Professor Adam Graycar

Academic Status

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Adam Graycar was a lecturer Social Policy at Flinders until his departure in 1980 to become the Foundation Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. In the intervening decades he has held a wide range of academic and government posts. In 2015 he returned as strategic professor in public policy.

He acquired extensive policy experience over 22 years in the senior level posts he has held in government, both Federal and State. His most recent government position was Head, Cabinet Office, Government of South Australia (2003-2007). He also had nine years (1994-2003) as head of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, the Australian Institute of Criminology a government agency whose task is to provide quality information and conduct policy oriented research. He was also the nation’s first Commissioner for the Ageing (1985-1990).

Before returning to Flinders his most recent academic posts were Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, and before that, Dean and Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

He has worked in many public policy domains and his current work is on integrity and corruption prevention in Australia and internationally. He is working closely with international agencies such as the United Nations (UNODC) and the World Bank, as well as teaching specialist courses in leading universities in Asia, Europe and North America.

His latest book Understanding and Preventing Corruption (with Tim Prenzler) was published in the UK and New York in October 2013. He is the author of over 250 scholarly publications, has two doctorates from the University of NSW, and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.


B.A.   (Hons in Political Science)   University of NSW

Ph.D.  (Public Policy)   University of NSW

D. Litt  (Social Policy- by examination)   University of NSW

Honours, awards and grants

Member. Order of Australia (AM)

Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences, Australia (FASSA)

Fellow, Australian Institute of Management (FAIM)

Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)

Co-Chair of the Quality of Governance Working Group of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (since 2012)

President of the Australian Social Policy Association. (2013-2017)

Awarded Centenary Medal (2003)