Dr Stephen Mills

BA Hons Melb, MPA Harv, PhD Syd
Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Stephen Mills is a former political journalist, ministerial staffer and corporate affairs specialist. He was a journalist and editor in the Fairfax newspaper group in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney for ten years. He served as speechwriter to Prime Minister RJL Hawke from 1986 to 1991. He has more than 10 years experience in managing external relationships for leading financial services companies including ASX, Citigroup and Bankers Trust.

He has lectured in Public Sector Leadership at the Graduate School of Government since 2008, and is a regular presenter in the GSG’s executive education courses. He has also lectured graduate courses in the Department of Government and International Relations in including Leadership in Theory and Practice, Issues Management, and Governance and Civil Society.

Stephen completed his PhD through the Department of Government and International relations in 2013 with his thesis "Campaign Professionals: Party Officials and the Professionalisation of Australian Political Parties. His research interests cover all aspects of campaign management and opinion research. He won a Harkness Fellowship from the Commonwealth Fund of New York in 1983 to travel and study in the United States during the 1984 Presidential election season.

He is the former chair of the Australian Business Foundation and continues to serve on that board and on the board of ShareGift Australia. More information on publications and a detailed CV is available on www.stephen-mills.com.au.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Mills, S. (2012). Campaigns and campaign funding. In Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vromen, Ian Cook (Eds.), Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues, (pp. 143-151). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Mills, S., Tiffen, R. (2012). Opinion Polls and the Media in Australia. In Christina Holtz-Bacha, Jesper Strömbäcker (Eds.), Opinion Polls and the Media: Reflecting and Shaping Public Opinion, (pp. 155-174). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mills, S. (2012). The party official as political marketer: the Australian experience. In Jennifer Lees-Marshment (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Political Marketing, (pp. 190-201). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Conferences

  • Mills, S. (2010). Contrasting Paths: Political Careers of Labor and Liberal State Party Officials. Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2010 APSA 2010, online: Australian Political Studies Association.

2012

  • Mills, S. (2012). Campaigns and campaign funding. In Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vromen, Ian Cook (Eds.), Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues, (pp. 143-151). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Mills, S., Tiffen, R. (2012). Opinion Polls and the Media in Australia. In Christina Holtz-Bacha, Jesper Strömbäcker (Eds.), Opinion Polls and the Media: Reflecting and Shaping Public Opinion, (pp. 155-174). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mills, S. (2012). The party official as political marketer: the Australian experience. In Jennifer Lees-Marshment (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Political Marketing, (pp. 190-201). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2010

  • Mills, S. (2010). Contrasting Paths: Political Careers of Labor and Liberal State Party Officials. Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2010 APSA 2010, online: Australian Political Studies Association.

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