Democratic theory and practice, electoral administration, gender politics and policy, social liberalism, intersection of social movements and the state.
Co-organiser of the workshop, Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer is the former Head of the Political Science Program, RSSS, ANU and Head, Democratic Audit of Australia. Sawer was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1994 'for services to women and to political science' and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1996. Leader Parliamentary Reform stream, 20/20 Summit 2008. Awarded the Australian Political Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.