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Norman Abjorensen

Honorary Lecturer, Policy & Governance Program



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Norman Abjorensen is a Visiting Fellow in the Policy and Governance Program and is a prominent media commentator on Australian politics. He previously taught political science at the ANU’s School of Social Sciences and at the University of Canberra.

He is a former national editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and an award winning journalist and has worked as a political adviser, speechwriter and corporate communications executive.

2010-14: Associate, Centre for the Study of Australian Politics, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

2009-2012: Research Director, ANU Parliamentary Studies Centre.

2012-13: Visiting Professor of International Public Policy at the Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.

2013-17: Country Expert, University of Gothenburg (Sweden, for the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project.

2014- Advisory Board, Accountability International (Cambodia.

2014-15: Honorary Research Associate, Prime Ministers Centre, Museum of Australian Democracy.

Aug-Nov 2015: Visiting Professor in School of Public Management, Northwest University, Xi’an, People’s Republic of China.

2017: Visiting Lecturer, Ateneo School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines.

Current projects

  • A History of Democracy (Book to be published 2019)

  • 2013 - (ongoing) Country expert, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project

  • 2010-2015 Fellow at Prime Ministers Centre, Museum of Australian Democracy (Political study of Australia’s second prime minister, Alfred Deakin)

Teaching awards

Special Commendation for Services to the Student Learning Experience, College of Asia and Pacific, 2011.

ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2012.


  • Comparative Government and Politics (2010-2012)
  • Corruption as a Public Policy Issue (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, 2012-2013)
  • Academic Convenor, Vietnam Anti-Corruption Program, Hanoi and Canberra, (2008-2010)
  • Academic Convenor, China Scholarship Council Program (2010-2013)
  • Policy Advocacy (2009-2011)
  • Writing Public Policy (2011-2013)
  • Corruption and Anti-Corruption (2011-2013)
  • Environmental Policy and Communications (2011-2013)
  • Politics of the Culture Wars, Honours seminar, (2009)
  • Australian Democracy: Theoretical and Comparative Approaches (2008-9)
  • Australian Political Parties (2008)

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