Our Research Associates include a large panel of academic researchers with expertise in diverse areas of public policy, drawn from across several universities in Queensland and beyond. Many researchers also have significant experience inside the public service. 

These experts can offer an additional source of policy advice for those developing or commenting on public policy in Queensland. All members, their research fields, and their contact details, are listed below. 

NameDean Ashenden
PositionHonorary Senior Fellow
Organisation/CompanyUniversity of Melbourne
Specialisations / Bio


  • The problem of reform in Australian education, in schooling and higher education particularly

Dean Ashenden has worked as an academic, a political adviser/consultant to many national and State agencies and organisations, and in journalism. He is the author/co-author of books, monographs, reports and articles published in academic, professional and mass media including Time (Australia), the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, the Financial Review, The Independent Monthly, and Australian Society. He was presenter of ABC Radio National’s Education Issues, and with Sandra Milligan was founder of The Good Universities Guides. In recent years he has written on education and other issues in The Weekend Australian, Meanjin, History Australia, Crikey, Inside Story, and Eureka Street. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Phone03 9329 1643
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