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Honorary Senior Fellow, The University of Melbourne

I joined academia in 2008, after completing a PhD on leadership and change in Australian universities at RMIT University.

Over 2008-2017 I worked at the University of Melbourne as a teacher, researcher, consultant, author, journal editor, and media commentator on tertiary education leadership, policy, and strategy.

Over 2017-2018 I worked at Monash University as Senior Higher Education Adviser in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.

Over 2019-2021 my contract and advisory work has included analysis of academic freedom and free speech policies, as universities respond to the French Review.

From May 2017- May 2022 I've been an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Since 2020 I've been writing a blog on higher education in Australia, including on the impact of COVID. You can visit Big Little Thought Crimes in Melbourne at


  • 2008–2017
    Senior lecturer, University of Melbourne


  • 2006 
    RMIT University, PhD/Management