A welcome note from the Head of the School
The School comprises over 30 academic staff with breadth and depth of expertise in Politics, Public Policy, and International Relations. Key sub-fields of expertise include: Public policy and capacity building, International relations and security in the Asia-Pacific; Public integrity and anti-corruption; International political economy and global governance; Comparative politics and political theory; and Federalism. The School welcomes suitably qualified research higher degree students who are seeking to undertake projects in these areas.
In the most recent Australian Research Council Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) results released in December 2015, Political Science at Griffith was rated as being ‘well above world standard’, the highest possible rating. This followed the same result in the second ERA round in 2012.
- Read more from the Head of School
- View the School's Strategic Plan 2016 (PDF, 151 kB)
- View the School profile brochure (PDF, 770 kB)
Sir Samuel Griffith conference: A People's Federation for the 21st Century
While the federal government's white paper process may have stalled, the public discussion around the reorganisation of responsibilities in the Australian Federation and tax reform continues. Speakers will assess these issues and explore the political appetite and available options for reform in the 21st century. The conference will feature a series of panel discussions on important federal and democratic reforms including:
- the changing roles and responsibilities in the Federation
- improving intergovernmental collaboration and cooperation
- reforming intergovernmental financial relations
- engaging the public in federal reform
Date: 16 - 17 June 2016
Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Register by Friday 20 May to take advantage of the early bird rates
The public face
Academics and emerging scholars in the School are frequently requested by a wide variety of media outlets to provide expert opinion on burning issues of the day in international relations, politics, and public affairs. Providing expert media commentary is something the School takes very seriously as a contribution to deepening the public's understanding of today's complex world and how we can navigate the pressing challenges of our time.
Here, you will find links to the School's most recent media highlights and have access to featured media articles, podcasts and videos.
- Dr Duncan MacDonnell discusses the return to the political scene of Pauline Hanson as she makes a tilt for the Senate. Listen to his interview on ABC Gold Coast's Breafast program
- Dr Shannon Brincat with Dr Samid Suliman reflect on their recent research field trip to Cuba which occurred at a truly historic time. New Matilda published their impressions in 'On Their Own Terms: Remembering History in a Changing Cuba'
- Professor Anne Tiernan speaks with 612ABC's Katrina Davidson on the upcoming federal election campaign. Listen to the interview
- Professor A.J. Brown writes for The Conversation . Read his piece: Patchy Laws Leave Corporate Whistleblowers Vulnerable