Media Alert: Federal Election 2022

The following La Trobe University academics are available to comment on aspects of the forthcoming Federal Election.


  • Dr Andrea Carson, Associate Professor of Politics and Media

    Misinformation, disinformation, the digital campaigns for the election, gender

    Email: [email protected] Mobile: 0438 079 999

  • Ian Tulloch, Adjunct Research Fellow

    Australian federal and state politics; regional politics; electoral politics; environmental and water politics; industrial relations/unions and politics

    Email: [email protected] Mobile: 0438 418 581

  • Dr Nasya Bahfen, Senior Lecturer in Journalism

    Diversity, raced-based policies, candidates running on divisive or controversial platforms

    Email: [email protected] Mobile: 0450 141 049

  • Dr Nicholas Barry, Senior Lecturer in Politics

    Election campaigns: Australian political parties and institutions, long-term trends in voter behaviour, income inequality

    Email: [email protected] Mobile: 0418 940 259

  • Dr Judith Brett, Emeritus Professor of Politics

    Australian politics, political history, Labor party

    Email: [email protected]

  • Dr Kevin Brianton, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

    Political messaging, campaign tactics and media strategy

    Email: [email protected] Mobile: 0407 830 163

  • Professor Aron O’Cass, Dean of La Trobe Business School

    Political marketing and branding

    Email: [email protected] Mobile: 0417 771 360

  • Dr Buly Cardak, Associate Professor Economics

    Economics, household finance, cost of living, inflation

    Email: [email protected]


  • Professor Nick Bisley, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Asia’s international relations, Australian foreign and defence policy

    Email: [email protected]

  • Dr Tony Walker, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow

    Australian politics, China and Australia political relations

    Email: [email protected]

  • Dr Niamatullah Ibrahimi, Lecturer in International Relations

    Middle-east relations, Afghanistan, political violence, peacebuilding, post-conflict politics

    Email: [email protected]

  • Professor James Leibold, Senior Lecturer in Politics

    China and ethnic issues, Chinese influence in Australian universities, censorship in higher education, university overreliance on PRC students, potential dangers of foreign donations, China’s treatment of ethnic minorities

    Email: [email protected] M: 0448 833 601

  • Dr Robert Horvath, Senior Lecturer in Politics

    Russia-Ukraine war; Russian propaganda; Russian politics; Russian foreign policy; Vladimir Putin

    Email: [email protected]


  • Professor Christine Bigby, Director Living with Disability Research Centre

    Disability policy, social inclusion, abuse of people with disabilities

    Email: [email protected] Mobile: 0438 602 264

  • Professor Irene Blackberry, Director John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing

    Ageing, aged care policy, rural ageing, chronic diseases including dementia and diabetes

    Email: [email protected]

  • Professor Jane Mills, Dean, La Trobe Rural Health School

    Rural health, health workforce, health system strengthening and nursing education

    Email: [email protected] M: 0409 762 200

  • Dr Chris Maylea, Associate Professor La Trobe Law School

    Mental health law, mental health policy, forensic mental health, disability law, people who use mental health services

    Email: [email protected] M: 0439 463 255

  • Dr Darren O’Donovan, Senior Lecturer La Trobe Law School

    NDIS funding, disability policy and law

    Email: [email protected]


  • Dr Julia Dehm, Senior Lecturer at La Trobe Law School

    Climate change, environmental law and policy, natural resource governance, economic inequality and social justice

    Email: [email protected]

  • Dr Kathleen Birrell, Lecturer La Trobe Law School

    Climate change law, politics around climate change, environmental policy

    Email: [email protected]


  • Professor Joanna Barbousas, Dean of Education

    Education policy, teacher education, teacher progression, innovative learning options

    Email: [email protected] Mobile: 0416 289 040

  • Professor Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of Education

    Teacher education in regional and rural settings, access and equity in education

    Email: [email protected]

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