Mark worked in senior political and policy positions in Australia’s policy and public system for nearly 20 years. He was a senior political and policy advisor with the Victorian Government in the 1990s and a strategic communications executive for the corporate sector in the 2000s. Prior to these roles, he was a political journalist. His PhD, completed in 2013 at the University of Melbourne, focused on the reasons for the structural decline of Western democracy in the 21st century. He also has a Masters degree in international politics as well as a BA (Hons) in sociology. Mark has lectured at the University of Melbourne in a range of fields including political theory, public policy governance, political communication and strategic lobbying.