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Dr Alexandra Williamson
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Accountancy
Discipline *
Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Sociology, Policy and Administration
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology)PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
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Member of the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)

International member of the Canadian Philanthropy Partnership Research Network (PhiLab)

ORCID ID 0000-0002-2462-709X

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Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)


philanthropy, philanthropic foundations, structured giving, philanthropic organisations, accountability, private ancillary funds, public ancillary funds, nonprofit organisations, charitable trusts, giving

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Alexandra is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS).  Her research interests focus on the accountability of philanthropic foundations, and place-based approaches to giving.

Alex completed her PhD in mid-2019, exploring the accountability of Public Ancillary Funds.  She holds a Master of Business (Philanthropy and Social Investment) from Swinburne University of Technology, and a Master of Business (Research) from QUT looking at the accountability of Private Ancillary Funds.

Alex has more than a decade of experience working in the philanthropic sector in Melbourne, first with one of Australia’s largest private foundations, and then within the charitable trusts team of a national trustee company.   Alex was part of the research team working on Giving Australia 2015-2016, the largest ever Australian study into philanthropic giving.


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Alex was an HDR Peer Adviser within QUT’s Student Success Group during 2018, delivering workshops and two weekly writing circles to PhD and Masters by Research students across all QUT faculties.

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Three-month industry internship with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) from February to May, 2019.  Foci of the internship were the promotion of visibility and accountability within the philanthropic sector in Australia; and the series of national expert workshops held in the first half of 2019 around measures to capture the objectives of part 1b) of the ACNC Act (2012).

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Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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2021 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the PNP Division of the Academy of Management. This award is given to 10 reviewers annually and is sponsored by the Public Management Research Association.
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Recipient of the Executive Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for 2019
Editor/Contributor of a Prestigious Work of Reference
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The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy was awarded the 2016 Virginia Hodgkinson Research Book Award, awarded by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) for the best book on the nonprofit sector that informs policy and practice. The book presents and analyses the geographic, geopolitical, and cultural differences in 26 countries based on contributions by 55 scholars from world-renowned universities from all over the world. I was a co-author on the country chapter for Australia.
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Professor John O. Miller, AO Award for Academic Excellence in the Master of Social Science (Philanthropy & Social Investment), Swinburne University of Technology


Current supervisions

  • Does KMP virtue influence firm fraud and financial misconduct?
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Ellie Chapple
  • Philanthropic Accountability during Natural Disaster Recovery in Australia
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Wendy Scaife
  • Charitable foundations' board effectiveness, external governance, and performance
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Yuyu Zhang