'Hard work in the service of others': Inaugural Tony Nicholson Research Fellow announced

28 June 2019

'Since I was a young child, I have known that my parents lived by an ethic of hard work in the service of others.'


Dr Jeremiah Brown was recently announced as the first recipient of the ANZ Tony Nicholson fellowship.

‘Like many other Australians, my parents worked long hours, and often worked nights – mum as a nurse and dad as a taxi driver – to make sure my brother and I were well fed and well looked after,’ Dr Brown said.

‘That ethic of hard work in the service of others is one that permeates the work of the Brotherhood, and it’s a big part of why I am so excited by the opportunity I have been given through this fellowship.’

Dr Brown is researching the role organisations can play in improving the financial wellbeing and financial capabilities of disadvantaged people and communities.  

‘My research background is in political theory, and in applying the capabilities approach originally developed by the economist and philosopher, Amartya Sen. I really like its focus on understanding what can people do and be; what options are really available to them.

‘I hope that my work does justice to the stories of disadvantaged people, and that it can positively impact the policies and programs that affect their lives.’ Read more about Dr Brown’s work in this ANZ Blue Notes article.

Brotherhood Executive Director, Conny Lenneberg said the fellowship, funded by ANZ, will contribute to the key task of building financial capability in the community.

‘From our community programs to formulating policy and advocacy, a strong research-and-evidence base has always been critical to the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s pursuit of an Australia free of poverty.

‘Thank you to ANZ for their ongoing support. We regard the business sector as an important partner in the all-of-community effort that is needed to tackle poverty and disadvantage in Australia,’ she said.

The fellowship is named after the Brotherhood’s former Executive Director, recognising his leadership in advocating for disadvantaged people throughout Australia. 

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