Dr Lisa Carson

Dr Lisa Carson

Adjunct Associate Lecturer
UNSW Canberra
School of Business


Dr Lisa Carson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australia & New Zealand School of Government  (ANZSOG) working across research, advisory, education and thought leadership. She’s also an Honorary Senior Fellow in Public Leadership & Diversity in the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Lecturer and Research Fellow in the Public Service Research Group (PSRG) at the University of New South Wales in Canberra.

Prior to this, Lisa was a Lecturer in Public Leadership & Diversity and Academic Coordinator of the Pathway to Politics Program for Women at the University of Melbourne, part of a national non-partisan initiative changing the face of politics with electoral successes across all levels of government. Her previous roles include Principal Research & Policy Advisor (ANZSOG) and a Postdoctoral Fellow at UNSW Canberra.

Lisa’s work across research, teaching and advocacy revolves around inequity and how to bring about and inspire social change. Her research focuses on connecting theory and practice with a focus on foregrounding marginalised perspectives and crosses boundaries of political science, feminist and gender studies, international relations, public administration and management, policy analysis, institutionalist theory, impact studies, and sociology among others. She has published in top tier journals, co-edited two special issues on impact, numerous media pieces and consults directly with government and non-government organisations.


With over 10 years experience in teaching, her approach revolves around instilling intellectual curiosity and inspiring change by translating complex ideas and practices for different audiences, creating safe learning spaces, advancing critical thinking skills, focusing on questions of ‘why does this matter?’, and embedding reflection and lifelong learning.


Her advocacy and activism focus on connecting local, national and international levels for change most notably as the past voluntarily co-ordinator of the Young Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (2016-2022) nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, and an active member of the Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace & Security


Lisa holds a PhD and Masters in International Relations from the University of Melbourne, First Class Honours from RMIT, and a Bachelor of Arts in politics and psychology from the University of Melbourne. Lisa grew up on the lands of the Yorta Yorta people in regional Victoria and works on the lands of the Yuin people.

  • Book Chapters | 2019
    Carson L, 2019, 'Part 2: The Role of Civil Society- Why youth and feminist activism matters: insights from anti-nuclear campaigns in practice', in Camilleri JA; Hamel-Green M; Yoshida F (ed.), The 2017 Nuclear Ban Treaty: A New Path to Nuclear Disarmament, Routledge, https://www.routledge.com/The-2017-Nuclear-Ban-Treaty-A-New-Path-to-Nuclear-Disarmament-1st-Edition/Camilleri-Hamel-Green-Yoshida/p/book/9781138393547
  • Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Policy transfer across governance systems: an adapted approach', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2021.1987407
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, '‘Representational Irony’: Navigating Succession Planning in Youth Civil Society Organisations', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2023.2199346
    Journal articles | 2021
    Althaus C; Carson L; Smith K, 2021, 'Rethinking the commissioning of consultants for enhancing government policy capacity', Policy Sciences, 54, pp. 867 - 889, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11077-021-09441-3
    Journal articles | 2021
    Carson L; Given LM, 2021, 'The societal impact puzzle: a snapshot of a changing landscape across education and research', Policy Design and Practice, 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/25741292.2021.1946251
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Implementation for impact—Measurement, partnership approaches, and storytelling', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12514
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Research and education in public sector practice: a systems approach to understanding policy impact', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/25741292.2021.1977478
    Journal articles | 2020
    Williamson S; Carson L; Foley M, 2020, 'Representations of New Public Management in Australian Public Service gender equality policies', Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 39, pp. 235 - 250, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EDI-05-2019-0145
    Journal articles | 2019
    Tyler M; Carson L; Reynolds B, 2019, 'Are fire services ‘extremely gendered’ organizations? Examining the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Australia', Gender, Work & Organization, 26, pp. 1304 - 1323, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12393
    Journal articles | 2018
    Carson L; Feeney MK; Dickinson H, 2018, 'Power in Editorial Positions: A Feminist Critique of Public Administration', Public Administration Review, 79, pp. 46 - 55, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/puar.12950
    Journal articles | 2018
    Carson L, 2018, 'Why youth and feminist activism matters: Insights from antinuclear campaigns in practice', Global Change, Peace and Security, 30, pp. 261 - 269, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14781158.2018.1467395
    Journal articles | 2018
    Malbon E; Carson L; Yates S, 2018, 'What can policymakers learn from feminist strategies to combine contextualised evidence with advocacy?', Palgrave Communications, 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41599-018-0160-2
    Journal articles | 2016
    Carson L, 2016, 'Pre-deployment ‘gender’ training and the lack thereof for Australian peacekeepers', Australian Journal Of International Affairs, 70, pp. 275 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357718.2015.1133561
    Journal articles | 2011
    Carson L; Edwards K, 2011, 'Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: What are the Problems Represented to Be? A Discursive Analysis of Law and Policy in Sweden and Victoria, Australia', Australian Feminist Law Journal, 34, pp. 63 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13200968.2011.10854453
  • Conference Presentations | 2022
    Carson L, 2022, 'Initiatives with impact: Addressing the underrepresentation of women in Australian politics', presented at Theorizing Gender & Political Leadership. Gender and cultural diversity in politics: Australia, Asia & the Pacific, Canberra, 12 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    Carson L, 2019, 'Understanding Fire Services as Extremely Gendered Organizations', presented at International Research Society for Public Management Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 16 April 2019 - 18 April 2019
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Carson L, 2018, 'Avenues of leverage: National Action Plans and the potential for a ‘domestic’ WPS approach', in Avenues of leverage: National Action Plans and the potential for a ‘domestic’ WPS approach, Brisbane, presented at International Political Science Association/ Oceanic International Studies Association, Brisbane, 21 July 2018 - 25 July 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Carson L, 2018, 'Avenues of leverage: National Action Plans and the role of Public Administration', presented at International Studies Association, San Francisco, 04 April 2018 - 07 April 2018
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Carson L, 2018, 'Feminist Knowledge Transfer in male dominated environments: Questioning the usefulness of “gender” in practice', Sydney, presented at Gender, Work & Organization, Sydney, 13 June 2018 - 16 June 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Carson L, 2018, 'Feminist knowledge transfer & Gender Training: Questioning the usefulness of “gender” in practice', presented at International Feminist Journal of Politics, San Francisco, 02 April 2018 - 03 April 2018
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Carson L, 2018, 'The Gendered Implications of Environmental Issues: Examples from Rural Australia', in The Gendered Implications of Environmental Issues: Examples from Rural Australia, "Environment, Human Rights and Gender in the Asian-Pacific Region", Research Institute of Asian Women, Sookmyung's Women's University, Seoul, Korea, presented at "Environment, Human Rights and Gender in the Asian-Pacific Region", Research Institute of Asian Women, Sookmyung's Women's University, Seoul, Korea, 31 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Carson L, 2016, 'UNSCR 1325 & Gender Training for peacekeepers: The complexities of terminology in practice', presented at Oceanic Conference on International Studies, 04 July 2016 - 06 July 2016
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Carson L, 2015, ''Gender’ in the UN: From radical underpinnings to current depoliticised understandings in peacekeeping training', presented at International Journal of Feminist Politics, Brisbane, Australia, 18 June 2015 - 19 September 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Carson L, 2014, 'Gender Training and UNSCR 1325', presented at International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC), Jakarta, Indonesia, 22 June 2014 - 26 September 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Carson L, 2014, 'Questioning the disparity between rhetoric and implementation: Gender training as part of UNSCR 1325 on ‘Women, Peace & Security’ in peacekeeping contexts’', presented at Oceanic Conference on International Studies, 09 July 2014 - 11 September 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Carson L, 2014, 'What Does 'Gender' Mean in Practice: UNSCR 1325 & Gender Training of Peacekeepers', presented at Australian Political Studies Association, 28 September 2014 - 01 October 2014