Master of Public Administration

Dr Paul PorteousAdjunct Professor


Address: Building 23, Level B University of Canberra Phone: + 61 (0) 2 6201 5641


Centre for Change Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra


Paul is Director of Leadership Development and International Programs with the Institute. Paul’s extensive leadership experience includes work as a senior diplomat, representative to numerous international organisations including the United Nations and International Court of Justice, and as a consultant in the United States, South East Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa. He has been both Visiting Faculty and a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School where he received the “Dean’s Award for Excellence in Student Teaching”. From 2005-2009, Paul was Senior Adviser to the President of Madagascar, developing cutting edge leadership practice for nation building and the alleviation of poverty. In Australia, Paul is also Executive Director of the Centre for Social Leadership, developing innovative programs across government, business and community sectors focused on social impact, cross-cultural relations and conflict management. Paul also has extensive experience working in the Australian federal government, including foreign affairs, regional development, transport and industrial relations.


Selected Publications:

  • Porteous, P., (2013), “Localism: from adaptive to social leadership”, Policy Studies
  • Evans, M., Porteous, P. & Reid, R. (2012), “On collaborative governance”, ANAO, Canberra.
  • Porteous, P. (2011), “Blinded By Vision: Lamenting Leadership”, Public Administration Today, pp. 31-37
  • Porteous, P. (2005), “It's Not My Problem, Mate! Leading In Uncertainty”, Public Administration Today, pp. 8-12
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