Our Team

Professor Shamit Saggar


Shamit SaggarShamit Saggar is the Director of the UWA Public Policy Institute and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Western Australia. He is also Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College, London.

He was previously Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister in the UK Cabinet Office; Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Essex; Harkness Fellow at UCLA; Yale World Fellow at Yale University; and Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the University of Toronto. 

He is a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, former Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, and was awarded a CBE in 2017 for services to social science and public policy.

Dr Christopher Lin


Dr Christopher LinChris is the Executive Officer at the UWA Public Policy Institute. He provides strategic planning, research, and project management for the Institute’s activities and is responsible for engaging with internal and external partners. 

Chris has worked in various roles in higher education, amassing experience in student transition and equity, curriculum governance, and teaching academic skills and literacy. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Also active in the Perth arts community, Chris is an ongoing contributor to PEN International and the Centre for Stories. He has facilitated local events that promote awareness and debate around Australia’s foreign policies in relation to the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Rebecca Rey


Rebecca ReyBec is the Communications and Engagement Coordinator at the UWA Public Policy Institute. She leads the Institute's communication and engagement strategy by liaising with key University and external stakeholders, including WA Members of Parliament, Director-Generals and their staff, policymakers in the public service, community and NFP organisations, a wide array of industries, and media.

With a background in marketing and a specialisation in research communications within the higher education sector, Bec brings expertise in both translating complex research to wide audiences and connecting researchers to their equivalent prospective collaborators in government, NGOs, not-for-profits and industry.

Bec is a world scholar on Don DeLillo's plays and remains research-active as an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA. Her monograph Staging Don DeLillo was published with Routledge and she continues to pen commissioned chapters and articles.

Jet Bernal


Jet BernalJet joined the UWA Public Policy Institute as an intern in 2022.

He holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology and is currently completing a Master of International Relations and International Law Degree. 

Having a background in both health and international relations, Jet’s key interest areas in public policy include the interaction of health and minority rights in illiberal countries, and the impact of disinformation on the democratic process and human rights in the world.

Benjamin Caulfield


Benjamin joined the UWA Public Policy Institute as an intern in 2022. 

He is currently completing a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Music Specialist Studies, with cognate study in public policy. Post-graduation, he hopes to either study the Juris Doctor, pursue further research, or enter the public sector or its adjacent fields after the completion of his honours.

Benjamin's key interest areas in public policy include cultural policy, cultural diplomacy, understanding changing approaches to arts funding across Australia and the Indo-Pacific, as well as deeply integrating ESG considerations across the public and private sectors. 

Chris Crellin


Chris CrellinChris joined the UWA Public Policy Institute as an intern in 2022. 

He holds a Bachelor with a double major in International Relations and International Business from Curtin University, a Master in European Studies from KU Leuven, and is in his final semester of a Master of Public Policy at UWA. 

Chris’s key research interests relate to the governance of the commons, specifically climate change, from the local to the global scale, institutions and the European Union, networks and the Indo-Pacific region. 

 

Breanna Fernandes


Breanna FernandesBreanna joined the UWA Public Policy Institute as an intern in 2022. 

She is currently completing a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Political Science and International Relations and German Studies. She also hopes to study the Juris Doctor after the completion of her honours.

Breanna’s key interest areas in public policy include the various disproportions between different groups across policy areas, law and policy reform, and strengthening transnational policies, particularly concerning climate change.

 
 
 

Jemah Harrison


Jemah HarrisonJemah joined the UWA Public Policy Institute as an intern in 2022.

She's studying her Juris Doctor after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and International Relations from UWA in 2021.

Jemah is currently working in the community legal sector and is interested in strengthening the government's policies surrounding access to justice, particularly for women in rural and remote areas, as well as youth mental health and international law.

 
 

Briana Hay Leon


Briana Hay LeonBriana joined the UWA Public Policy Institute as an intern in November 2022.

She recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Diplomacy offered at ANU, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts, majoring in Business Law and International Relations.

Having experience in business operations, Briana plans to collaborate with government, NGOs, and not-for-profits to bridge the gap between academia and wider audiences. Briana's key interest areas include Australia's foreign policy and international development policy, and better understanding diplomatic practices across the Indo-Pacific. 

 
 
 

John Karoll


John Karoll headshotJohn joined the UWA Public Policy Institute as an intern in 2022.

In 2018, he completed his Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy major) at UWA, and is currently studying a Master of Public Policy (Economics Specialisation). Between his studies and time at the Institute, John currently works as a Research Officer for Jessica Shaw, Member for Swan Hills.

John’s key areas of interest include state development, public finance, housing policy and the dynamics of wealth.