Governing for sustainability creates challenges for governments and communities in seeking to harmonise and integrate social, economic and environmental imperatives. This seminar presents the findings of a recent PhD study which examined ways of governing for coherence and sustainability in a regional context in the Australian Federal Government policy framework. The time frame of the study is post World War II (WWII) with a specific focus on the period 1996 to 2007. Desk-based research, in-depth interviews, focus groups and the two case studies of New South Wales and the Riverina region were used to examine both policy and operational regional governance. Experience from the United Kingdom and the European Union were also examined and analysed. The contribution the study makes is a model of policy coherence. Horizontal and vertical joined up government approaches are incorporated and the model offers the potential of a nationally consistent approach to regional governance in Australia.
Helen brings twenty years of experience in the public and private sector comprising a depth of project and program management, team facilitation and collaboration and specialist knowledge of the three spheres of government. She has a deep academic and practitioner base underpinning her experience providing her with a strong grounding in policy development, implementation and evaluation; research; qualitative and quantitative methodologies including interviewing, workshop and focus group facilitation and survey and questionnaire design; stakeholder and community engagement; data and consultation analysis and complex report writing.
Prior to joining Courage Partners, a Canberra based management consultancy, Helen held executive level positions for ten years in the Australian Government Departments of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government and Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Helen has also held management positions in the NSW and ACT Governments and in the NSW local government sector at a senior management level. Her private sector experience includes consultancy and project management at a regional and local government level working across the three spheres of government.
Helen holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (1996), a Master in Social Planning and Policy (1999) both from Charles Sturt University-Riverina and a PhD (Government) (2010) from the University of Canberra.
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