UTS experts available for federal election analysis
UTS has a wide range of academic experts available for federal election analysis and comment on issues such as aged care, health, gender equity, economics, climate change and social justice.
The following UTS experts are available for comment on the 2022 Federal Election.
Please contact the UTS Media Office for further advice and information on +61 419 293 261.
Social justice and public policy
Verity Firth, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Social Justice & Inclusion)
Verity Firth is available to discuss social justice/equity, gender equality, aged care sector, education funding allocation, including impacts on remote and regional students or other vulnerable groups.
Carol Mills is Director of the Institute of Public Policy And Governance at UTS. Her expertise covers public policy and public administration, including social and affordable housing, sport and recreation, arts and heritage administration liquor and gaming regulation, disability services, children services and Aboriginal affairs.
Politics & gender
Dr Ramona Vijeyarasa
Gender equality expert and Senior Lecturer in Law, Ramona Vijeyarasa is available to discuss women independent candidates, women and their pathways into politics, the difference women make as politicians, male versus female leaders and parliament as a gender unequal workplace.
NDIS, Australian Disability Strategy, and disability and social participation
Professor Simon Darcy
Professor Darcy is a researcher in the area of disability, diversity and inclusion. He has current programs examining the NDIS, employment and social participation as indicators of disability citizenship. The NDIS is just one part of the disability policy ecosystem and he specialises in understanding the ecosystem from the lived experience, their interactions with other people, organisations, the community more broadly and micro/macro policy. Simon is an insider as a power wheelchair user himself.
Associate Professor Karen O’Connell
Dr Karen O'Connell is an expert in discrimination law, particularly sex and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, and biotechnologies of the body, neuroscience and genetics. She is experienced in law reform, policy development and is a member of the UTS Law Health Justice Centre. Karen.OConnell@uts.edu.au
Politics & race
Professor Andrew Jakubowicz
Andrew Jakubowicz is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at UTS. He is a political sociologist and is available to comment on the politics of multicultural Australia.
Indigenous affairs and workforce diversity
Nareen Young, Professor Indigenous Policy
Nareen Young is available to discuss Indigenous employment policy and practice, anti-racist employment law reform, anti-racism and workplace anti-racist practice, workplace diversity, community Indigenous employment programs, gender equality, and workplace diversity policy, programs and practice.
Dr Harry Hobbs
Harry Hobbs is a Senior Lecturer and an influential constitutional and human rights lawyer working at the forefront of academic research and legal and political debate about Indigenous-State treaty making.
Professor James Laurenceson
James Laurenceson is the Director of the UTS Australia-China Relations Institute and an expert on the Australia-China relationship, encompassing economic, political and strategic elements. He is available to comment on how this relationship will form part of the domestic election campaign, as well as how the election result might impact the Australia-China relationship, which is currently at a historic low point.
Business and Politics
Professor Carl Rhodes
Carl Rhodes is Dean of UTS Business School. He is available to discuss topics related to the role of business in liberal democracy, business ethics and society, the political influence of corporations, masculinity in business and politics, the neoliberal state in Australia, business and progressive politics, and public debates over ‘woke capitalism’.
Emeritus Professor Roy Green
UTS Special Innovation Advisor, Emeritus Professor Roy Green is an expert on Innovation and entrepreneurship, R&D, industry policy and management.
Associate Professor Danielle Logue
Associate Professor Logue is a specialist in innovation, entrepreneurship, SMEs, business recovery, industrial strategy, impact investment, gender-lens investing, women’s economic and business development.
Distinguished Professor Jane Hall
Jane Hall is Distinguished Professor of Health Economics in the UTS Business School, and past president of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. She is available to comment on health policy, Medicare, research policy.
Professor Rosalie Viney
Professor Viney is Director of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at UTS. She has expertise in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and can discuss health policy and other health issues.
Professor of Nursing Aged Care (Dementia) Deborah Parker
Professor Parker leads the ageing research program for the Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation Centre at UTS; and is co-lead on End of Life Directions in Aged Care, to improve palliative care and advance care planning for older Australians.
Professor David Brown
David Brown is a Professor of Management Accounting with a focus on the design and use of management and accounting systems to address behavioural, decision making and coordination problems in organisations. He is currently examining data from the aged care Royal Commission and can offer expertise on financial factors and their effect on quality and workforce.
Dr Nicole Sutton
Accounting lecturer Dr Nicole Sutton, can discuss the resourcing of aged care, agencies and public sector spending, in particular spending on science, including R&D.
Climate & energy
Professor Stuart White is Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS. His work focuses on achieving sustainability outcomes at least cost, including design and evaluation of programs for improving resource use efficiency.
Dr Chris Briggs
Chris Briggs is a Research Director at the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures. He is an expert in climate and energy policy, clean energy jobs, coal transition, offshore wind, businesses and renewable energy.
Sustainable business and circular economy
Dr Melissa Edwards
Dr Edwards conducts research on sustainable business models and strategies for developing a circular economy.
Resilience, planning and disaster recovery
Professor Elizabeth Mossop
Elizabeth Mossop is Dean of the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and Professor of Landscape Architecture. She is available to discuss infrastructure planning and resourcing, disaster mitigation and recovery, urban revitalisation, and the role of planning and landscape design in building resilient communities in the face of climate change.
Professor Alan Morris
Alan Morris is a professor in the Institute for Public Policy and Governance. He is an expert in housing and urban studies and social policy. His most recent book is The Private Rental Sector in Australia: Living with Uncertainty.
Local manufacturing, trade skills and apprenticeships
Dr Jesse Adams Stein
Jesse Adams Stein is a Senior Lecturer & DECRA Fellow in the Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, and is able to discuss local manufacturing, apprenticeship, trade skills, the “right-to-repair” and the creative industries. Her most recent book, Industrial Craft in Australia, looks at industrial skills and sustainable alternatives for Australian manufacturing.
Labour, economics and climate change
Dr Elizabeth Humphrys
Political economist Dr Elizabeth Humphrys is a Senior Lecturer in Social and Political Sciences, and is available to discuss labour, wages, and industrial relations. She has particular expertise in the impact of climate change on workers and industry.
Labour law, industrial relations and the gig economy
Dr Eugene Scholfield-Georgeson
Dr Schofield-Georgeson is a Senior Lecturer within the UTS Faculty of Law. He is available to discuss labour law and industrial relations policy. His expertise covers the regulation of precarious employment such as casualisation, independent contracting (the gig economy) and labour hire, as well as wage theft, sham contracting, the role of trade unions, collective and industry bargaining, wages policy and the common law employment relationship.
Professor Joellen Riley Munton
Joellen Riley Munton is an expert in the field of employment and workplace relations law. Her recent research focuses on the challenges of regulating working conditions for non-employed on demand workers.
Trade and economics
Professor Tim Harcourt
Tim Harcourt is Industry Professor and Chief Economist at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance. He is available to comment on Australia’s engagement with the global economy – including International Trade, Immigration, Climate Innovation, Defence and Geopolitics – China, Russia/Ukraine etc. He can also comment on General Economic Issues and Wages & Industrial Relations.
Professor Michelle Baddeley
Behavioural economist Professor Michelle Baddeley is Associate Dean (Research) at UTS Business School and is available to discuss behavioural economic perspectives on stimulus measures, and broader macroeconomic insights.
Professor of Finance Harry Scheule
Professor Scheule is a capital risk expert and can talk about the impact of policies and the budget on the banking sector and housing.
Not for profit organisations and small to medium enterprises
Professor Bronwen Dalton
Professor Dalton is available to comment on funding for the not-for-profit sector.
Mathew Hounsell is a researcher at the UTS Transport Research Centre, focusing on empirically-driven transport analytics and developing customer-centric solutions for transport and land-use systems to facilitate our essential transition to a sustainable net-zero future. Mr Hounsell came to UTS after a career working in system and software engineering, including on devices for telecommunications, imaging, and marine applications.
Finance and budget accounting
Dr David Bond
Accounting lecturer Dr David Bond can provide a budget overview and analysis. As well as ‘the numbers’, he can address measures in the area of income tax, negative gearing and SMEs.