among other things, he works on the political economy of public financial management.
Professor Ron Duncan is an Emeritus Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. His research is currently focused on the binding constraints to growth and ‘clientelist’ politics in the Pacific.
Rim El Kadi’s research interests include public sector management and reform in developing countries, sustainable development, and aid. Her PhD research, undertaken at the University of South Australia, covered the water sector reform in Lebanon, with a particular focus on the role of aid and development agencies in promoting reform and sustainable development, in the context of a weak state and a fragmented social fabric.
Dr Pierre van der Eng is an Associate Professor in the Research School of Management, College of Business and Economics, ANU. His research interests include the history of Australia’s foreign aid programs in Indonesia during the 1950s-1980s and its impact on Australia’s international business, and the role of China’s foreign aid and ‘South-South cooperation’ in the internationalisation of Chinese companies.
John Eyers has worked in the Australian Treasury, ADB, Commonwealth Secretariat, Office of National Assessments, PNG Treasury, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. His research interest is foreign assistance to fragile and transition states.
Dr Colin Filer is an Associate Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy. His research interests include the social context, organisation and impact of policies, programs and projects in the mining, petroleum, forestry and conservation sectors.
Paul Flanagan has a longstanding interest in public policy issues in Australia, PNG and more broadly. His thirty-five-year public service career was evenly shared between Treasury/Finance and AusAID. He headed up Treasury’s International Finance and Development Division from 2008-2011 before being seconded to a senior advisor position in the PNG Treasury until August 2013. He is a leading commentator on economic developments in PNG, and a frequent contributor to the Devpolicy Blog.
Neelesh Gounder is the 2016/2017 recipient of the PNG and Pacific Greg Taylor scholars. He is currently Senior Lecturer in economics and Deputy Head of School (Research and International) at the University of the South Pacific, Suva. He has PhD in economics from Griffith University. Neelesh’s research areas include tourism, trade and growth in Pacific Island countries, poverty and economic performance of Pacific Island countries and banking sector and financial development in Pacific Island countries.
Chris Hoy is undertaking a PhD in Economics at the University of Sydney and has 10 years experience in the international development sector. He holds a Masters of International and Development Economics from Yale University. Before starting his PhD, Chris was a researcher with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Prior to this he worked as an economist for UNICEF Uganda, the Australian Aid Program and the Australian Treasury.
Tony Hughes is a freelance consultant in economic management. He lives in Solomon Islands and has worked in a number of Pacific island states. His current research concerns lessons from the experience of development practitioners who have been working in the Pacific in the last 20-30 years.
Dr Janet Hunt is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the ANU where she teaches and conducts research about Indigenous development in Australia. She was previously Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development and Executive Director of the International Women’s Development Agency. She is part of an international research team which has recently developed a new, gender-sensitive measure of poverty.
Lindy Kanan is the Development Manager of Femili PNG, a case management centre in Lae which assists survivors of family and sexual violence.
Lindy is an experienced international development practitioner and has worked for the United Nations, the Australian Government and various non-government organisations including Oxfam Australia and Childfund Australia.
Dr Patrick Kilby Kilby is the Program Coordinator for the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program, ANU, and a regular Devpolicy collaborator and blogger. In 2015 he published NGOs and Political Change: a history of the Australian Council for International Development.
Maholopa (‘Maho’) Laveil is currently undertaking a Masters in International and Development Economics (IDEC) at the ANU after being awarded a scholarship under the ANU-UPNG partnership. Prior to commencing his IDEC masters program, Maho tutored Economics for a year at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). He started his academic career as a Researcher Cadet at the PNG National Research Institute (NRI) in 2014, after graduating UPNG with a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Papua New Guinea in 2013.
Belinda Lawton is a PhD candidate at Crawford School of Public Policy researching not-for-profit, non-government hospitals and clinics in fragile countries in Asia. Belinda is a communications specialist who has worked with several health-related NGOs in Timor-Leste, Bangladesh and Thailand. Belinda is a regular contributor to the Devpolicy Blog, writing on global health issues.
Dr Sango Mahanty is currently an ARC Future Fellow, Resources Environment & Development Group at the Crawford School of Public Policy.
Andrew Anton Mako completed his Master of International and Development Economics at Crawford School of Public Policy in 2012 and then worked as a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, and then as a Research Fellow at the PNG National Research Institute on the PNG Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) project. He is currently working with the Pacific Islands Forum.
Dr Wesley Morgan is Oxfam’s Pacific Policy Adviser, based in Suva, Fiji. His PhD explored the PACER-Plus trade negotiations between member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum.
Matthew Morris helped to establish the Development Policy Centre and served as the Centre’s first Deputy Director. Matt is a development economist with 20 years’ experience: currently a board member of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and independent consultant.
Logea Nao is currently undertaking her Masters in International and Development Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU and is a 2014/2015 recipient of The Greg Taylor scholarship. She formerly worked as a researcher at the National Research Institute in PNG.
Joel Negin is an Associate Professor of International Health and Director of Research at the University of Sydney School of Public Health. His research focus is on health and development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific. He is a regular contributor to the Devpolicy Blog on global health issues, and a co-convener of the Australasian Aid Conference.
Annmaree O’Keeffe is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
Erik Olbrei has 20 years experience in international development. After completing a Masters program in climate change at the ANU, he is now undertaking doctoral research on climate change with the Crawford School of Public Policy. His research asks from a political economy perspective how deforestation in Indonesia can be reduced in the face of an array of governance challenges, and whether international activism can bring about transformative change to Indonesia’s forest sector.
David Osborne is a Senior Economist with Adam Smith International. He has worked for AusAID and DFAT as a Senior Economist, including as Country Economist in PNG and ran DFAT’s Mining for Development initiative. He worked for the PNG Sustainable Development Program in Port Moresby as an economist for two years, and prior to that worked for government and NGOs in Indonesia. His work focuses on revenue management, the extractives sector and drivers of economic growth. In 2015 he completed a second policy paper on the PNG Sovereign Wealth Fund.
Sabit Otor is a Centre Associate at the Development Policy Centre. His research focuses on aid effectiveness, aid for trade, macroeconomic determinants of aid graduation, and developing countries. He holds a Bachelor Degree of Science and Education from Alexandria University (Egypt), a Bachelor Degree and Graduate Diploma of Economics from ANU and a Master of International and Development Economics from ANU.
Dr Hom Pant is an Adjunct Fellow at the ANU. He is developing additional capabilities to a widely used general equilibrium model of the global economy to enable staff and students of ANU conduct sound analysis of policies of national and international significance. Prior to joining the ANU, he was a senior economist at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. He also served as a Senior Advisor to the National Planning Commission of Nepal, as a consultant to the World Bank and Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania.
Jonathan Pryke worked at the Development Policy Centre from 2011, and left in mid-2015 to take up the position of Melanesia Fellow at the Lowy Institute. He has a Master of Public Policy/Master of Diplomacy from Crawford School of Public Policy and the College of Diplomacy, ANU.
Dr Susan Harris Rimmer is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor at the Griffith Law School, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. She was previously the Manager of Advocacy and Development Practice at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). Susan helped to consolidate ACFID’s Academic Linkages Network. She has previously worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Council of Churches and the Parliamentary Library.
Carmen Robledo is a PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations, ANU. Her research focuses in the development cooperation policies of emerging donors, specifically on Latin American donors.
Ani Ila Rova is currently undertaking a Masters in International and Development Economics (IDEC) at the ANU after being awarded a scholarship under the ANU-UPNG partnership. Ani is a long-term member of the Division of Economics at the University of Papua New Guinea, having commenced work at the university as a tutor in 2007. He has a degree in Economics from UPNG and in 2016 completed a Graduate Certificate in Governance & Public Policy from the University of Queensland.
Futua Singirok has just completed his Masters in International and Development Economics at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU and was a 2014/2015 recipient of The Greg Taylor scholarship. He previously worked as an analyst at Bank South Pacific in PNG.
Ronald Sofe was a Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre working on the PNG PEPE Project, as one of the awardees of the 2014 Australian Prime Minister’s Pacific Program. He has now completed his graduate studies in economics at Crawford School of Public Policy, and is a Research Fellow of the PNG National Research Institute.
Nikunj Soni is a Co-Founder and Chair of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PiPP). He has held a range of senior positions in the Pacific region and Timor-Leste.
Jo Spratt is completing a PhD at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, examining the recent evolution of New Zealand’s aid policy. Jo is a frequent contributor to the Devpolicy Blog on topics related to New Zealand aid.
Dr Savitri Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Law School at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She spent a month in residence at Devpolicy in November 2015. Her main area of research interest is refugee law and asylum policy at the national, regional and international level. In 2015 she co-authored a blog post with Tess Newton Cain on human rights in Nauru.
Dr Maylee Thavat is a Research and Teaching Associate in the Resources, Environment and Development area of the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. She has specific expertise in the areas of rural development and agricultural value chains, climate change, environment and disaster risk reduction. Her previous work includes consultancies for AusAID, ODI, NZAID and Oxfam.
Thomas Wangi is Research Fellow at the National Research Institute. In 2014 he visited Devpolicy as the recipient of the Greg Taylor Scholarship. He holds a Masters of Economics from James Cook University.
Paul Wyrwoll is an economics PhD candidate and Managing Editor of the Global Water Forum, Crawford School, ANU. His research focuses on the economics of improving the environmental performance of hydropower dams. He has worked with Stephen Howes on environmental problems facing Asia, most recently co-authoring in Rotman Management (Winter 2015 edition) an article on ‘The downside of growth: Asia’s wicked environmental problems’.
Dr Charles Yala is the Director of the PNG National Research Institute. He has a PhD from ANU. His research focuses on the economics of land tenure, customary land tenure reform, development planning, competition policy and economic reform.
Denghua Zhang is doing his PhD on Chinese triangular aid cooperation at SSGM ANU. His research focuses on Chinese foreign aid and foreign policy. Prior to that, he had a decade long career as a civil servant in China. He worked in the Pacific region for five years including in Tonga and New Zealand.