Honorary Professor
Contact Details:
Email: roger.scott@uq.edu.au
BA (Hons), Political Science, University of Tasmania
Diploma in public administration, Rhodes Scholarship
Sessional tutor in ancient history
DPhil, University of Oxford, Industrial relations
Rockefeller Foundation Teaching Fellowship at the University of East Africa, Kampala.
Research interests:
  • Professor Scott has published extensively across a range of disciplines, including public administration, public policy, education and development administration.
  • Of particular relevance to the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry is his work on the Queensland public service in the 1990’s, African colonial and post-colonial development, Northern Ireland in the 1970’s, education and politics in Queensland in the 1980’s, the changing role of universities and the Athenian empire.
  • His current research interest is focused on Queensland political history.
Management Experience:
  • 1977-1987: JD Story Professor of Public Administration, University of Queensland); served periodically as Head of the Department of Government, on various university committees, then as Deputy President and President of the University Academic Board. Awarded title of Emeritus Professor 1987
  • 1987-1990: Principal of the Canberra CAE, then Vice-Chancellor of the successor organisation, the University of Canberra
  • 1990-1994: Director General of Education, State Government of Queensland
  • 1994 – 2000: Dean of Arts, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2000-2002: Professor of Public Management, Faculty of Business, QUT
  • Consultant on tertiary education for Commonwealth, several state governments and international aid organisations. Short courses for Queensland Premier’s Department
Recent Activity in POLSIS:
  • 2003- 2007: Fractional appointment and then sessional lecturer
  • Postgraduate courses on public policy and on development administration Program Co-ordinator for postgraduate awards in public policy and governance
  • Inaugurated public service internships and prevocational course for undergraduates
  • Supervised students on individual projects ranging from undergraduate to doctoral awards, participated in graduate seminars
  • External examiner of research theses for a wide range of Australian universities.
  • 2008- 2011 Honorary Professor. One subject each first semester until 2011
  • Book chapters and articles (70+) on African politics and industrial relations, Northern Ireland, Australian public sector management, public policy and higher education policy.
  • Author/editor of textbooks on the politics of new states and on interest groups and public policy in the Australian states.
  • Monographs on Ugandan industrial relations, politics in Northern Ireland, education policy in Queensland.
  • Please see the following link for a list of Professor Scott's publications.
Other Activities and Service:
  • Foundation member of the Centre for the Government of Queensland and had particular responsibility for setting up the program of interviews with politicians and senior public servants lodged on the Centre’s website as “Queensland Speaks”.   He remains active in the Centre as it extends its range of interviews and its research activity, with a particular focus in his own research on non-Labor parties during the 1990’s.
  • Involved in the promotion of the study of classics, having previously taught ancient history when Dean of Arts at QUT.  He is currently Vice President of the alumni group, Friends of Antiquity.

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