9 February 2022

ANU seeks director for influential Crawford School

| Ian Bushnell
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Fiona Yap

Interim director of the Crawford School of Public Policy Fiona Yap: we’re committed to using our expertise to change the world for the better. Photo: ANU.

The Australian National University (ANU) has launched a global search for a world-leading academic to lead its influential public policy school within the College of Asia and the Pacific.

The Crawford School of Public Policy is presently led by interim director Professor Fiona Yap after previous director Professor Helen Sullivan was appointed Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific last April.

The ANU is seeking an innovative, inspirational leader with demonstrated capacity in leading a high-quality program of learning, teaching and other scholarly activities, contributing to institution-wide strategic activities.

It says the successful candidate will need to be experienced in exercising influence, achieving impact, and working collaboratively to cultivate national and international relationships with a wide range of political, corporate, educational and civil society stakeholders.

The ANU describes the Crawford school as a unique institution in Australian higher education.

It began in 2005 as a national centre for development economics, working specifically in the region. But it evolved into a broad-ranging, multi-disciplinary, global school that retains a firm commitment to the Asia-Pacific and to analyse Australia’s contribution in the region.

School staff, students and alumni play an essential role in shaping public policy through research, education and policy engagement.

The school is home to some of the region’s most prominent researchers. It tackles many of Australia’s and the region’s thorniest issues including public administration, climate change, energy and the environment, immigration and economic development.

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“Our proximity to parliament, our long-standing and strong relationships with the public service and non-government sector, and our commitment to using our expertise to change the world for the better makes us an institution that policymakers trust in and can work with,” Prof. Yap says.

Many staff are active on government committees and in key advisory roles across government, business and civil society.

The ANU says Crawford’s profile and purpose lie at the heart of the university’s new strategic plan, which emphasises being a positive contributor to ‘societal transformation’ through research, education and public policy engagement.

Applications close 3 March.

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Stephen Saunders9:43 am 11 Feb 22

‘The successful applicant will tacitly endorse left-modernist policies that are popular with LibLab governments and beneficial for the universities themselves. This particularly applies to mass immigration, the so-called export model of tertiary education, plus generous work and residency provisions for incoming students.’

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