Chris Walker

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  • Category: Faculty, Staff, EMPA Faculty
  • Job Title: Associate Dean (University Relations)
  • Organisation: ANZSOG
  • Suburb/Town: Melbourne
  • State/Region: NSW
  • Country: Australia

Areas of expertise

  • Public policy
  • Reform/change management
  • Regulation

Find out more about ANZSOG's Executive Master of Public Administration

Chris Walker is the Associate Dean (University Relations) at ANZSOG and Academic Director of the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) degree. Formerly, Head of the School of Social Sciences at UNSW, his research interests was in the areas of policy analysis, regulatory reform and compliance, university learning and teaching, and student plagiarism. Dr Walker has worked in senior executive and policy positions in numerous public sector agencies including health, road transport, rail safety and the Cabinet Office, and has extensive experience in policy development, intergovernmental relations and micro-economic and regulatory reform. Based on his work at line and central agencies, Dr Walker is able to bring a practical insight into the activities of policy analysis, policy development and regulatory reform across a range of policy sectors.

Dr Walker conducts in-house workshops for public sector agencies on policy analysis and policy practice, which has included conducting a residential workshop on policy analysis and policy practice for senior public servants of the British Virgin Islands. He has recently completed an ANZSOG research project on international policy transfer in the road transport sector.

ANZSOG programs

Dr Walker teaches in the following ANZSOG offerings:

- Executive Education:

  • Policy and Program Skills

- Executive Master of Public Administration (Academic Director):

  • Governing by the Rules 

Selected publications

  • Walker, C. (2016). Neoliberalism and the reform of regulation policy in the Australian trucking sector: policy innovation or a repeat of known pitfalls? Policy Studies, 37(1), 72-92.
  • Walker, C. (2016) International policy transfer in the road sector: From Australia to Sweden. ANZSOG research seminar, Sydney, June. doi 10.4225/50/579ED61F1D094.
  • Adams, D., Colebatch, H. K., & Walker, C. K. (2015). Learning about learning: discovering the work of policy. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(2), 101-111.
  • Walker, C., & White, M. (2014). Police, design, plan and manage: developing a framework for integrating staff roles and institutional policies into a plagiarism prevention strategy. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 36(6), 674-687.
  • Walker, C. (2014). Organizational learning: The role of third party auditors in building compliance and enforcement capability. International Journal of Auditing, 18(3), 213-222.