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 Donna Weeks MIRAP GradCertArtsEntMent PhD
PositionTwitter advisor
Specialisations / Bio


  • Queensland politics
  • Queensland-Japan relations
  • Queensland arts policy
  • Political thought and ideas

Dr Donna Weeks has been Chair of the Queensland Branch of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ANSOG).  She is taking up a position in Japan, having been a lecturer in Japanese Studies and International Relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  Her areas of expertise include Japanese politics and foreign policy, Australia–Japan relations and teaching Japanese language. She has also taught language and politics at the University of Queensland and Griffith University, and held appointments as Project Officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and research officer for a Queensland Senator. She also lived in Japan as a graduate research student at Daito Bunka University Tokyo (Law Faculty), the University of Tokyo Graduate School and Visiting Research Fellow at Waseda University.

Dr Weeks' publications include chapters and articles on Australia–Japan relations, Japanese politics and auxiliary texts for young learners of Japanese language. She is writing a book on the East Asia security community, 'unpopular culture' in Australia–Japan relations, and whaling. In 2010, she was a Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia, where she examined the Japanese language collections for early Japanese impressions of Australian political and cultural life; and she was selected to participate in the inaugural Asia Policy Assembly, through the National Bureau of Asian Research in Washington DC. She undertakes regular commentary in the media and writes for the website Online Opinion.

Phone07 5459 4603
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