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Honorary Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Emma Dawson is the Executive Director of public policy think tank Per Capita and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Formerly, she was a senior advisor on Digital Inclusion at Telstra, Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne, and a senior policy advisor in the Rudd and Gillard governments.

Emma has published articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of public policy issues, which have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Guardian, The Australian, and a number of online publications. She is a regular panellist on The Drum on ABC TV and various Sky News programs.

Emma holds a BA with First Class Honours from LaTrobe University and an MA with Distinction from Monash. She sits on the board of the Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia.


  • –present
    Honorary Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne and Executive Director, Per Capita, University of Melbourne


  • 2005 
    Monash University, Masters of Media and Communications