Professor of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University

Sine 2015 Adam Graycar has been Professor, School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University.

From 2010 to 2015 Adam Graycar was Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) at ANU.

Adam was the Foundation Dean of the Australian National Institute for Public Policy, at the ANU in 2010 and 2011 and led a strategic collaboration between the ANU and the Australian Government, aiming to improve the connection between the public sector and the best in public policy research from across Australia and the world.

In his 22 years in government and before that in academia, Adam has continually blended knowledge development, knowledge transmission and public policy.

His most recent academic position was Dean, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers State University of New Jersey. In the 1980s he was Foundation Director of the Social Policy, Research Centre, UNSW.

His government positions include, Head Cabinet Office, Government of South Australia (2003-2007) Director, Australian Institute of Criminology (1994-2003), and Commissioner for the Ageing (Government of South Australia).

Professor Graycar has had long experience in policy making, research, and research management at the most senior levels in Australia. He has also represented Australia in various international fora (OECD,UN etc). He has held visiting professor positions at University of California, Berkeley, University of London, Yale University, University of Hong Kong, and National University of Singapore. He has two doctorates from the UNSW, is the author of 200 scholarly publications, and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia.


  • 2015–present
    Professor, Flinders University
  • 2010–2015
    Professor , ANU


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