2017 Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow

The Glenda Powell National Travelling Fellow is selected by the Board. The selected individual presents on the AAG Hot topic for the year and visit those three divisions not visited by the Gary Andrews Fellow prior to the Conference

The Hot Topic for 2017 is The economic opportunities of an ageing population - how much do we value the golden goose?

This year, AAG is honoured to have Ben Spies-Butcher as the 2017 GPTF.

Ben Spies-Butcher is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Masters of Policy and Applied Social Research in the Sociology Department at Macquarie University. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney and his work focuses on the political economy of social policy. Ben is a Research Associate at the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland, a member of the Policy Advisory Group for COTA NSW and a Board member of Shelter NSW. In addition to his academic publications, Ben is a regular contributor to The Conversation and is a Social Policy Whisperer for Power to Persuade. His most recent co-authored book is Market Society published with Cambridge University Press.