Dr Colleen Lewis is an Adjunct Professor with the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University. Her major research interests include political donations, professional development of parliamentarians, the political trust deficit, anti-corruption models and public sector and political accountability and transparency. She has a particular interest in the trust deficit that exists between those elected to office and the electorate and how that deficit can be best addressed. She also has expertise in models for improving public sector integrity (anti-corruption bodies) and the relationships that exist between independent, anti-corruption agencies and governments and parliaments.
Professor Lewis is the author of Complaints Against Police: the politics of reform (1999), lead editor and contributor to the book Parliamentarians' Professional Development: the need for reform (2016 with Coghill)) and co-editor and contributor to the books The Fitzgerald Legacy: Reforming Public Life In Australia and Beyond (2010 with Ransley and Homel), Counter-Terrorism and the Post-democratic State (2005 with Hocking) , It’s Time Again: Whitlam and Modern Labor (2003 with Hocking), Civilian Oversight of Police: Governance Democracy and Human Rights (2000 with Goldsmith), Unpeeling Tradition: Contemporary Policing (1994 with Bryett) and Corporate Management in Australian Government (1989 with Davis & Weller). She contributed multiple entries to the first World Police Encyclopaedia (2006) and The Sage Dictionary of Policing (2009).
Professor Lewis also publishes in refereed and non-refereed journals, makes submissions to parliamentary committees and commissions of inquiry and contributes Opinion and Comment and Debate articles to Australian media.