Dr Joan Staples
Joan Staples is a public commentator and academic based in Melbourne. She is an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies in the College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University. 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. She was Vice-President of Environment Victoria from 2012 to 2016 and was Consumer Representative, Financial Ombudsman Service, from 2004 until 2020.