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. 

NameDr Linda Colley
PositionSenior Lecturer
Organisation/CompanyCentral Queensland University
Specialisations / Bio


  • Public sector employment relations, and the changing trajectory from the career service to contemporary employment arrangements
  • Queensland Government history
  • Public administration reform, and the implications for public employment
  • Future challenges for public employment, such as ageing workforces, capability and workforce planning

Dr Linda Colley is based on the Brisbane campus and teaches in HRM/ Strategic Management. She brings extensive practical experience from her career in HRM and industrial relations in the Queensland public service.

Her research builds on this career, with her PhD examining Queensland public service employment from 1859 to 1999, and her UQ Postdoctoral fellowship examining workforce planning in the contemporary Queensland public service. She has published on topics such as merit, tenure, job security, redundancy, gender and age at work, public management reform, privatisation, and the effects of austerity measure on public employment.

Linda is active in two international networks, as co-convenor of a Permanent Special Interest Group on ‘Public Servants at Work’ within the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), and convenor of a stream on ‘Women in later working life’ at the 2014 Gender Work and Organization (GWO) conference.

Phone(07) 3295 1133
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