Previous staff

Dr. Perri Campbell

Senior Research Officer

BA(Hons) Monash, PhD Monash

Perri Campbell is a youth studies and digital media researcher. She has been an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Deakin University, and Visiting Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Perri has worked on an Australian Research Council Linkage project focussed on Mission Australia's social enterprise restaurant, Charcoal Lane. Perri's forthcoming book 'Rethinking Young Peoples Marginalisation: Beyond Neoliberal Futures', explores the challenges facing young people as they carve out a life and enter the workforce.

Rachael Spicer


BSc Monash University, MBA Deakin University

Rachael completed her Master of Business Administration at Deakin University. Before joining La Trobe, Rachael had been consulting in Melbourne since the 1990s to a diverse range of government, not for profit, and commercial organisations, including 6 years running her own consulting firm. She was Project Manager for a federal government program delivering training to seniors across 1,600 sites Australia wide.

Dr Tebeje Molla (Mekonnen)

Senior Research Officer

BEd Bahir Dar, MA Aarhus, PhD Monash

Tebeje Molla has degrees in education policy and sociology. His research focuses on social justice in and through education, transnational educational policy processes, and the dynamics of power, knowledge and policy. He has recently been commissioned to author a monograph on structural inequalities in Ethiopian higher education.

Dr Kemran Mestan

Senior Research Officer

Kemran's expertise is within social policy and equity, producing research in various publications. His research interests relate to understanding barriers to social and economic participation and developing policies to overcome them, particularly relating to the interaction of education, employment and welfare policies. Kemran was a researcher at the Centre for Human Services Research and Evaluation within the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. In this role he worked on a number of high priority projects, including the Royal Commission into Family Violence and the Victorian Government's first Randomised Control Trial using behavioural insights. Kemran also worked as a Research Officer at the Research and Policy Centre of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. In this role he worked on a diversity of research projects relating to the causes and solutions to poverty in Australia. This included research reports and evaluations focussing on: education, training, early childhood development, employment, refugees, and place-based disadvantage.  Kemran completed his PhD in social policy at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University. His other qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in political science and philosophy) and a Master of Philosophy, both at the University of Melbourne.

Dr James Stratford

Senior Research Officer

BA (Hons) Melb., MSA ANU, MA Melb., PhD. Melb

James Stratford has taught extensively across the Classics and Archaeology program at the University of Melbourne. He has published on a range of policy areas including democratic governance, nuclear diplomacy, regional interventions, and the influence of cultural factors on strategic decision-making.

Jenna Tellefson

Research Assistant

B.Envs (Hons) Melb., GradDipEc La Trobe

Jenna Tellefson completed a Bachelor of Environments (Honours) degree at the University of Melbourne, where she completed her honours thesis investigating water policy in the Murray Darling Basin. Jenna has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Economics at La Trobe University, during which she researched higher education policy. Prior to her position at AARU, Jenna worked as a project support officer at Atkinson Consulting Group.

Richard McAllister

Research Assistant

BEc (Hons) La Trobe

Richard McAllister completed a Bachelor of Economics with Honours at La Trobe in 2014. Richard has since worked as a research assistant in the School of Economics at La Trobe where he has worked on a range of areas. Richard has a particular interest in research on why people do not make economically rational choices.

Adam Wood

Assistant Data Analyst

BSc (Hons) La Trobe

Adam completed a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics (Honours) at La Trobe University. While working in the Access and Achievement Research Unit at La Trobe University, Adam’s research activities have focussed on: the inherent requirements of courses; and regional education standards. Adam has commenced a PhD in the field of differential geometry at Melbourne University.

Ada Castle

Administration Officer

DipLang (Indonesian) Monash, BA (Hons) Monash/La Trobe,

Ada Castle completed a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, moving to La Trobe to complete an honours thesis on LGBTI youth health promotion. Prior to her time at AARU, Ada has previously worked at North Yarra Community Health and the La Trobe University Student Union.