Dr Michael Casey

Dr Michael Casey

Michael Casey was appointed the inaugural Director of the PM Glynn Institute in April 2016. His role involves developing the scope of the Institute's public policy work and coordinating its research programs and projects, as well as providing strategic leadership and operational management for the Institute. In addition to supporting ACU's public policy research, he provides advice to the University and its stakeholders on public policy matters.

Before joining Australian Catholic University in 2015 as Senior Advisor Church Policy in the Office of Government, Policy and Strategy, Michael worked for many years for Cardinal George Pell AC, during his time as Archbishop of Melbourne and then as Archbishop of Sydney. Michael has also served on the governing bodies of a number of Catholic higher education providers in Melbourne and Sydney.

Michael holds a PhD in sociology from La Trobe University, Melbourne, and degrees in law and arts from Monash University, Melbourne. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington DC (Nov 2006–Jan 2007), and completed the Oxford Advanced Leadership and Management Program at Säid Business School at the University of Oxford in 2014. His published writings are focused on democracy, culture and religion.


  • "'The Power of the Powerless' and 'living in truth' in democracy", July 2016. Publication forthcoming.
  • "The Puzzle of Intolerant Tolerance", Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics (1:1, 2011).
  • "The Feeling of Responsibility", Quadrant (52:11), November 2008.
  • Editor, Cardinal George Pell, God and Caesar: Selected Essays on Religion, Politics and Society(Catholic University of America Press, 2008).
  • "Democracy and the Thin Veneer of Civilization", Quadrant (50:11), November 2006.
  • Meaninglessness: the Solutions of Nietzsche, Freud and Rorty (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).

Damien Freeman

Damien Freeman<

Damien Freeman is the Principal Policy Advisor at the PM Glynn Institute. He is also a writer, lawyer and philosopher. He was educated at the University of Sydney (BA, LLB (Hons), MA, MPhil) and Magdalene College, Cambridge (MPhil, PhD). He is the Editor of the Kapunda Press, the imprint of the PM Glynn Institute, which is published by Connor Court. He lectured in philosophy for ten years at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and currently lectures on law at Exeter College, Oxford.

He is a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a Licentiate of Trinity College, London. He has been a guest lecturer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on a range of topics including a lecture series on Sublime: the pleasure of the overwhelming.

Together with Julian Leeser, he founded Uphold & Recognise, a non-profit organisation committed to the twin imperatives of upholding the Australian Constitution and recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.


  • Abbott's Right: the conservative tradition from Menzies to Abbott (Melbourne University Press, 2017).
  • The Aunt's Mirrors: Family experience and meaningfulness – a memoir (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2014).
  • Art's Emotions: ethics, expression and aesthetic experience (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012).
  • Roddy's Folly: RP Meagher QC - art lover and lawyer (Connor Court Publishing, 2012).

He is the editor of numerous volumes including Mao's Toe, Figuring Out Figurative Art (with D. Matravers), The Forgotten People (with S. Morris), and Chalice of Liberty.

His research has been published in a range of scholarly periodicals including Journal of Aesthetic Education, Literature & Aesthetics, Harvard Review of Philosophy, Australian Bar Review, Public Law Review, and Constitutional Law and Policy Review.

He has contributed chapters to various collections including A Rightful Place, Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Literature, Upholding the Australian Constitution, and Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception

He has also published articles in Quadrant, Spectator Australia, The Australian, and Australian Financial Review.

Dr Cris Abbu

Dr Cris Abbu

Cris is the Policy and Projects Manager at the PM Glynn Institute. Prior to this role, she undertook research, policy, data analytics and evaluation work for various NSW State Government Departments, NGOS and for-profit organisations. She was also an instructor at UTS, handling courses in Organisational Studies and Research Methods. Prior to migrating to Australia, she served as Consultant for various international development organisations operating in the Philippines, such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Plan International.

She was also an associate professor at the University of the Philippines, teaching courses in Macroeconomics, Finance, and Organisational Studies. She has undertaken significant work in research and policy for the House of Representatives, Philippine Congress, where she was the Congressional Officer of two key Congressional Committees: the Committee on Economic Affairs and the Congressional Planning and Budget Office. 

She completed her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney in 2014 on an Australian Postgraduate Award. She was also awarded the Australia Awards-Endeavour Fellowship for Research in Asia for her PhD thesis. She spent 2005-2006 at the Senator Edward Muskie School for Public Service, University of Southern Maine in the US, on a public policy fellowship from the Muskie School. She also completed an MBA at Western Sydney University in 1997 and a postgraduate degree in Economics at the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 1992. 

She has written papers on competition policy, small enterprise development, trade and investments, and on social issues such as mental illness, homelessness, child abuse and neglect, maternal and child health care, including childhood morbidity and disease burden in low income settings in developing countries. She has also presented papers a local and international conferences including the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) workshop, the  Australian Social Policy Conference, the Australian-New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference and the ANU–REGNET Philippine Update Conference. 

She sits on the Board of the Australia-New Zealand Third Sector Research (ANZTSR). She is also a member of the International Third Sector Research (ISTR) and the Economic Society of Australia (ESA).

Samantha Dunnicliff

Samantha Dunnicliff is the Research Support Officer at the PM Glynn Institute. Her role is focused on providing essential executive level administrative support to the Director including activities such as reviewing data and reports, and organising conferences and public events.

Samantha has considerable experience in high-level administration, and the organisation, management and analysis of information. Her experience has been obtained through working for seven years as a legal secretary in a boutique building and construction law firm in Parramatta, NSW and through tertiary studies in research. She holds a Bachelor of Ancient History (Hon) from Macquarie University, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Macquarie University.