Published work



How to build back better: Lessons from a major city’s response to the 2007-09 financial crisis

Apolitical, 13 October 2021

How will we grapple with the challenges of crisis recovery?

The Mandarin, 7 September 2021

Can Australia flourish after Covid? 10 steps to getting us there if we learn from history.

The Guardian, 30 August, 2021

This time, Australia needs to nail the recovery

Australian Financial Review, 26 August 2021

Community needs to be central to recovery

Probono Australia, 26 August 2021


How Australians can work less and pass the test

Australian Financial Review, 20 February 2020

Gone with the wind: How Denmark is bidding farewell to fossil fuels – an extract

The Monthly, 4 March 2020

In managing this crisis, Australia is tracking mid pack

Australian Financial Review, 28 March 2020

Germany a model for industry resilience

InnovationAus, 22 April 2020

Germany’s Fraunhofer network is a growth engine

InnovationAus, 26 April 2020

The secret to how Singapore became a world-leader in education

Apolitical, 24 August 2020

How other countries cracked the world’s biggest problems (and we can too)

PA Times, Fall 2020

Why big cities will survive and thrive after the pandemic

Australian Financial Review, 30 October 2020

Colorado’s new family leave law could transform fatherhood

Reasons to be Cheerful, 9 November 2020

The island where everyone owns the wind

Reasons to be Cheerful, 25 December 2020


Industry policy emerges from globalisation resurgent and more important than ever

The Mandarin, 25 January 2017

5 areas of Australian public policy that saw substantial long-term impact

The Mandarin, 29 August 2017


Social infrastructure: The policy conundrum of growing cities

The Mandarin, 26 February 2016


The five reforms quietly changing Victoria for the better

The Mandarin, 5 February 2015


How Australia is integrating commercial and community spaces

The Guardian, 28 January 2013

Selected presentations

Building Nations Conference, Infrastructure New Zealand, 26 November 2021
Our Future After COVID, Emergency Services Foundation, 17 November 2021
Gleebooks author talk with Andrew Leigh, 7 September 2021
Seminar with Melbourne Business Network, 26 August 2021
Keynote presentation at Communities in Control conference, 18 May 2021
Interview with the Centre for Optimism’s Robert Masters and Victor Perton, March 2020
How to research, write and publish a solutions-focussed book – interview with the Solutions Journalism Network, 30 March 2021
How on earth: interview with Christiana Figueres and Ross Garnaut, The Wheeler Centre, 13 March 2020

Interviews & media appearances

Australian Politics – The Guardian

19 October 2019

Brotherhood of St Laurence

February 2020

This Working Life – ABC Radio National

2 March 2020

The Drum – ABC TV (from 42:12)

5 March 2020

‘We don’t do policy transfer well’: Andrew Wear wants public servants to travel more and learn from the best in the world

The Mandarin, 6 March 2020

Rare Air with Meri Fatin

24 March 2020

Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny

27 March 2020

The Drum – ABC TV

13 April 2020

ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author Series

15 April 2020

Socially Democratic

19 June 2020

The Economists’ Corner – CEDA

3 August 2020

Public Sector Perspectives – IPAA Victoria

5 August 2020

Renew Normal – Demos

18 September 2020

Is talk of the decline of our cities premature

Life Matters, ABC Radio National, 12 November 2020

The Good Problem

13 November 2020

Football Belongs, Chapter 1 – Multiculturalism

13 December 2020

Strong relationships drive growth

The Chandler Institute, April 2021

The Wire

26 May 2021

Socially Democratic

27 August 2021

Moving book launches online

Arts Hub, 9 September 2021

When obstacles become opportunities to work better

Financial Times, 24 September 2021

COVID opportunities: How the public sector can deliver a better crisis recovery

The Mandarin, 15 October 2021

The Drum – ABC TV

2 November 2021

After COVID, the possibility of hope

Conversations – ABC Radio, 4 November 2021