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Professor in the Practice of Higher Education Policy, Australian National University

Andrew Norton is professor in the practice of higher education policy at the Australian National University's Centre for Social Research and Methods.

Prior to joining the ANU Mr Norton directed the higher education program at the Grattan Institute between 2011 and 2019.

Mr Norton is the author or co-author of many articles, reports and other publications on higher education issues. These include Dropping out: the benefits and costs of trying university (2018), HELP for the future: fairer repayment of student debt (2016), The cash nexus: how teaching funds research in Australian universities (2015) and a widely-used reference report on higher education trends and policies, Mapping Australian higher education.

He has worked as a ministerial adviser on higher education, as a university policy adviser, was the co-author of the government’s 2014 review of the demand driven funding system, and served on the government’s 2016-17 expert panel on higher education reform.

He is an honorary fellow at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne.


  • 2011–present
    Program Director, Higher Education , The Grattan Institute


  • 1991 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws

Research Areas

  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Political Science (1606)