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Tasmanian Policy Exchange (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. Read more about Richard

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. Read more about Sarah

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 University of Tasmania 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 the University of Tasmania and at QUT, as a freelance academic editor and writer and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Megan Langridge – Policy Intern

Meg completed her Honours degree in Sociology in 2021 at the University of Tasmania with a thesis investigating Tasmanian forestry workers’ perceptions of change in their industry and in their forest environment.

Frieda Moran – Policy Intern

Frieda is in the last stages of completing her PhD at the University of Tasmania on the cultural history of food safety in Australia.

The TPE aims to enable University of Tasmania 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:

  • 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.
  • Samantha Climes. Sam is a University of Tasmania Law student, Secretary (2021) and incoming President (2022) of the University of Tasmania Student Environment and Animal Law Society.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hannah Lawrence. Hannah is a University of Tasmania Law student and President of the University of Tasmania Student Environment and Animal Law Society (2021).

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 University of Tasmania 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 Sciences 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 Sciences 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 Sciences 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 Sciences 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 Sciences and Engineering
  • Mark White – Engineering Services Manager, Infrastructure Services and Development
  • Rob White – Distinguished Professor, College of Arts, Law and Education

Contact us

If you would like to contact the TPE please email either Richard Eccleston via Richard.Eccleston@utas.edu.au or Sarah Hyslop via Sarah.Hyslop@utas.edu.au.