UWA PPI Fellows

UWA PPI is proud to collaborate with many academic experts across the different faculties and schools of 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 UWA PPI can be more effective.


Dr Katie Attwell

Dr Katie AttwellKatie Attwell is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, 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.


Associate Professor Farida Fozdar

Associate Professor Farida FozdarFarida Fozdar (aka Tilbury) is a sociologist with a research focus on migration, race and ethnicity, refugee settlement, racism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism. She co-founded the Migration, Mobilities and Belonging research cluster at UWA, a group that undertakes research and holds conferences and symposiums on migration and diversity-related issues. She is also Chair of UWA's CaLD Inclusion and Diversity Working Group.

Farida uses mixed-methods research to understand the construction of racial, ethnic, national and religious identities, issues around refugee and migrant settlement, and responses to cultural diversity. She has a particular interest in discourse analysis. Farida undertakes social research consultancies including evaluating programs to assist migrants and refugees with resettlement.


Professor Anas Ghadouani

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

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.

Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie 

Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzieFiona 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 recently announced Cooperative Research Centre for Transformation in Mining Economies.

Dr Karen Martin

Dr Karen MartinKaren Martin is a teaching and research academic in the School of Population and Global Health. With a focus on improving the wellbeing of vulnerable populations, Karen’s research centres on promoting environments and interventions that support those impacted by adversity, disadvantage or trauma. She has previously completed research within varying fields such as domestic violence, homelessness, refugee health, loneliness and palliative care.

In 2019, Karen founded the Thoughtful Schools Project , which incorporates the implementation and evaluation of trauma-informed practice principles and evidence-based support strategies in Australian schools. UWA PPI was proud to be involved in the launch of this project.

Dr David Mickler

David Mickler

David Mickler is the Founding Director of the UWA Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC) and a Senior Lecturer in Foreign Policy and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences. He previously worked at the University of Melbourne and has been a visiting scholar at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and at the African Union Commission. David was also the inaugural Co-Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group (2016-18).

His research examines Africa’s regional governance and international relations, including Australia-Africa relations, and his books include New Engagement: Contemporary Australian Foreign Policy Towards Africa (MUP 2013), The African Union: Challenges of Peace, Security and Governance (Routledge 2016) and Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals (Springer 2019).

Professor David Pannell

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 Anu Rammohan

Professor Anu RammohanAnu Rammohan is Professor of Economics and the Associate Dean International for the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education. 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 Benjamin Reilly

Professor Benjamin ReillyBen Reilly is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at UWA. He was formerly Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School, and Director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Australian National University (ANU). He has also worked with the Australian government, the United Nations and other international organisations, and held visiting appointments at Harvard, Oxford and Johns Hopkins universities.

Ben has authored or edited seven books and more than 100 scholarly papers, and received financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the United States Institute of Peace, the East-West Center, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Australian Research Council. He regularly contributes to and is quoted in national and international media including The New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Time magazine.

Read more about Ben’s policy and research engagement here

Professor Peter Robertson

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

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

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.

Professor Kadambot Siddique

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 Jeannette Taylor

Associate Professor Jeanette TaylorJeannette Taylor is a faculty member of the Political Science and International Relations discipline at the School of Social Sciences at UWA. She also coordinates UWA’s Master of Public Policy program (Public Administration and Governance specialisation).

Jeannette’s expertise lies in public administration and policy. She has an interest in investigating performance and human resource management-related issues in the public service in Australia and East Asia. Her recent publications attempt to provide a better understanding of whistleblowing trends in the public service, and causes of public officials’ manipulation or gaming of performance measures and targets. She sits on the editorial boards of several national and international journals in public administration and policy.

Professor Samina Yasmeen

Professor Samina Yasmeen AMSamina 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.