About the study

This PhD research project will examine how Australian Not-for-profit (NFP) peak bodies acquire and use knowledge to influence policy. The study will specifically focus on housing and homelessness peaks and their contributions to public policy and the community sector.

Peak bodies or umbrella organisations have been neglected in studies of the policy process. The lack of knowledge and understanding of peak body contributions has potential implications for marginalised and/or disadvantaged communities .

The project has ethics approval from the UNSW ethics committe.

About the researcher

Eugenia is a PhD candidate at the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW. Her supervisors are Dr Natasha Cortis and Associate Professor kylie valentine.

Eugenia holds a Masters in Policy and Applied Social Research from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Sociology & Anthropology) degree from the University of New South Wales.

She has policy and program evaluation experience from working in Government and has previously worked in a Non-profit organisation.