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Professor Catherine Althaus is the ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Leadership and Reform at the University of New South Wales in Canberra and Deputy Dean (Teaching and Learning) at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. She was previously Director of the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, post-doctoral fellow at the Australian National University and held policy posts as a practitioner in the Queensland government.
Her academic training is in economics, politics and public policy and she specialises in working with First Peoples communities across Canada, Australia, Aotearoa-New Zealand and South Africa focusing on the leadership contributions of Indigenous public servants and opportunities to learn from and enact Indigenous ways of knowing and being in policymaking. Her recent co-authored book Leading from Between: Indigenous Participation and Leadership in the Public Service is the first international comparative volume centring the voices, stories and insights of Canadian and Australian Indigenous public servants.
She is co-author of the popular textbook The Australian Policy Handbook, former editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration, an IPAA Victoria Fellow, a University Medallist, an award-winning researcher, and an Australia Day Medallion winner for service to the Queensland Treasury department. She is Co-Director of the ANZSOG Executive Fellows Program, and teaches into programs with the Australian War College, Australian Department of Defence and Government of Samoa officials, and conducts senior delegations to Aotearoa-New Zealand and publishes on reform agendas associated with Indigenous public administration.. Catherine is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Victoria, Canada and Griffith University and was recently appointed an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria. She is also an Honorary Member of the South Asian Network for Public Administration (SANPA).
Prof Althaus teaches in the following ANZSOG programs:
Althaus, C. (2022). Complementary Bureaucracy: Reimagining Weberian Impersonalism with Indigenous Relationality, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, https://doi.org/10.1093/ppmgov/gvac002
Althaus, C. and O’Faircheallaigh, C. (forthcoming). Bureaucratic Representation, Accountability and Democracy: A Qualitative Study of Indigenous Bureaucrats in Australia and Canada, Public Administration Review
Althaus C; Carson L; Smith K, 2021, 'Rethinking the commissioning of consultants for enhancing government policy capacity', Policy Sciences, vol. 54, pp. 867 - 889, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11077-021-09441-3
Althaus C; Carson L; Sullivan H; van Wanrooy B, 2021, 'Research and education in public sector practice: a systems approach to understanding policy impact', Policy Design and Practice, vol. 4, pp. 309 - 322, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/25741292.2021.1977478
Althaus, C. (2021). Cultural Fluency Training for the Twenty-First Century Public Servant. In H. Sullivan, H. Dickinson and H. Henderson (eds). The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant. Palgrave Macmillan.
Threlfall, D. and Althaus, C. (2021). A quixotic quest? Making theory speak to practice. In T. Mercer, R. Ayres, B. Head and J. Wanna (eds). Learning Policy, Doing Policy: Interactions between Public Policy Theory, Practice and Teaching. Canberra: ANU E-Press.
Althaus, C. and Threlfall, D. (2021). The Policy Cycle and Policy Theory: From Theory-building to Policy Making. In W.B. Hildreth, G. Miller and E.L. Lindquist (Eds). Handbook of Public Administration, 4th edition. Routledge.
Althaus, C. (2021). Political Science and the Arts as allies and strange bedfellows – a chapter in five parts. In Rhodes, R.A.W. and Hodgett, S. (eds). Blurring Genres: Recovering the Humanities for Political Science and Area Studies. Springer.
Althaus, C. (2020). Different paradigms of evidence and knowledge: Recognising, honouring, and celebrating Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 79, pp. 187 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12400