20091214_5599_joanDr Joan Staples is an public commentator and academic based in Melbourne. Her publications focus on the democratic role of non-government organisations (NGOs), their relationship with government, and what constitutes effective public advocacy for social change. Her writing is informed by her career in policy and advocacy across a range of NGO sectors – environment, indigenous affairs, international development, consumers, and social services.

Contact: joan@joanstaples.org