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Dr Alexandra Williamson
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
QUT Business School,
Aus. Centre for Philanthropy Nonprofit Studies
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Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Business and Management, Policy and Administration
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology)PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

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Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

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

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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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