A welcome note from the Head of the School, Professor Andrew O'Neil
Welcome to the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University.
The School is comprised of over 30 academic staff with breadth and depth of expertise in Politics, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Relations. Key sub-fields of expertise include: Federalism and Intergovernmental Coordination, International Relations and Comparative Politics of the Asia-Pacific, Leadership and Governance, Policy Advice and Policy Capacity, Public Sector Reform, Energy and Resources, Strategic Studies, and Public Integrity and Anti-corruption.
The School has an enviable track record in the reinforcing areas of research and education. In the most recent (2012) Australian Research Council Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) exercise, Political Science at Griffith was rated as being ‘well above world standing’, the highest ranking possible. In the area of education, staff performance has been recognised by a number of learning and teaching awards and through sustained high performance in achieving positive course feedback.
One of the notable strengths of the School is that staff achieve the highest forms of scholarly rigour while producing educational and research outcomes that are policy-relevant and bridge the nexus between theory and practice. Many of our staff have close relationships with major government agencies in Australia and overseas, and the School frequently contributes to shaping the national and international public policy agenda. The School prides itself on being engaged with and relevant to policy development, public leadership and governance in the contemporary era while upholding the highest standards of academic excellence.
As a student, you will benefit from the reputation of our staff and undertake programs informed by world-class research. You will graduate with a highly relevant degree that is valued by employers and the confidence, skills, and knowledge needed to respond to rapid changes in the world of government and international relations.
The School has important strategic relationships, including in the area of executive education with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and works closely with the Centre for Governance and Public Policy and the Griffith Asia Institute, as well as being home to staff appointed as part of Griffith’s Area of Strategic Investment in Asian Politics, Security and Development.
The School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University is on an exciting path of growth in education and research, and I look forward to engaging you as part of that journey.
Professor Andrew O’Neil
Head of the School of Government and International Relations