Joan Staples

Joan Staples is an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University, where her work focuses on the importance of civic engagement for a healthy democracy.  Her academic work is informed by a career in policy and advocacy for non-government organizations, since she was ACF lobbyist in Canberra during the Hawke Government.  She is actively involved in training programs such as the Community Organising Fellowship and Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia, which develop skills in civil society members.  Her vision for the future of Australia includes a vibrant society of community organizations reflecting the rich diversity, creativity and energy of local people.