Associate Professor Gemma Carey

National Research Director

Associate Professor Carey is the Research Director at the Centre for Social Impact UNSW and formerly worked with the Public Service Research Group at UNSW Canberra. Dr Carey has investigated processes of ‘joining up’ within government and between government and non-government organisations. Her current research focused on the implementation of the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme.

 Dr Carey has published over 50 articles on different aspects of public administration and health. Recent books include: ‘Grassroots to Government: Joining-up in Australia’, and ‘Designing and Implementing Public Policy: Cross-sectoral Debates’, ‘Managing and Leading in Inter-agency Settings’

 In addition to her academic research, she runs a policy forum – the Power to Persuade (PTP) (an annual symposium and blog). PTP is aimed at improving the relationships between policymakers, academics and the community sector. Running since 2011, PTP is sponsored by the government and a range of NGOs and peak bodies (

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