Alex Oliver

Former Director of Research
Alex Oliver
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Alex Oliver was Director of Research at the Lowy Institute between 2018 and 2021. Prior to 2018, she directed the Lowy Institute's program on diplomacy and public opinion, including the annual Lowy Institute Poll. 

Alex's other research interests include Australia's diplomacy and diplomatic infrastructure, consular affairs, and public diplomacy. As well as six annual Lowy Institute Polls, Alex authored or co-authored several major studies for the Lowy Institute on Australia’s diplomacy. She wrote for international press including Foreign AffairsForeign PolicyThe Wall Street Journal and BBC.com, and for Australian publications including The AustralianThe Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. Alex provided regular commentary on Australian foreign affairs and diplomacy in Australian and international media, gave evidence at parliamentary inquiries and delivered a Senate Occasional Lecture in 2014.     

Before joining the Institute in 2007, Alex was a senior associate at Mallesons Stephen Jaques Solicitors in Sydney, specialising in intellectual property and consumer law. Prior to her career in law she was an account director and brand manager at multinationals Leo Burnett Advertising and Unilever. Alex was the University Medallist in law at UNSW, has bachelor degrees in Law and Science and an A.Mus.A.

Beyond Fortress Australia
Interactives
Beyond Fortress Australia
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From polls to posts, Dili and the DMZ, my unexpected think tank career
From polls to posts, Dili and the DMZ, my unexpected think tank career
Farewell after 14 years charting Australia in the world from the country’s leading foreign policy research institute.
Lowy Institute Diplomat Database
Interactives
Lowy Institute Diplomat Database
This Lowy Institute interactive uncovers the changing face of Australia's diplomatic network, tracking 47 years of Australian diplomatic appointments overseas. The data…
Commentary
Fear of military conflict on the rise in Australia
In an opinion piece originally published in The Australian newspaper, Lowy Institute director of public opinion and foreign policy Natasha Kassam and research director…
America in 2020: The view from here
America in 2020: The view from here
A selection of commentary and analysis from Lowy Institute voices on the state of affairs in and beyond the USA.
A budget of skewed priorities
A budget of skewed priorities
As Australia faces one of the most challenging international environments in a century, it still skimps on diplomacy.
Emerging From COVID: Policy Responses To The Pandemic
Interactives
Emerging From COVID: Policy Responses To The Pandemic
In this new feature, Lowy Institute experts provide policy recommendations for Australia to address issues that are critical to our nation’s — and the world’s —…
Policy Briefs
Emerging from COVID: Policy Responses to the Pandemic
Lowy Institute experts provide policy recommendations for Australia to address issues that are critical to our nation's — and the world's — successful emergence from the pandemic.
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