Research Theme Manager
Tim Harrison has been Research Theme Manager in the ADIEH Research Theme since April 2009. In this role he works with the Research Theme Leader in 'hustling' intellectual ideas, bringing them into conversation with existing researchers, prospective funders and partners, securing research grants and ensuring that they lead on to successful follow-up grants.
Tim has worked in a number of industry sectors including hospitality, telecommunications, higher education, local government, the not-for-profit sector and consulting. He has held senior management roles in local government in Queensland and Victoria in infrastructure, governance and corporate strategy.
Tim has a long on and off association with the Federation University Australia as a student, former President of the Student Union, founding Captain of the Rats Rugby Union Club, Warden of Peter Lalor Hall, sessional academic, TAFE teacher and now as Research Theme Manager.
Tim’s interest in exploring issues of disadvantage in education and health came through working with the Wendouree West Neighbourhood Renewal project where he developed and served as executive officer of a not-for-profit organisation known as Wellbeing Wendouree which worked with the local community in a grassroots way to improve health and wellbeing. Tim has a strong interest in development of social enterprise and serves as an ‘advisor’ to Wellbeing Wendouree and as Chairperson of Enterprising Communities Inc.
Tim has qualifications in electrical technology, information management and an MBA. He is currently working on a PhD under the supervision of Professors John Smyth and Lawrie Angus where he is exploring issues around government policy, interventions around disadvantage and the use of grassroots community organising modelled on the work of Saul Alinsky.