The UTAS School of Government recently supported and participated in the 2012 Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research (ANZTSR) Incorporated conference.
The conference was held at the beautiful Baha’i Centre of Learning for Tasmania and was officially opened by The Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Social Inclusion.
More than 60 papers were presented that combined academic discussion and debate with engagement with practitioners from government and non-government sectors.
Keynote speakers featured were Robert Fitzgerald AM (Productivity Commissioner), Professor John Mohan (University of Southampton) and Linda Lavarch (Chair, Office of the Not-For-Profit Sector).
Dr Megan Alessandrini, Senior Lecturer in the School of Government, said the conference was a great experience for all concerned.
"The conference was a rewarding and productive experience. It provided an excellent opportunity to network, share ideas and engage with the current scholarship focusing on the third sector."
UTAS postgraduate candidate in Government, Courtney Webber, was awarded the Early Career Researcher Prize for her paper: Public Consultation in Tasmania: Changing Relationships between Government and Community Sectors.
The paper explored the mechanisms available for actors and non-government organisations to participate in the policy process and considers if bureaucratic traditions are resistant to 'consultative changes'. It aimed to bridge the gap between literature on consultative policy - making and the limited applied investigation of these issues.
The prize was ANZTSR membership for a year and assistance to develop her winning paper for publication and a book.
The runner up was Marion Cornish from University of Western Sydney for her paper Exploring Social Networks of non-executive company directors in Australian Third Sector organisations.
Image: (Left to right) Courtney Webber, Dr Ruth Phillips and Dr Rosemary Leonard.