Associate Professor Joshua Newman

Associate Professor- Politics and Public Policy

College of Business, Government and Law

place Social Science South
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Joshua Newman joined Flinders University in June 2015, after spending two years at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane. Joshua's research interests include most aspects of the policy process, including transfer and learning, evidence-based policy, success and failure, and the interaction between the public and private sectors.


PhD, Political Science, Simon Fraser University (2013)

MA, Political Studies, Queen's University (2007)

BA, Political Science, Concordia University (2006)

BEng, Mechanical Engineering, McGill University (2002)

Honours, awards and grants


  • Shortlist nominee, Donner Book Prize 2018 (for best book on public policy by a Canadian): Newman, Joshua, 2017. Governing Public Private Partnerships. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum Award for Best Article (2017): Newman, Joshua and Brian Head. 2017. The National Context of Wicked Problems: Comparing Policies on Gun Violence in the US, Canada, and Australia. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 19(1): 40-53.
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers, 2016, Flinders University


  • Developing policy expertise and a toolkit for evidence-based coordination of national climate resilience using a co-design professional development approach (Year: 2019-2020; Funder: Department of Defence, Australia; Value: AUD$125,877; Role: Co-Chief Investigator)
  • Increasing the capacity of government agencies to undertake evidence-informed policy making (Year: 2019; Funder: Australia and New Zealand School of Government; Value: AUD$10,000; Role: Chief Investigator)

  • Policy capacity for evidence-based policy making in the West Java Provincial Government (Year: 2017-2018; Funder: Government of West Java Province, Indonesia; Value: AUD$19,000; Role: Chief Investigator)

Key responsibilities

Honours and Higher Degrees Coordinator, Politics, Policy, and Global Affairs

Topic coordinator
POAD9135 Project Governance
POAD9045 Research Methods
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Evidence-based policy (1), Activism and policy influence (2)

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