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The Social Policy and Participation PRP provides opportunities for enhanced collaboration between public servants and academics on some of Australia’s major contemporary social policy challenges. The program has two inter-linked projects:
- Future workforce participation challenges
- New Social Policy approaches
The Social Policy and Participation PRP builds on work carried out under the Visioning Australia’s Futureinitiative. The papers from this project were launched at an event to celebrate partnerships between social policy academics and public servants at the end of 2012.
Sue Regan runs the Social Policy and Participation program at the HC Coombs Policy Forum. Previously, Sue was founding chief executive of the Resolution Foundation, a UK-based research institute focusing on the well-being of low earners. Sue also spent five years at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in London, as a Research Fellow and Head of Social Policy, and later as an Associate Director. Her work at IPPR covered research and policy analysis on housing, pensions, social care, employment, poverty and disadvantage. Following this, Sue was research and policy director at Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Sue has also worked as a political adviser and as a public servant in the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, where she worked on incapacity benefit reform, pensions and cross-cutting welfare reform issues. She has an MA in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.