This session covers:

  • What can you do with your degree in Political Science, International Relations or Public Policy?
  • What should you do to enhance your employability during your university studies to prepare for a career in governance and public policy?
  • How are the knowledge and skills gained from your studies applicable to careers in governance and public policy?

You will have the opportunity to ask questions to leading industry professionals working in relevant roles and hear their experiences, stories and advice.

All registered students will receive a recording of the session.


Elliot Stein, Director, Hawker Britton
Elliot Stein leads Hawker Britton’s practice in Queensland where he provides strategic advice to business on the operation of the State Government. 

Elliot has over twelve years of Australian and International experience in guiding government and business through major crisis and public policy reforms. Over his career, Elliot was a Chief of Staff in the Palaszczuk Government, a Senior Adviser in the Rudd and Gillard Governments, worked in New York City for The Glover Park Group, specialised in Senate procedure and practice for the Federal Opposition, and served as the Director of Public Diplomacy to the Australian Consulate-General in New York where he was responsible for Australia’s brand reputation and international media engagement.

Elliot holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Governance from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. He completed his masters’ thesis on the impact of disruptive technologies on government and industry decision making, a paper that has now been published in the Australian Journal of Public Administration.

Katia Reviakina, Senior Consultant, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, Aurecon
Katia has extensive experience in stakeholder and community engagement, political and public relations, analysis, development and implementation of public policies particularly on social sustainability, urban planning, urban transport and mobility, and environmental management. This experience includes work with public and private companies both in Australia and overseas, particularly in Colombia and Russia.

In addition to a Bachelor of Political Sciences and Economics, Katia has a Master of Governance & Public Policy and Master of Urban & Regional Planning, both from UQ. Katia is also a member of the Steering Committee in charge of establishing IAP2 Latin America and the Australia-Pacific Regional Representative for Ekpapalek, a non-for-profit initiative that aims to empower Latin American students on pursuing their academic and professional goals for studies in both their countries and overseas.
Dr Alastair Stark, Senior Lecturer, School of Political Science and International Studies, UQ
Alastair is a public policy scholar, a crisis management expert and has an ongoing interest in the institutionalization of participatory modes of governance. Previously he has worked in a variety of public service and policy facing roles in local government, central government and NGOs in the United Kingdom.

His current policy research examines the role that institutional amnesia plays in the policy process, his crisis management research has been focused upon the relationship between public inquiries and lesson-learning, and in relation to participatory governance, he is currently examining the validity of different forms of deliberative democracy in the context of Australian environmental policy. In all these efforts Alastair attempts to bridge the gap between policy scholarship and the ‘real world’ of public policy.

About HASS Career Seminar Series

The HASS Career Seminar Series invites HASS industry and alumni to participate in online panel discussions where students have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how the panel used their HASS degrees and skills to help them transition into careers after graduation.

Find career resources here


Online via Zoom