B Arts, B Commerce (Hons), Dip Teaching (Secondary), PhD

Adjunct Professor, Griffith Business School

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Research expertise

  • Policy advisory capacity
  • Executive advisory arrangements
  • Policy influence
  • Public policy agenda setting


Professor Anne Tiernan is a political scientist, and has had careers in state and federal government, consultancy, and teaching. Anne is respected for her independent, professional and research-informed analysis and commentary on national politics, public administration and public policy, and consults regularly to Australian governments at all levels.

Professor Tiernan's research focuses on the work of governing. Her scholarly interests include Australian politics and governance, policy advice, executive studies, policy capacity, federalism and intergovernmental coordination. She has written extensively on the political-administrative interface, caretaker conventions, governmental transitions and the work of policy advising.

Anne’s exceptional oral and written communication and presentation skills are demonstrated in her publications, which include six books, articles in national and international journals and invitations to deliver keynote lectures and public addresses. She has a strong media profile across broadcast, print and online platforms, and is an experienced public speaker, moderator, facilitator and emcee.

Professor Tiernan is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Fellow of ANZSOG, and a Member of the Board of the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House. Professor Tiernan was previously Assistant Commissioner, Collaboration, for the Public Service Commission; Ordinary Commissioner of the Crime and Corruption Commission; Chair of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal; a Member of the Public Records Review Committee of the Queensland State Archives, and of the Board of Commissioners of the Queensland Public Service Commission; and a Director of St Rita’s College Ltd.

Following her role as Griffith Business School's Dean (Engagement), Anne maintains her close connection with us as an Adjunct Professor.

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