Jack Corbett

Visiting Fellow


BA (Melbourne), PhD (ANU)

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Jack Corbett joined DPA in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Fellow; in early 2014 he joined Griffith University but remains a “Visitor” for DPA. His research interests include political leadership and biography in the Pacific Islands, anti-politics and democratic disenchantment; the politics of small island states; and interpretive research methodologies. He recently completed his PhD entitled Practising Politics in the Pacific Islands: Insider Perspectives at the ANU. This project, which drew on in-depth interviews, published life histories and observation-based research, provides a collective portrait of politicians in the region. He has also previously undertaken field research on deforestation and participatory development in Malawi, Africa. Prior to his PhD candidature, Jack was a Canberra-based civil servant with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has also undertaken consultancies with the Commonwealth Secretariat and short-term work with the Centre for Democratic Institutions. He is currently preparing several articles and revising a book manuscript, based on his PhD, for publication.

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