Professor Mark Evans Director of the Institute


Address: Building 22, Level B University of Canberra Phone: + 61 (0)2 6201 5061


Centre for Change Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Mark's research has centred on: a) evaluating the role, real and potential, of policy transfer in institution-building in developed and developing areas; b) investigating the impact of New Labour's constitutional reform project on institution-building in the UK; c) studying the nature and impact of administrative reform in developed and transition states; d) evaluating state policy responses to processes of globalisation; and, e) evaluating critical issues in Australian governance. The research theme that binds all of these areas together is his interest in public sector institution-building and processes of governance.

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Mark Evans is the Director and Professor of Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis.

He is an expert in the study and practice of governance and policy analysis. Before taking up this role he was Head of the Department of Politics at the University of York in the United Kingdom and Provost of Halifax College (1999-2009). Mark has a long track record of achievement in developing high quality, values-driven knowledge institutions built around outstanding research with policy impact, relevant professional development programs, and creative partnerships with governance actors with a common commitment to delivering policy and leadership which delivers genuine public value.

Mark has played an international role in supporting good administrative practices in public administration in developed and developing contexts. He has acted as a senior policy advisor, delivered training and managed evaluation projects in 26 countries including Australia, Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Libya, Sri Lanka, the UK, and Vietnam. Recent research projects in Australia include evaluations of Austrade\'s integrity systems (2011), the National Water Commission's role in Australian water governance (2011-12), DEEWR's "Home to Work" employment program (2012), for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet "Women and Leadership in the Australian Public Service" (2013), the ACT's "Strengthening Services for Vulnerable Families" program (2013), the adherence of the ACT Legislative Assembly to the Latimer Principles (2014), and, he is also working with several Australian councils on the co-design and implementation of better policy-making frameworks to guide sustainable development. Internationally, he has just completed a review of social participation in federal government for the Office of the Presidency funded by the European Union (2013) and an evaluation for the United Nations Development Program on Opportunities and Challenges for the Reform of Public Administration Arising from the Arab Transitions (2014). He has also conducted several evaluations of international community-driven development programmes for the World Bank. Mark is currently working with the UK Cabinet Office on its innovative Open Policy-making programme, the Museum of Australian Democracy on the new Power of 1 Voice Exhibition, and, the Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Healthy Lifestyles Program for the Department of Health (with CeRAPH).

Mark is the author, co-author or editor of 24 books in his field and has been the editor of Policy Studies since 2005.  In addition, he has successfully supervised 18 PhD theses to a successful conclusion. He has been awarded honorary positions with the universities of Renmin in China, and York and Hull in the UK.


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PhD Supervision

Area of Supervision:

    • Public sector institution-building
    • Processes of governance
    • Policy transfer
    • Administrative reform
    • State policy responses to globalisation
    • Critical issues in Australian governance

Involvement in PHD supervisory panels:

  • Clare O'Neill, "Junior military commanders' thinking for the human domain", (Primary Supervisor)
  • Lyndal Hasselman, "Adaptation and accountability in multilevel natural resource governance: a case study in environmental water planning", (Secondary Supervisor)
  • Rebecca Awdry, "Buying your way through university, an international problem? An investigation into the prevalence of contract cheating", (Primary Supervisor)
  • Ario Wicaksono (Primary Supervisor)
  • Ian Fitzgerald, "Assessing Levels of Trust and Confidence Four Westminster Governments Have in their Public Services: Importance, Enabling Factors and Improvement Strategies", (Primary Supervisor)
  • Mardhiah Mardhiah, "Determinants of Tax Compliance of Foreign-owned Company in Indonesia", (Secondary Supervisor)
  • Richard Reid, "De-mystifying institutional change: The House of Lords in Transition", (Primary Supervisor)
  • Jamil Sawada, "Understanding the Syrian-Lebanese relationship 2005-2011: a multi-level perspective", (Primary Supervisor)
  • Helen Sellers, "Neglected Horizons: Indian Rim Security Challenges and the Implications for Australia" (Secondary Supervisors)
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