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 is a journalist with a background in program coordination and 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.
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.
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. He has a PhD in economics from the ANU and has a background in economic policy formulation and consulting.
Matthew Dornan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, working on the Pacific, especially in relation to issues of infrastructure and aid. Matthew recently completed a PhD in resource management at the ANU with a focus on the energy sector in Fiji.
Dinuk Jayasuriya is a Research 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 Postdoctoral Fellow with the PNG Budget 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.
Jonathan Pryke is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, and edits the Development Policy blog. He holds a Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) and a Master of Diplomacy from the 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.
Colin Wiltshire is the Program Manager for the PNG Budget 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.
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.
Colum Graham is a part-time Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. He holds a Master of Environmental Management and Development from Crawford.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Anderson is the Web Developer for the Development Policy Blog. He is currently undertaking a combined Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Information Technology at the ANU.
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.
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 and expertise include state building, international development, political economy, taxation and budget. Between 2001 and 2009, Nematullah has worked in different capacities with the Afghan government, international development and civil society organisations in Afghanistan.
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.
Robert Cannon has held appointments in higher and basic education and in health with universities, AusAID, the World Bank, ADB, USAID and UNICEF. He is a regular contributor on education and development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Elstoft is based in Port Vila, Vanuatu and is on leave from AusAID. He is currently undertaking research with Devpolicy colleagues into the effectiveness of the Pacific Plan’s regional initiatives.
Colin Filer is the convener of the Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program, ANU. His research interests include the social context, organisation and impact of policies, programs and projects in the mining, petroleum, forestry and conservation sectors.
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.
Kate Higgins is a Senior Researcher at the North-South Institute. Her interests include growth, inequality, aid, fragile states, the MDGs and the post-2015 framework. Kate has previously worked for AusAID and the Overseas Development Institute.
Tony Hughes is a freelance consultant in economic management. He has worked in a number of Pacific Island states. His current research being undertaken in collaboration with Devpolicy concerns lessons that can be learned from the experience of development practitioners who have been working in the Pacific in last 20-30 years.
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.
Peter Larmour is a Professor of Public Policy at the University of the South Pacific. His research interests include South Pacific politics and government, corruption and anti-corruption, and policy transfer.
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.
Dr Tess Newton Cain is principal consultant of Devpacific based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. She has over 15 years of experience in the Pacific island region as a lecturer and development practitioner. She now works to develop and share knowledge to support public policy and leadership in the region and is a regular contributor to the Devpolicy blog.
Annmaree O'Keeffe is a Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, and a regular collaborator.
Erik Olbrei has 20 years of experience in international development. He is currently conducting research into climate change, focusing on the challenges Indonesia faces in reducing emissions arising from deforestation.
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.
Ben Reilly is a Professor of Policy and Governance at the Crawford School, ANU. His current research includes democratisation and political engineering in the Asia-Pacific region, and post-conflict democratisation.
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.
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.
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.
Scott Wisor is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, ANU. He presented Devpolicy seminar in 2012 on survey work relating to the definition of the poverty line.
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.