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Stephanie Dunstan

Stephanie Dunstan is Head of Communications at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Previously, Stephanie was Director, Strategic Communciations, at the Lowy Institute.  She joined the Institute in June 2011 following six years with the United Nations in Asia – Pacific and UN headquarters.

Based in Bangkok Stephanie served as an international campaign coordinator for the UN Environment Program and coordinated a region-wide Millennium Development Goals advocacy program for the UN Economic & Social Commission.

Following her time in Asia – Pacific Stephanie's expertise in climate change took her to New York, where she worked as Special Assistant to a UN Assistant Secretary General (UNDP) providing policy advice on a range of environmental/development issues, including coordinating the UNDP delegation to the Copenhagen Climate Summit.

Stephanie holds a B.Arts/B.Public Policy from Melbourne University and is a Chevening scholar with a MSc from the London School of Economics. She started her career at the Environment Protection Authority, Victoria.


Articles by Stephanie Dunstan (121)

  • Aid & development links: Pre-budget roundup

    On the eve of the 2015-16 Federal Budget, a special edition of Aid & Development Links rounding up commentary on Australia's aid budget.  A reminder that if you have something to contribute to these weekly links, suggestions and comments are welcome. Email:
  • Aid & development links: Gayle Smith, disaster risk, aid confessions and more

    President Obama nominates Gayle Smith to lead US AID. India cancels licenses of nearly 9000 charities (including Greenpeace India and the Ford Foundation) for failing to declare details of donations from abroad. Confessions of an aid worker: 'after years in the field, I worry I have lost my compassion.' Iraq now has one of the highest populations of internally displaced people in the world. New report from Devex: what you need to know about emerging donors (China, Brazil, Russia, India, Turkey,
  • Australia and the 1951 Refugee Convention

    Today the Lowy Institute launched 'Australia and the 1951 Refugee Convention', a new Analysis paper from international migration expert and Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Dr Khalid Koser.  Koser argues that the implementation of the 1951 Refugee Convention is failing the interests of both states and refugees, and that Australia is well-placed to lead an international effort for reform, which should include greater accountability for states that cause displacement, measures that reduce the nee
  • Aid & development links: Development indicators, UK elections, Ghana, Daniel Craig and more

    New 2015 edition of World Bank Development indicators shows 25 years of progress, but much left to do. The report includes some good interactives; you can compare country progress on specific MDG goals. Read CARE Australia's submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry on issues facing women and girls in the Asia Pacific. How should aid be spent? Take the Guardian poll.  Putting need before politics on the post-MDG agenda. World Politics Review post from Sarah Hearn. Aid? What aid?
  • Digital disruption

    The ability of individuals and organisations to access and respond to information instantaneously, via any number of information and communication technologies (ICT), is flipping the switch on international relations. Non-state actors – from businesses to civil society and even terrorist groups – have adapted more quickly to a wired world and are transforming our understanding of global power and influence.
  • Australian foreign fighters: Risks and responses

    In a new Lowy Institute Analysis launched today, Monash University academic Andrew Zammit argues that Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria pose a serious national security threat for Australia. He examines the options for responding to that threat, including through non-coercive means.
  • Aid & development links: OECD data, AIIB, Jacquie Lambie, capital outflow and more

     New OECD aid data (see table below) shows development aid stable, but flows to poorest countries still falling. The OECD data highlighted that  Australia's foreign aid cuts are among the biggest in the developed world. Chris Blattman on development reformers: 'I think even very smart and experienced people are profoundly bad at knowing what the problems are in the economy'. In Australia, Senator Jacqui Lambie declines an invitation to visit Australian aid projects .
  • Aid & development links: Climate change and human rights, mapping international development, MDGs, Ikea and more

    What are some life lessons you can learn while doing aid work? The UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights is making the case that climate change is a human rights issue. What can be learned from mapping international development? The British filmmaker Richard Curtis has partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in an effort to mobilise global support for the UN Millennium Development Goals. Ikea is producing refugee shelters for the UN that are intended to replace tent cities around