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Professor, UNSW Sydney

Brenton Prosser is Professor of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of NSW - Canberra. He is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Australian National University and an Adjunct Associate Professor (Medicine) at Notre Dame University.

Brenton has held senior research positions at at Australian and UK universities. In these roles, he has led national health, education and social service evaluations for Australian Government. In the UK, he has co-led research into citizen's assemblies and devolution, as well as explored avenues for research impact in Westminster.

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.


  • 2022–present
    Professor, University of NSW - Canberra
  • 2019–present
    Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
  • 2017–present
    Honorary Fellow, Australian National University
  • 2020–2022
    Professor, University of Canberra (NATSEM)
  • 2018–2020
    Director (Research), CSSA
  • 2016–2018
    Director (Public Policy), Nous Group
  • 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
  • 1999–2004
    Policy Adviser, South Australian Democrats


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