Professor Andrew Parkin

Emeritus Professor

College of Business, Government and Law

place Social Science South (389)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Parkin is a political scientist who has taught and published across a range of subjects in the fields of public policy, public administration, Australian government and politics, intergovernmental relations, and applied political philosophy. He has served as Editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science, as President of the Australasian Political Studies Association and as a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts. He is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a former Fulbright scholar. His academic career at Flinders University has included terms as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (from 2007 to 2017); Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law; Associate Head (Research) of the former Faculty of Social Sciences; Head of the former School of Political and International Studies; and Director of the Flinders Institute of Public Policy and Management.


PhD, Harvard University, 1978
MA, Harvard University, 1976
MA, University of Adelaide, 1976
BA (Hons), University of Adelaide, 1973
BA, University of Adelaide, 1972

Honours, awards and grants
  • National Fellow, Institute of Public Administration Australia, inducted May 2008
  • Fulbright Scholar 1974-1978
  • Frank Knox Fellow, Harvard University 1974-1977
Key responsibilities

Course coordinator, Bachelor of International Relations and Political Science

College academic integrity officer

Teaching responsibility for:

  • POLI2011 Australian Public Policy
  • POLI3069 The Politics of the Australian Welfare State
  • POLI3007/POLI7012 South Australian Parliamentary Internship
  • POAD8007 Policy Analysis
  • POAD9050/9057 Master of Public Administration capstone dissertations
Teaching interests
Professor Parkin has taught aspects of governmental and public policy processes, intergovernmental relations within the Australian federal system, urban and housing policy, aspects of criminal justice policy, immigration policy, Australian and South Australian politics, and liberal-democratic theory and practice. He has been involved in a range of teaching programs and initiatives, especially in relation to the teaching of politics and public policy
Supervisory interests
Australian government and politics
Crime policy
Housing policy
Immigration policy
Leaders and leadership
Liberal democracy and its critics
Local government
Management/public sector management
Refugee law and policy
Representative democracy
Social welfare
Urban and housing studies
Urban planning in Australia
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