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Professor of Governance and Director of the "Democracy 2025 - strengthening democratic practice" initiative at Old Parliament House, University of Canberra

Professor Mark Evans (PhD) is the Director of the "Democracy 2025 - strengthening democratic practice" initiative at Old Parliament House in Australia. He was formerly Director of the World-wide Universities Public Policy Network (2002-5), Vice President of the United Kingdom’s (UK) Joint University Council for the Applied Social Sciences (1999-2004), Head of Politics at the University of York and Provost of Halifax College (1998-2007) in the UK and Dean of the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra (2011-12). He was also the Australia New Zealand School of Government’s (ANZSOG) Professor of Governance (2009-14).
His research focuses on the design of democratic governance practices to build better trust systems between government and citizen. Mark has played an international role in supporting change governance practices and has acted as a senior policy advisor, designed and delivered leadership development programmes and managed evaluation projects for 26 countries, the EU, UN and the World Bank. Mark is the author, co-author and editor of 25 books in his field and was the editor of the international journal Policy Studies from 2004 to 2020. His latest books are Evidence based Policymaking and the Social Sciences (Policy Press, 2017 with Gerry Stoker), From Turnbull to Morrison. Trust Divide, (Melbourne University Press, 2019, with Michelle Grattan and Brendan McCaffrie) and Saving Democracy (Bloomsbury Press, 2021 with Gerry Stoker). He has been awarded honorary positions with the universities of Gadja Mahda, Hull, Renmin and York and is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Director, Democracy 2025

Honours

He has been awarded honorary positions with the universities of Gadja Mahda, Hull, Renmin and York and is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.