Emma MacDonald

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Emma MacDonald

PhD candidate in Politics and International Relations

Room 508 , Social Sciences

0499 177 215 (phone)

Emma is a PhD candidate in Politics and International Relations. Her project explores how and why Commonwealth government policy responses have failed to meet their objective of decreasing Indigenous disadvantage. It seeks to examine the relationship between policy problem definition and policy failure.  Her research is supervised by Associate Professor Kate Crowley and Professor Roberta Julian.


Her research interests are:

  • Policy and program evaluation
  • the employment and wellbeing outcomes of civilian partners of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members.
  • the mental health outcomes of partners and families of ADF members (unrelated to PTSD).
  • the provision and evaluation of child protection services, primarily in the area of Out of Home Care and family support.

Career summary


Degree                                                            University                                        Awarded

GCertPubPolicy                                   University of Tasmania                                   2017

BSW (Hons)                                         University of Newcastle                                  2016