Our Team

Associate Professor Paul Maginn

Professor Paul MaginnAssociate Professor Paul Maginn is the Interim Director of the UWA Public Policy Institute and co-ordinator of the Administration and Governance stream of the Masters of Public Policy at UWA.

Paul is an urban planner/geographer and has been at UWA since February 2007. He previously held positions at the University of South Australia and Edith Cowan University, having migrated to Australia in 2003.

He has co-edited a number of books, his latest—Suburbia in the 21st Century: From Dreamscape to Nightmare? alongside Professor Katrin Anacker (George Mason University, USA)—published in 2022 by Routledge. Paul is also Editor-in-Chief of Urban Policy and Research.

Dr Margaret Lindley

Margaret LindleyDr Margaret Lindley is the Communications and Engagement Coordinator at the UWA Public Policy Institute, heading its strategy to bridge the gap between academic research and policymakers to meet government, public and business needs in the Indian Ocean Region.

After studying as an undergraduate at UWA, Margaret completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne. Since then, she has combined an academic and advisory career: serving as Manager of Strategic Projects for the Tasmanian government, media adviser to the Tasmanian and Australian governments, and communications adviser to the Commonwealth’s Office of Innovation and Science Australia and Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and to three Vice-Chancellors of UWA.

Margaret has also given current affairs, historical and sports commentary for the Australian media; as well as writing commissioned articles and giving keynote speeches and addresses across Australia and in the United States, Great Britain and New Zealand.

Clare Feenan

Clare FeenanClare Feenan is the Executive Officer of the UWA Public Policy Institute. She provides strategic planning, research, and project management for the Institute and is responsible for engaging with internal and external partners.

Before academia, Clare worked in operations and analytics in the private sector. In previous managerial roles in business and in research she led large teams, implemented change, and reported on theoretical and empirical analysis. Her research outputs relate to human services and are intended to provide tools for advocacy and policy change by providing insight to decision makers.

Currently undertaking her Master of Economics at The University of Western Australia, Clare holds a Bachelor of Science (Statistics) from RMIT University and a Postgraduate Certificate of Business (Economics and Econometrics) from Monash University.