Our team and partners

TPE Staff

The TPE consists of a small team dedicated to the University's mission of making a contribution to the future development of Tasmania across a range of outcome areas.

Professor Richard Eccleston - Director of the Tasmanian Policy Exchange

Richard is a specialist in social and economic policy and has worked on a wide range of policy issues, analysing and developing practical evidence-based solutions to some of the most significant policy challenges facing our community. In recent years Richard has worked with a range of governments and led projects on a wide range of topics from tax reform, housing affordability, migration, preventive health to the future of renewable energy in Tasmania. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and was the Founding Director of the Institute for Social Change at the University of Tasmania.

Sarah Hyslop - Project Manager and Policy Analyst

Sarah was a research officer at the Parliament of Victoria before joining the University of Tasmania in 2015. In recent years Sarah has managed and made major contributions to a wide range of policy projects including Tourism Tracer and the Strong Families Safe Kids Evaluation.

Dr Ben Parr - Policy Analyst

Ben holds a PhD in Australian federal climate policy from the University of Melbourne and, prior to returning to Tasmania in 2018, was a post-doctoral fellow at the Melbourne Sustainability Institute. Since joining the TPE in early 2020, Ben's primary focus has been on energy and emissions policy.

My PhD was titled 'Australian Climate Policy and Diplomacy - Howard to Rudd'.

Dr Lachlan Johnson - ARC Research Fellow and Policy Analyst

Lachie completed his Phd on the role of knowledge networks in regional innovation clusters in early 2021. He is currently an ARC Research Fellow on a project (led by Richard Eccleston) on corporate tax strategy and supports the TPE's work on regional development and employment policy.

Dr Susan Banks - Senior Research Fellow

Susan Banks is the lead UTAS researcher on the Anticipatory Care Action Learning Project and a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences. Susan's sociology PhD examined the intersection of meaning and practice in the delivery of aged care and disability support. Prior to this role, Susan worked in research and project management roles at UTAS and at QUT, as a freelance academic editor and writer and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

The TPE aims to enable UTAS graduate students and staff to apply their expertise to policy challenges facing Tasmania. As part of the TPE model, we are developing an internship program whereby recent graduates and current PhD students can apply their research skills to addressing significant issues while gaining invaluable policy and professional experience. Given the fantastic contributions of our policy interns to the TPE program since its inception, we aim to formalise the program for 2022. Our interns include:

  • Oliver Gales. Ollie graduated with first class honours in Agricultural Science from the University of Tasmania in 2019 and was the 2020 Tasmanian Rhodes Scholar. Between February and September 2020 Ollie made a major contribution to the TPE's COVID and energy policy projects. He is currently studying for a M.Sc in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford
  • Madeleine Archer. Maddy graduated with from a science/law degree in 2020, with first class honours in law, from the University of Tasmania in 2020 and made a major contribution to the TPE's review of Tasmania's proposed voluntary assisted dying legislation between December 2020 and February 2021. Maddy has recently enrolled in a PhD at QUT.
  • Hollie Jackson. Hollie graduated from an arts/law degree, with first class honours in law, in 2020 and made a major contribution to the TPE's review of Tasmania's proposed voluntary assisted dying legislation between December 2020 and February 2021.
  • Lachlan Johnson. Lachie was an intern in the TPE Feb 2020 – March 2021 while completing his PhD. Lachie has now completed his PHD and is working in the TPE as a Policy Analyst.

The TPE seeks to draw on expertise across the University to make a timely and informed contribution to policy making in Tasmania. Since February 2020 approximately 45 UTAS staff have contributed to the TPE's policy engagement and analysis work.

Nagi Abdussamie – Lecturer and Research Fellow, Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics, Australian Maritime College

David Adams – Professor, College of Business and Economics

Francisco Ascui - Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Business and Economics

Susan Banks – TPE Research Fellow

Kim Beasy – Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy, College of Arts Law and Education

Nathan Bindoff – Professor of Physical Oceanography, IMAS

Philip Bohle - Professor of Management

David Bowman – Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science, College of Science and Engineering

Marie-Jeanne Buscot – Doctoral candidate, Menzies Institute

Jason Byrne - Professor of Human Geography and Planning, College of Sciences and Engineering

Tim Butcher - Associate Professor of Management

Kathy Evans – Associate Professor and Associate Head, Research, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Peter Fairbrother – Professor of Management

Evan Franklin - Associate Professor in Energy and Power Systems, College of Sciences and Engineering

Fred Gale - Professor in Politics and International Relations, College of Arts, Law and Education

Vikram Garaniya - Associate Head of Research at the Australian Maritime College (AMC), College of Science and Engineering

Veryan Hann - Doctoral Researcher in Energy Policy, Governance and Implementation, College of Arts, Law and Education

Rebecca Harris – Senior Lecturer of Physical Geography (Climatology), College of Science and Engineering

Matthew Harrison - Associate Professor, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Neil Holbrook – Professor of ocean and Climate Dynamics and Head, Centre for Oceans and Cryosphere, College of Science and Engineering

Akhtar Hussain – Menzies Institute

Fay Johnston – Associate Professor, Public Health and Primary Care Theme, Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Kim Jose – TPE Research Fellow

Clinton Levitt – Lecturer in Economics, College of Business and Economics

Heather Lovell - Professor of Energy and Society, College of Sciences and Engineering

Gregor Macfarlane - Associate Professor in Maritime Hydrodynamics and Hydrodynamic Facilities Manager, Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics, Australian Maritime College

Phillipa McCormack – Lecturer in Administrative Law and Legal Research Methods, College of Arts, Law and Education

Jan McDonald – Professor of Environmental Law, College of Arts, Law and Education

Fran McInerney – Professor of Dementia Studies and Education, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre

Gabi Mocatta – Research Fellow in Climate Change Communication (Climate Futures), College of Science and Engineering

Caroline Mohammed – Professor of Agriculture and Centre Leader (Agricultural Systems), Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Jean-Roch Nader – Lecturer and Research Fellow in Ocean Energy, Lead of the Renewable Energy Research Precinct, Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics, Australian Maritime College

Margaret Otlowski – Professor of Law, Vice-Chancellor's Envoy (Europe) and Senior Academic Adviser, Graduate Research

Gretta Pecl – Professor of Marine Ecology and Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology and ARC Future Fellow, IMAS

Irene Penesis – Professor in Marine Renewable Energy, Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics, Australian Maritime College

Corey Peterson – Associate Director Sustainability, Infrastructure Services and Development

Jennifer Presser – Associate Professor and Academic Lead, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Carmen Primo Perez – Adjunct Lecturer and Sustainability Officer

Tomas Remenyi – Research Delivery and Data Manager, IMAS

Miles Smith – Business Manager, College of Sciences and Engineering

Elaine Stratford – Professor of Geography, College of Sciences and Engineering

Nick Towle – Lecturer and Clinical Medical Education Advisor, College of Health and Medicine

Phillipa Watson – Research Fellow, School of Technology, Environment and Design, College of Science and Engineering

Mark White – Engineering Services Manager, Infrastructure Services and Development

Rob White – Distinguished Professor, College of Art, Law and Education