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Dr Sharon Bessell is Director of the Children's Policy Centre and senior lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. Sharon has a deep commitment to the inclusion of children's views, experiences and priorities in public policy processes and in public debates.

Her research focuses on social policy for children, including issues of children's participation and citizenship; child protection; support for children without parental care; children, communities and social capital; child labour; poverty and children's livelihoods; and quality education.

Sharon has a keen interest in research methodology, and has published widely on undertaking research with children.

She has worked in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific as a researcher, with non-government organisations and as a consultant. Her research has focused primarily on Australia, Indonesia and Fiji.


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