Melissa Lovell is a writer, researcher and political scientist who is based in Canberra, Australia. She has a particular interest in the way that politicians, and other political players, frame policy problems and possibilities.
Her research chiefly focuses on Australian Aboriginal Affairs governance. Her doctoral research used Australia’s Northern Territory Intervention as a case study to explore the contemporary relationship between colonial discourse and liberal democratic politics. Her current research extends her ongoing interest in the implications of changing conceptions of liberal citizenship. In particular, it seeks to develop a better understanding of the role that ideas about individuals’ capabilities plays in Aboriginal policy and Australian social policy.
Melissa has taught political science and policy at both the Australian National University and University of Canberra. She is currently employed as a Research Officer at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS), Australian National University.