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 the Associate Director of the Development Policy Centre. 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.
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.
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. He is also a regular Visiting Fellow at Devpolicy.
Kerri Elgar is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. After starting her career as a journalist, she joined AusAID in 1999. In recent years, she has worked on investment and fragile states issues at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and has lectured on crisis and risk management in the International Affairs Masters program at Sciences Po in Paris, France. Her current research interests include public-private partnerships for development and food security.
Tony Hughes is 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.
Dr Tess Newton Cain is a Nonresident Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, where she works on the Melanesia Program. She focuses particularly on democracy, governance and political engagement in Melanesia and the wider Pacific. As a Research Associate of the Development Policy Centre, she is a regular contributor to the Devpolicy blog and coordinates the Pacific Conversations segment.
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 PEPE PNG 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.
Matthew Dornan is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. 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.
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 working for the World Bank Group.
Grant Walton is a Research Fellow with the PNG 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.
Nick Wintle is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre working on the ‘The PNG PEPE Project’. Nick holds a Masters in Development Economics from the University of Nottingham and was previously the economist at the PNG Sustainable Development Program through the ODI Fellowship scheme.
Ronald Sofe is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre working on the ‘The PNG PEPE Project’, as one of the awardee’s of the 2014 Australian Prime Minister’s Pacific Program. He is currently studying Economics at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.
Colin Wiltshire is the Program Manager for the PNG 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.
Terence Wood is a part-time Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. He is also undertaking a PhD studying voter behaviour in the Solomon Islands elections. Terence’s other research interests include aid policy, the politics of aid, and governance in developing countries. Prior to commencing PhD study Terence worked for the New Zealand government aid programme. He is a frequent contributor to the Devpolicy blog.
Michael Wulfsohn is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, and will complete a Master’s degree in International and Development Economics at ANU in mid-2014. Prior to his current studies Michael worked as an Actuary advising Australian institutional investors on investment strategy.
Colum Graham is a part-time Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. He holds a Master of Environmental Management and Development from Crawford and is currently undertaking a PhD at the School of International, Political & Strategic Studies.
Win Nicholas is a part-time Research Assistant at the Development Policy Centre. His research focus on Papua New Guinea, particularly analysing the National Government Budget, PNG Government’s Free Education Policy and research on Promoting of Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) in PNG. Win is currently undertaking a Masters in International and Development Economics at the Crawford School, ANU.
Ruth Tay is a part-time Research Assistant at the Development Policy Centre, working on the PNG PEPE Project. She is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in International and Development Economics at the ANU. Prior to this Ruth has had development experience in Bangladesh and Ghana, where she focused on microfinance and disability programs.
Pépé Khennavong is undertaking a PhD in public policy at the ANU. His research focus is the politics of foreign aid and the role of non-traditional donors in Laos PDR.
Alicia Mollaun is a PhD candidate in the Public Policy program, Crawford School, ANU. Prior to this, Alicia was an adviser at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Cate Rogers is undertaking a PhD in economics at the Crawford School, on remote rural poverty in PNG. Prior to this Cate was the Director of Evaluation in the Office of Development Effectiveness.
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.
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 is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Crawford School, and Director of the Crawford School’s Children’s Policy Centre, a Devpolicy partner.
Nematullah Bizhan is a doctoral fellow at 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jesse Doyle is currently working as a 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.
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.
Woojin Kang is a Research Fellow at the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School, ANU. His research interests are: vulnerability and poverty; inequality; foreign aid; the evaluation of public policy; and anti-poverty interventions.
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. He is currently working on the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) in PNG Project, and is a regular Devpolicy blogger.
Sango Mohanty currently coordinates the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program, ANU.
Wesley Morgan is an independent researcher 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.
Joel Negin is a Senior Lecturer in International Public Health at the University of Sydney. 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.
Jonathan Pickering is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, ANU. He previously worked for AusAID, most recently on a program to reduce emissions from deforestation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Wangi is the Head of the Economics Department at The University of Papua New Guinea. His main area of research include pay-scale, 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.