Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Kathy Belov welcomed Dr Harrison Brennan as the new Director of the Sydney Policy Lab.
“Kate has a wealth of experience in developing policy and partnerships for the good of society. I look forward to Kate continuing to develop upon the excellent policy work already underway while leading the Lab into the next phase of its development.”
Professor Belov also commended the incredible contributions from Founding Director Marc Stears and Acting Director Tim Soutphommasane.
“We owe a great deal of gratitude to Marc for the extraordinary energy and leadership he has brought in establishing the Sydney Policy Lab, and also to Tim for stewarding the Lab so skilfully through a period of transition.”
Dr Harrison Brennan said she was thrilled to join the University, her alma-mater, with her vision to reinforce and advance the Lab as a piece of critical public infrastructure at the nexus between the University and civil society.
“I see the Lab as an experimental and innovative place where an unparalleled diversity of expertise can be brought together to create solutions for some of our most pressing social challenges. The University of Sydney is uniquely positioned to build a strong economy of cooperation, ensuring that our policy solutions are grounded in new forms of community-led design, world-leading research and lived expertise.”
Over the next few months, Dr Harrison Brennan and her team will be working with colleagues from across the University, leaders in different sectors and geographic locations, as well as policy decision makers, to build on the Lab’s existing approach with a strategy for its next phase.
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