Meet our teachers

Improve public policy making and implementation by learning from the world’s best. At Melbourne School of Government, you’ll learn from experts designing solutions to solve the biggest public policy dilemmas of our time.

Professor Jeff Borland

Jeff Borland

Jeff’s main fields of teaching and research are labour markets in Australia, program and policy evaluation, economic history, and sports economics.

He has extensive experience translating research to solve real-world problems, and has provided advice to many leading organisations including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Monetary Fund, Productivity Commission, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and New Zealand Treasury.

His research has been published in leading journals including Labour Economics, British Journal of Industrial Relations, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review. He has also been Editor of the Economics Record, and a co-editor of Economic Inquiry.

He is currently President of the Victorian branch of the Economic Society of Australia. He was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2002, and held the Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University in 2010.

Subject: Using Evidence

Dr Daniel Halliday

Dan Halliday

Dan Halliday has been teaching political philosophy at Melbourne University since 2011, when he arrived after finishing his PhD in Stanford University, in the United States. Prior to this he completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Sheffield.

Dan’s research interests focus on contemporary problems in political philosophy, particularly those relating to markets, taxation, and inequality. He has recently completed a book on inherited wealth and social justice, which will be published towards the end of this year with Oxford University Press. He also works on a variety of other topics, particularly the problem of ‘arms races’ in competitive consumption, associated with markets in education and luxury goods.

Subject: Working Ethically

Dr Sue Olney

Dr Sue Olney is a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Disability Institute at the University of Melbourne, a Visiting Fellow in the Public Service Research Group in the School of Business at UNSW Canberra, and an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne. Her research examines market-based reform of public services with particular focus on welfare-to-work and disability services.

Sue has worked in the Victorian Government Departments of Education & Training, Victorian Communities, Planning & Community Development, Human Services and Health and in the not-for-profit sector, and been involved in a range of cross-government, cross-sector and interdisciplinary research projects, government and community sector initiatives, committees and working groups to promote access and equity in employment, education, training and disability services in Australia. Her academic experience includes teaching and research on governance and public administration at the University of Melbourne, UNSW Canberra and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). She is also on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Public Administration and co-director of the social policy discussion platform Power to Persuade. Sue holds a PhD in Public Policy and a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.

Subject: Administrative Challenges in Practice

Dr Belinda Allen

Belinda Allen

Belinda’s teaching and research is focused on work practices in the healthcare sector. She has a strong understanding of the link between theory with practice from having worked with large public healthcare organisations, including the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.

Belinda has undergraduate degrees in psychology, human resource management and completed her PhD in organisational behaviour.

Her research is published in highly regarded journals and she is regularly invited to present at industry conferences. Belinda sits on a number of journal editorial boards and has received several awards for her teaching. Belinda has co-authored submissions to several government enquires into the healthcare sector in Australia.

Subject: Managing Effectively

Alice Cashen

Alice Cashen

Alice holds an LLM specialising in International Law from University of Cambridge and a first class honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide. Alice Cashen has held a number of executive and legal roles in the Victorian Public Service with a particular focus on public law and governance including at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel and the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office. In addition to her work at the Melbourne Law School, Alice currently works at Victorian Legal Aid.

Alice Cashen was previously a Research Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, working with Professor Simon Evans on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project entitled 'Executive Power under the Australian Constitution: definition, delimitation and accountability.'

Subject: The Rule of Law