Our Fellows

UWA Fellows

We're proud to collaborate with many academic experts across UWA, covering a broad range of policy issues and disciplines.

Our UWA PPI Fellows are true champions of active policy engagement, both within their academic work and their field more broadly, and we frequently turn to them for formal and informal guidance on how we can be more effective.

 

Associate Professor Katie Attwell, School of Social Sciences

Dr Katie AttwellAssociate Professor Katie Attwell is in the School of Social Sciences and an Honorary Fellow of Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute. A global research leader exploring parental vaccine refusal and government responses to address it, Katie has published 27 journal articles in top publications such as Milbank Quarterly, Politics, and Social Science and Medicine.

Katie’s research pre-eminence is evidenced by her large number of lead-author publications with senior scholars in Europe and North America, arising from her leadership of several multidisciplinary research collaborations. She is a member of the scientific committee of the annual Vaccine Acceptance meeting in Annecy, France.

In 2018, Katie won an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, which funds her full-time research for three years on mandatory childhood vaccination in Australia, Italy, France and California. Her work has shaped government policies in Victoria and New Zealand, and she regularly translates her research to policymakers, practitioners and the public.

Professor Ullrich Ecker, School of Psychological Science

Ullrich EckerUllrich Ecker is a cognitive psychologist at the University of Western Australia’s School of Psychological Science. His research focuses on the impact of misinformation on memory, reasoning, and behaviour. Ullrich engages in the development and rigorous testing of effective methods to ‘debunk’ misinformation post-exposure or ‘pre-bunk’ it through educating people about common disinformation tactics.

With his students and collaborators, he has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, and he holds editorial roles at five international journals. He has provided expert advice to German and Australian courts of law, parliamentary committees in Singapore and Victoria, and the Australian Government as a member of the national COVID-19 “Roadmap to Recovery” taskforce. He currently holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, working on the project “Combating Misinformation – Designing a Toolkit to Address a Global Problem”.

 

 

Professor Colleen Fisher, School of Population and Global Health

Professor Colleen Fisher

Professor Colleen Fisher has research interest in disadvantage and inequality with specific expertise in the area of family and domestic violence where she has published widely. Her research is international in scope with collaborators across high and low and middle income countries. She has examined issues related to family and domestic violence across the life-span and cross-culturally (including in refugee contexts) for both victim-survivors and those who use violence.   

Colleen has also undertaken empirical and evaluation research related to policy development, service provision and intervention. She has been invited to membership of a number of state government and not-for-profit advisory boards and committees; and has been an expert witness at the WA Clinical Senate on domestic violence.

 

 

 

Professor Alex Gardner, UWA Law School

Professor Alex GardnerAlex Gardner is Professor of Law at The University of Western Australia. He has extensive experience in national interdisciplinary research teams addressing major water management challenges. In 2009-2014, he was a Chief Investigator with the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. In 2012-2017, he was a Key Researcher with the Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. In 2014-15, Alex led an action research project on “Mining and Water Law Reform for Ghana”, funded by the International Mining for Development Centre. In 2020 he was appointed a project leader with the new CRC for Transformations in Mining Economies. 

Alex also maintains a natural resources and environmental law practice, assisting governmental agencies, NGOs and private entities. From December 2015 to November 2018, he was Convener of the management committee of the Environmental Defenders Office Western Australia, overseeing a challenging transition to majority private funding for this important community legal centre

Professor Christophe Gaudin, Oceans Graduate School

Professor Christophe GaudinChristophe Gaudin is an engineer and scientist with over 20 years’ experience with the offshore oil and gas industry. Over the last 5 years, Christophe has redirected his research effort towards offshore renewables, pursuing scientific interests and becoming acutely aware of the imperative for renewable energy and its potential for the Australian economy. He is the founding Director of the Wave Energy Research Centre, which supports assist industry, scientist and government in defining the future energy landscape in Australia and worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Anas Ghadouani, School of Engineering

Professor Anas GhadouaniAnas Ghadouani is Professor and Program Chair of Environment Engineering at UWA. Anas has more than 25 years’ experience of research in water resources (water and wastewater), ecological engineering and environmental engineering, with a strong focus on industry-based research. He is an expert adviser to a number of industry organisations and funding bodies nationally and internationally.

Anas was a founding member and past Executive Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. He has extensive experience in leading multidisciplinary projects nationally and internationally, in particular  research leading to best practice and policy outcomes for integrated water management in the planning of future cities.

 

 

 

 

Professor David Gilchrist, UWA Business School

Professor David GilchristProfessor David Gilchrist is a chartered accountant and historian. He has held senior roles in the public sector, not-for-profit sector and commerce, and has taught at The London School of Economics and a number of universities in Australia.

His research focuses on charitable and not-for-profit human services, the public sector and public policy. He has advised all levels of government in Australia and internationally. 

He is the author of three books focusing on public policy and governance, and is the author of the forthcoming book Collaboration for Impact: Lessons from the Field for the Australian National University Press. David is also an author of the seminal work Australian Charities 2013, the first substantive work analysing this important sector in Australia.

 

 

 

Dr Caleb Goods, UWA Business School

Dr Caleb GoodsCaleb Goods is a Senior Lecturer of Management and Employment Relations in the University of Western Australia Business School. His research focuses on work and workers lived experiences in the ‘gig’ economy and understanding how climate mitigation and adaptation is reshaping work and with-it contemporary society. 

He is currently Co-Investigator on the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Climate Change project, based at York University, Toronto, and a lead researcher on the Marginalized workers in the Australian platform-economy project based at the University of Sydney and supported by Uber Australia.

Caleb has published widely in leading policy, industrial relations and sociology journals. His research findings have regularly informed industry, unions and government policy and he frequently contributions to public policy discussions via the ABC, The Conversation and Sydney Morning Herald

Winthrop Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie, School of Social Sciences

Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzieProfessor Fiona Haslam McKenzie has expertise in regional economic development, with extensive experience in population and socioeconomic change, housing, and analysis of remote, regional and urban socioeconomic indicators. She has published widely and undertaken work for the corporate and small business sectors both nationally and in Western Australia, has conducted work for all three tiers of government, and, since 2015, has been co-director of the Centre for Regional Development at UWA. She is also a member of the Western Australian Environmental Protection Board.

Fiona is currently researching the socioeconomic impact of different workforce arrangements for the mining industry and uneven economic development in Western Australia, focusing on the key issues of competitiveness, resilience and spatial integration. She is also a project lead on the Cooperative Research Centre for Transformation in Mining Economies.

 

 

 

Dr Kate Hislop, School of Design

Dr Kate HislopKate Hislop is a registered architect and has been an academic at UWA for over 20 years. As Dean and Head of the School of Design, she is responsible for academic leadership across the disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Fine Arts and History of Art. She also teaches within the Architecture program and supervises HDR students.

Kate is active in the wider architectural community. She is an examiner for the Architects Board of WA’s Architectural Practice Examination (APE) and Chair of the National Advisory Panel for the Architecture Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA). She was the first female editor of the WA professional journal “The Architect”, has chaired and been a jury member on numerous architecture award panels, and was joint Convener of the 2020 Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Conference. In 2021 she was the recipient of the WA Architects Board Award for sustained contribution to the profession.

 

 

 

Dr Julie Ji, School of Psychological Science

Dr Julie Ji

Dr Julie Ji is a Forrest Fellow based at the School of Psychological Science. An experimental psychologist conducting mechanism-focused research that aims to drive treatment innovation, Julie’s work integrates cognitive, affective, and decision science to identify modifiable cognitive targets that drive emotional and behavioural dysregulation in conditions such as depression, anxiety, and non-suicidal self-injury.
 
Since completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge as an Australian Poynton Scholar in 2018, Dr Ji’s research has attracted more than $1.2 million in funding as chief principal investigator. Most recently, Julie was awarded a WA Child Research Fund research grant to take her expertise in imagination-based future thinking to the area of maternal vaccine hesitancy, investigating how distortions in such thinking amplify subjective risk and anticipated regret.
 
Dr Ji’s research has received extensive media coverage, including the Australian Financial Review and ABC News
Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur, School of Agriculture and Environment
Associate Professor Parwinder KaurDr Parwinder Kaur (she/her) is a passionate leader, award winning scientist and innovator in the world of science, with over 15 years pioneering key research outcomes in the fields of genetics, genome sequencing, biotechnology and synthetic biology working to ensure sustainable futures for the natural environment.

During her career she has made sustained contributions to biotechnology without borders in Australia. Her significant achievements in genetics, genome assembly, climate smart crops, biodiversity conservation and biodiscovery have had international impacts – pivotal to current research by scholars based in the USA, Europe, Asia and Central and South America.

Dr Kaur has led cross-disciplinary developments for innovation and research translation as an academic and entrepreneur. She is the Director, Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of ExPlanta Pty Ltd, a spin-out company merging tech with science to develop clean, green bio-engineering solutions and natural compounds for human and animal health products.

To her, being a woman in science means opening doors to education and research for girls and women in STEM. She hopes that by being a visible role model as a mother and professor in science, she can encourage and inspire the next generation of diverse scientists to pursue their passion for science and discovery.

Winthrop Professor Julie Lee, UWA Business School

Professor Julie Lee

Julie Lee is a Winthrop Professor in Marketing and Associate Dean of Research for the UWA Business School. She founded the Centre for Human and Cultural Values at UWA in 2018. Her research focuses on understanding human values and how they link to beliefs, attitudes, and behaviour. 

Julie has held senior roles in the tourism industry and has taught at a number of universities, including the University of Hawaii and University of Miami in the USA. She is an author on multiple books, including International and Cross-Cultural Business Research and Marketing Across Cultures, as well as a number reports and articles on Australian values and how they are changing over time. 

 

 

 

 


Associate Professor Paul Maginn, School of Social Sciences

Dr Paul Maginn

Associate Professor Paul J. Maginn is an urban planner/geographer with research expertise/interests in: (i) strategic metropolitan planning; (ii) urban regeneration/renewal; (iii) Australian and global suburbanisms; (iv) urban politics, (v) multiculturalism and sexualities; and, (vi) geographies of retail.

He is Editor-in-Chief of Australia’s leading urban studies journal, Urban Policy and Research; and, was Co-Convenor of the Australasian Cities Research Network, the academic network that oversees the biennial State of Australasian Cities Conference, which Paul Co-Chaired in 2009 and 2019 when it was held in Perth. He is Co-Convenor of an international seminar series (2021-2022), Peripheral Centralities: Lost, Past, Present and Future, funded by the Urban Studies Foundation.  

 

 

 

 

Professor Sarah Murray, UWA Law School
Professor Sarah MurrayProfessor Sarah Murray is an expert in constitutional law, electoral law and court innovation at the Law School at the University of Western Australia. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a current member of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, is co-Chair of the International Society of Public Law AUS-NZ Chapter and a co-Convenor of the WA Chapters of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law and the Electoral Regulation and Research Network.  
 
She was a member of the WA Ministerial Expert Committee on Electoral Reform in 2021. The recommendations of the Expert Committee’s were followed by historic WA legislative amendments in the form of the enactment of the Constitutional and Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Equality) Act 2021 (WA).
 

 

 

 

 

Professor David Pannell, School of Agriculture and Economics

Professor David PannellDavid Pannell is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UWA and Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP).

His research includes the economics of land and water conservation, environmental policy, farmer-adoption of new practices, risk, and economics of farming systems. His research has been published in seven books and 200 journal articles and book chapters, and has been recognised with awards from the USA, Australia, Canada and the UK, including the 2009 ARC Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Research. He collaborates with a wide variety of environmental and natural-resource-management organisations to help them improve their planning and prioritisation.

 

 

 

 

Professor Julian Partridge, UWA Oceans Institute

Professor Julian Partridge

Julian Partridge is Director of the UWA Oceans Institute, a member of the National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) and Executive, UWA’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) Operator Representative.  

Julian is a marine biologist with internationally recognised expertise in animal sensory systems and deep-sea biology. With 34 years of research and teaching experience at world-leading universities in the UK and Australia, his research has often linked engineering and biology. His experience in science, science communication, and business development is brought to bear in the Oceans Institute context to bring together UWA’s strong and highly multidisciplinary marine research capacity towards the vision of a thriving and sustainable blue planet for future generations. As Director, focus is on aligning the Ocean Institute’s actions to deepen our collective understanding of the world’s oceans, leading to an engaged community to address the challenges of the Indian Ocean and beyond through exploration, collaboration and innovation.

Professor Anu Rammohan, UWA Business School

Professor Anu RammohanAnu Rammohan is Professor of Economics in the UWA Business School. Anu currently serves as a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts and on the editorial board of the Economic Record.

Anu’s research expertise is in development economics, health economics and agricultural economics. The focus of her research has been on understanding household-level socioeconomic factors that can influence maternal and child health outcomes, gender, and food security issues in South and South East Asia, particularly in India, Indonesia and, more recently, Myanmar. Her research is published internationally, and has been funded by competitive research grants from the Australian Research Council, DFAT, Australian Council of International Agricultural Research and the Australia India Institute.

 

 

 

 

Professor Peter Robertson, UWA Business School

Professor Peter RobertsonPeter Robertson is a Professor of Economics and is Dean of the UWA Business School. He has served as an expert consultant to the Productivity Commission and the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and as member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

Peter's research focuses on the interactions between economic growth, trade and economic development, but also on related areas including international political economy of trade restrictions, defence economics, immigration and international security, as well as the economic miracles of East Asia, China and India. His research is published in leading international peer-reviewed journals.

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Professor Glenn Savage, Graduate School of Education

Associate Professor Glenn SavageGlenn C. Savage is a policy sociologist with expertise in education reform, federalism, intergovernmental relations and global policy mobilities. He is an Associate Professor at UWA in the School of Social Sciences and the Graduate School of Education.

He has published widely in leading policy and sociology journals and maintains a strong media profile and links with senior policymakers. He currently leads an Australian Research Council Discovery grant titled ‘School autonomy and parent engagement in disadvantaged communities’ (2019-2022) and a UWA Research Collaboration Award titled ‘Collaborative decision-making and policy co-design in Australian schooling policy’, in partnership with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

 

 

 

Professor Krishna Sen, School of Social Sciences

Professor Krishna SenKrishna Sen is Professor Emerita in the School of Social Sciences UWA and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. She was appointed by the Foreign Minister as a member of the Reference Group for the New Colombo Plan, and served on it from its inception in 2013 until December 2019.

Krishna was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UWA from 2009-2017. She is internationally recognised for her work on the media and has written extensively on Indonesia. She is also editor of several monographs and is a member of editorial boards of several international refereed journals.

Krishna grew up and completed her undergraduate education in India and continues to maintain her networks in India and Indonesia. She is the interim Chair of PEN Perth, an affiliate Centre of PEN International.

 

 

 

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique AM, Institute of Agriculture

Professor Kadambot SiddiqueKadambot Siddique is the Hackett Professor of Agriculture and Chair and Director of the UWA Institute of Agriculture. He has more than 30 years' experience in agricultural research, research training and management in Australia and overseas. He is a highly cited researcher in the field of agricultural science.

Kadambot has a national and international reputation in various aspects of agricultural science, including crop physiology, production agronomy, farming systems, genetic resources and breeding, with a focus on wheat, grain legumes and oilseed crops.

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Professor Sally Thompson, School of Engineering

Associate Professor Sally ThompsonAssociate Professor Sally Thompson is an ecohydrologist who studies the connections between ecosystems and the water cycle. She completed her PhD at Duke University as a General Sir John Monash Scholar, and held the Claire and Hsieh-Wen Shen Distinguished Research Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, before beginning at UWA in 2019.

Sally has received the US National Science Foundation CAREER award, the American Geophysical Union Early Career Award in Hydrology, and the European Geophysical Union Jim Dooge Award for best paper in Hydrology and Earth System Science. Sally uses a broad suite of tools, including mathematical modeling, remote sensing, and field observations to address conservation, climate change adaptation and water resources management issues in Western Australia and worldwide.

 

 

 

 

Dr Lachlan Umbers, School of Humanities

Dr Lachlan Umbers

Dr Lachlan Umbers is a philosopher working at the intersection of political science and political theory at the University of Western Australia.

His work engages with a wide array of issues, from the design of electoral institutions, to the climate duties of sub-national governments, corporations, and individuals. His current research projects include a monograph on the merits of compulsory voting, the regulation of political speech by civil society groups, the ethics of combatting vaccine hesitancy, and the role of labour unions in protecting employees’ interests in the workplace. With Jeremy Moss, he is the co-editor of Climate Justice and Non-State Actors (Routledge, 2020) and the co-author of Climate Justice Beyond the State (Routledge, 2021). 

A committed interdisciplinary researcher and passionate teacher, he is also the co-ordinator of UWA’s Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Professor Rob Wilson, School of Humanities
Rob WilsonRob Wilson is Professor of Philosophy within the UWA School of Humanities. He explores fundamental questions in the cognitive, biological, and social sciences, and takes philosophy into non-university spaces, such as school classrooms and forms of community and public engagement.

Growing up in Perth, Rob completed his PhD at Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar and taught in the USA and Canada for most of the past 30 years. He is especially interested in science, technology, and social policy.

For the past decade, the study of eugenics in Canada has been Rob’s research focus, a focus that continues in the Australian context by exploring cultural forms of eugenics (such as indigenous child removal practices). During his career in Canada, Rob directed the project that built the public, digital resources available at the Eugenics Archive.

He is also active in the philosophy in the schools movement and is currently exploring other venues in which children and youth can develop their philosophical skills in communities of inquiry.

In recognition of his contributions to philosophy, Rob was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2010.

Professor Samina Yasmeen, School of Social Sciences

Professor Samina Yasmeen AMProfessor Samina Yasmeen AM is a specialist in political and strategic developments in South Asia (especially Pakistan), Islamisation and its impact on societies in the Indian Ocean region, radicalisation and de-radicalisation strategies, and Muslim minorities in the West (especially Australia).

Samina is the director of the UWA Centre for Muslim States and Societies; a member of the advisory board for the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies; a Vice-President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (WA Branch), and a member of the Management Committee of the WA Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She was recognised with the Sir Ronald Wilson Leadership Award in the 2011 WA Citizen of the Year Awards,  is a Fellow of Australian Institute of International Affairs, and was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2014.

 

 

 

 


Practitioner Fellows

Practitioner Fellows are policy-oriented professionals external to the University who contribute to the Institute's activities, are champions of policy engagement, and who are well placed to advise UWA PPI on new ways to approach public policy.

Kevin Brown, CEO of Perth Airport
Kevin Brown

Kevin joined Perth Airport as Chief Executive Officer in July 2016. Kevin has been involved in operational and commercial roles in both hub and regional airports for more than 19 years in the UK and Australia. 

Prior to joining Perth Airport, Kevin held the position of Chief Executive Officer of North Queensland Airports, which operate Cairns and Mackay Airports, where he was responsible for implementing a growth strategy for both airports. He also spent nine years with the British Airport Authority (BAA) and was Managing Director at Edinburgh International Airport.

In 2017, Kevin was appointed to the Tourism Western Australia Board. Kevin is also a Board Member for AIMWA and Committee for Perth.

 

 

Dr Omar Khorshid, immediate past President of the Australian Medical Association

Headshot of Dr Omar KhorshidDr Omar Khorshid is an experienced medical leader and orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in reconstructive and arthroplasty surgery of the knee and hip. He is a past President of the Australian Medical Association at both a state and national level and has served in leadership and representative roles throughout his career. As President of the AMA from 2020 to 2022, he was deeply involved in Australia’s pandemic response, whilst driving AMA advocacy around health system funding reform, primary care and public health.  

He is Head of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Fremantle Hospital where he has implemented programs such as patient outcome measurement and robotic surgery. He founded Coastal Orthopaedics in 2010 and remains an active surgeon and director of that growing private orthopaedic practice.

Omar has a longstanding interest in medical education and spent almost ten years involved in orthopaedic surgical training, including the development and implementation of a completely redesigned training program. He was appointed Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Curtin University’s new medical school in 2016. He has served in a number of board roles and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

 
Chris Rodwell, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA)

Chris RodwellChris Rodwell is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA), having joined the organisation in early 2018. His work in international business spans Australasia, North America, Latin America and Europe across the public, private and for purpose sectors.

During his time at CCIWA, Chris has pursued policy reform in areas such as GST distribution, state taxation reform, removing workforce disincentives for people with families, innovation, workforce skills and climate change. 

 

 

 

 

Diane Smith-Gander AO, Chair of Zip Co, HBF, DDH1 and CEDA

Diane Smith-Gander AODiane Smith-Gander AO is a professional non-executive director maintaining a diverse portfolio over varying types of entities, industries and geographies. She is an advocate for gender equity and a past president of Chief Executive Women. Diane is Chair of Zip Co Limited, HBF Health Limited, DDH1 Limited and the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia and a non-executive director of AGL Energy.

Diane holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and a BEc from UWA.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) and an adjunct professor of corporate governance at UWA.  In 2018 Diane was the Business Award winner in the West Australian of the Year Awards in recognition of her contribution to business in the state and her advocacy for gender equity.  She also became an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2019 for services to business, women’s engagement in executive roles, gender equality and the community.