BCEC researchers recognised at the 2020 Curtin University Research and Engagement Awards

Published2 December 2020

Congratulations to Associate Professor Rebecca Cassells, BCEC Deputy Director, and Professor Alan Duncan, BCEC Director, for winning four awards at the 2020 Curtin University Research and Engagement Awards.

Rebecca won the esteemed award for the Most Prolific Media Commentator across Curtin University’s Faculty of Business and Law, while Alan was placed in the Top Five Media Commentators across the faculty.

Three people standing outdoors, holding award certificates.

(L-R) Vice-Chancellor Professor John Cordery, Associate Professor Rebecca Cassells and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Chris Moran.


Together Alan and Rebecca were also recognised for having the highest readership of an article on The Conversation published by a Curtin University staff member. The article, JobKeeper payment: how will it work, who will miss out and how to get it?, was published in March this year as Australia went into lock down, forcing many businesses to offer their staff the JobKeeper payment during the forced slow down in activity.

These awards recognise both Rebecca and Alan’s significant contribution to media engagement for the Centre, the Faculty of Business and Law and Curtin University.

Four people standing outside, holding awards in their hands.

(L-R) Curtin University Provost, Professor John Cordery and Associate Professor Rebecca Cassells, Professor Alan Duncan and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Chris Moran.


Both Alan and Rebecca have appeared regularly throughout 2020 on television, radio and in print media, providing expert commentary and analysis across numours topics, with a particular focus this year on the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Curtin University’s annual Research and Engagement Awards are designed to recognise academic staff who have made an outstanding contribution to raising Curtin University’s share of positive media coverage over the past 12 months.