Professor and Director, UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance and UTS Centre for Local Government, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Roberta Ryan is the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS:IPPG) and the UTS Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG) at the University of Technology Sydney.

Roberta is a leading social researcher and policy, program evaluation and stakeholder engagement practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. She is actively engaged with all levels of government, academia, the private sector and the non-government sector across all major arenas of public policy, with particular experience and expertise in local government, public sector capacity building, planning cities, governance, citizen engagement and sustainability.

She has completed over 300 social research and evaluation projects, including major national reviews and evaluations, methodologically complex projects using outcome and process evaluation approaches, program logic and many service reviews and evaluations.

Roberta has particular expertise in the development of innovative methodologies that deliver key strategic outcomes for clients. She has worked in and with local government in areas of community services, strategic planning, land use planning, sustainability, organisational change and development and citizen engagement and she also designed the first Master of Applied Policy in Australia.


  • –present
    Director, Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Governance, University of Technology, Sydney