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 Ian Ward MA MSc PhD
PositionReader in Political Economy and Political Science
Organisation/CompanyUniversity of Queensland
Specialisations / Bio


  • Political communication
  • Australian politics

Dr Ian Ward’s Research Interests fall broadly into the area of political communication and Australian politics. His recent work explores the evolution of Australian parties into electoral professional organisations and their increasing reliance upon communication technologies to woo voters and win elections; and, secondly, the use of public relations and marketing by governments to ‘sell’ policies as a defining feature of the ‘PR state’.

Phone07 3365 2662
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