Our people

The Brotherhood’s Research and Policy Centre team includes people with international and national social policy and research experience. The team's disciplinary expertise is diverse, enabling us to bring multiple perspectives to our research and policy work.

The team also includes honorary research and policy associates, specialist social policy librarians, a research editor as well as business and administrative staff.

Together we strive to create knowledge and build evidence that seeds new approaches to social policy, programs and practice that help shape a better future people and communities experiencing poverty, inequity and social exclusion.


General Manager

Shelley Mallett

Professor Shelley Mallett

General Manager, Research and Policy Centre.
Also Professorial Fellow in Social Policy School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne.


Leadership team

Francisco Azpitarte

Francisco Azpitarte
Henderson Research Fellow, Economist

Simon Biggs

Simon Biggs
Professor in Social Policy and Gerontology,
University of Melbourne / Brotherhood of St Laurence

Dina Bowman

Dina Bowman
Principal Research Fellow
Work and Economic Security

Eric Dommers

Eric Dommers
Senior Manager
Inclusive Education

Helen Kimberley

Helen Kimberley
Principal Researcher
Inclusive Ageing

Damian Sullivan

Damian Sullivan
Senior Research Manager
Energy, Equity and Climate Change

Amanda Pagan
Principal Fellow for Inclusive Communities


Research and Policy teams

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

Eric Dommers, Senior Manager

Anita Kochanoff, Senior Research Fellow

George Myconos, Research Fellow

Jennifer Hester, Senior Research Officer

Luke Swain, Research Officer

Stephanie Yung, Research Officer


WORK AND ECONOMIC SECURITY

Dina Bowman, Principal Research Fellow

Marcus Banks, Senior Research Fellow

Agathe Randrianarisoa, Research Fellow

John van Kooy, Research Fellow

Iris Levin, Senior Research Officer

Sharon Bond, Senior Research Officer (on parental leave 2016)

Malita Allan, Research Officer (on parental leave 2016)


INCLUSIVE AGEING

Simon Biggs, Professor of Social Policy and Gerontology, University of Melbourne/Brotherhood of St Laurence

Helen Kimberley, Principal Researcher

Bonnie Simons, Senior Research Officer

Ashley Carr, Research Officer

Seuwandi Wickramasinghe, Research Officer


ENERGY, EQUITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Damian Sullivan, Senior Research Manager

Victoria Johnson, Research and Policy Manager

Aradhana Barua, Research Assistant


HOUSING AND COMMUNITY

Joseph Borlagdan, Senior Research Fellow

Danielle Thornton, Research Fellow

Nick Fredman, Senior Research Officer

Aaron Hart, Senior Research Officer

Nicky McColl Jones, Research Officer

Adrian Farrugia, Research Assistant

Aradhana Barua, Research Administration Assistant

Quang Vo, Database Developer


ECONOMIST

Francisco Azpitarte, Henderson Research Fellow


HONORARY ASSOCIATES

Robert Kerr, Economist

Barry Pullen

Nicolas Andrade


SOCIAL POLICY LIBRARY

Michele O’Brien, Library Manager

Vivian Papaleo, Senior Librarian

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Given the Chance

The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.