Policy Fellow at the Mitchell Institute, Victoria University

Bronwyn Hinz is a Policy Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Education Policy at Victoria University, where her work focuses on early childhood policy, schooling, and federalism. She holds a PhD in education and political science from the University of Melbourne. Her thesis examined federalism and school funding reform and was an interdisciplinary study located in in the School of Social and Political Sciences – where she taught Public Policy Making and Australian Politics - and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, and included a semester as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Bronwyn holds degrees from the University of Melbourne and Sciences Po, Paris. Prior to academia, she worked as a historian, political speechwriter, Chief of Staff to a federal parliamentarian and as a policy consultant. Her work has won multiple national and international awards and her analysis frequently appears in Australian and international print and broadcast media.

Her first book, Many Hopes, One Dream, was published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in 2009 and launched by former prime minister Malcolm Fraser. More recently she wrote the chapter on education policy for Social Policy in Australia, published by Oxford University Press, a commissioned report evaluating the federalism white paper taskforce's proposals for reforming roles and responsibilities in Australian schooling, a book chapter on education policy from early childhood to tertiary study in Australia for the Forum of Federations, and co-authored a major report on early childhood education policy in Australia with colleagues from the Mitchell Institute.

She is also Vice-President of Heathmont East Preschool, a public, community-run kindergarten with responsibilities including policy and regulatory compliance, human resources and occupational health and safety.

She is also the mother of two young children, a bibliophile and consumer of copious amounts of coffee.


  • 2014–2017
    Policy Fellow, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University
  • 2006–2015
    Researcher, University of Melbourne (various schools, projects and roles)
  • 2007–2011
    Tutor (Australian Politics, Public Policymaking), School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • 2010–2010
    Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, Teachers College. National Centre for the Study of Privatization in Education
  • 2008–2010
    Research Consultant, Foundation for Young Australians / Education Foundation
  • 2007–2008
    Historian, Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
  • 2006–2008
    Research Analyst & Project Officer, Contemporary Europe Research Centre, University of Melbourne
  • 2005–2006
    Researcher, Electorate Officer, Office of Senator Kim Carr
  • 2004–2006
    Speech Writer & Adviser , Office of Maria Vamvakinou MP


  • 2016 
    University of Melbourne, PhD, Political Science & Education
  • 2007 
    University of Melbourne, Honours, Political Science & French
  • 2005 
    l'Institute des Sciences Politiques, Degree of the International Program: Public Policy and International Relations
  • 2005 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Australian Political Studies Association
  • Comparative and International Education Society

Research Areas

  • Australian Government And Politics (160601)
  • Political Science (1606)
  • Comparative Government And Politics (160603)
  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Education (13)
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy (160609)