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Griffith’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy is an outstanding intellectual environment for world-class research engaging international scholars and government and policy communities. We examine and critique the capacity, accountability and sustainability of the public service and government, providing insights into improved management structures. By working closely with governmental and non-governmental partners, we are making a tangible mark on governance research. Our outstanding scholarship has seen the Centre awarded numerous grants, including more than 40 ARC Discovery/DECRA grants between 2000-2017, and publication of more than 100 books in the past decade.

Image credit: Election Day at Davis research station, 2019 © Greg Stone /Australian Antarctic Division

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Indigenous voices and cultural integrity in Australia was showcased in the 2019 Social Sciences Week event presented by the School of Government and International Relations (SGIR), Griffith University’s Indigenous Research Unit (IRU), and the Centre for Governance and Public Policy (CGPP). An expert panel drawn from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities explored how cultural voice can be utilised and embedded within the community as a whole. The panel discussed how cultural voice is expressed and utilised to influence public policies and outcomes at the inter-face between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia.  Thank you to panellists Phillip Brooks, Uncle Bill Buchanan, Natalie Lewis and Clinton Shultz.  A big thank you also to MC's Bart Stanford and Julie Ballangarry and Dr Heron Loban for her thought reflection presented on behalf of Professor Boni Robertson.


Professor A.J. Brown says the case for law reform to properly protect public-interest whistleblowers has never been so stark. In a new article for The Conversation he details the need for better whistleblower protections and writes that, “fundamental flaws in our (federal) laws are embarrassing everyone from the AFP to the government itself, triggering criminal investigations and charges against whistleblowers, irrespective of the public interest.” “These flaws mean fraud, corruption or criminal behaviour in any activity vaguely touched by intelligence agency functions cannot be revealed to the public, even when the same disclosure about any other agency would be protected.”

New research released by Professor Brown reinforced just how important whistleblower protection is to public integrity and regulatory systems, without which most whistleblowers won’t go public.

Read article here


Congratulations to Joseph Mackay who is the recipient of the 2019 Pat Weller Prize.  Joseph is the winner of the highest grade in the first year Trimester one course, Introduction to Politics, within the Bachelor of Government and International Relations.

The Award is presented annually by Emeritus Professor Pat Weller to encourage students’ academic excellence in the field of political science.  Well done Joseph.


Congratulations to Dr Lee Morgenbesser, who was recently awarded the 2019 Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award (Early Career Researcher).  Lee's five years as an early career researcher have been incredibly fulfilling and this award is fantastic recognition of his contribution to research in the political science field.

Lee is currently finishing his book on The Rise of Sophisticated Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (New York: Cambridge University Press, accepted).

Lee is a member of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy - People, Elections and Parties research program.  You can see what Lee and his colleagues are doing in this field below.

People, Elections and Parties Research Program


On 10 July, our partner school, School fo Government and International Relations co-hosted with the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, and DamnFineMedia, a panel event on 'The Future of Corruption: The Fitzgerald Report 30 Years on'. Using Fitzgerald era Queensland as the launch point for discussion, the event sought to explore where we go to now in our pursuit of stamping out corrupt practices, particularly in public life. The expert panel, featuring the Centre’s public integrity and anti-corruption program leader Professor AJ Brown, Monash University’s Margaret Simons, the Grattan Institute’s Kate Griffiths, LNP member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien and author, Nigel Powell, took the time to mull over the steps taken so far to develop integrity and accountability frameworks as well consider what must be done to implement and progress these now and into the future. The panel was moderated by ABC RN Big Idea’s presenter, Paul Barclay, and was recorded for use in the program.

Listen to Big Ideas here


Working closely with Griffith Athena Swan, the Gender Equality Research Network comprises outstanding early to mid-career research scholars in the Arts, Education and Law, and Griffith Business School disciplines.

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