Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education


Paul Flatau is the Chair in Social Investment and Impact, and Director of the Centre for Social Impact UWA. Read more

Paul has well over 100 publications including 70 refereed publications in the fields of labour economics, the history of economic thought and social policy. Much of Paul’s research in recent years has involved close contact with the not-for-profit sector, social enterprises, government partners and with industry and philanthropists complementing his significant commitment to a strong community engagement program. Over the last two years, the CSI UWA has organised around 30 conferences, forums, public lectures and other events sharing knowledge with the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Paul has made significant contributions to the analysis of social and economic outcomes and the effectiveness of programs and interventions across a wide range of domains including Indigenous affairs, poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and housing. He is an editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics, having previously been the Managing Editor of the journal and the Director of the UWA Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

He has widespread teaching experience across all areas and levels in economics and social policy. He presently coordinates the Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation and Demonstrating Social Impact units in the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and has taught Ethical Dimensions of Organisations, Management and Leadership in the MBA.

Paul holds a PhD in Economics from Murdoch University, an M.Ec. from UWA and a B.Ec. from Sydney University

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Cheryl was appointed to the position of Centre Manager for CSI UWA in July 2014. She is responsible for working with the Director to develop and implement the Centre’s strategy and operational management plans. Read more

Her role entails maintaining existing research industry and public engagement relationships and to work pro-actively to identify and develop new funding research and thought leadership partnerships locally, nationally and internationally.

She oversees the administrative and finance functions of the Centre, and focuses on actively promoting and enhancing the Centre’s brand and profile through marketing and event initiatives.

Prior to commencing at the Centre for Social Impact UWA, Cheryl was the General Manager for eleven years at Entrust Private Wealth Management.

Cheryl holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.

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Lydia Kilcullen is an Assistant Professor in Accounting and Associate Director of Accreditation at the UWA Business School. Lydia joined UWA following a number of years with the Chartered Accounting firm of Price Waterhouse. Read more

During this time, Lydia worked in Perth, New York and London and focused on providing financial and management consulting services in support of dispute resolution, litigation and corporate recovery matters. Examples of some of the projects Lydia has worked on include business turnarounds, forensic investigations, alternative dispute resolution projects, breaches of contract, professional negligence, loss of profits, patent infringements, and business valuations. Lydia's other professional work experience includes two years as the Chief Financial Accountant at Edith Cowan University, responsible for financial reporting, asset management and financial policies and procedures. In addition to her appointment at UWA, Lydia has consulted to the Australian Accounting Standards Board in the area of service performance reporting by private sector Not for Profit entities.

In 2011, Lydia completed a PhD from UWA. The focus of this research was external financial reporting by Not for Profit entities. In 2000, Lydia completed an MBA (Advanced) also from UWA and in 1989 a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University. She is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Dr Ramon Wenzel is an Assistant Professor at the Business School of The University of Western Australia where he leads the Learning for Purpose research program that informs capacity building in the Not-for-Profit sector. Read more

Ramon draws on human psychology and organisational management in an effort to improve work learning; competence development; self-regulated learning; and the effectiveness, evaluation, and transfer of training. He is skilled in psychometric instrument development, large complex online surveys, multi-level structural equation modelling, and the analysis of panel data.

Ramon received his PhD and MCom in Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management at UWA. Through his applied research Ramon informs policy and guides capacity building in the industry and the Not-for-Profit sector including the redesign, facilitation, and evaluation of professional development activities. Connect with Ramon via ramon.wenzel@uwa.edu.au and on LinkedIn.

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Kaylene Zaretzky is a Research Assistant Professor with the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School. Read more

Her current research work focus is economic evaluation of government policy, with an emphasis on cost-effectiveness and homelessness assistance programs. Kaylene has experience leading research teams and has successfully completed a number of large research projects. She was the Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Centre WA in 2011.

Kaylene’s has a PhD in finance and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate finance at both University of Western Australia and Murdoch University. Kaylene has also published in the finance domain. Connect with Kaylene on 0457 036 094 or kaylene.zaretzky@uwa.edu.au

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Renu holds a doctorate in Human Resource Management and has been a member of the faculty in the Business School at the University of Western Australia since 1991, teaching in the EMBA, MBA and other post-graduate programs. Read more

Her last academic leadership positions were as Associate Professor in the roles of Director Postgraduate Programs and MBA Director at the UWA Business School. She now runs her own consulting practice, and is Director of Burr Consulting. She currently teaches the Leadership for Social Impact and Ethics Units in the Postgraduate Programs at the UWA Business School and is involved in the Centre for Social Impact there. She is a winner of the UWA Teaching Award for Postgraduate Coursework Programs. Her research interests lie in the area of leadership effectiveness.

Renu’s expertise in executive management, leadership development, strategy, organisational transformation and change management has been built over 30 years
of business, leadership and academic experience. Renu has worked in senior management, consultant and advisory roles to improve business and leadership effectiveness in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors in Australia and overseas. Renu is a highly skilled executive coach and facilitator. She has led and managed numerous change and cultural transformation programs across all business sectors. This has involved the design and delivery of leadership development interventions and implementation strategies including the design and evaluation of business processes, structures and strategic human resource processes.

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Elena is Convenor and of the Centre for Social Impact and teaches Philanthropy & Social Investment and Leadership for Social Impact at the UWA Business School to post-graduates. Read more

Elena has taken a keen interest in collective impact and collaboration strategies, since the emergence of the new practices inspired by the Kania and Kramer work, as a means of achieving greater impact in social sector organisations. She has a monthly column with the Australian Financial Review on economic and social policy.

Elena is a PhD candidate in the history of economics. She has extensive experience conducting social and economic research in commercial and non-academic contexts and established her own research and consulting firm, Elena Pasquini & Association (1997-2000). Connect with Elena at elena.douglas@uwa.edu.au or on Twitter at @douglas_elena

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Nivia Giuffre

Teaching Assistant

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Strategic Development Manager & Teaching Assistant

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Strategic Design Manager & Teaching Assistant

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Sarah Adams

Graduate Research Assistant

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Rachael Brand is a first year Masters of Clinical Psychology student and in 2013 completed first class honours in Psychology. Read more

Rachael has been employed as casual Research Assistant with the Centre since mid-2012 and has completed work on a number of housing and homelessness research projects. Throughout her employment with the Centre Rachael has conducted dozens of in-depth interviews with people who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness.

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Georgina Carson is a third year Bachelor of Philosophy student at the University of Western Australia and is majoring in Maths and Statistics, and Physics. Read more

Georgina is working as a research assistant at the Centre with a focus on conducting statistical analyses of data.

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Dianne McWilliam

Research Assistant

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Darja Miscenko

Research Assistant

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Graduate Research Assistant

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Kimberlee Baldry

Research Assistant

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Ami Seivwright

Graduate Research Assistant

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CSI UWA Advisory Council

The CSI UWA Advisory Council provides support and advice to the Centre for Social Impact UWA. It comprises representatives from across all sectors of the Western Australian community and is led by Jan Stewart, former Chief Executive of Lotterywest and passionate advocate for WA’s community sector. See the full list of members here.


Centre for Social Impact

Centre for Social Impact UWA

Business School
M098, The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009
Tel +61 8 6488 5691
Email csi-business@uwa.edu.au
Physical address: 39 Fairway, Crawley WA 6009
(former Oceans Institute on Edward St)