Public Policy Research Cluster

The Public Policy Research Cluster is committed to advancing cutting edge theory based on policy relevant empirically grounded research. The range of projects currently being undertaken by members of the Cluster reflect the diversity and eclecticism of the discipline at large, including topics as diverse as the policymaking process, crisis and disaster management, network governance theory, political participation and multilevel governance, as well as sector specific research in areas such as migration, marine policy and the role of the media. These projects are underpinned by strong collaborative relationships with other universities both here in Australia and overseas as well as ongoing links with the government and non-government sectors, including the Federal Attorney General’s Department, the Cabinet Office (UK) and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Past and present research projects have also been supported by external funding bodies, including the Australian Research Council and the Australian Emergency Management Institute.

The Research Cluster runs a number of activities in support of its aims. These activities are informal opportunities for researchers with a mutual interest in public policy related matters to exchange ideas and learn from one another in the process. The format of these events is flexible but past activities have included: ‘work in progress’ sessions; discussions of initial research ideas early on in the lifecycle of a project; as well as the presentation of more fully developed papers with a view to providing constructive feedback and identifying possible outlets for publication.

The Cluster is always looking to broaden its links and welcomes new members, including research students, who have an interest in public policy and would like to participate in its activities. The Cluster meets approximately once a month during semester. If you would like to participate the Cluster, or have an idea of something that you would like to discuss, then please contact either Dr Paul Fawcett or Professor Allan McConnell.

Cluster Coordinators

Dr Anna Boucher
Telephone: +61 2 9351 1992


Research Projects

Members of the research cluster are currently working on various projects, including:

Project Title: Governing vs Opposition Parties and the Global Financial Crisis: Comparing the United Kingdom and Australia
Researchers: Professor Allan McConnell and Associate Professor Andrew Hindmoor (University of Queensland).

Project Title: The International Migration Policy and Law Analysis Database (IMPALA), a joint collaboration between the Universities of Sydney, Harvard, LSE, Amsterdam and Luxembourg, the Social Science Research Centre, Berlin
Researchers: Various, including Dr Anna Boucher

Project Title: Innovative democracy? Changing approaches to citizen engagement in Australia, the UK and Denmark
Researchers: Assoc Prof Ariadne Vromen, Dr Paul Fawcett, Prof. David Marsh (ANU), and Prof. Henrik P Bang (Copenhagen).