Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Kathy Belov welcomed Dr Harrison Brennan as the new director of the Sydney Policy Lab.
“Kate has extensive experience in shaping policy and partnerships for the good of society. I look forward to Kate continuing to build on the great policy work already underway while leading the lab through the next phase of its development.
Professor Belov also praised the incredible contributions of Founding Director Marc Stears and Acting Director Tim Soutphommasane.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to Marc for the extraordinary energy and leadership he brought to the creation of the Sydney Policy Lab, and to Tim for so ably leading the Lab through a period of transition.”
Dr. Harrison Brennan said she was thrilled to join the University, her alma-mater, with her vision to strengthen and advance the lab as a piece of public infrastructure critical to the link 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 to some of our most pressing social challenges. The University of Sydney is uniquely positioned to build a strong cooperative economy, ensuring that our policy solutions are grounded in new forms of community design, world-leading research and lived expertise.
Over the coming months, Dr. Harrison Brennan and his team will work with colleagues across the University, leaders from different sectors and geographies, and policy makers, to build on the lab’s existing approach with a strategy for its next phase.