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

Portrait image of 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.


Deputy General Manager


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
Principal Fellow
Inclusive Education

Damian Sullivan

Damian Sullivan
Senior Research Manager
Energy, Equity and Climate Change

Amanda Pagan

Amanda Pagan
Principal Fellow
Inclusive Communities


Research and Policy teams

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

Eric Dommers, Principal Fellow

George Myconos, Research Fellow


WORK AND ECONOMIC SECURITY

Dina Bowman, Principal Research Fellow

Marcus Banks, Senior Research Fellow

Agathe Randrianarisoa, Research Fellow

Malita Allan, Research Officer

Elena McKinlay, Research Officer

Seuwandi Wickramasinghe, Research Officer

Sharon Bond, Senior Research Officer


INCLUSIVE AGEING

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

Bonnie Simons, Senior Research Officer


ENERGY, EQUITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Damian Sullivan, Senior Manager

David Bryant, Research Officer

Liam Cranley, Home Energy Consultant

Vanessa Gooch, Engagement Manager


HOUSING AND COMMUNITY

Joseph Borlagdan, Senior Research Fellow

Danielle Thornton, Research Fellow

Marion Coddou, Senior Research Officer

Nicky McColl Jones, Research Officer

Aradhana Barua, Research Assistant

Quang Vo, Database Developer


INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

Amanda Pagan, Principal Fellow

Jennifer Hester, Senior Research Officer 

Zuleika Arashiro, Senior Research Officer

Damien McCarthy, Data Linkage and Analysis Specialist


ECONOMIST

Francisco Azpitarte, Henderson Research Fellow


HONORARY ASSOCIATES

Robert Kerr, Economist

Barry Pullen

Nicolas Andrade


SOCIAL POLICY LIBRARY

Library Manager

Vivian Papaleo, Senior Librarian

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