The Secret Life of Supervisors – The Supervision Whisperers

This post on The Supervision Whisperers blog arose from a fun panel run by myself and colleagues in QUT’s Student Success Group in September 2018. Loosely based on the ABC’s “You Can’t Ask That“, we asked HDR students to anonymously submit any questions about supervisors and supervision they’d always wanted answered.  The resulting discussion about The Secret Lives of Supervisors was vibrant, funny and sometimes humbling.

Thesis examination reports received

I would have sworn that I wasn’t at all concerned about my PhD thesis examination – but nevertheless felt a wave of relief last Friday when those reports came back from the examiners.  And quietly pleased to have been nominated by both for QUT’s Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award.  There are some scary-smart postdocs across QUT so I’ll leave it to one of them to win the Award for 2019, but the nomination itself is pretty satisfying…

New publications – SAGE Research Methods Cases

2019 started with a bonus!  – the online publication of two SAGE research methods cases that I co-wrote last year.  SAGE research methods cases are short (3,000 word) peer-reviewed articles showing how methods are applied in real research projects.  They’re reflective pieces, so were quite enjoyable to write and hopefully to read.   Each one is based on a previously published artice in a SAGE journal.

Our SAGE research methods case Accountability of philanthropic foundations: Interviewing private and powerful givers about their responsibilities is based on Founders, families, and futures: Perspectives on the accountability of Australian Private Ancillary Funds  published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ)

Our SAGE research methods case From Opinion to Data: Undertaking Empirical Research in a Controversial Public Policy Context is based on Why be accountable? Exploring voluntary accountability of Australian Private Ancillary Funds published in the Australian Journal of Public Administration (AJPA)

A little light reading for you philanthropy nerds out there…

OzPhilanthropy blog posts with Sharon Nathani

It was good fun to co-author two guest posts on OzPhilanthropy during 2018 with the wonderful and amazing Sharon Nathani.

The first was ISTR not the Ishtar Conference and looked at some of the highlights from the International Society for Third Sector Research conference in Amsterdam in July 2018.

The second was titled Research and Practice at ANZTSR and talked about what’s current in philanthropy research, presented at the Australia New Zealand Third Sector Research conference in Sydney in November 2018.

Thinkable – 2019 Pitch It Clever competition

Pitch it Clever is an annual competition from Universities Australia challenging early career researchers to communicate their research and why it matters to non-specialist audiences via a 2 minute video.

My entry “Foundations for accountable giving” was put together on the final day, but it was quite rewarding to see how it is possible to give some insights into three years of research in such a short time frame!

I’ll do better next year…!


About me

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the philanthropy team at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.  I have more than a decade of experience working in the philanthropic sector in Melbourne, first with one of Australia’s largest private foundations, and then within the charitable trusts’ team of a national trustee company.  I was part of the research team working on Giving Australia 2015-2016, the largest ever Australian study into philanthropic giving.

I submitted my PhD thesis in January 2019, exploring the accountability of Public Ancillary Funds.  I hold a Master of Business (Research) from QUT looking at the accountability of Private Ancillary Funds, and a Master of Business (Philanthropy and Social Investment) from Swinburne University of Technology.