Policy Impact Masterclass – 20 May 2020 recording


Our Masterclass series endeavours to provide practical advice for researchers about how to engage with policy-makers as well as provide researchers with the opportunity to ask questions on how best to engage with the policy-making world.

Listen to the recording of this excellent masterclass with Jane Golley and Nick Biddle.

As part of the University’s efforts to build the capabilities of academics to have policy impact, the Masterclass series aims to assist Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and mid-career researchers in better understanding the political context of policy-making.  The purpose of the Masterclass is to assist researchers to learn effective ways of building positive working relationships with policy-makers in both legislative and executive roles in government.

We invite experienced researchers with extensive experience in influencing policy to share their insights and approaches, and field questions from ECRs, professional staff members who are interested in learning more about influencing public policy in their work context, and academic and professional staff members who might like to understand public policy making process in order to help them engage with policy-makers effectively. 

On 20 May we held our first online Masterclass via Zoom, with panelists:

Professor Jane Golley
Director, Australian Centre on China in the World,
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Professor Jane Golley is an economist and Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at ANU. Jane is an ANU graduate (BEc, Hons, 1993). Jane’s life-long interest in China began with a brief stint in the Asia Section of the Australian Commonwealth Treasury in 1993, before she left for the University of Oxford, where she wrote her DPhil thesis on ‘The Dynamics of Chinese Regional Development: Market Nature, State Nurture’. Jane has taught the Masters-Level Chinese economy course at the Crawford School since 2016. She is actively engaged with politicians, bureaucrats, diplomats and the media in public policy debate regarding China’s rise and the Australia-China relationship.

Professor Nicholas Biddle
Associate Director, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods,
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Nicholas Biddle is a Fellow of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute and Associate Director of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods. Nicholas’ research interests include the economics and demography of Indigenous populations (in Australia or abroad), the patterns and determinants of income inequality, and the economics of education, in particular early childhood education. He also researches the application of behavioural economics to public policy and social research methods. He has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Education from Monash University. He also has a PhD in Public Policy from the ANU where he wrote his thesis on the benefits of and participation in education of Indigenous Australians.

Sean Innis
Director, Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub, ANU

Sean Innis is the inaugural Director of the Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub at ANU. Sean is a former senior public servant, with more than 25 years’ public policy experience. He was Special Adviser to Australia’s independent Productivity Commission (2016 – 17), and held senior executive positions in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Social Services.Sean chaired the Prime Ministerial Welfare to Work Task Force in 2005 and led the secretariat responsible for the 2004 Energy White Paper – Securing Australia’s Energy Future.

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