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

Dean (Engagement), 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 Dean (Engagement) for the Griffith Business School, Griffith University. A political scientist, with earlier careers in government in the Commonwealth and Queensland, and in teaching and consultancy, Anne is respected for her independent, professional and research-informed analysis and commentary on national politics, public administration and public policy. Anne 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 and a Fellow of ANZSOG. She is Chair of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal and an Ordinary Commissioner of the Crime and Corruption Commission. Professor Tiernan was previously Assistant Commissioner, Collaboration for the Public Service Commission; and Member of the Public Records Review Committee of the Queensland State Archives, the Board of Commissioners of the Queensland Public Service Commission and a Director of St Rita’s College Ltd.

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