Jessica’s research at the CIS focuses on population, family policy, welfare reform, disability pensions, parental leave and foreign policy. She has published widely in these areas. Her most recent report looked at Indonesia’s foreign policy in the context of a shifting regional balance of power. In 2010, along with Dr. Oliver Marc Hartwich, she launched the CIS’ Population and Growth series with a report titled Populate and Perish? Modelling Australia’s Demographic Future.
Jessica comments regularly in the media on social policy issues. She has been published in major newspapers such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and the Herald Sun and has appeared on television programs such as Q&A, The Drum, and Today Tonight and on radio programs around Australia.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from the University of Melbourne, where she majored in Political Science, and has completed a Master of International Studies at the University of Sydney.
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