Mr Nicholas Rowley

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

My interests are in the relationships between politics and effective policy. Politics can be endlessly written about, reported and discussed, but to effectively enhance our lives or protect the wider environment, it must result in good policy.

Before joining the University of Sydney, I pursued a career working in senior roles in government in Australia and the UK. Between 2004 and 2006 I worked at 10 Downing Street, advising and working directly with then Prime Minister Tony Blair on sustainability and climate change. In this role I helped initiate and establish the team that worked on the seminal Stern Review into the Economics of Climate Change. From 2007 to 2009 I worked as the Strategic Director of the Copenhagen Climate Council convening and working with an international group of CEOs, scientists and policy practitioners focused on achieving a more adequate response to the global climate problem.

Teaching and supervision

My focus at the University of Sydney is to be as a good a teacher and mentor to postgraduate and undergraduate students as I can be. I try and develop and deliver courses which are academically rigorous and practically useful. I thoroughly enjoy teaching: enthusing people and minds that can and might make a positive contribution. Whether I do it well is for my students to judge. I am happy to share the Unit of Study survey results for any of my courses with any prospective students. My MSc. (Econ) was from the London School of Economics and Political Science and I retain a strong belief in the value and power of educating the administrators and decision makers of the future. I also enjoy sending and receiving e-mails.

Currently Teaching:

  • GOVT6316 - Policy Making Power and Politics
  • GOVT6331 - Public Management and Governance
  • GOVT3987 - Comparative Public Sector Management

In the media

I appear occasionally on TV. Sometimes wearing bright ties. I have also written opinion pieces in broadsheet newspapers and for The Conversation.

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