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UC a national leader in public administration research

Wed 2 May 2018

Article by Antony Perry

16 April 2018: The University of Canberra is a national leader when it comes to public administration research, data analysis has revealed.

The University is ranked number one in Australia and number 22 in the world for research that focuses on the implementation of government policy and how civil servants are prepared for working in the public service.

Analysis by League of Scholars, a Sydney-based data analytics start-up, crunched the numbers on more than 40,000 academics in Australia and more than 1.4 million researchers globally to determine their academic impact and output.

The resulting table shows the University’s global and national ranking based on number of authors and total citations for all authors in the public administration field for the past five years, respectively, as at March 15 2018.


New data ranks the University of Canberra number one in Australia for public administration research. Source: League of Scholars

News of the University’s leading position in public administration follows its inclusion for the first time in the QS world rankings for politics. As of last month, the University was ranked in the 151-200 group.

The Director of the University’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), Professor Mark Evans, said the rankings were a symbol of the University’s powerhouse status in public administration research not just locally but worldwide.

“IGPA has one of the largest and strongest concentrations of scholars in public administration in Australia and our academics have long been shaping and informing the conversation around government policy and practices,” Professor Evans said.

“These rankings are proof the work we do is influential and confirms the strength and relevance of IGPA in Australia and globally.

IGPA boasts five academics in the top 100 in the world for public administration research, including three in the top 50, according to Google Scholar.

Centenary Professor Gerry Stoker is ranked fifth, while Centenary Professor Patrick Dunleavy (13th) and Centenary Research Professor Diane Stone (37th) also place prominently.

They are joined by Emeritus Professor John Halligan (52nd) and Professor Evans (86th). The academics have more than 50,000 citations between them.

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