Staff of the School of Government and International Relations excel in the discipline of Political Science. Our expertise encompasses many sub-disciplines within the field including International Relations, International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Australian Politics, Political Theory and Public Policy.
The School is consistently recognised for its research excellence. And we are immensely proud of our strong reputation for nurturing new and emerging scholars. Our staff are committed to examining, understanding and explaining the dynamics of the world in which we live and producing research outcomes that are policy-relevant. This approach ensures that our staff are regularly sought by media and government, nationally and internationally, for expert comment and advice.
Dr Liz van Acker's newest book, Marriage and Values in Public Policy: Conflicts in the UK, the US and Australia (Routledge, 2017), is the culmination of many years of research into the three highlighted governments' approaches to marriage policy. The book examines the political conflict surrounding marriage and the 'clash of values' between the respective governments and those with interests in either change or maintaining the status quo.