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A strategic and interdisciplinary thinker, Mitzi is passionate about finding and facilitating solutions to entrenched problems. For over a decade this drive has seen her focused on trying to close the gap between society's stated ideals and the public outcomes realised, particularly in relation to public sector decision-making and the achievement of sustainable development.

Mitzi holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours, with a thesis on the bioremediation of contaminated minesites, from The University of Melbourne, and a Master of Commercial Laws from Monash University. Mitzi's doctoral thesis was recently accepted without revision. This work, conducted at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, considers the factors influencing public sector decisions and the achievement of sustainable development in the State of Victoria.

In addition to these academic achievements, Mitzi has almost 12 years' experience in the public sector, at both the Victorian and national level, and across technical and administrative functions. A skilled public servant, she has held an array of leadership and policy development roles within the Victorian Environment Protection Authority, the Department of Premier & Cabinet (Vic) and the Productivity Commission. 

Mitzi's commitment to the public interest and in helping stakeholders achieve their best is also evident in her enthusiasm for building strong stakeholder relationships, and her appointments as current Chair of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Vic) Sustainability Community of Practice, and as a former non-Executive Director of the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association Ltd Board.

Research Interests

  • Integrated decision-making and associated tools
  • Optimising public decision-making
  • Sustainable development

Education/Academic qualification

Public Policy; Sustainable Development, PhD, Australian National University

Oct 2014Mar 2020

Award Date: 31 Jul 2020

Law (Environmental Law), MComLaw, Monash University

Science (Botany, Ecology), BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne

External positions

Sustainable Remediation Interest Group, Australasian Land and Groundwater Association

Chair - Sustainability Community of Practice (Vic), Institute of Public Admin Australia

Research area keywords

  • Sustainable Development
  • SDGs
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Integrated Decision Making
  • Governance
  • Regulation
  • Contaminated Environments


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