Researchers and Staff
Stephen Howes is the Director of the Development Policy Centre and a Professor of Economics at the Crawford School. Stephen served in senior economic positions for a decade at the World Bank before becoming AusAID’s first Chief Economist. In 2011 he was a member of Australia’s Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness.
Robin Davies is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University and is Associate Director of the Development Policy Centre. He heads our program of research into global development policy. He was previously a member of AusAID’s senior executive service for a decade, both in Australia and overseas. Most recently he headed AusAID’s international programs and partnerships division. His policy and research interests include multilateral cooperation for development, development and climate change financing models and public-private partnerships for development.
Carmen Voigt-Graf is a Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. She is based in Port Moresby, and leads our project of collaboration with the National Research Institute. Carmen has a PhD from the University of Sydney and has worked at ANU and USP in Fiji. She has worked on a range of economic issues in the Pacific, most recently as Economic Adviser with the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser in Vanuatu.
Matthew Dornan is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. He heads our program of research into Pacific development. His research focuses on aid flows, regional integration, energy, and broader infrastructure challenges in the Pacific islands region. Matthew has a PhD from ANU, and previously worked for the Australian aid program in the Pacific.
Anthony Swan is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre and lecturer in the Master of International and Development Economics program. He managed the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) project at the National Research Institute of PNG, and was also a lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea. Now at the ANU, he continues his work at the PEPE project. He has a PhD in economics from the ANU and has a background in economic policy formulation and consulting.
Grant Walton is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, working on the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) project. He recently finished his PhD at the University of Melbourne, which compared policy maker and citizens’ perspectives on corruption in PNG. Over the past nine years Grant has conducted research and taught in PNG, Liberia, Australia and Afghanistan.
Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. He heads our program of research into Australian and New Zealand aid. Terence’s research interests include aid policy, the politics of aid, and governance in developing countries. He has recently finished his PhD, studying voter behaviour in the Solomon Islands elections. Prior to commencing PhD study Terence worked for the New Zealand government aid program.
Colin Wiltshire is the Program Manager for the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) project that the Development Policy Centre is undertaking in partnership with the National Research Institute of PNG. He is also undertaking a PhD in the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program at ANU.
Ashlee Betteridge is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, also working on outreach. A former journalist, she holds a Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) from ANU and has development experience in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.
Camilla Burkot is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She has a background in social anthropology and holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. She has field experience in Eastern & Southern Africa and PNG.
Macarena Rojas is the Program Officer of 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 is the Publications Editor of the Development Policy Centre. She has a background in program management and administration and holds a Master of International Development from RMIT University, Melbourne.
Adjunct and Visiting Fellows
Nematullah Bizhan is a Global Leaders Fellow at Oxford and Princeton Universities and a recent ANU PhD graduate. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. Nematullah’s PhD examined aid and state building in Afghanistan, and he is now engaged in a broader comparative-historical analysis of aid and state building in fragile states.
Margaret Callan is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. Prior to this, Margaret worked for AusAID in various senior management positions. Her research focuses on the role of the private sector in development.
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 and is a regular Visiting Fellow.
Paul Flanagan is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. He has a long standing interest in public policy issues in Australia, PNG and more broadly. He has recently left the Australian Treasury as Chief Advisor, Foreign Investment and Trade Policy Division. Earlier in his career, he spent 17 years in AusAID in a range of policy, budget, sectoral and country program roles.
Dinuk Jayasuriya is an Adjunct Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. His research interests include program evaluation and survey analysis. He has a PhD in economics from the ANU. Prior to this he was a Research Fellow, and before that he worked for the World Bank Group.
Dr Tess Newton Cain is an independent researcher and consultant based in Vanuatu. She has more than 15 years experience of living and working in the Pacific island region and is a recognised expert on Pacific politics, policy and development. She contributes regularly to the Devpolicy blog and is the coordinator of the Pacific Conversations segment - a series of interviews with established and emerging Pacific thought leaders.
David Osborne is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre and 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.
Jonathan Pickering is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra and Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. He completed his PhD thesis (on climate change financing for developing countries) at ANU in 2013. Previously he worked at AusAID (2003-09). He worked in 2014 on the “Future of Aid” project for the OECD with Robin Davies.
Tony Hughes is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre and a freelance consultant in economic management. He has worked in a number of Pacific Island states. His current research concerns lessons that can be learned from the experience of development practitioners who have been working in the Pacific in last 20-30 years.
James Webb is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. Prior to his current position as the Economic Advisor for the Cook Islands Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, James also 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.
The Development Policy Centre’s associates form a network of researchers and professionals based at the ANU, elsewhere in Australia and overseas, who interact with, contribute to and support the Centre’s work. Our research associates are in the following list.
Ian Anderson has over 20 years international development experience with AusAID, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He is a regular Devpolicy blogger and contributor on issues relating to global health
Aaron Batten works for the Asian Development Bank in Port Moresby. He is a regular Devpolicy blogger and contributor.
Angus Barnes has spent 20 years working on international and regional development issues. His 10 years with AusAID included involvement in a broad range of programs, including national and local governance, rural development, HIV/AIDS, peace building and private sector development. Currently, Angus is working as an independent consultant.
Sharon Bessell Director of Research at the Crawford School of Public Policy and Director of the Crawford School’s Children’s Policy Centre, a Devpolicy partner.
Philippa Brant is a Research Associate at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Her research interests include Chinese foreign aid and China’s engagement in the Pacific.
Sean Burges is a Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Politics and International Relations. His research interests cover the area of non-traditional aid.
Satish Chand is a Professor of Finance at the University of New South Wales an Adjunct Professor at the Crawford School, ANU, a well-known regional commentator, and a regular Devpolicy contributor.
Jessie Connell is a PhD Candidate with the Mekong Research Group, University of Sydney. Her research focuses on population displacement and the safeguards of international financial institutions. Recently she conducted a review of the World Bank’s new results-based financing mechanism, Program-for-Results, in Vietnam for the Bank Information Center. Jessie will be based in Bangladesh from January 2015.
Jack Corbett is a Research Fellow with the Centre for Governance and Public Policy and the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University. His research interests include political leadership and anti-politics, the politics of small states, and development policy and administration. Jack is currently finalising a book manuscript titled Being Political: Governing the Postcolonial Pacific.
Michael Cornish is working in Port Moresby on the Crawford School partnership with UPNG. He is a development economist and conflict management specialist, and a former visiting lecturer at the School of Economics and School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide. His consultancy and project management roles have ranged across organisations that include the OECD, APEC, ASEAN, AusAID/DFAT, CSIRO, and the United Nations.
Benjamin Day is a PhD scholar in the School of International, Political & Strategic Studies 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’s background in the development sector has encompassed working variously as a consultant, in long-term positions in PNG and for development management organisations.
Björn Dressel is a Senior Lecturer at the Crawford School. Among other things, he works on the political economy of public financial management, and in 2012 he published and blogged on his World Bank report on this topic.
Jesse Doyle is currently working as a Labour Migration Specialist consultant for the World Bank Group in Sydney. His research focuses on labour mobility in the Pacific. He holds a Master of International and Development Economics from the ANU.
Ron Duncan is an Emeritus Professor at the Crawford School, ANU. His research is currently focused on the binding constraints to growth and ‘clientelist’ politics in the Pacific.
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.
Rohan Fox is a lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Papua New Guinea, under the Crawford School’s partnership with UPNG. He 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.
Tamara Haig is the Principal of DevDAS, a consultancy firm that designs, tenders for, and communicates aid and development initiatives. She works with AusAID, IFC and private sector organisations across PNG, the Pacific and Asia.
Patrick Kilby is the Program Coordinator for the Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program, ANU, and a regular Devpolicy collaborator.
Dr. Kamalini Lokuge} is a Research Fellow at ANU’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health. She works closely with Devpolicy on issues regarding to PNG health and gender.
Andrew Anton Mako completed his Masters in International and Development Economics at the Crawford School of the ANU in 2012 and then worked as a Researcher at the Development Policy Centre, and up until May 2014 at the National Research Institute. He is currently working for the Pacific Islands Forum. He is a regular Devpolicy blogger.
Sango Mohanty currently coordinates the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program, ANU.
Wesley Morgan works for Oxfam Australia as their Pacific Policy Advisor, based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. He is currently undertaking a PhD exploring the PACER-Plus trade negotiations between member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum, and is a regular blogger for us on this issue.
Matthew Morris helped establish Devpolicy and served as its first Deputy Director. He is currently working for the PNG Sustainable Development Program.
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. He focuses on health and development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific.
Annmaree O’Keeffe is a Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, and a regular collaborator.
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.
Sabit Otor is a Research 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.
Susan Harris Rimmer has recently joined ANU’s School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy as Director of Studies at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. 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. She has academic background on economics, international relations and public administration, and previously worked in the Mexican Foreign Service.
Henry Sherrell is a policy analyst with the Migration Council Australia, where he works on Australian immigration and settlement policy. He worked for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship from 2008 to 2012. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the ANU. He blogs about immigration policy at Value for Money.
Futua Singirok is currently undertaking his 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. He previously worked as an analyst at Bank South Pacific in PNG.
Ronald Sofe is a Research Fellow at the National Research Institue in PNG. In 2014 he worked at the Development Policy Centre, as one of the awardees of the 2014 Australian Prime Minister’s Pacific Program. He completed his masters of International & Development Economics at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.
Nikunj Soni is a Co-Founder and Chair of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy. He has held a range of senior positions in the region, and is a regular Devpolicy collaborator and contributor.
Jo Spratt is an ANU PhD candidate studying NZ aid policy. Before this, Jo was an NGO advocate, manager and capacity-developer working in the Pacific. Jo is interested in global health, NGOs, and the practice of development and aid’s role in this. She is also a Registered Nurse.
Kath Taplin is a Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre working with PNG NGO Femili PNG, a case management centre assisting survivors of family and sexual violence in Lae. Prior to working with Femili PNG, Kath was a senior development practitioner in AusAID and DFAT, and before that she practised as a senior lawyer in the private and community legal sectors in various Australian jurisdictions.
Belinda Thompson 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.
Pierre van der Eng is an Associate Professor at the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics in the Crawford School. His research interests include the history of Australia’s foreign aid in Indonesia in the 1960s, and the development and impact of Australia’s food aid program in Indonesia.
Thomas Wangi is a lecturer in the economics division at The University of Papua New Guinea. His main area of research include public sector pay, solid waste and credit constraints within PNG and he was the 2013 recipient of The Greg Taylor scholarship. He holds a Master of Economics from James Cook University.
Bob Warner is the Director, Pacific Research Partnerships at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Bob has worked as a private consultant with the Centre for International Economics, with the World Bank and the Productivity Commission. 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 Vietnam, Lao PDR, PNG and Solomon Islands.
Paul Wyrwoll is a PhD Scholar (Economics) 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.
Charles Yala is an Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the PNG’s National Research Institute. His research focuses on the economics of land tenure, customary land tenure reform, development planning, competition policy and economic reform.