Claire Connelly is a Policy Fellow at the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney, pursuing research investigating the future of democracy, economic inequality and an agenda for post-pandemic rebuilding in Australia.
Prior to her current appointment, Claire spent several years as a researcher at Rebuilding Macroeconomics, previously hosted by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, now part of the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London (UCL), and a visiting academic at the Institute for New Economic Thinking in Oxford. She is also a research fellow at the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity.
Claire spent several years conducting data and methodological research studies, collecting first-hand information from academics, policy makers & regulators, practitioners, and members of the private sector, across multiple disciplines, identifying data that could significantly enhance our understanding of the macroeconomy, while examining the relationship between policy-relevant knowledge and evidence.
With a background in journalism, Connelly has written for leading publications including The Australian Financial Review, The Saturday Paper, the ABC, SBS, The Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, Which-50, and New Matilda. She has featured regularly on television shows, web series, radio programmes and podcasts, including ABC’s The Drum, Channel 10’s The Project, SBS’ The Feed, 2SER’s Fourth Estate, Radio National’s Breakfast, Drive, Hack, and Download This Show.
She has produced award-winning campaigns for some of the world’s leading brands and organisations including GE, Westpac, UNHCR, and has featured as a speaker for companies, institutions and organisations including the University of Adelaide, the University of New South Wales, the auDA Foundation, and the Above All Human conference.
Connelly was previously the technology editor of news.com.au and PC Mag.
She has a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of New South Wales focusing on globalisation and politics & international relations, and a Graduate Diploma of Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney.