Master of Public Administration

PROFESSOR Meredith Edwards AMEmeritus Professor


Address: Building 24, Level A, University of Canberra Phone: + 61 (0) 2 6201 5412


Centre for Change Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Diversity and inclusion in the public sector, citizen engagement, public and corporate governance, policy development processes, research-policy relationships, women and leadership in the public sector

Connect with Meredith

Professor Mark Evans Director of the ANZSOG Institute for Governance talks with Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards about the introduction of the Child Support Scheme.


Meredith Edwards is Emeritus Professor at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. She is an economist who has been a lecturer, researcher, policy analyst and administrator through her career. From 1983 to 1997, she advised on some major social policy, education and labour market issues in the Commonwealth Public Service, including in the role of Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 1993. She served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra from 1997 to 2002, and set up the National Institute for Governance in 1999, of which she was Director until 2004. In 2001, Meredith published a book Social Policy, Public Policy: From Problem to Practice based on case studies she was involved in during her career in the Commonwealth Public Service. Meredith was a member of the Wran Committee on Higher Education Funding (1988-1989) and a member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (1988-90 and 1994-2001). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of ANZSOG, and was President of the Economic Society of Australia and New Zealand (ACT Branch) from 1994-1996. She is also a member of the United National Committee of Experts on Public Administration. Meredith is the author of three books and over 40 academic articles. Her latest book is Edwards, M., Halligan, J., Horrigan, B. & Nicoll, G., (2012), Public Sector Governance in Australia, (ANU E Press). 'Most recently she has been engaged in an ANZSIG project on Celebrating the Contribution of Senior Women to the Public Sector which led to a publication which she co-authored titled, Not yet 50/50: Barriers to the Progress of Senior Women in the Australian Public Service.


Selected Publications

  • Bai, X., Norman, B. and Edwards, P. (2016), “Navigating through the Urban Age: Principles and Innovations”, Solutions, 7, 3, pp. 55–62
  • Edwards, M. (2016), “Overview part 1: Cross-sector working: the rhetoric and the reality”. In John R. Butcher, David J. Gilchrist, The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business, Canberra: ANU Press, pp. 35-40

  • Edwards, M., Evans, M., Burmester, B. and May, D. (2014), “Not yet 50/50: barriers to the progress of senior women in the Australian public service”, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73, 4, pp. 501-513
  • Evans. M., and Edwards, M. (2014), “Debate: Phasma”, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73, 4, pp. 514-516
  • Edwards, M. (2012), "Time to Fix Future Fund Process", The Australian Financial Review.
  • Edwards, M., Halligan, J., Horrigan, B. & Nicoll, G. (2012), "Public Sector Governance in Australia", ANU E Press.
  • Edwards M. & Evans, M. (2011), "Getting Evidence into Policy-making".
  • Edwards, M. (2010), "The Researcher-Policy-Practitioner Relationship: Some Evidence and Suggestions", Bridging the Know-Do Gap: Knowledge Brokering to Improve Child Wellbeing, ANU Press.
  • Edwards, M. (2010), "Policy Advice". In Andrew, P.(eds.), Government , Power, Politics and Policy in Australia, Longmans.
  • Edwards, M. (2010), "In Search of Useful Research: Demand and Supply Challenges for Policy Makers", Public Administration Today.
  • Edwards, M. (2009), "Policy Advice in Parkin Andrew et al". Government, Power, Politics and Policy in Australia, 9th edition, Longmans. 
Research Projects & Grants

With Mark Evans and others of IGPA research with seven Australian government departments on Barriers to Participation of People with Disability in the Australian Public Service.


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