• Professor Joo-Cheong Tham

    Professor Joo-Cheong Tham
    Director of ERRN

    Prof Joo-Cheong Tham

    Joo-Cheong Tham is a Professor at Melbourne Law School and has taught at the law schools of Victoria University and La Trobe University. His research spans the fields of labour law and public law with his key research areas, the regulation of precarious work and political finance law. He has also undertaken considerable research into counter-terrorism laws. He has published 33 book chapters and refereed articles, edited two collections and produced three monographs including Money and Politics: The Democracy We Can’t Afford (2010, UNSW Press).


  • Australian Capital Territory

    Dr Peter Brent
    Swinburne University

    Dr Peter Brent

    Dr Peter Brent is an adjunct fellow at Swinburne University. His PhD dealt with the history of electoral administration in Australia and he has researched and written extensively on electoral matters, particularly registration (enrolment). He also writes on electoral behaviour. From 2011 to 2013 he was a member of the Australian Electoral Commissioner’s Advisory Board for Electoral Research (CABER).

    Dr Jill Sheppard
    ANU Collage of Law

    Jill Sheppard is a senior lecturer in politics at the Australian National University, and an investigator on the Australian Election Study. Her research focuses on why people participate in politics, what opinions they hold and why. Jill is also an investigator on the World Values Survey and Asian Barometer Survey, and a member of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems planning committee.

    Mr Michael Maley
    Electoral Process Specialist

    Michael Maley

    Michael Maley had a 30 year career at the AEC from 1982 to 2012, focusing primarily on electoral and legal reform, and the provision of international electoral services.  He also has worked for the United Nations, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and the Commonwealth Secretariat; and is a member of the editorial board of the Election Law Journal. He was the recipient of the Public Service Medal in 2001, and IFES’s Joe C.Baxter Award for 2015.

    Dr Damon Muller
    Parliamentary Library

    Damon Muller is a Senior Researcher with the Australian Parliamentary Library in the Politics and Public Administration Section, specialising in electoral matters. He previously worked at the Australian Electoral Commission in research, evaluation and electoral integrity roles.

  • New South Wales

    Dr Paul Kildea
    Gilbert & Tobin Centre for Public Law
    University of New South Wales

    Dr Paul Kildea

    Dr Paul Kildea is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School and the Director of the Referendums Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. His primary areas of research are referendums, election law and federalism. He is a co-editor of Tomorrow’s Federation: Reforming Australian Government (Federation Press, 2012) and has published in law and political science journals, both within Australia and internationally, including the Public Law Review, the Australian Journal of Political Science and the Election Law Journal. Paul is currently undertaking research into the use and regulation of referendums in Australia, the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.

    Rachel McCallum
    Director, Legal and Governance,
    NSW Electoral Commission Commission

    Professor Rodney Smith
    Department of Government and International Relations
    University of Sydney

    Rodney Smith

    Rodney Smith is Professor of Australian Politics in the Department of Government at the University of Sydney, where he has worked for the past 16 years.  He has published widely on aspects of Australian elections and electoral behaviour.

  • Queensland

    Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma
    Senior Lecturer and Director of Engagement, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University

    Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma is Senior Lecturer and Director, Engagement in the School of Government and International Relations. An applied political scientist with consulting, public policy, research and teaching experience, his current research specialises in elections, electoral integrity, comparative politics, political parties and electoral behaviour. Before Griffith, Ferran worked at the University of Sydney and at the Centro de Investigaciones y Docencia Economicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. Ferran has also been a policy practitioner at the national - Spain's Prime Minister's office- and local level (Barcelona City Hall). He has written policy reports for international organizations such as the Organisation of American States (OAS), and think tanks such as the Centre for American Progress (USA), Hanns Seidel Foundation (Germany, Namibia and Kenya) and Fundacion Alternativas (Spain). Ferran is current ARC grant is exploring How can Political Actors shape turnout? and has published in top-leading journals in political science, sociology and economics.

  • South Australia

    Professor Lisa Hill
    University of South Australia

    Lisa Hill

    Lisa Hill is a Professor of Politics at the University of Adelaide. Her areas of interest are electoral studies, political theory and history of political ideas. She has written extensively on electoral topics including correlates and effects of turnout levels, informal voting  and electronic voting. She is particularly interested in compulsory voting and other institutional mechanisms for enhancing electoral inclusion. She is co-author (with Jason Brennan) of Compulsory Voting: For and Against, New York/London: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Lisa is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia.

    Dr Jonathon Louth
    University of South Australia

    Dr Jonathon Louth

    Jonathon Louth is a research fellow at The Australian Alliance for Social Enterprise (TAASE).

    Jonathon has worked across government, the community sector and academia both in Australia and the United Kingdom. He has previously worked as an advisor for the South Australian Government.

    Jonathon’s research focuses on intersections between political economy and the lived experience of the everyday. An interest in the philosophy of (social) science and complex systems underpins much of this research.

    Dr Michaela Spencer
    Charles Darwin University

    Dr Tracey Arklay

    Dr Michaela Spencer is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. Her background is in environmental science, sociology, geography and Science and Technology Studies (STS), with her doctoral studies focusing on recent practices of environmental management and governance in Tasmania. Her current research involves working from the ‘Ground Up’ with Indigenous knowledge authorities, and differing traditions of knowledge and governance. This involves collaborative research for policy development, and engaging with government, service providers, university staff and Indigenous people in remote communities. So far this research has been focused around issues such as disaster resilience, emergency management, governance and leadership, remote engagement and coordination, volunteering and women’s health and wellbeing.

  • Tasmania

    Professor Richard Eccleston
    University of Tasmania

    Richard Eccleston

    Richard Eccleston is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania. He is a specialist in comparative political economy. Richard takes a keen interest in Tasmanian politics and is a respected commentator on local and national political affairs. He is especially interested in research and strategies that can contribute to a more prosperous and sustainable community.

  • Victoria

    Professor Brian Costar
    Institute of Social Research
    Swinburne University of Technology

    Professional Brian Costar graduated BA (1970), MA (Qual) (1973) and PhD (1981) from the University of Queensland. His career included academic positions in Political Science and History at UQ (1971-77), QUT (1974-75),Chisholm Institute of Technology (1978-90) and Monash University (1990-2005) He was appointed to Swinburne University of Technology in 2005 as Professor of Victorian State Parliamentary Democracy—Emeritus since 2016. Research interests are in Australian politics, particularly electoral systems and behaviour, the National Party of Australia and Victorian and Queensland State Politics.

    Dr Chiara De Lazzari
    School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

    Chiara De Lazzari

    Dr Chiara De Lazzari is a Lecturer in Politics and IR in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Australia. She has published journal articles and book chapters in the areas of political participation of migrants, citizenship rights, and language policies in Italy and Australia. Her monograph titled Transnational Politics, Citizenship and Elections: The Political Engagement of Transnational Communities in National Elections was published by Routledge (Taylor and Francis) in 2019. Her research interests include citizenship rights, political participation of diasporas, and the political participation of migrant youth. She has also worked as a Political Analyst for SBS Italian Program and has extensive experience in media engagement and public

    Dr Yee-Fui Ng
    Monash University

    Yee Fui Ng

    Yee-Fui is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University. She  is the author of The Rise of Political Advisors in the Westminster System (Routledge, 2018) and Ministerial Advisers in Australia: The Modern Legal Context (Federation Press, 2016), which was a finalist of the Holt Prize. Dr Ng has previously worked as a Policy Adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, a Senior Legal Adviser at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, as well as a Manager at the Victorian Department of Justice. Yee-Fui has also practised as a solicitor at top tier law firms in Melbourne, London and Canberra.

    Dr Paul Thornton-Smith
    Victorian Electoral Commission

    Paul Thornton-Smith1

    Paul Thornton-Smith is a Senior Information and Research Officer at the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). He has worked at the VEC since 1988, mainly in the areas of voter information, media relations, legislation, political parties and representation. Paul is also the secretary of the Electoral Boundaries Commission, and worked on the 2013 redivision of Victorian electoral boundaries.

  • Western Australia

    Dr Martin Drum
    The University of Notre Dame Australia

    Martin Drum

    Martin Drum is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle, WA.  He has recently conducted research projects on parliamentary committees in WA, election promises, and the electoral fortunes of party defectors.  He regularly produces electoral analysis for media outlets ahead of state and federal elections.  His book, Politics in Australia, was published in 2012.

    Professor Alan Fenna
    Curtin University

    Professor Alan Fenna

    Professor Fenna researches and supervises postgraduate students in the areas of Australian government and politics, Australian public policy, and Australian and comparative federalism in The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP).  He is the author of Australian Public Policy, 2nd edn (2004); co-editor of Government and Politics in Australia, 10th edn (2013); co-author of Comparative Federalism: a systematic inquiry, 2nd edn (2015); co-author of Interrogating Public Policy Theory: a political values perspective (2019); and author or co-author of a range of journal articles and book chapters (see below). He has recently completed Australian Research Council funded research on inequality and the distributional effects of the Australian welfare state and an international research project on the dynamics of federal systems (Publius: the journal of federalism, vol. 49, no. 1). Professor Fenna served as President of the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) 2009-10.

    Mr Justin Harbord
    Western Australia Electoral Commission

    Justin Harbord

    Justin Harbord is the Director Election Operations at the Western Australian Electoral Commission. He has extensive electoral experience covering operations, legislation, policy, technology, reform, communications and distributions of electoral boundaries spanning more than 20 years.

    Professor Sarah Murray
    University of Western Australia

    Sarah Murray

    Dr Sarah Murray is a Professor at the University of Western Australia and is an expert in constitutional law and legal institutional change. Her publications include Constitutional Perspectives on an Australian Republic - Essays in Honour of Professor George Winterton (ed) (2010) and The Remaking of the Courts - Less-Adversarial Practice and the Constitutional Role of the Judiciary in Australia (2014). Her doctoral thesis was awarded the 2011 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal by Monash University and she was the recipient of a 2015 UWA IAS Distinguished Early Career Fellowship. Professor Murray visited the Centre for Court Innovation in New York as the 2017 recipient of the Fay Gale Fellowship.


  • Working Papers Series

    Associate Professor Aaron Martin
    School of Social and Political Sciences
    The University of Melbourne

    Aaron Martin

    Aaron Martin was educated at the ANU, the Institute of Political Studies (Paris), Stanford University and the University of Melbourne. He returned to Melbourne University as Lecturer in Political Science Research Methods in 2010. Aaron's research focuses on using survey experiments to understand public opinion towards important policy issues like automation, trust in news stories and behavioural public policy. He is the author of Young People and Politics: Political Engagement in the Anglo-American Democracies (Routledge) and, with Keith Dowding (ANU), Policy Agendas in Australia (Palgrave). He is currently Co-Director of the Policy Lab. Aaron has led the University's involvement in Vote Compass over the past three federal elections and has been a Visiting Researcher at McGill, Princeton and Vanderbilt. He also sat on the Australian Electoral Commissioner's Advisory Board on Electoral Research.

  • Newsletter Team

    Newsletter Editor

    Dr James Murphy
    Swinburne University of Technology

    James Murphy

    Dr James Murphy teaches politics at Swinburne University. In 2019 he completed his doctoral studies with a thesis on the politics of East West Link with the assistance of an Australian Postgraduate Award. He received a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours from Swinburne in 2013, and worked as a research assistant with the Swinburne Institute for Social Research in 2015. James has a strong interest in Australian and Victorian politics, political theory and history.

    Legal Editor

    Dr Yee-Fui Ng
    Monash University

    Yee Fui Ng

    Yee-Fui is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University. She  is the author of The Rise of Political Advisors in the Westminster System (Routledge, 2018) and Ministerial Advisers in Australia: The Modern Legal Context (Federation Press, 2016), which was a finalist of the Holt Prize. Dr Ng has previously worked as a Policy Adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, a Senior Legal Adviser at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, as well as a Manager at the Victorian Department of Justice. Yee-Fui has also practised as a solicitor at top tier law firms in Melbourne, London and Canberra. Yee-Fui researches in the areas of political integrity and the law, as well as the interaction between public law and politics. She's particularly interested in the influences on the contemporary executive, such as ministerial advisers, the media and lobby groups, which have led to reactive government decision-making and policy-making.