Our Research Associates include a large panel of academic researchers with expertise in diverse areas of public policy, drawn from across several universities in Queensland and beyond. Many researchers also have significant experience inside the public service. 

These experts can offer an additional source of policy advice for those developing or commenting on public policy in Queensland. All members, their research fields, and their contact details, are listed below. 

NameDr Heather Douglas PhD
PositionIndustry Fellow
Organisation/CompanyUniversity of Queensland
Specialisations / Bio


  • Public policy
  • Development
  • Social innovation
  • Societal change

Dr Heather Douglas is a social scientist interested in social change processes. Her career spans health, business, public policy, rural and community development in New South Wales, ACT, Queensland, Victoria and the World Health Organisation in Geneva. After completing her PhD on social business, she worked as an academic in Melbourne before returning to Brisbane.

Heather sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for several academic journals and has been a board member of research and academic agencies. She is a research associate with the University of the South Pacific, and the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre at Massey University.

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