Dr Leanne Francia started her career in the private sector, spending over ten years in boutique law firms. Leanne later expanded her professional experience and worked as a children’s counsellor and volunteer crisis support worker for Lifeline. Leanne has taught a number of psychology units at a tertiary level. Through her work with clients from diverse backgrounds Leanne brings a wealth of real-world experience to her work.

Leanne is currently the State Adviser for Child, Youth and Family for the National Council of Women Queensland and has a deep interest in topics 

that involve the impact of family violence on women and children. Leanne’s PhD thesis focused on family violence and separated parents’ experiences of the Australian family law system Throughout and since her PhD Leanne has published a number of peer reviewed papers and presented her findings at conferences, both nationally and internationally.

Leanne has worked in a number of evaluative research projects involving family and sexual violence intervention programs. Leanne’s expertise lay in applied research and qualitative research design. Leanne has an interest in working in sensitive and complex areas, and is not afraid to ask the difficult questions that ensure research findings reflect the lived experience of the individual.



Meg is a consultant and researcher with experience across the public, private and university sectors. She has experience conducting mixed-methods research, with particular focus on workforce issues. 

Meg was a Senior Consultant in an independent policy and economics consulting firm. In this role she managed projects involving stakeholder consultation, as well as quantitative data analyses, on topics such as regulatory and policy reviews, and regional development and workforce strategies. Meg previously worked in economic and evaluation and labour market research and analysis areas in the public sector.

She spent several years managing employer surveys and disseminating the results to assist stakeholders meet workforce challenges. Meg has experience drawing on, and integrating, a range of data sources to provide comprehensive understanding of regional and industry labour market issues.

Meg submitted her PhD in Demography in 2020. Using longitudinal survey data and advanced statistical techniques, her thesis investigates the challenges different families have combining their work and family lives and the implications this has for children. She drew on demographic research as well as sociology, economics, psychology, child development and population health literature. Meg presented her findings at several domestic and international conferences.



  • Master of Social Research (Advanced) (Australian National University)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Psychology) (University of Western Australia)



  • Kingsley, M. (2018). The influence of income and work hours on first birth for Australian women. Journal of Population Research 35(2), 107–129.