Lisa Carson

Research Fellow
Adjunct Associate Lecturer

Dr Lisa Carson is Lecturer in Public Leadership & Diversity in the Melbourne School of Government and Academic Coordinator of the Pathway to Politics for Women at the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining the Melbourne Law School, Lisa was Principal Research & Policy Advisor at the Australia & New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), a global leader in education and government-focused research where she remains a Senior Research Fellow. Lisa is also a Research Fellow in the Public Service Research Group (PSRG) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) which performs timely, high-quality and reliable research into public policy implementation and delivers world-class executive education and professional development.

Lisa’s work across research, teaching and advocacy revolves around inequity and how to bring about and inspire social change. Her research focuses on foregrounding marginalised perspectives and connecting theory and practice and crosses boundaries of political science, feminist and gender studies, international relations, public administration and management, policy analysis, institutionalist theory, and sociology among others. Her teaching revolves around instilling intellectual curiosity and inspiring change by translating complex ideas and practices for different audiences, creating safe learning spaces, advancing critical thinking skills, focusing on questions of ‘why does this matter?’, and embedding reflection and lifelong learning. Her advocacy and activism focus on connecting local, national and international levels for change most notably as the co-ordinator of the Young Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (YWILPF Australia) nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, and as a member of the Australian Civil Society on Women, Peace & Security.

 

Lisa holds a PhD and Masters in International Relations from the University of Melbourne, First Class Honours from RMIT, and a Bachelor of Arts in politics and psychology from the University of Melbourne. Lisa grew up on the lands of the Yorta Yorta people in regional Victoria and works on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Yuin people.

Book Chapters
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Carson L, 2019, 'Part 2: The Role of Civil Society- Why youth and feminist activism matters: insights from anti-nuclear campaigns in practice', in Camilleri JA; Hamel-Green M; Yoshida F (ed.), The 2017 Nuclear Ban Treaty: A New Path to Nuclear Disarmament, Routledge, https://www.routledge.com/The-2017-Nuclear-Ban-Treaty-A-New-Path-to-Nuclear-Disarmament-1st-Edition/Camilleri-Hamel-Green-Yoshida/p/book/9781138393547
2019
Conference Papers
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Carson L, 2018, 'The Gendered Implications of Environmental Issues: Examples from Rural Australia', in The Gendered Implications of Environmental Issues: Examples from Rural Australia, "Environment, Human Rights and Gender in the Asian-Pacific Region", Research Institute of Asian Women, Sookmyung's Women's University, Seoul, Korea, presented at "Environment, Human Rights and Gender in the Asian-Pacific Region", Research Institute of Asian Women, Sookmyung's Women's University, Seoul, Korea, 31 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
2018
Carson L, 2018, 'Feminist Knowledge Transfer in male dominated environments: Questioning the usefulness of “gender” in practice', in Feminist Knowledge Transfer in male dominated environments: Questioning the usefulness of “gender” in practice, Gender, Work & Organization, Sydney, presented at Gender, Work & Organization, Sydney, 13 June 2018 - 16 June 2018
2018
Carson L, 2018, 'Avenues of leverage: National Action Plans and the potential for a ‘domestic’ WPS approach', in Avenues of leverage: National Action Plans and the potential for a ‘domestic’ WPS approach, International Political Science Association/ Oceanic International Studies Association, Brisbane, presented at International Political Science Association/ Oceanic International Studies Association, Brisbane, 21 July 2018 - 25 July 2018
2018
Conference Presentations
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Carson L, 2019, 'Understanding Fire Services as Extremely Gendered Organizations', presented at International Research Society for Public Management Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 16 April 2019 - 18 April 2019
2019
Carson L, 2018, 'Avenues of leverage: National Action Plans and the role of Public Administration', presented at International Studies Association, San Francisco, 04 April 2018 - 07 April 2018
2018
Carson L, 2018, 'Feminist knowledge transfer & Gender Training: Questioning the usefulness of “gender” in practice', presented at International Feminist Journal of Politics, San Francisco, 02 April 2018 - 03 April 2018
2018
Carson L, 2016, 'UNSCR 1325 & Gender Training for peacekeepers: The complexities of terminology in practice', presented at Oceanic Conference on International Studies, 04 July 2016 - 06 July 2016
2016
Carson L, 2015, ''Gender’ in the UN: From radical underpinnings to current depoliticised understandings in peacekeeping training', presented at International Journal of Feminist Politics, Brisbane, Australia, 18 June 2015 - 19 September 2017
2015
Carson L, 2014, 'Gender Training and UNSCR 1325', presented at International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC), Jakarta, Indonesia, 22 June 2014 - 26 September 2017
2014
Carson L, 2014, 'Questioning the disparity between rhetoric and implementation: Gender training as part of UNSCR 1325 on ‘Women, Peace & Security’ in peacekeeping contexts’', presented at Oceanic Conference on International Studies, 09 July 2014 - 11 September 2014
2014
Carson L, 2014, 'What Does 'Gender' Mean in Practice: UNSCR 1325 & Gender Training of Peacekeepers', presented at Australian Political Studies Association, 28 September 2014 - 01 October 2014
2014
Journal articles
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Carson L; Given LM, 2021, 'The societal impact puzzle: a snapshot of a changing landscape across education and research', Policy Design and Practice, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/25741292.2021.1946251
2021
Althaus C; Carson L; Sullivan H; van Wanrooy B, 2021, 'Research and education in public sector practice: a systems approach to understanding policy impact', Policy Design and Practice, vol. 4, pp. 309 - 322, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/25741292.2021.1977478
2021
Carson L; Althaus C; Sullivan H; van Wanrooy B, 2021, 'Implementation for impact—Measurement, partnership approaches, and storytelling', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 80, pp. 539 - 543, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12514
2021
Hulicka A; Lucas P; Carson L, 2021, 'Policy transfer across governance systems: an adapted approach', Policy Studies, pp. 1 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2021.1987407
2021
Althaus C; Carson L; Smith K, 2021, 'Rethinking the commissioning of consultants for enhancing government policy capacity', Policy Sciences, vol. 54, pp. 867 - 889, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11077-021-09441-3
2021
Williamson S; Carson L; Foley M, 2020, 'Representations of New Public Management in Australian Public Service gender equality policies', Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EDI-05-2019-0145
2020
Tyler M; Carson L; Reynolds B, 2019, 'Are fire services ‘extremely gendered’ organizations? Examining the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Australia', Gender, Work & Organization, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12393
2019
Carson L, 2018, 'Why youth and feminist activism matters: Insights from antinuclear campaigns in practice', Global Change, Peace and Security, vol. 30, pp. 261 - 269, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14781158.2018.1467395
2018
Malbon E; Carson L; Yates S, 2018, 'What can policymakers learn from feminist strategies to combine contextualised evidence with advocacy?', Palgrave Communications, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41599-018-0160-2
2018
Carson L; Feeney, Mary K ; Dickinson H, 2018, 'Power in Editorial Positions: A Feminist Critique of Public Administration', Public Administration Review, vol. 79, pp. 46 - 55, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/puar.12950
2018
Carson L, 2016, 'Pre-deployment 'gender' training and the lack thereof for Australian peacekeepers', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, vol. 70, pp. 275 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357718.2015.1133561
2016
Carson L; Edwards K, 2011, 'PROSTITUTION AND SEX TRAFFICKING: WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS REPRESENTED TO BE? A DISCURSIVE ANALYSIS OF LAW AND POLICY IN SWEDEN AND VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA', AUSTRALIAN FEMINIST LAW JOURNAL, vol. 34, pp. 63 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13200968.2011.10854453
2011
2022
Carson L, 2021, Australia and the World After Trump: a civil society perspective, http://www.powertopersuade.org.au/blog/australia-and-the-world-after-trump-a-civil-society-perspective/18/1/2021
2021
2021
Carson L, 2019, Exploring the 'extremely gendered' culture of the Country Fire Authority, Australian & New Zealand School of Government, Australia, https://www.anzsog.edu.au/resource-library/news-media/exploring-the-extremely-gendered-culture-of-the-country-fire-authority
2019
Carson L, 2018, Big questions surrounding gender equity in Academia & Public Administration, https://wpsjjay.blogspot.com/2018/07/response-to-big-questions-surrounding_19.html
2018
Carson L, 2018, Learning from feminist approaches to evidence based policy: The case of the Conflict Tactics Scale, http://www.powertopersuade.org.au/blog/learning-from-feminist-approaches-to-evidence-based-policy-the-case-of-the-conflict-tactics-scale/25/9/2018
2018
Carson L, 2018, The Politics of the problem: How to use Carol Bacchi's work, http://www.powertopersuade.org.au/blog/the-politics-of-the-problem-using-carol/12/2/2018, http://www.powertopersuade.org.au/blog/the-politics-of-the-problem-using-carol/12/2/2018
2018
Carson L, 2017, Increased openness from the field is continually needed to adapt, http://www.powertopersuade.org.au/blog/the-need-to-encourage-openness-from-the-field/26/6/2017
2017
Organisational units
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