Dr Joan Staples

Joan Staples is an academic and social commentator. Her areas of expertise include public advocacy, civil society and human rights.

Her publications focus on the democratic role of non-government organisations (NGOs), their relationship with government, and what constitutes effective public advocacy for social change. Her writing is informed by her career in policy and advocacy across a range of NGO sectors – environment, Indigenous affairs, international development, consumers and social services.

Based in Melbourne, she has been Vice-President of Environment Victoria since 2012 and Consumer Representative, Financial Ombudsman Service, since 2004.

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