Heath Pickering

Doctoral Researcher in Public Administration, KU Leuven

Heath Pickering is a Doctoral Researcher in Public Administration at the Public Governance Institute at KU Leuven, Belgium. He examines the rise of partisan political advisers as important actors within the institutional architecture of executive government. His case studies include Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. These countries, since the 1970s and 1980s, have seen consistent growth and influence of political staff.


  • 2019–present
    Assistant researcher, University of Leuven
  • 2015–2018
    Assistant researcher, University of Melbourne


  • 2014 
    University of Melbourne, Master of International Relations
  • 2009 
    Bond University, Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Public Policy)

Professional Memberships

  • International Public Policy Association