Researcher

Dr Christopher Walker

My Expertise

Public policy analysis, public value, regulatory reform and compliance, the role of regulation as a policy tool of governments, digitisation of public services, digital regulation, regulatory approaches to trucking and the heavy vehicle industry, regulatory reform, public sector management and public sector reform, road transport regulation and policy.

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Chris was the Head of the School of Social Sciences (2012- 2018) and now holds an adjunct appointment with UNSW. He is currently the Deputy Dean (University Relations) of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and Academic Director of the Executive Masters of Public Administration (EMPA).  Chris's research interests are in the areas of policy analysis, regulatory reform and compliance. His PhD examined regulatory reform in...view more

Chris was the Head of the School of Social Sciences (2012- 2018) and now holds an adjunct appointment with UNSW. He is currently the Deputy Dean (University Relations) of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and Academic Director of the Executive Masters of Public Administration (EMPA).  Chris's research interests are in the areas of policy analysis, regulatory reform and compliance. His PhD examined regulatory reform in the Australian trucking sector. Chris has worked in numerous Senior Executive roles across the NSW public sector including Health, Road Transport, Rail Safety and Cabinet Office. Chris has extensive experience in policy development, intergovernmental relations and micro-economic and regulatory reform.

Areas of research interest include the role of regulation as a policy tool of governments, regulation of the Australian heavy vehicle industry, the digitisation of public services, regulatory reform and the digitisation of regulation, public sector management, public value and public sector reform. Chris has a keen interest and extensive experience in road transport regulation, compliance and enforcement systems. Chris regularly interacts with and provides advice to government agencies involved in road transport in Australia and internationally.  This has included Sweden, South Africa and the Netherlands.

Chris also has an interest in learning and teaching matters.  This includes the use of case studies in teaching and understanding factors that influence student plagiarism.

Chris teaches public policy in the ANZSOG Executive Masters of Public Administration and is a leader of in-house workshops for public sector agencies on policy analysis and policy practice; public sector leadership, public value, and regulation.  Chris has delivered policy workshops for senior staff of public sector agencies throughout Australia and internationally. 

 

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Public policy and regulation, public value, industry self-regulation, transport regulation

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision

  • Felipe Andres Muñoz Rivera, Measuring the impact of technology transfer from universities: the public value approach: The case of Australia and Chile. Professional Doctorate, Public Policy & Governance. School of Social Sciences,  (Joint Supervisor).
  • Jason O’Neil, Scientia Indigenous PhD Award. Project title: Redefining Indigenous self-determination in Australian public policy. Nura Gili, (Joint Supervisor).

My Qualifications

BHA (Hons) UNSW, MPP SYD, PhD UNSW, Grad Cert University Learning and Teaching UNSW


My Research Activities

Regulatory development and regualtory reform, compliance and enforcement, policy development, university learning and teaching, public sector management and public sector reform

Current Research Projects

Policy Transfer from Australian to Sweden. An examination of innovative road transport compliance programs. 

This project has involved consultation and engagment with road transport agencies and stakeholders in Australia (Transport Certification Australia) and Sweden (Trafikverket and Transportstyrelsen) to examine the process of engagement that results in policy transfer between countries.  The project considers the examination and transfer of  the Australian Intelligent Access Program (IAP), a regulatory compliance program that targets the commercial trucking industry that has been trialled for three years and is being considered for adoption in Sweden.

 Comparative Policy Transfer

This project is undertaking a comparative analysis of two case studies where Australian regulatory models that operate in the road transport sector have been adopted and modified for implementation in other countries.  One case concerns the transfer of voluntary compliance and accreditation program that was transferred to South Africa and the second case concerns the transfer of a compliance program based on vehicle satellite tracking and monitoring (IAP) to Sweden.  The work aims to identify underlying factors that influence and shape policy transfer by examining each case.  Preliminary work will be presented at the International Public Policy Conference, Singapore, June 2017.

Digital Social Services in Australia – how ready are we? (with Dr Sihobhan O'Sullivan, School of Social Sciences, UNSW)

Social services are becoming increasingly digitalised across the OECD. Digitalisation is also increasingly informing Australian employment assistance practices. Centrelink is already heavily reliant on call centres. And private service delivery agencies are increasingly digitalising their processes. This project aims to examin international trends in digitalisation of social services as predictors for Australia, observe trends of social services usage in Australia, and interview policy makers and public servants on digitalisation of social services.  This project aims to examine the extent to which Australian Internet and telephone infrastructure will be able to cope with increased service digitalisation and consider the social policy consequences of infrastructure capacity and constraints. Preliminary work will be presented at the International Public Policy Conference, Singapore, June 2017.


My Engagement

Institute of Public Administration Australia

Australian Political Studies Association

Australia and New Zealand School of Government

Griffith University, School of Government and International Relations


My Teaching

Teaching areas
Policy analysis, Management and policy in organisations, Evidence based policy, Policy case studies.

Current teaching
SLSP5001 Policy Analysis
SLSP5004 Policy and Organizations

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Contact

+61 (2) 9385 3571
+61 (2) 9385 1040