I am a leading researcher of social enterprise and the social economy in Australia. I am a political sociologist, with particular interests in relationships between state and civil society in public policy development. My research on social enterprise considers their social impacts and their roles as policy actors. I am the author of more than 60 publications. My books include: Social Procurement and New Public Governance (Routledge, 2016) and Strategic Issues for the Not for Profit Sector (UNSW Press, 2008).
In addition to my role as Director of Centre for Social Impact Swinburne, I am National Research Director of the CSI network, which is a collaboration between three Australian universities. I am also chairperson of the International Social Innovation Research Conference 2017 organizing committee.