About

I am a political scientist, applied data scientist and survey researcher.

As the Director, Data Science, for YouGov Asia-Pacific’s Public Affairs and Polling team, I am responsible for complex, high profile projects for clients engaged in political activities and related work across the region.

I research how the public thinks about issues, organisations and events, and what influences their beliefs and actions, design instruments to measure and track behaviours and attitudes, and identify ways to engage with the public. I apply innovative data science methods to political, policy, academic and industry research.

Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to work with national political campaigns, NGOs, trade unions and corporate clients, providing them with the data needed to develop strategy and make well-informed decisions.

I regularly engage in public discussion and public research on public opinion, voter behaviour and related topics (see some examples of my published research). I have authored articles on and been interviewed about these matters for international and Australian media outlets (see media coverage).

Between 2017 and early 2022 I was a lecturer at the University of Sydney. During this period I taught politics in the United States United States Studies Centre and (occasionally) in the Department of Government, and data science in the Faculty of Engineering, and coordinated the survey research program at the United States Studies Centre. I was also chief investigator of the 2019 and 2022 Cooperative Australian Election Surveys. With samples of more than 7,000 respondents (2019) and 5,800 (2022), these are two of the largest academic election surveys run in Australia. 

I remain affiliated with the University of Sydney. I am an honorary associate with the US Studies Centre, and I continue to teach data science in the Faculty of Engineering.

I also teach Data Analysis in RSpatial Analysis in R, and The Art of Survey Writing through the Australian Consortium for Social & Political Research. I am the public officer and an executive committee member of the Australian Society for Quantitative Political Science.

I have a PhD in political science from Monash University, and have previously worked at the University of Melbourne and Monash.

For more information, see my profile page on the United States Studies Centre website, and my CV (disclaimer: this needs a little updating).

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