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Adrian Kay

Director, National Professional Development


MA (Oxon), PhD (Nottingham)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6125 4119

Room: Crawford 2.84

Adrian Kay is Director of National Professional Development and Professor of Government at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. He has previously held academic appointments in the UK and at Griffith University, Queensland. Prior to an academic career, Adrian was a member of the UK government’s European Fast Stream for several years and spent a year working for the European Commission in Brussels. His major research interests lie at the intersection of international and comparative public policy, with a particular empirical focus on transnational health policy-making and the social determinants of health.

Adrian is currently Co-Editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration and, in 2015-16, President of the Australian Political Studies Association.

Current projects

National Health and Medical Research Council (2015-2020) Centre of Research Excellence on Social Determinants of Health Equity (CRESDHE): Policy research on the social determinants of health equity, APP1078046.

ARC Discovery Grant (2013-2016) Trade policy: maximising benefits for nutrition, food security, human health, and the economy, DP130101478

ARC Discovery Grant (2012-2015) The making and unmaking of Australian public policy: understanding the path from Medibank to Medicare, DP120103676

ANZSOG (2012-2014) Does failure facilitate success in health care reform? Lessons from 40 years of health care reform in Australia

UK ESRC (2009-2011), Sweetness and power: the comparative political economy of sugar policy change

Research interests

Institutionalism in public policy analysis

Theories of the policy process

Transnational health policy-making

Comparative biofuels policy


  • Case Studies in Decision Making (POGO8055)
  • Global Social Policy (POGO8044)

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