Expert Researchers: Royal Commissions

Monash University Expert Researchers

Monash University has research capability and expertise that has been used to assist royal commissions on topics such as aged care, family violence, and mental health. Monash researchers have also been exploring the role and purpose of royal commissions, offering practical insights on this important part of Australian governance and policy.

Professor Michael Mintrom

Director, Better Governance and Policy, Monash University

Professor Michael Mintrom is an authority on public policy processes and advocacy. His award-winning research on policy entrepreneurship has been highly influential. Throughout his academic career, Michael has advanced knowledge of effective policy development, how policies can have strong, positive impacts, and how academic research can better inform practice. His models of strategic policy development have had significant impact across various areas of government activity. Michael serves both as a Professor of Public Policy and as the inaugural Director of Monash University's Better Governance and Policy campus-wide research focus area.

Key Research Interests
Public Policy; Policy Analysis; Policy Process; Evidence-based policy; Innovation and Technology Management; Educational Administration

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Associate Professor Deirdre O'Neill

Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts

Associate Professor Deirdre O'Neill teaches public policy and public sector reform in the School of Social Sciences where she is also the Course Director of the Master of Public Policy. She was for six years the Academic Director of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government's Executive Master of Public Administration program. While at ANZSOG she established a senior public sector leadership program for the Pacific for AusAID, the Australian government's international aid agency.  Her current research focus includes prisons privatisation, public sector reform and accountability dimensions in the international development community.

Key Research Interests
Public Sector Management; Public sector reform; Prisons privatisation

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Emeritus Professor The Hon Marcia Neave AO

Distinguished Professional Visitor, Monash University

The Hon. Marcia Neave AO has had a career as a judge, lawyer, academic and public policy maker.

From February 2015 to March 2016, she was the chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. That Royal Commission was entrusted with the task of making recommendations regarding the family violence support system and justice system in Victoria, including government and non-government organisations, courts, police, corrections and child protection.

Ms Neave was a legal academic for many years. She held chairs at Adelaide University, and later at Monash University and then Australian National University. Marcia sits on the Advisory Board of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.

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Associate Peter Bragge

Associate Professor (Research), BehaviourWorks Australia

Associate Professor Peter Bragge specialises in translating research evidence into practice and policy to address challenges faced in health and sustainable development. This involves identifying, appraising and cataloguing research evidence; exploring practice through analysis of behaviours and their context; consulting with practitioners and policymakers to design tailored behaviour change interventions and evaluating their effectiveness.  As Director of Health Programs for BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA), Peter manages BWA’s partnerships with a number of government and other agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and the Victorian Transport Accident Commission.

Key Research Interests
Behaviour Change; Knowledge Translation; Evidence-based policy; Evidence-based practice; Health

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Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon

Associate Professor, Criminology; Director, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre

Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon is Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Associate Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law and Social Justice at University of Liverpool.

Kate conducts research in the area of family violence, legal responses to lethal violence, youth justice and the effects of homicide law and sentencing reform in Australian and international jurisdictions.

Kate has advised on homicide law reform, family violence and youth justice reviews in several Australian jurisdictions.  In 2016 Kate was appointed as a member of the Victorian Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions and also sits as a member of the Monash City Council Gender Equity Advisory Committee.

Key Research Interests
Family violence; violence against women; primary prevention of family violence; criminal justice system; criminal law reform; adolescent family violence; youth justice; femicide; coercive control; sentencing; children's rights; perpetrator interventions; intimate partner homicide; homicide law reform

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