Melbourne School of Government’s Sara Bice announced as an Inaugural Westpac Research Fellow

April 16 / 179

Riverina irrigation channel. Picture: Wikipedia
Riverina irrigation channel. Picture: Wikipedia

Dr Sara Bice from the Melbourne School of Government has been awarded one of four inaugural Westpac Research Fellowships, contributing $330,000 towards her research activities.

The highly competitive Fellowship program is the first of its kind in Australia. It sets up a partnership between Westpac and the Fellow’s respective university to provide financial support and career development for emerging researchers.

Dr Bice, chosen for her innovation, leadership, passion and commitment to her work, said the Fellowship would advance her research into corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

“I am currently investigating the governance of Australian energy and water resources and developing policy solutions with sustainability in mind,” Dr Bice said.

Professor Julie Willis, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Capability) said the award recognised the success of School of Government research and its impact on the wider community.

“We’re tremendously pleased that Dr Bice has been chosen for this award. The Fellowship will help facilitate world-class research and give an early career researcher support to continue her work,” Professor Willis said.

“The co-creation of this Fellowship with our University partners is a great example of industry and education working together towards addressing the opportunities and challenges facing Australia,” said Susan Bannigan, CEO of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

The Fellowship will be awarded annually. The partnership with Westpac reflects the University’s strong engagement focus and commitment to working with industry.



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