Professor Mark Considine
Professor Mark Considine is the Dean of the University's Faculty of Arts. Mark is also a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. His award-winning research focuses on governance studies, local development and organisational sociology.
He has received multiple accolades for his work, including the Marshall E Dimmock Award and the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Publication Award. He plays an active role in government and community sector reforms and has been a key player in the implementation of a number of organisational reviews.
Professor John Howe
Professor John Howe is the Director of the Melbourne School of Government. Previously he was Co-Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the Melbourne Law School, where he was also an Associate Dean (Staff Development).
John’s research and teaching interests include regulatory theory, labour law and corporate accountability. John has written extensively on the role of the state in regulating employment and labour markets, and on the intersection between state-based regulation and corporate governance. He is presently engaged in research concerning regulatory enforcement of minimum employment standards in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2010 he has led a major collaborative research project with the Fair Work Ombudsman, the agency responsible for enforcement of minimum employment standards in Australia. He is also researching how large business organisations engage in self-regulation of labour practices through internal policy and rule-making processes, and the interaction between these policies and employment laws.
John is Chair of the Steering Committee of the Labour Law Research Network, the leading international association of labour law scholars, and is a member of the Organising Committee of the Regulating for Decent Work Network. He is an Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law.
Prior to commencing an academic career, John worked in private legal practice, and also as a researcher for public policy and advocacy organisations in Washington DC. John was Secretary of the Australian Labour Law Association between 2005 and 2009. He was Deputy Dean of the Melbourne Law School from 2013-2016, and sole Director of the CELRL between 2008 and 2013.
Professor Paul Kofman
Professor Paul Kofman has a PhD in Economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He became Professor of Finance at The University of Melbourne in 2001 and Head of Department in 2006. He was appointed Young Researcher Programme Director of the ARC Financial Integrity Research Network in 2005.
Paul has lectured in econometrics and quantitative finance at Monash, UNSW and UTS and received numerous grants, including the ARC Discovery grant, for outstanding research. He's published in numerous econometrics journals, including the Journal of International Economics and worked as Associate Editor of the Asia-Pacific Futures Research Symposia, the International Journal of Managerial Finance and the Review of Futures Markets.
Professor Janine O'Flynn
Professor Janine O'Flynn studied both her PhD and Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Melbourne. She's now back at Melbourne as Professor of Public Management. She holds an Adjunct Professorship at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and was elected onto the Executive Board of the International Research Society for Public Management in 2012. Her research focuses on public sector reform and relationships and she has published widely on topics such as how government organisations work with external parties, joined-up government, and public value. She is currently engaged in a collaborative project with the Australian Public Service Commission to design and implement new performance management principles across the Australian Public Service.
Janine has won awards for teaching excellence, including a national citation from the Australian Teaching and Learning council in 2011.
In 2013 she was part of the team awarded the Charles H Levine award for best paper in the Public and Nonprofit Division and the Carlo Masini Award for outstanding scholarship in the fields of public and nonprofit management, awarded to the best paper examining the behaviour of public sector and nonprofit organisation at the annual Academy of Management conference in the United States.
Dr Avery Poole
Dr Avery Poole is the Assistant Director of the Melbourne School of Government. Her research explores institutional change in regional organisations, particularly ASEAN; conceptualisations of democracy and governance in Australia and Southeast Asian states; and Australian engagement with Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. She has published articles on democracy and human rights in ASEAN and Southeast Asia in Democratic Theory, Contemporary Southeast Asia and Contemporary Politics, and is a co-editor (with Dr Sara Bice and Professor Helen Sullivan) on the forthcoming volume Public Policy in the ‘Asian Century’: Concepts, Cases and Futures.
Avery was a Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Melbourne from 2011-2016, teaching in the areas of international governance, international human rights and Southeast Asian regionalism. She completed her PhD at The University of British Columbia in Canada.
Professor Paul Jensen
Professor Jensen is an industrial economist who has applied his technical expertise extensively in health services. His work relates to solving real-world problems and improving productivity via better public policy. He specialises in the economics of innovation, contracts and incentives, organisation resilience and the interface between the public sector and private actors and systems. Paul directs the Melbourne School of Government's research on Knowledge and Expertise which explores emerging ideas, tools and frameworks shaping public governance in the 21st century and how 'evidence' be best used to support better public institutions and outcomes. He brings extensive practical experience from working with IBM, the OECD, the European Commission, Asialink and the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Professor Jenny M Lewis
Professor Jenny Lewis is Professor of Public Policy and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow for 2013-16. She has published widely on policy influence, governance and the policy process and is currently working on the debate surrounding performance measurement. Jenny is currently the Vice President (Australia and New Zealand) of the International Research Society for Public Management, and a member of the Executive of the Australian Political Studies Association.
She has received multiple research prizes, including the Marshall E Dimock award for best article in Public Administration Review in 1999, a VicHealth health promotion research award in 2004, and the Kooiman prize for the best article in Public Management Review in 2012.
Erika Feller, Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow
From 2005 to April 2013 Ms Feller held the post of Assistant High Commissioner (Protection), one of the four top management positions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This was the culmination of a 26 year long career with UNHCR, and had been preceded by 14 years service as an Australian diplomat, in Canberra and overseas. For UNHCR, Ms Feller served both in Geneva and in the field. She was the initiator and manager of the 2001-2 Global Consultations on International Protection, which generated the Agenda for Protection, the internationally endorsed global "road map" on protection policy for refugees. She has visited all major refugee situations during her time with UNHCR, and is broadly respected as a refugee law advocate who has been widely published. She was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Most recently she has taken up an appointment as Vice Chancellor's Fellow at The University of Melbourne.
Professor John Langmore
Professor John Langmore leads the Melbourne School of Government's research on Security and Political Engagement. Between 1963 and 1976 he worked in Papua New Guinea as a public servant where he led the preparation of the first national plan. Between 1976 and 1984 he was an economic advisor to the Labor Party and proposed the negotiation of the Accord. In 1984 he was elected as the Member for Fraser in the House of Representatives and was re-elected four times. One of his achievements there was chairing the committee which planned the adoption of the first comprehensive committee system for the House of Representatives. He retired from parliament in 1996 to become Director of the UN Division for Social Policy and Development in New York for five years and then Representative of the International Labour Organization to the United Nations for two. He was responsible for the organisation of the 24th special session of the General Assembly which was the first world conference to agree on a global target for halving serious poverty. Professor Langmore teaches two graduate subjects, The United Nations: Review and Reform for the Master of International Relations and Socio-Economic Development for the Master of Development Studies. He has published extensively in books, journals and in the media, including Dealing with America: the UN, the US and Australia and To Firmer Ground: Restoring Hope in Australia.
Dr Sara Bice
Dr Sara Bice is the Director of Research Translation at Melbourne School of Government. Sara has a decade of experience assisting private firms, non-profits and government agencies to plan and advance sustainable development agendas. Her research for the Public Policy in the 'Asian Century' project investigates how shifting economic, political and social relations affect public policy in a context of increasing Asian influence. Previously, Sara examined institutional factors influencing corporate social responsibility in Australian mining. Her career is committed to creating shared value for communities and companies through evidence-based decision-making, risk management and strong stakeholder engagement.
Nicholas Reece, Principal Fellow
Nicholas Reece is Director of Strategy, Policy and Projects, in the Chancellery at the University of Melbourne. He is a Principal Fellow with the Melbourne School of Government.
Nick has considerable of experience in both politics and policy making at the highest levels of government including for Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Victorian Premiers Steve Bracks and John Brumby. Key roles during this period include Deputy Chief of Staff, Head of Policy, and Director of Strategy. He was also Secretary and Campaign Director of the Australian Labor Party in Victoria.
Nick currently serves as a Councillor for the City of Melbourne where he is the Chair of the Planning portfolio.
Nick hosts a TV show, Politics HQ, on Sky News and is a specialist commentator for the network. He is also a regular columnist with the Herald Sun.
Nick is an original Mo Bro and director of the global men’s health movement Movember which has raised over $900 million for prostate cancer and men’s suicide prevention. For over a decade Nick served as a director of the street newspaper The Big Issue, Australia’s most successful social enterprise.
Jeremy Baskin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government where he focuses on the legitimacy and accountability of knowledge experts in policy-making. His other research interests include climate and energy policy and associated technologies, the notion of the Anthropocene, and changing understandings of the authority of science.
In 2017 Jeremy was awarded a PhD in Politics from the University of Melbourne on the topic ‘Geoengineering, the Anthropocene and the End of Nature’. He also has degrees from the University of London and the University of Cape Town. He has been a Fellow of the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He has worked at the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership, designing and delivering programmes targeted at senior leaders in business, government and civil society.
Dr Kate Neely has contributed to several academic fields including science, science education, international development, research education and sociology. Kate is a systems thinking specialist whose current work includes discovering the drivers and barriers to effective research translation and mobilization. Kate is also developing system dynamics based workshop methods for effective transdisciplinary collaborations around complex problems. Kate’s research into water supply in Timor Leste has led to significant improvements in the implementation and management of community based water supply.
Stephanie Amir is the Program Manager for the Pathways to Politics Program. She has worked across all three levels of government in research, policy development, as secretariat for a Victorian parliamentary committee and advisor to Ellen Sandell MP. She has also worked as a social policy consultant advising clients in the government and community sectors, and as a manager at the Foundation for Young Australians. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Arts and postgraduate specialist certificate in Social Inclusion, all from the University of Melbourne. Outside the university she is on the Board of Directors at community radio station JOY 94.9 and is proud to be the youngest current Councillor at the City of Darebin.
Cathy Harper is the Editor of Election Watch, the Melbourne School of Government’s flagship digital publication. Election Watch publishes expert non-partisan analysis on elections. Cathy has 15 years’ experience as a senior journalist and producer in news and current affairs at the ABC and SBS; and she was the Australian stringer for NPR News in Washington DC for seven years. She graduated from the University of Melbourne (BA Hons, LLB Hons) in 1999.
Eric Rzepko is the Executive Officer in the Melbourne School of Government. Eric provides a range of high-level executive support services to the Director, secretariat support to Management Committee and Advisory Board, and is responsible for high quality service provisions to ensure the efficient running of the School. Eric has experience in working for Australian Universities, Victorian Government Departments and Minister’s Office. He graduated from the Warsaw University of Business in Poland and completed courses in Economics and Information Technology.
Maria Katsonis is a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Melbourne where she teaches policy design at a post graduate level. She has 20 years’ experience in the Victorian Public Service as a senior executive in public policy and public management. She has held the roles of Director, Governance and Director, Equality in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of DPC for five years. She was previously the Executive Director of Public Policy and Organisation Reviews at the Victorian Public Service Commission where she led governance and service delivery reviews at the request of the Premier and Ministers.
Maria has a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she was named a Lucius Littauer Fellow for academic achievement and commitment to public service. A Fellow of Leadership Victoria, Maria was named an Australian Financial Review/Westpac Woman of Influence in 2016 for her leadership in diversity and inclusion. She is an associate editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration.
Colette is a research and evaluation specialist with over ten years’ experience working with government, industry and not-for-profits. She works at the School of Government on projects exploring the community/ government/industry interface. She is a published author and experienced presenter and facilitator. She is also completing a PhD where her research is focussed on the use of Nudges and Behavioural Insights in public policy.
Marty Bortz is currently a research assistant in the Research Translation program at the Melbourne School of Government. Marty’s research explores the nature of knowledge and expertise, and how that influences public policy. He is currently finishing a PhD on this particular topic, focusing on the role of management consultants in education policy.
Marty previously spent several years as a private consultant, evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of government policies and programs. He has also worked in the public service for several years. As part of this role, he advised government Ministers on effective strategies to mitigate climate change, and provided governance advice to key statutory authorities (including the Environment Protection Authority and Sustainability Victoria).
Marty has undergraduate qualifications in Law and Arts (both from Monash University), and a Masters’ degree in Public Policy and Management (from the University of Melbourne).
Hamish is the Social Media Intern for the Melbourne School of Government. He assists in the social media promotion of various events and programs that the School organises.
After graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics, International Studies and French, Hamish worked in radio for the ABC with regional Victoria's State-Wide Drive program.
He is undertaking two Master degrees in Journalism and International Relations at Monash University. His study interests reside in the field of Political Violence and Counter Terrorism. After graduating, Hamish hopes to pursue a career in political journalism.