Mary holds post-graduate degrees in social policy, social work and counselling having completed her Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Politics) at the ANU. Mary has thirty years experience in human services ranging from the not-for-profit sector, government policy development, social work education and clinical practice as a mental health social worker. Mary has been working at RegNet since 2007 on regulatory research including child protection, occupational health & safety and radicalisation.
Mary writes about her thesis:
The overall objective of this research is to study the multi-level regulation of chemicals in Australia with a specific focus on glyphosate, commonly known as the weed-spray, RoundUp. A multi-level analysis examines the different levels of governance responsible for the various components of glyphosate regulation, ranging from registration, control of use and exposure, and risk assessment of its potentially hazardous nature. In addition to multiple government regulators, the existence of non-state actors comprising the market, civil society and professionals, also influence the regulatory space. How all these layers interact and overlap to safeguard human and environment health will be explored in this research.
Applications of restorative justice and responsive regulation in statutory child protection, social work, and health care; formal and informal regulatory systems; multilevel regulation; regulatory culture change; relational theory & restorative communities.