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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



My interest in public policy first came about in response to how to tackle climate change and global warming, a global collective action problem that has to navigate a national political landscape. Despite being the first country in the world to introduce a carbon tax, Australia has lost no less than 3 prime ministers to contentious climate and energy policy.

My undergraduate Bachelor of Science and Master of Energy Systems at the University of Melbourne helped me gain an understanding of the inextricable links between the physical climate and energy, which I hope to apply a lens of policy making to, as good public policy can help to navigate the final hurdle in achieving a real-world outcome to solving these issues.

Since the onset of the pandemic, I am also interested in analysing the different national responses to covid outbreaks across the world. Coming from what is now the longest lockdown of any city in the world in Melbourne, Australia, discussing with my peers how their country of origin weighed up health risks against other competing risks, liberties and freedoms is something I look forward to doing.


Energy policy

Climate change

Supervisor: Dr Cristina Penasco