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Associate Professor, Public and Environmental Policy, University of Tasmania

Associate Professor Kate Crowley teaches and researches around the themes of environmental and climate change policy, public policy, green politics and minority government. She has previously worked as a secondary school teacher, a policy officer, an industrial relations consultant and a cross-country ski instructor. She is widely published in public policy and political science journals, and has edited 'Australian Environmental Policy: Studies in Decline and Devolution' [with Ken Walker], 'Environmental Policy Failure: The Australian Story' [with Ken Walker], 'Minority Government: The Liberal Green Experience in Tasmania' and 'Policy Analysis in Australia: the State of the Art' [with Brian Head]. Her most recent book is 'Public Policy Reconsidered: Complexity, Governance and the State' (2020 Policy Press Bristol) written with colleagues Jenny Stewart, Brian Head, and Adrian Kay. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor, Centre for Environmental Law, Meiji University, Tokyo.


  • 1995–present
    Associate Professor Public and Environmental Policy, UTAS


  • 1995 
    University of Tasmania, PhD


  • 2020
    Australia's climate change mitigation policy towards the Paris Agreement [with A Nakumura], Environmental Management, 56(3), pp.65-71 [in Japanese]
  • 2020
    Independents in Tasmania’s Legislative Council: Analysing strategies to achieve influence’ [with J Lippis], Australasian Parliamentary Review, 34(2), pp. 101-120.
  • 2020
    Reconsidering Policy: Complexity, Governance and the State Kate Crowley, Jenny Stewart, Adrian Kay and Brian Head , Policy Press, Bristol.
  • 2019
    Stepping Stone, Halfway House or Road to Nowhere? Green Support of Minority Government in Sweden, New Zealand and Australia [with S Moore], Government and Opposition
  • 2018
    G Kennedy and K Crowley - Re-framing utilization focused evaluation: lessons for the Australian Aid programme? , Journal of Asian Public Policy
  • 2018
    Assessing Regional Climate Leadership in the East-Asia-Pacific Region: A Case Study on Australia and Japan [with A Nakamura], Environmental Management, Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI). 54 (10): 59-65 [in Japanese]
  • 2018
    Designing a Community Renewable Energy (CRE) Strategy [with V Hann & A Nakamura], Environmental Management (JEMAI). 54 (11): 67-71 [in Japanese].
  • 2018
    Defining Regional Climate Leadership: Learning from Comparative Analysis in the Asia Pacific [with A Nakumura], Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 20(4):387-403.
  • 2017
    The enduring challenge of "wicked problems": Revisiting Rittel and Webber [with BW Head], Policy Sciences. 50(4), 539-547.
  • 2017
    Where Greens Support Conservatives: Lessons from the Rundle Minority Government in Tasmania 1996-98 [with M Tighe], Australian Journal of Politics & History 63(4): 572-587.
  • 2017
    Up and down with climate politics 2013–2016: the repeal of carbon pricing in Australia, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (Online) pp. 1-13. Vol 8(3).
  • 2016
    Assessing Regional Climate Leadership [with A Nakamura], Environmental Management, 52 (5) pp. 64-69 [in Japanese]
  • 2016
    Looking for a Way Out - backing away from dangerous climate change, Australian Review of Public Affairs (1/3) pp. 1-6.
  • 2015
    Regional Climate Leadership [with A Nakamura], Environmental Management (Kankyou kanji - 51(5), 44-48 [in Japanese]
  • 2013
    Pricing Carbon: The Politics of Climate Change in Australia, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change, 4(6): 603–613.
  • 2013
    The Super Politics of Climate Change, Australian Journal of Political Science Vol 48(4): 528-535.
  • 2013
    'Irresistible Force? Achieving Carbon Pricing in Australia, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol 59:3, 368-381.

Research Areas

  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Environment Policy (160507)
  • Environmental Politics (160605)


The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Engagement in the Category of General Engagement with the Community (Climate Change and Sustainability), 2008, University of Tasmania.