Dr Christopher Neff

Lecturer in Public Policy

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Christopher Neff is a Lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Government and International Relations. His research interests include theories of the policy process, policy analysis, the role of policy entrepreneurs, and comparative public policy. More specifically, his research looks at policymaking regarding emotional issues such as LGBTQI politics, mass shootings, and the "politics of shark attacks."

He has published articles in the Australian Journal of Political Science, Environmental Studies and Sciences, the Journal of Homosexuality, Marine Policy, and Coastal Management. His research has been noted in The New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine, The Economist, USA Today and New Scientist magazine. In May 2012, Christopher gave a 'TED Talk' on his research for TED's Global Talent Search.

Research interests

  • Comparative public policy and policy analysis
  • Public administration and public sector management
  • Environmental politics
  • Human dimensions of wildlife
  • LGBT studies

Teaching and supervision

Past and current teaching

  • GOVT 6316 Policymaking, Power, and Politics
  • GOVT 6331 Public Management and Governance
  • GOVT 6311 Issues in Public Policy
  • GOVT 3987 Comparative Public Sector Management
  • GOVT 2336 Gender and Human Rights

Associations

  • American Political Science Association
  • Australian Political Studies Association
  • International Political Science Association

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Neff, C. (2014). Human perceptions and attitudes towards sharks: Examining the predator policy paradox. In Erika J. Techera, Natalie Klein (Eds.), Sharks: Conservation, governance and management, (pp. 107-131). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Neff, C., Edgell, L. (2014). The Rise of Repeal: Policy Entrepreneurship and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". In James E. Parco, David A. Levy (Eds.), Evolution of Government Policy Towards Homosexuality in the US Military: The Rise and Fall of DADT. UK: Routledge (Taylor and Francis).

Journals

  • Neff, C. (2015). The Jaws Effect: How movie narratives are used to influence policy responses to shark bites in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Political Science, 50(1), 114-127. [More Information]
  • Neff, C., Hueter, R. (2013). Science, policy and the public discourse of shark "attack": a proposal for reclassifying human-shark interactions​. Journal of Environmental Studies and Science, 3(1), 65-73. [More Information]
  • Neff, C., Yang, J. (2013). Shark bites and public attitudes: Policy implications from the first before and after shark bite survey. Marine Policy, 38, 545-547. [More Information]
  • Neff, C., Edgell, L. (2013). The Rise of Repeal: Policy Entrepreneurship and Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Journal of Homosexuality, 60(2-3), 232-249. [More Information]
  • Neff, C. (2012). Australian Beach Safety and the Politics of Shark Attacks. Coastal Management, 40(1), 88-106. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Hobbins, P., Neff, C. (2012). Dangerous Animals: A history of snakes, spiders and sharks in Australia. Human Animal Research Network Seminar, Sydney, Australia: N/A.

2015

  • Neff, C. (2015). The Jaws Effect: How movie narratives are used to influence policy responses to shark bites in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Political Science, 50(1), 114-127. [More Information]

2014

  • Neff, C. (2014). Human perceptions and attitudes towards sharks: Examining the predator policy paradox. In Erika J. Techera, Natalie Klein (Eds.), Sharks: Conservation, governance and management, (pp. 107-131). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Neff, C., Edgell, L. (2014). The Rise of Repeal: Policy Entrepreneurship and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". In James E. Parco, David A. Levy (Eds.), Evolution of Government Policy Towards Homosexuality in the US Military: The Rise and Fall of DADT. UK: Routledge (Taylor and Francis).

2013

  • Neff, C., Hueter, R. (2013). Science, policy and the public discourse of shark "attack": a proposal for reclassifying human-shark interactions​. Journal of Environmental Studies and Science, 3(1), 65-73. [More Information]
  • Neff, C., Yang, J. (2013). Shark bites and public attitudes: Policy implications from the first before and after shark bite survey. Marine Policy, 38, 545-547. [More Information]
  • Neff, C., Edgell, L. (2013). The Rise of Repeal: Policy Entrepreneurship and Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Journal of Homosexuality, 60(2-3), 232-249. [More Information]

2012

  • Neff, C. (2012). Australian Beach Safety and the Politics of Shark Attacks. Coastal Management, 40(1), 88-106. [More Information]
  • Hobbins, P., Neff, C. (2012). Dangerous Animals: A history of snakes, spiders and sharks in Australia. Human Animal Research Network Seminar, Sydney, Australia: N/A.

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