2021 Anne Kantor Fellows

Daniel Bleakley | Daniel Bleakley is a climate action and electric vehicle advocate.

Daniel grew up in Clermont, a coal mining community in Central Queensland, and the town closest to the Adani mine.

Daniel studied mechanical engineering at Queensland University of Technology, and over the past 3 years, he has been involved in several climate awareness campaigns. He is the creator and host of Coal Miners Driving Teslas, a popular YouTube series in which he takes politicians, celebrities and everyday Australians out for a spin in his Tesla Model 3 Performance, and encourages them to ‘just plant it’. The popular series has gained international media attention for its fun approach to engaging people on climate action and electric vehicles.

2020 Anne Kantor Fellows

Liam Carter | Liam Carter is one of the Australia Institute’s inaugural Anne Kantor Fellows. He researches topics including international and security issues, technology and democracy, and energy.

Liam holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Communications and is completing a Master of National Security Policy at the ANU’s National Security College. He previously worked as a political advisor and in the NGO sector.

Hannah Melville-Rea | Hannah Melville-Rea is one of the Australia Institute’s inaugural Anne Kantor Fellows.

Working with the Climate and Energy Program, she is researching climate impacts and international policy.

Prior to joining the Australia Institute, she conducted quantitative research on drought, air pollution and sea-level rise. Hannah has experience working with governments and intergovernmental organisations on climate action and has an Honours degree in Political Science from New York University.

Clare Schuster | Clare Schuster is one of the Australia Institute’s inaugural Anne Kantor Fellows. She is interested in tackling climate change, democracy, political transparency and accountability.

Clare has conducted research on climate-related financial risks, political institutional reforms, various policy problems and legal mechanisms to address climate change. Clare has degrees in Law and International Relations from La Trobe University.

2020 Anne Kantor Young Women Environmentalist Fellows

Rachel Hay | Rachel Hay is one of the Australia Institute’s inaugural Anne Kantor Young Women Environmentalist Fellows. She is working with the Australia Institute Tasmania on a number of issues, including good governance, marine governance and climate change.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts and Law, with First Class Honours in Law, from the University of Tasmania. She has experience in research, communication and advocacy on climate change and environmental issues.

Kate McBride | Kate McBride is one of the Australia Institute’s inaugural Anne Kantor Young Women Environmentalist Fellows and a fifth-generation grazier from Western NSW.

She was born and brought up on Tolarno Station, a 500,000-acre sheep property located along the Lower Darling river. Kate has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has commenced further study with a Graduate Diploma in Global Food and Agricultural Business.

Since 2016 when she became a Healthy River Ambassador, Kate has worked with people from all walks of life fighting for better water management within the Murray Darling Basin. In 2017 Kate was elected by fellow landholders onto the Western Local Land Services board becoming the youngest board member in the organisation’s history. Kate is passionate about rural Australia but has seen the damage the current drought and poor water management is causing to local townships.

Kate has become a familiar face in the fight for a healthy Darling-Barka River and has been interviewed by numerous radio, podcast and TV shows, including being featured on Australian Story ‘Cry me a river’. In late 2019 Kate featured on the panel for Q&A’s drought special and received applause from many for standing up to politicians and acting as a voice for everyday farmers.

Elizabeth Morison | Elizabeth Morison is one of the Australia Institute’s inaugural Anne Kantor Young Women Environmentalist Fellows. Her interests are in the application of science and research towards stronger action on climate and conservation. Prior to joining the fellowship, she worked as a researcher for a science journalist, and in the ENGO sector. Currently, she works on research, advocacy and communication around the issues of forestry, marine governance, and climate resilience in Victoria.

Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Conservation Biology with First Class Honours from the University of Wollongong, where she researched the effects of heat waves and droughts on plant resilience. She has also studied at the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Forestry, and Duke University's Organisation for Tropical Studies.

Rhiannon Verschuer | Rhiannon Verschuer is one of the Australia Institute’s inaugural Anne Kantor Young Women Environmentalist Fellows, working in the Climate and Energy Program. She researches topics related to international environmental governance, climate finance and extractive industries.

With a particular interest in the Pacific region, Rhiannon has previously conducted research on deep-sea mining, marine policy and Pacific regionalism. She has experience working in the NGO sector and holds an Honours degree in Global Development from the University of New South Wales.

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