Dr Julien Barbara is a Senior Policy Fellow at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, having joined SSGM in mid-2013. From November 2013 to December 2016 Julien was also the Convenor of the Centre for Democratic Institutions. From 2000 to 2013 he worked in a variety of policy positions in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). From 2010 to 2012 Julien was seconded to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) where he directed the Machinery of Government Program.
Julien’s research examines issues associated with post-conflict state-building and political development in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on democracy and governance issues. Julien’s current research activities centre on elections in Melanesia, the politics of urbanisation, women’s political participation and the political economy of public policy reform processes in the Pacific region. Julien is particularly interested in the relationship between policy research and the development of more effective evidence-based aid programming. He has worked widely across the Pacific region, particularly in PNG and Solomon Islands.
Julien completed his PhD in 2001 in the Department of Management at the University of Melbourne.
<p>In January 2017, the <i>State, Society and Governance in Melanesia</i> (SSGM) Program at the Australian National University will commence a five year PNG Women in Leadership Suppo