The BSL Social Policy and Research Centre team includes staff who possess both international and national social policy and research experience.

We conduct research across a wide range of issues including climate and energy, disability, early years, education and training, housing and homelessness, income and social security, work and youth. The team also includes honorary research and policy associates, specialist social policy librarians and a research editor, as well as 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 for people and communities experiencing poverty, inequity and social exclusion.

SPARC Leadership Team

  • Shelley Mallett Director, BSL Social Policy and Research Centre; Professorial Fellow in Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
    – Homelessness; youth transitions; gender and health inequities
  • Ismo Rama  Deputy Director
  • Mischa Barr  Senior Manager, Policy
  • Joseph Borlagdan Principal Research Fellow, Youth Opportunity
    – Youth studies; homelessness; inequality; applied sociology; adaptive methodologies
  • Dina Bowman Principal Research Fellow, Work and Economic Security and Honorary Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne
    – Economic security; social security; financial wellbeing; work; poverty
  • Marion Coddou  Head, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning
  • Damian Sullivan Principal, Climate Change and Energy
    – Climate change; energy affordability; energy efficiency; sustainability
  • Deborah Warr , Principal Policy & Research Fellow, Inclusive Communities

Specialist staff

  • Nadine Huser Library Technician
  • Mercy Kanyi Research Administration Officer
  • Jonathan Khey, Library Records Officer
  • Deborah Patterson, Research Editor
  • Rosa Serratore, Librarian, Social Policy Library

Researchers and policy advisors

  • Rory Anderson , Research Officer
    – Financial wellbeing
  • Aradhana Barua Research Officer
    – Inclusive education; HIPPY; quantitative research method
  • Sharon Bond Senior Research Officer
    – Youth transitions; career development; collaborative community services
  • Kelly Bowey, Policy Advisor
    – Social security; employment services; financial wellbeing
  • David Bryant Research Officer
    – Climate change; energy affordability; energy efficiency; sustainability
  • Emma Chessell Project Manager
    – Energy efficiency; regulated markets; renewable energy
  • Kira Clarke Senior Research Fellow
    – Youth transitions; vocational education & training (VET); post-compulsory education; practitioner research; initial teacher education; education policy
  • Katy Cornwell  Senior Manager, Monitoring and Learning
  • Liam Fallon  Senior Research Officer
    – Employment; skills and training; disability supports
  • Christopher Hacon  Senior Manager, Data and Reporting
    – Wealth and income inequality; data analysis
  • Ursula Harrison Research Fellow
    – Work; economic security; Life Chances Study
  • Victoria Johnson Project Manager
    – Energy efficiency
  • Margaret Kabare  Senior Research Officer
    – Women's economic security
  • David Longley  Research Officer
  • Felicity McCallum  Senior Research Officer
    – Early childhood; cultural identity
  • Kaitlyn MacDonald  Senior Program Officer
    – Program design and evaluation
  • Stuart Marshall  Performance and Reporting Manager
  • Amber Mills Senior Research Fellow
    – Disadvantage; quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; care; accessibility
  • Madeleine Morey, Research Officer
  • Tracey Pahor, Senior Research Officer
  • Emily Porter Senior Research Fellow
    – Financial inclusion; economic security; financial stress
  • Andrew Thies  Senior Policy Advisor
    – Future of work; disability employment
  • Danielle Thornton Senior Research Fellow
    – Policy history; social security; commissioning; participatory service design and practice; democratic cultures; theory and practice of social transformation
  • Andrew Wallace , Research Officer