WWTW2 Research Team


Whistling While They Work 2  was conducted by a 10-member research team supported by a key group of international research collaborators.

Our research team brought together 5 university researchers and 5 partner researchers spanning the project’s research fields and jurisdictions. All members of the research team were responsible for research design, execution and dissemination of results. The university researchers were responsible for all data collection (conducted directly by Griffith University), data analysis, and data management consistently with confidentiality and data security obligations, human research ethics requirements and participation protocols.

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University Researchers

  • Professor AJ Brown

    Griffith University, Australia (Project Leader)

    AJ Brown is Professor of Public Policy and Law and program leader, Public Integrity & Anti- Corruption in the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University. He is also a board member of Transparency International Australia and Transparency International globally. His previous projects have had a major impact on whistleblowing law reform across the Australian public sector, and the international whistleblowing policies of G20 leaders. In 2017-2019 he was a member of the Commonwealth Ministerial Expert Advisory Panel on Whistleblowing, advising on Australia’s Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019.  In 2018-2021, he was a member of the Standards Australia and International Standards Organisation expert group on whistleblowing.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

  • Professor Paula Brough

    Griffith University, Australia

    Paula Brough is Professor of Organisational Psychology in the School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia. Paula’s research focuses on occupational stress, coping, the psychological health of high-risk workers (e.g., emergency service workers), work-life balance, and the effective measurement of psychological constructs. Paula has published over 80 books, journal articles, and book chapters and is the Chief Investigator on numerous national and international research grants.

  • Professor Rodney Smith

    The University of Sydney, Australia

    Rodney Smith is Professor of Australian Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney. Rodney has published on whistleblowing in American Review of Public Administration, E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, International Handbook of Whistleblowing Research (Edward Elgar, 2014) and Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector (ANU Press, 2008).

  • A/Professor Kath Hall

    The Australian National University, Australia

    Dr Kath Hall is Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law, and is an expert on transnational corporate corruption and foreign bribery regulation. She is the deputy director of the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption, and chair of an IBA subcommittee on the Drivers of Corruption. She also researches and teaches on Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and reform of private sector whistleblower laws. .

  • A/Professor Eva Tsahuridu

    RMIT University

    Dr Eva Tsahuridu is an Associate Professor and Industry Fellow at the School of Accounting, RMIT University who has published extensively in areas of business ethics, whistleblowing, and governance. Formerly,  CPA Australia’s Manager of Accounting Policy and the Professional Standards and Governance Policy Adviser,  Eva represented CPA Australia at the ASX Corporate Governance Council and served as a technical advisor to the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants.

  • A/Professor Michael Macaulay

    Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Michael Macaulay is Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (School of Government), and has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Johannesburg (South Africa), Sunderland (UK) and York St John (UK). Michael has published extensively in the fields of integrity, ethics and anti-corruption and has worked with numerous government agencies and NGOs: most recently the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) the Council of Europe and Transparency International. Michael was co-editor of the International Journal of Public Administration (2013-16) and currently sits on the editorial boards of several other journals. Michael is co-chair of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA), a permanent study group on ethics and integrity.

  • Dr Sandra Lawrence

    Griffith University, Australia

    Sandra A. Lawrence (PhD Management, University of Queensland) is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Governance & Public Policy, Griffith University. Sandra’s current research interests include managerial responses to internal whistleblowing, workplace emotion regulation, and HRM processes and performance. She has published in leading journals (Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior).

Partner Researchers

  • Mr Rodney Lee Walsh

    Office of Commonwealth Ombudsman, Australia

    Rodney Lee Walsh is the Senior Assistant Ombudsman for Integrity Branch in the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman. In this role he is responsible for Defence, Law Enforcement, Public Interest Disclosure, National Assurance and Audit, and International Programs. Rodney commenced his legal career with Sparke Helmore Lawyers and is a trained mediator. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2005 and has held a range of policy, advisory and regulatory roles in administrative law, information technology, industrial relations and organisational strategy. Rodney is the national convenor of Commonwealth Complaint Handling Forum – a whole-of-government initiative promoting best practice complaint handling. Rodney also replaces George Masri as an ARC Linkage Partner Investigator (subject to approval by the ARC).

  • Mr Christopher Wheeler

    New South Wales Ombudsman, Australia

    Chris Wheeler is the Deputy NSW Ombudsman. Chris has over 30 years experience in complaint handling and investigations, as well as extensive experience in management and public administration. Among other things, Chris is responsible for the work of the Public Administration Division of the Ombudsman and direct oversight of the responsibilities conferred on the Ombudsman under the Public Interest Disclosures Act.

  • Mr Warren Day

    Australian Securities and Investments Commission

    Warren Day – Victorian Regional Commissioner and Senior Executive Leader, Assessment & Intelligence As well as being Regional Commissioner for Victoria Warren is Senior Executive Leader for ASIC’s Assessment & Intelligence group, which includes ASIC’s Misconduct & Breach Reporting, Licensing, Criminal Intelligence and International Cooperation Requests teams. Warren joined ASIC in 2003 as a Senior Lawyer in Enforcement and from 2007, was the Specialist Director, Investor and Consumer Protection. Warren has led investigations about consumer protection, credit and unlicensed conduct and illegal schemes. He was appointed Regional Commissioner for Victoria in October 2008 and in addition became the SEL of Assessment & Intelligence (and its predecessor group) in 2009. Before joining ASIC, Mr Day worked as a solicitor at Clayton Utz and as an auditor and analyst at the Australian Taxation Office. He holds undergraduate and Masters qualifications in the disciplines of Accounting and Law and is currently completing a Masters degree in Business Information Technology.

  • Ms Christine Lloyd

    State Services Commission, New Zealand

    Christine Lloyd is Senior Advisor, Integrity for State Services Commission (New Zealand). A practising lawyer for 20 years, Christine is experienced working in private practice, public sector, internal audit, and a more recent focus on risk management.

International Collaborators


The research team is grateful for strong support and input from some of the world’s leading whistleblowing researchers, reflecting an internationally-recognised need for more consistent and comparable research methods across countries.

To maximise its appropriateness across the widest possible range of countries, the key objectives, research framework and methods used in Integrity@WERQ 2016 have been extensively workshopped in meetings of the International Whistleblowing Research Network since 2010.

The International Whistleblowing Research Network includes more than 140 researchers from all relevant disciplines and all regions of the world, and is coordinated by the Whistleblowing Research Unit of Middlesex University, London. The Network also coordinates it activities with whistleblowing-related non-government organisations worldwide, through the Whistleblowing International NGO (WIN) network, as well as other organisations such as Blueprint for Free Speech and Transparency International. Meet our key international collaborators:


International research collaborators

  • Professor David Lewis

    Middlesex University, United Kingdom (Convenor, International Whistleblowing Research Network)

    David Lewis is Professor of Employment Law and Head of the Whistleblowing Research Unit at Middlesex University. He is also Convenor of the International Whistleblowing Research Network. David has considerable experience as a consultant and has given expert evidence to (inter alia) the Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the UK Committee on Standards in Public Life.

  • Professor Marcia Miceli

    Georgetown University, USA

    Marcia is Professor of Management at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. Marcia’s research concerns whistleblowing and employee voice in organizations. She also studies compensation systems. Together with Janet Near and Terry Dworkin, Marcia has published two books on whistleblowing. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Business Ethics Quarterly, Human Relations, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology.

  • Professor Janet Near

    Indiana University, USA

    Janet Near is a professor and the Dale M. Coleman Chair of Management in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, where she teaches organisational theory and design. Janet’s research concerns predictors and outcomes of whistleblowing and work-life balance factors.

  • Dr Wim Vandekerckhove

    University of Greenwich, United Kingdom

    Dr Wim Vandekerckhove is currently Principal Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at the University of Greenwich, where he teaches Business Ethics. Wim has been researching whistleblowing for over 10 years, with published works in various academic journals, books, and reports (Whistleblowing – The Inside Story, UK Public Attitudes to Whistleblowing, Freedom to Speak Up).