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Alex Oliver

About: Alex is the Director of the Polling Program at the Lowy Institute. Alex is responsible for the Lowy Institute's program on public opinion and foreign policy, including the annual Lowy Institute Poll and polling projects overseas.  Alex's research interests include Australia's diplomacy and diplomatic infrastructure, consular affairs, and public diplomacy. As well as three Lowy Institute Polls, Alex has co-authored major studies for the Lowy Institute on Australia’s diplomacy including the 2011 Diplomatic Disrepair with Andrew Shearer, authored the policy brief Consular Conundrum in 2013 and provides commentary on diplomacy and consular affairs in Australian media. Alex has given evidence at Parliamentary inquiries including the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade's 2012 inquiry into Australia's overseas representation, and its 2011 inquiry on the DFAT Annual Report 2009-10.    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.
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Foreign territory: women in international relations

Australia’s international relations sector has a severe gender imbalance in its workforce, despite some notable trailblazers in a few prominent roles. This report argues that this imbalance needs to be addressed for the sector to make its workforces more effective and innovative, using the best...
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Lowy Institute poll 2018

After the remarkable developments of the past two years and following a year of heated domestic debate on issues such as foreign influence, energy and immigration, the 2018 Lowy Institute Poll has observed both continuities and discontinuities in Australian public opinion.
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Lowy Institute poll 2017

The 2017 Poll is the thirteenth annual poll by the Lowy Institute. As always, the poll has incorporated a broad range of questions about some of our most important relationships, including those with the United States and China, and asked Australians to consider how much...
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Travelling responsibly, but further to go: Australia’s new consular diplomacy

This article considers the transformations taking place in the consular landscape and the resulting pressures on departments of foreign affairs both in Australia and elsewhere. For Australia, the challenges are particularly compelling. As the Lowy Institute has observed in successive reports, Australia’s anaemic overseas representation...
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Travelling responsibly, but further to go: Australia’s new consular diplomacy

This article considers the transformations taking place in the consular landscape and the resulting pressures on departments of foreign affairs both in Australia and elsewhere. For Australia, the challenges are particularly compelling. As the Lowy Institute has observed in successive reports, Australia’s anaemic overseas representation...