Policy Impact Masterclass – 26 August 2020 recording


Watch our latest policy impact masterclass. While the session was designed as a bespoke workshop for researchers from the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis, the conversation holds some gems that researchers in other fields can benefit from.

Masterclasses bring a panel of senior academics and practitioners who have significant experience working with policy makers in the APS, together with early and mid career researchers, to provide practical advice on how to engage with policy-makers. This session was attended by academics from across ANU, CSIRO and the University of Canberra,

The panel shared their expertise about the policy environment and discussed with researchers how they can maximise their research impact through meaningful engagements with key policy makers in the biodiversity and policy environment space.

On 26 August 2020 we held the CBA Masterclass via Zoom with panelists:

Professor Jamie Pittock
Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU College of Science

Professor Jamie Pittock teaches courses on environment and society and climate change vulnerability and adaptation and co-convenes the Masters of Climate Change program at ANU. Jamie’s research focusses on environmental governance, climate change adaptation, energy and sustainable management of water. Jamie manages a research projects on irrigation in Africa (Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe) and on energy and food in the Mekong region.

Prior to joining ANU, Jamie worked for WWF International as Director of their Global Freshwater Program on conservation of wetlands, water use in agriculture, and river basin management. He worked for WWF Australia on national environmental laws; conservation of threatened biodiversity; management of invasive species; and measures to support Indigenous and private conservation land managers. He also worked in the Northern Territory and in Victoria.

Jamie is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and the World Commission on Protected Areas, serves on the Advisory Board of The Nature Conservancy Australia and the public fund of Water Stewardship Asia-Pacific, and chairs the Eminent Scientists Group of WWF Australia. Most recently, Jamie has been involved in controversial research on the effectiveness of reforms to water governance in the Murray-Darling Basin by state and federal governments. This has required engaging and telling truth to power in a constructive manner that enhances policy and practice.

Jamie is also an editor of Regional Environmental Change, Frontiers – Freshwater Science, and Ecosystem Services.

Rosie Cooney
Senior Director of Conservation Research, ACT Government

Dr Rosie Cooney is a disciplinary and sectoral boundary-crosser, with a history of engaging knowledge from diverse quarters and convening dialogue to address topical issues, and analysing and distilling research findings to inform practice and policy.

Rosie has spent majority of her career working for international conservation organisations (mainly IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature), with stints in academic roles (as a Research Fellow at Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW and convening International Environmental Policy at Fenner), in government, and as a consultant (to international organisations, governments and the private sector).

A strong focus in recent years has been supporting the inclusion of indigenous and community voices and perspectives in conservation deliberations, through supporting community leaders to participate in global meetings and debates.

Rosie sits on the Science and Technical Advisory Panel to the Global Environment Facility (GEF-STAP), which provides strategic scientific and technical advice on GEF policies, programs and projects. Rosie is currently carrying out these responsibilities while undertaking consultancies for international organisations, and developing a number of research ideas and projects.

Rosie is currently the Senior Director of Conservation Research for the ACT Government.

Peter Burnett
Honorary Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law,
Special Advisor to the Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub

Peter is an Honorary Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law, where he researches Australian environmental policy and law.

His current research interests include the reform of national environmental law, the role of environmental accounting in environmental policy and management, and environmental stewardship approaches in agriculture.

Before coming to the ANU, Peter held a number of senior executive positions in the federal Environment Department, most recently in 2011-2012 as a First Assistant Secretary leading a Regulatory Reform Taskforce. Peter holds a PhD from the ANU in environmental policy. Healso holds undergraduate degrees in arts and law and a Master degree in public law. Peter is an Adviser to the Public Policy & Societal Impact Hub, providing both academic and policy inputs in environmental policy.

Sean Innis
Director, Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub, ANU (Facilitator)

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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