Professional Development Seminar: Designing & Translating Research for Policymakers

As requested at the webinar here is the link given in Ashton De Silva's presentation:

In this session three researchers with policy experience will discuss how to design, present and discuss rigorous research in order to influence policy. The session will begin with a discussion about graphical presentation of equations and findings with a view to make empirical discussions succinct. This will be followed by a discussion on how to enrich quantitative research with qualitative findings in order to better explain and humanise our results. The session will end with a discussion on what researchers should be doing when presenting their work to policymakers, including what are some do’s and don’ts.

Professor Alberto Posso

Professor Alberto Posso is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for International Development at RMIT University, Australia. Professor Posso holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University (ANU) with specialisations in economic development and applied econometrics. Professor Posso has authored over 50 journal papers, book chapters, thought pieces for general consumption, and sponsored research reports. He has publications in leading academic outlets, such as Health Economics, World Development, and The Journal of Development Studies. Professor Posso has authored sponsored research projects with leading partners, including UN ESCAP, the UN Global Compact, FAO, the Fred Hollows Foundation, the APEC Secretariat, the Australian Government, the Peruvian Government and Plan International.


Associate Professor Ashton De Silva

Associate Professor de Silva is an applied economist with a keen interest in understanding the economics of well-being at the micro, meso and macro levels. As well as publishing in leading academic journals he has a strong record of receiving grants and industry research contracts focussing on Ageing in Place, taxation, housing, property markets and welfare. In recent times this has led him to consider the economics of ‘place’, both conceptually and literally.  



Dr Jabulane Matsebula

Dr Jabulane Matsebula holds a PhD in political sociology. He has held various positions in academia and government in Australia, including international multilateral engagement in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), G20 and OECD. Dr Matsebula is experienced as a researcher, political analyst, negotiator, project manager and in stakeholder engagement. From 2016 to 2020, Dr Matsebula represented the Australian Government in APEC forums in Peru, Viet Nam, Papua New Guinea, Chile and Malaysia. He led negotiations on the development of a regional framework for labour mobility management to facilitate a coordinated flow of labour across the APEC region. In his career in the Australian Public Sector, Dr Matsebula managed large research grants to inform public policy development and government service delivery.

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