Research Students

Current list of PhD students in the Graduate School of Government.

Research Student Thesis Title and Description

Paul Gaynor

Paul’s research is concerned with the governance of complex systems. His approach is trans-disciplinary, and focuses on the extent to which “system” based approaches to performance measurement and evaluation can assist the public administration challenge of transport coordination.

Paul’s research includes the importance of “narrative” as the means of both improving transport governance, and increasing public re-engagement with transport policy issues.

Paul's doctorate is supervised by Associate Professor Gaby Ramia, GSG and Professor Geoff Gallop, GSG.

Marlene Krasovitsky

Royal Commissions and Public Inquires (RCs and PIs) are a regular feature of political and administrative life in Australia. RCs and PIs inevitably produce proposals for reform or recommendations for action. However, their brief does not include the implementation of their recommendations. So how do you determine the success of RCs and PIs?
Marlene’s research will examine this question by exploring the various perspectives offered by the literature and through case study approaches.

Marlene's doctorate is supervised by Associate Professor Joanne Kelly, ANZSOG/GSG

Jenny Mason

Could outcome based funding reduce the regulatory burden placed upon charities providing out-of-home-care (OOHC) services in NSW?

OOHC is a controversial and highly regulated area of service delivery. Agencies providing foster care and other services are currently subject to scrutiny, not only from the funding Department in terms of contractual compliance, but from a number of independent public sector oversight agencies. In the United Kingdom and increasingly in Australia the notion of the “Big Society” is held to offer the promise of a more independent civil society, where charities providing services are primarily accountable to the clients and communities they seek to serve. The thesis will explore future prospects that “payment by results” can reduce the compliance burden on charities while improving outcomes.

Jenny's doctorate is supervised by Associate Professor Gaby Ramia, GSG and by Professor Geoff Gallop, GSG.

Rottanak Theam

Public Service Culture in Cambodia: Impacts on the Delivery of Core Public Services

My thesis is a qualitative analysis of public service culture in Cambodia. From a long history of wars, internal conflicts and political instabilities, the Royal Government of Cambodian is still struggling to have a public service that is loyal, motivated, professional and service-oriented. Public servants, especially those performing public service delivery functions, have been administrators of service rather than 'providers' of service. As a self-motivated, high performing public service is necessary for democratic development, and the social and economic wellbeing of the citizenry, it is vitally important to improve public services, especially those in health and education, which are the most important to the Cambodian people. Under the nation’s Council of Ministers, the Council for Administrative Reform has encouraged four core values of the civil service to support the policy on public service delivery and its improvement. These are: 'Motivation, Loyalty, Professionalism, and Service'. However, conforming fully with these values is still in question and my thesis will interrogate Cambodia’s challenges and strategic options.

Rottanak's doctorate is supervised by Associate Professor Gaby Ramia, GSG.

Kurt Walpole

Kurt’s thesis critically re-examines dominant narratives about the transition in Australian industrial relations policy from the traditional compulsory arbitration system to an emphasis on enterprise bargaining. His analysis emphasises the continuing uniqueness of Australian policy, and applies Historical Institutional political theory to explain the contours of the policy change process. His PhD employs a truly interdisciplinary approach that combines elements of legal analysis, political sciences and historical study to field of industrial relations.
Kurt’s research interests include all aspects of government policy that impact on industrial relations and the broader distribution of resources within the capitalist economy. Kurt is currently a research assistant at the Workplace Research Centre, and has previously worked as an academic tutor within the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School.

Kurt’s doctorate is supervised by Associate Professor Gaby Ramia, GSG and Professor Bradon Ellem, from the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies.