Su Fei Tan

Su Fei Tan
Senior Research Consultant


Email: [email protected]
Ph: +61 2 9514 1061

Su Fei Tan is a Senior Research Officer with the UTS Centre for Local Government. A committed and hard working professional with more than 10 years’ experience of research and capacity building for local government, Su Fei’s areas of interest and expertise include local democracy and representation, environmental sustainability, strategic planning, and supporting local government in developing countries.  These are complemented by a wide range of skills and experience in project management, editing and research.

With extensive experience in research on issues of inequity, environmental sustainability and democratic representation, Su Fei has carried out work to understand community understanding of sustainability and natural resource management and worked with community based organisations to identify strategies achieve identified objectives with regard to sustainability.  This involved extensive field work including surveys and interviews with a wide range of stakeholders including policy makers and local opinion leaders.   

Su Fei is currently leading a project to understand better the motivations of local government councillors and their perceptions of democratic representation.  This work involves an extensive review of literature and legislation together with focus groups and key stakeholder interviews as well as a national survey of locally elected members.

For a full list of publications by Su Fei Tan, see the UTS Website »
  • Co-editor Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance.
Research Interests
  • Local representation and democracy in Australian Local Government: examining the role of locally elected members
  • Local government reform processes
  • Strategic planning requirements for local governments across Australia
  • Public Value and Australian Local Government
  • Gender issues.
Teaching Areas
  • Local Government and Environment Management
  • Comparative Local Governance
  • Research in Local Government
  • Community Strategic Planning
  • Workforce Planning for Local Government
  • Local Representation and Democracy.
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