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Mr Peter Joseph Leahy

Post:Research Student (International Development)
Other posts:Research student (International Development)
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I have a 20-year background as an aid practitioner, working primarily in the areas of public sector capacity building and governance reform. My experience spans the public, private and not-for profit sectors, including seven years working as an AusAID official both in Australia and internationally.   My most recent professional assignment was in Papua New Guinea, where I spent 15 months as the Facility Director of Australia Awards PNG, the Ausralian-government-funded teriary scholarships program for Papua New Guinean nationals. Prior to that I worked as Team Leader on an Austraian Aid-funded public sector capacity building and grants management program in Afghanistan. I am currently on fieldwork conducting ethonographic research on the public sector in PNG.

My provisional Thesis title is: "Searching for the Melanesian Way: engaging the ethical foundations of sustainable public sector performance improvment in Papua New Guinea"


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PhD Researcher in International Development


I hold an MA in Political Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and a BA with Honours in Politics from the University of Western Australia.  I also hold a Graduate Certificate in Change Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).