Brenton Prosser is Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University.

Previously, he was Senior Fellow at the Crick Centre for Understanding Politics at the University of Sheffield in the UK and Senior Lecturer (Policy Sociology) at ANU. He has also held Senior Research Fellow positions leading national health, education and social service evaluations for ANU, UC and UniSA.

Brenton specialises in mental health, medicalisation and policy, while he is known for his expertise in ADHD. He has also researched extensively in governance, policy networks and minority government.

He has published four books, including a guide to ADHD, which has sold over 5,000 copies internationally. His latest book, Minority Policy (MUP), looks at the influence of independents and marginal members on contemporary public policy.

Brenton is a member of the Australian Political Studies Assocation, the Australian Sociological Association and the British Political Studies Assocation.


  • 2017–present
    Visiting Fellow, Australian National University
  • 2015–2016
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Sheffield
  • 2012–2014
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Canberra - Australian National University
  • 2010–2011
    Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Australian National University
  • 2008–2010
    Senior Policy Adviser to Senator Nick Xenophon, Australian Senate
  • 2005–2008
    Senior Lecturer in Education, University of South Australia


  • 2000 
    Flinders University of South Australia, PhD - Sociology, Policy & Education