Ben's research focuses on foreign policy decision making and international development. His doctoral research employs a foreign policy decision making approach to compare the recent aid policy trajectories of Australia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, seeking to explain why the consensus around aid spending broke down in Australian and the Netherlands and why it was maintained in the UK.
Ben’s research interests derive from his experience in the international development sector.Between 2007 and 2010, Ben worked in Papua New Guinea on various roles supporting health sector reform. He has consulted for development agencies (including AusAID and the Asian Development Bank), private companies and NGOs in the fields of program design, health systems strengthening, strategic planning, health policy development, monitoring and evaluation, human resource development, research and organisational development. Ben is also a research associate at the ANU’s Development Policy Centre, where he periodically contributes to the Devpolicy blog.