Rosanna's main field of interest can be broadly described as social economics – the application of economic tools and techniques to help understand important social policy issues.

In addition to her academic background Rosanna has accumulated extensive experience in real world settings. From 2006 until 2009 Rosanna was the Ronald Henderson Research Fellow, a position jointly funded by the Melbourne Institute and the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL). In this position Rosanna developed the capacity of the BSL for the economic analysis of social issues while simultaneously helping the Melbourne Institute to further develop its role in applied social policy research. In particular, she accumulated considerable knowledge of the circumstances of economically vulnerable groups. More recently, she was seconded to the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in Victoria as a Principal Policy Officer. In this role she worked very closely with DPC’s Social Policy Branch, exposing her to the broader State and Federal policy environment on a range of social policy areas including housing, education and training, community development, and human services.

Rosanna has contributed to numerous articles in highly respected peer reviewed economics journals including the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Social Science and Medicine and the Economic Record. She has also been successful in obtaining funding from the Australian Research Council for two projects, one of which she was the lead chief investigator. Rosanna has also been involved in public policy analysis and development in Australia through her roles at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Victorian Government.

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