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.

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.