A multidisciplinary team, with researchers from diverse academic backgrounds

Through collaboration, the Centre for Governance and Public Policy strives for innovation, producing relevant and timely research with a tangible outcome on governance and public policy discourse. Read more about our members and their research interests in their member profiles.


Professor Haig Patapan specialises in democratic theory and pratice, political philosophy, political leadership and comparative constitutionalism.

Deputy Director

Dr Huiyun Feng specialises in foreign policy analysis, Asia security studies and Chinese politics, and female leadership.

Deputy Director

Professor Duncan McDonnell specialises in political parties, populism, Euroscepticism, youth wings.


Dr Tracey Arklay

State and federal politics, public policy, electoral studies and disaster management.

Associate Professor Gideon Baker

Political theory, history of political thought, democratic theory and ethics in international relations.

Professor AJ Brown

Government accountability and responsiveness. federalism, regionalism and public integrity systems.

Associate Professor Luis Cabrera

International ethics, and justice and normative political theory.

Dr Giorel Curran

Environmental politics, green political theory, climate politics/policy and political movements.

Professor Sara Davies

Women’s participation in peace process, sexual and gender based violence, women’s displacement, gender and global health

Dr Outi Donovan

Peacebuilding in conflict-affected societies, gender and conflict, humanitarian interventions, international norms

Dr Hui Feng

International political economy, post-communist transitions, international finance and Chinese politics.

Dr Max Grömping

Interest representation, political participation, authoritarianism, media politics

Professor Kai He

International relations theory, International security and China’s international relations.

Associate Professor Robyn Hollander

Comparative federalism and intergovernmental relations; Regulation; and Australian politics and public policy.

Dr Cosmo Howard

Comparative public administration, bureaucratic politics, public policy processes and neoliberal governance.

Professor John Kane

Political theory, democratic studies, moral philosophy and political leadership.

Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma

Electoral integrity, comparative politics, political parties and electoral behaviour.

Dr Ellie Martus

Public policy, Russian politics, Environmental politics and policy, Industry and climate politics

Dr Lee Morgenbesser

South East Asian politics, authoritarian regimes and democratisation.

Dr Tu Nguyen

socio-legal studies, labour relations, and political economy in Southeast Asia

Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh

Resource development and indigenous peoples, policy evaluation, negotiation and social impact assessment.

Professor Andrew O’Neill

International relations Asia–Pacific; strategic studies; Australian foreign and defence policy; and international terrorism and counter terrorism.

Professor Juliet Pietsch

Racial and ethnic politics, comparative politics, electoral behaviour

Professor Anne Tiernan

Policy advisory capacity, executive advisory arrangements, policy influence and public policy agenda setting.

Dr Liz van Acker

Relationship between government, gender and couple relationships, women in parliament, electoral gender quotas, feminist values, social and industry policies

Professor Emeritus John Wanna

Australian/NZ politics, Public policy/policy analysis, Public budgeting

Professor Emeritus Patrick Weller

Executive government; Politics and policy making in central governments in Westminster systems; Australian Politics; and International civil servants.

Prof Xu Yi-chong

Energy security, International organisations, and China and regional studies.

Research candidates

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Professional staff

Adjunct members

  • Henry Boer
  • Val Cooms
  • Jack Corbett
  • Geoff Edwards
  • Dennis Grube
  • Jason Sharman

Visiting Industry fellow

Wayne Bergman

Associate members

Diletta Luna Calibeo

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