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Affiliated researchers

Our University of Sydney researchers and Community Fellows
Our affiliated researchers are at the forefront of their fields and contribute to unlocking solutions to critical challenges. Our Community Fellows tackle their own workplace challenges while on secondment to the University.
The 2018 Sydney Policy Fellows standing in the Quadrangle. from left: Eliza Ginnivan, Troy Roderick, Carolyn Barker, Dr Oisin Sweeney, Euan Brown, Susan Price and Jenny Norderyd.

The 2018 Sydney Policy Lab Fellows (from left): Eliza Ginnivan, Troy Roderick, Carolyn Barker, Dr Oisin Sweeney, Euan Brown, Susan Price and Jenny Norderyd.

Community Fellows

Our community fellowships embed people committed to driving social change in the University. Meet the current fellows, and contact us to find out more.

Carolyn Barker is a community cultural development worker collaborating primarily with Indigenous language workers on activities focused on resource production and advocacy. She works at First Languages Australia and has used her fellowship at the Sydney Policy Lab to develop Jarrak: a public knowledge bank that captures key milestones for strengthening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from the 1970s until now. 

Euan Brown works in a small executive agency – the Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency – in the Australian public service. IPFA provides independent commercial and financial advice to support the delivery of Australian Government infrastructure projects. Euan previously worked in the commercial advice team in the Department of Finance, working on policy advice to the Australian Government regarding budget impacts, as well as financing for major infrastructure projects. He returns to the University of Sydney, having completed his Master of Economics here in 2015.  

Eliza Ginnivan is a Senior Policy Officer in Justice Strategy and Policy, NSW Department of Justice. Eliza is a lawyer and policy analyst with a background in administrative law, public interest and strategic litigation. She works on improving access to justice for everyday problems, using the justice system to combat systemic disadvantage. Most recently, she has been developing a Civil Justice Strategy for NSW – a suite of reforms that will help people solve disputes as early as possible and equip the justice system for the challenges and opportunities in the decades ahead. 

The fellowship with the Sydney Policy Lab supported Eliza to investigate how online dispute resolution can be implemented to reduce barriers to justice, make processes fairer and improve the experience of going to court. 

Jenny Norderyd is a Senior Case Manager at Barnardos Find-a-Family Adoption Team. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Lund University, Sweden, in 1994 and completed a bridging program via Charles Sturt University. Before joining Barnardos she was employed in both government and non-government roles in the fields of adoption, child protection, early intervention, anti-trafficking and mental health. She welcomed the opportunity for a fellowship with the Sydney Policy Lab to better understand adoption and identity. She has brought the two worlds of field and research together, with the purpose of influencing future practice.

Susan Price is an employment lawyer and diversity consultant, with a keen interest in the future of work and how we make it inclusive and equitable. Susan is one of the inaugural Fellows of the Sydney Policy Lab, where she has worked on a gender pay project, as well as a project for Women Lawyers NSW. Susan is also an Honorary Associate of the Business School and teaches in the Master of Business and MBA programs, and sits on the steering Committee of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group. She is an active member of Women Lawyers NSW and is on the boards of the Jessie Street National Women’s Library, Epilepsy Action, and the Bondi Beach Cottage.

Troy Roderick has specialised in diversity and inclusion for around 25 years. In his work with the Male Champions of Change, Troy advises program directors on key insights and trends in gender equality, shaping the agenda for bold initiatives to create more gender balance in business.

As Catalyst Australia’s Executive Ambassador, Troy provides leadership and support to Catalyst supporter companies in Australia that are committed to more inclusive cultures. Most recently, he led Telstra’s global diversity and inclusion function for 10 years. His work included reach into customer, community and HR practice and groundbreaking initiatives on flexible working, inclusive leadership, gender equality, Indigenous employment and workplace responses to domestic and family violence. Troy’s fellowship investigates the implementation of 'All Roles Flex' in Australian organisations amd has recently published a paper on flexible working. 

Oisín Sweeney is Senior Ecologist for the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA), a not-for-profit environmental organisation with 20,000 members and supporters in remote, rural and urban Australia. NPA has played a key role in the creation of many of NSW’s protected areas. Oisín’s background is a mix of academic, on-ground and, most recently, advocacy. In his role with NPA he strives to apply scientific knowledge to the policy arena and to ensure that the association’s advocacy has a strong evidence base. The fellowship with the Sydney Policy Lab is an important step in gathering evidence to guide NPA’s efforts to protect nature in NSW. Oisín’s interests include forests, rewilding and spiny crayfish. 

Affiliated researchers

Our affiliated researchers include University of Sydney research staff and students who contribute to ongoing Sydney Policy Lab activities and projects. They use our shared space and participate in our training.

More than 60 University researchers are affiliated with us, across many disciplines.

The New South Wales Government is undertaking significant reforms to ensure permanency for children in out-of-home care. These decisions reverberate across a child’s life. With the Sydney Policy Lab’s support, our project lays groundwork to examine long-term impacts, comparing experiences of children in different permanency pathways.
2018 grant recipient Amy Conley Wright, Sydney School of Education and Social Work