Associate Professor Cassandra Star

Associate Professor

College of Business, Government and Law

place Social Sciences South (331)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr. Cassandra Star teaches in the Graduate Program in Public Administration in the Department of Politics and Public Policy. Cassandra is an established career academic with a well developed profile as a researcher, as an academic leader, and as a professional engaged with the profession and the community.

Cassandra has been teaching political science and environmental studies across the Australian higher education sector for two decades, specialising in inspiring students about their place in the political world and awakening them to the political nature of their actions. She has been twice awarded a national teaching citation from the Office of Learning and Teaching. She has taught both undergraduates and postgraduates, and is an experienced postgraduate supervisor.

Cassandra's research centres on environmental politics and policy, with a focus on the politics of climate change and on the role, actions and influence of non-government organisations in this arena. She is particularly interested in both the political influence of the movement, but also the formal and informal networks and social learning that occurs between groups in the non-government sector around climate change issues.

Cassandra engages with the broader public on political and policy issues by giving public talks, by doing training for the Institute of Public Administration Australia (SA), and via her work with various government departments and agencies.

  • PhD Monash University
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning University of Southern Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Australian Environmental Studies) Hons (I) Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Science (Australian Environmental Studies) Griffith University
Honours, awards and grants

Honours and Awards

  • Office of Learning and Teaching Citation (2014) - For over two decades of empowering and supporting individuals to develop their political identity and engage with the political world, enabling active global citizens.
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Teaching Award (2010).
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation - For Institutional Leadership in Creating and Sustaining a University-wide Situated Professional Development Initiative to Improve Learning and Teaching Quality by Empowering Academic Teaching Staff (2009).
  • Membership, Flinders University College of Distinguished Educators (2009).
  • Membership, University of Southern Queensland Teaching Academy (2008).
  • Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2007).
  • Excellence in Design and Delivery of Teaching Materials (2007).


  • Cassandra Star. Visiting Fellowship. Centre for the Study of Australian Politics. Australian National University.
  • Cassandra Star and Helen McLaren, 2018. (Australia Indonesia Institute / Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). $30000. Women's public sector leadership: Learning from what works.
  • Cassandra Star, 2012. (Flinders University Re-Entry Fellowship). $49497. Understanding state-civil society engagement by analysing the relationship between ENGOs, citizens and the state in periods of significant political change.
  • Cassandra Star & Jacquelin McDonald, 2010. (ALTC). $218000. Identifying, building and sustaining leadership capacity for communities of practice in higher education.
Key responsibilities
  • Research Theme Leader, Governance and Policy for Social Justice (2017-)
  • Research Section Head, Politics, Public Policy and Global Affairs (2017-)
  • Head of Discipline, Politics and Public Policy (2016-2017)
  • Deputy Chair - University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (2014-2017)
  • Academic Coordinator - Public Sector Management Program (2012-2016)
  • Independent Chair, Outer Southern Innovation Community Action Networks Executive Management Committee, DECD (2010-2014)
Research expertise
Policy and administration
Political science
Research interests
  • Environmental policy and politics
  • Climate change policy and politics
  • Climate activism in Western democracies
  • Global environmental issues
  • Green political theory
Topic coordinator
POAD9129 Environmental Policy and Governance
Supervisory interests
Climate change
Comparative politics
Environment movements
Environment policy
Environmental politics
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Climate Change Policy (2), Young people, political participation and social media (1), Sociology - violence studies, activism (1)
Associate supervisor: Food policy and public health (1)
Principal supervisor: Climate Change Policy (2)
Associate supervisor: Federalism and International Relations (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Ben Lohmeyer

Winner, Flinders University 3MT Competition - AUG 2014