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Senior Lecturer in Political Science, University of Canberra

Dr Michael de Percy FRSA FCILT is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Canberra. His qualifications include a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) from the University of Canberra, and a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, where he received the Royal Australian Artillery prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Vice-Chair of the ACT and Southern NSW Chapter, Vice President of the Telecommunications Association (TelSoc - Australia's oldest learned society), Public Policy Editor of the Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, and a member of the Australian Nuclear Association. He was appointed to the Australian Research Council's College of Experts in 2022.


  • 2005–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Canberra
  • 1990–2005
    Captain, Australian Army


  • 2013 
    Australian National University, PhD
  • 2006 
    University of Canberra, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • 2004 
    University of Canberra, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
  • 2004 
    Australian Army, Diploma of Government Financial Management
  • 2003 
    University of South Australia, Graduate Certificate in Management
  • 2000 
    Deakin University, Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993 
    Royal Military College Duntroon, Certificate in Vocational Instruction
  • 1993 
    Royal Military College Duntroon, Associate Diploma in Personnel Administration
  • 1989 
    Certificate in Warehousing, Ithaca College of TAFE


  • 2022
    COVID-19 and Foreign Aid: Nationalism and Global Development in a New World Order, Routledge
  • 2022
    Towards an Australian Digital Communications Strategy: Lessons from Cross-Country Case Studies, Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy
  • 2021
    Politics, Policy and Public Administration in Theory and Practice: Essays in honour of Professor John Wanna, ANU Press
  • 2021
    Policy Legacies from Early Australian Telecommunications: A Private Sector Perspective, Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy
  • 2020
    Telecommunications infrastructure in Australia, Australian Journal of Social Issues
  • 2019
    Identifying historical policy regimes in the Canadian and Australian communications industries using a model of path dependent, punctuated equilibrium, Policy Studies
  • 2018
    Road Pricing and Provision: Changed Traffic Conditions Ahead, ANU Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2023
    Transport Policy for the ACT
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ACT Legislative Assembly
  • 2019
    Syrian Refugee Women in Transition
    Funding Source:
    Australian Civil-Military Centre

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Fellow (FCILT), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
  • Full Member, Australian Nuclear Association
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
  • Vice President, Telecommunications Association (TelSoc)
  • College of Experts, Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)
  • Policy And Administration (1605)