Director, National Institute for Rural & Regional Australia
Anthony Hogan BA (Welfare Studies); MSC (Hons) PhD Sociology
Dr Anthony Hogan is a Fellow in the School of Sociology at The Australian National University. He is working on social issues impacting on rural Australia including the Basin Plan, drought policy and farmer suicide. He also has a strong track record in the disability field and occupational health. He is currently conducting a number of studies on the wellbeing of farmers in the face of climate change, including a study of the social and economic impacts of the Murrary Darling Basin Water Plan, and a study on climate risk and adaptation among 4 000 Australian farmers. He also provided quantitative inputs into the Kenny Report which examined social aspects of drought and drying in Australia. Anthony has skills in qualitative and quantitative social research methods and community engagement. He has a particular interest in the development of integrated social and economic research methods, such that models used as inputs into the social policy process are well informed by the needs and interests of community members.
T: 02 6125 2909
Deputy Director, National Institute for Rural and Regional Australia
Michelle Young BA MA (Hons)
Michelle is a social researcher with experience in both quantitative and qualitative research. Michelle has held a range of research positions in public health within NSW, conducting evaluations of health promotion interventions and undertaking formative research for new programs in early childhood and maternity. Much of her research work has been with culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Michelle has also worked in the Australian Public Service as a social scientist with the Bureau of Rural Sciences leading two studies - an evaluation of the Sugar Industry Reform Program 2004-2008 and a qualitative study exploring grain famers understanding of chemical resistance in stored grain insects. More recently she was working in the Department of Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs on the evaluation strategy for the Remote Service Delivery National Partnership Agreement. She has commenced a food sociology PhD at the ANU.
T: 02 6125 6222/2218
Network Administrator, National Institute for Rural and Regional Australia
Sarah is in her final year of a B.Arts/B.Science at the Australian National University, with particular interests in French, linguistics, and human ecology. Born in Tamworth, Sarah finished her primary schooling in the remote towns of Exmouth and Tom Price, Western Australia, before returning to Tamworth to commence high school. Sarah inherited an insatiable thirst for travel from her parents, and has since lived in Edinburgh, Paris and Lake Tahoe, though most recently she completed a 6 month exchange at the University of Oregon. As well as being extremely passionate about all things rural and regional, she is a spirited cook and recently combined these interests with great success- ask to see her certificate for 1st place in the open baking section at the 2010 Alice Springs Show! She's still trying to incorporate her other life passion, tandem cycling, into the mix and will take suggestions if you have any. Sarah works part time for NIRRA as a research assistant and network administrator.
T: 02 6125 6222