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Adam Graycar is Visiting Professor at The Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy. He is also a Director, and current member of the ANU’s Transnational Research Institute on Corruption.

He is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Adelaide. He has also held similar positions at Flinders University and the National University of Singapore. From 2010 to 2015 he was Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) at ANU.

At the ANU in 2010 and 2011 he was the Foundation Dean of the Australian National Institute for Public Policy 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.

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

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).
He was Dean, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers State University of New Jersey (2007-2010). In the 1980s he was Foundation Director of the Social Policy, Research Centre, UNSW.

Professor Graycar has had long experience in policy making, research, and research management at the most senior levels in Australia. 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


    UNSW, D.Litt

Professional Memberships



Member, Order of Australia (AM)