Michael Mintrom


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to working with PhD students whose interests relate to public policy, policy design, and the politics of policy making.

1993 …2020

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Personal profile

Monash teaching commitment

APG5103 Policy Analysis and Evaluation


Professor Michael Mintrom is an authority on public policy processes and advocacy. His award-winning research on policy entrepreneurship has been highly influential. Throughout his academic career, Michael has advanced knowledge of effective policy development, how policies can have strong, positive impacts, and how academic research can better inform practice. His models of strategic policy development have had significant impact across various areas of government activity. 

Michael serves both as a Professor of Public Policy and as the inaugural Director of Monash University's Better Governance and Policy campus-wide research focus area. In these roles, he deploys his strategic leadership and management capabilities to foster effective collaborations between university researchers and practitioners. He has significant experience in leading teams, strategic planning, and the management of complex and novel projects. 

Prior to his current role, Michael was Professor of Public Sector Management, fully seconded from Monash University to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). There, Michael served as Academic Director of the acclaimed Executive Master of Public Administration degree, offered in collaboration with multiple university partners. He retains this connection as an ANZSOG Fellow. 

As well as having published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, Michael is the author of Policy Entrepreneurs and Dynamic Change (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Public Policy: Investing for a Better World (Oxford University Press, 2019), Contemporary Policy Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2012), People Skills for Policy Analysts (Georgetown University Press, 2003), and Policy Entrepreneurs and School Choice (Georgetown University Press, 2000).  He is co-editor of Successful Public Policy: Lessons from Australia and New Zealand (ANU Press, 2019) and Political Leadership in New Zealand (Auckland University Press, 2006) and co-author of Public Entrepreneurs: Agents for Change in American Government (Princeton University Press, 1995). For more detail on his publications, go to Michael's Google Scholar page.

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, PhD, Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Economics, MA (Honours), The University of Canterbury

English Literature, BA, The University of Canterbury

External positions

Fellow, Australia and New Zealand School of Government

Research area keywords

  • Public Policy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Policy Process
  • Evidence-based policy
  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • Educational Administration


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