Paul Harris is a Visiting Fellow of the Crawford School of Public Policy and was Deputy Director of the HC Coombs Policy Forum in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU and a Special Advisor to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency. Prior to joining the HC Coombs Policy Forum, Paul was General Manager of CSIRO’s Government and International Engagement group and a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Centre for Policy Innovation.
Paul led the Coombs Forum’s Policy Research Program on “Science, Technology and Public Policy”, which involves collaboration with government and researchers from a range of disciplines.
He has authored a number of Coombs Forum reports and discussion papers, including:
- Science policy: beyond budgets and breakthroughs (2011) with Dr Ryan Meyer [link]
- Outcome-oriented science policy (2013) for the Tasmanian Government [link]
- Science for policy: mapping Australian Government investments and institutions (2013) with Dr Kerrie Jackson [link]
Paul also writes for The Guardian’s “Political Science” blog [link] and for The Conversation [link]. He has published and spoken on issues of innovation policy, technological change, the links between research and policy, international science collaboration and science diplomacy.
In 2012, Paul completed a secondment in the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) as General Manager of the Science Policy Branch in the Science and Research Division. He also represents Australia in an OECD Global Science Forum project on the role of science in policy.
In 2011, Paul chaired the Australian selection panel for the Fulbright International Science and Technology Award. He has also been a member of the evaluation panel for the Australian Government’s International Science Linkages programme and its expert advisory group on science collaboration with India, as well as the expert advisory panel for the Forum for European-Australian Science and Technology Cooperation.
Paul worked in a number of roles at the CSIRO previously, including as Manager of the organisation’s Ministerial and Parliamentary Liaison Office and managing the implementation of the National Research Flagships Collaboration Fund, a new extramural grants program for collaborative research. Prior to CSIRO, he worked for Senate Committees at Australia’s Parliament House and in publishing.
Paul has an undergraduate degree in literature and history and a masters degree in international politics from ANU.
Other recent publications/links
- “From ‘gap’ to map: joining the dots between research and policy”, September 2013.
- Harris, P. (2013) ‘The crowded chasm: the place of science in the Australian Government’ in R. Doubleday and J. Wilsdon (eds.) Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Whitehall.
- “Innovation, financial crisis and the ‘Asian Century’”, January 2013.
- Sutherland, W. et al (2012) ‘A collaboratively-derived science-policy research agenda’, PLoS ONE, published online 10 March 2012.
- Harris, P. and Sarewitz, D. (2012) ‘Destructive Creation and the New World Disorder, [PDF,93KB]’, Current History, January 2012.
- Matthews, M., Glennie, K. and Harris, P. (2010) Mapping Australia’s research strengths from an international perspective. AUS-ACCESS4EU project discussion paper, August 2010.
- Matthews, M. and Harris, P. (2010) Enhancing reciprocity in international cooperation in research: issues and metrics. AUS-ACCESS4EU project discussion paper, June 2010.
- “Science diplomacy and global research and innovation”, opinion piece in The Australian, May 2010.
- “A different light on innovation”, opinion piece in The Australian, December 2009.