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Dr Gemma Carey

PhD (Social Policy & Population Health), MMed Sci (Research - Anthropology), B. Hlth Sciences (1st Class Hons)
Visiting Fellow (NHMRC)
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Public Administration 160509
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Sociology 1608
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117

Research interests

Policy implementation

Joined-up government 

Public administration and management

Social policy (particularly welfare and labour market policies)

Social determinants of health



Gemma Carey is an NHMRC Research Fellow. She holds a PhD in social policy and population health from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Adelaide.

Gemma undertakes primary research on governance and policy implementation. Drawing on this work, she also contributes to emerging debates in public health regarding the social determinants of health. Much of her research investigates the processes of ‘joining up’ within government and between government and non-government organisations. Her current research is concerned with the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Gemma has published widely on different aspects of public administration and public health. Her books include: ‘Grassroots to Government: Joining-up in Australia’ (Melbourne University Press), ‘Designing and Implementing Public Policy: Cross-sectoral Debates’ (Routledge), and ‘Managing and leading in interagency settings. Better Partnerships Working Book Series’ (Policy Press, with Helen Dickinson).

In addition to her academic research, she runs a highly regarded policy forum – the Power to Persuade (PTP). PTP is an annual symposium and blog which helps to build relationships between policymakers, academics and the community sector. Running since 2011, PTP is sponsored by government, universities and a range of NGOs and peak bodies (

Awards: ACT Tall Poppy Young Scientist Award (2016), National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (2015), Aileen Plant Medal for Contributions to Population Health (given out once every four years by the Public Health Association of Australia, Health Promotion Association of Australia, Australian Epidemiology Association and Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine) (2015), Sidney Myer Trust Scholar (2009), NHMRC Dora Lush Priority Scholarship (2009).

Gemma is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Family Studies, and sits on the editorial board of Australian Journal of Public Administration. 


Researcher's projects


  • Kavanagh, A., Llewellyn, G., Emerson, E., Petrie, D, Dickinson, H., Badland, H., Carey, G., Butterworth, P., Einfield, S & Stancliffe, R. Centre for Research Excellence NHMRC in Disability and Health.  (2016-2022) $2 500 000 
  • Carey, G., Malbon, E, Dickinson, H., Mallet, S. & Alexander, D, Kavanagh, A. (2016-2018). Collaborative governance under the National Disability Insurance Scheme: A social network approach to mapping and analysing emerging innovation. ANZSOG 
  • Nevil, A., Carey, G., Kay, A. & Braithwaite, V .(2016-2017). Building capacity and performance through risk responsive regulation. ACT Government  
  • Strazdins, L., Banwell, C., Carey, G Butterworth, P. (2016-2019).  Working longer, staying healthy. ARC Linkage 
  • Carey, G. (2016-2019). Implementing the National Disability Insurance Scheme. National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship 
  • Carey, G., Corr, L & Strazdins. (2015-2016). Implications of labour market trends on health behaviours and outcomes. ANSZOG Evidence Review 
  • Carey, G & Buick, F. The changing role of central agencies


Available student projects

Students wishing to study aspects of the NDIS should contact Gemma.

Current student projects


ANU students:

Celia Green - Cross country analysis of environmentally sustainable consumption/diet policy

Daniel Reeders - TBC


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  23 November 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers