Dr Alastair Stark

Associate Professor

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52655


Alastair is a public policy scholar, a crisis management expert and has an ongoing interest in the institutionalization of participatory modes of governance. His current policy research examines the role that institutional amnesia plays in the policy process, his crisis management research has been focused upon the relationship between public inquiries and lesson-learning, and in relation to participatory governance, he is currently examining the validity of different forms of deliberative democracy in the context of Australian environmental policy. Alastair has published widely in high-ranking international journals and is the recipient of the Mayer Prize (best paper in the Australian Journal of Political Science) and the Lasswell Prize (best paper in Policy Sciences). He has authored three books, won three large-scale Australian Research Council Discovery grants and is always looking for outstanding students who may be interested in completing PhDs in relation to the topics outlined above.

Research Interests

  • Public Policy
  • Governance
  • Crisis Management
  • Deliberative Democracy


  • Bachelor (Honours) of Arts, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde
  • Masters (Coursework) of Science, University of Strathclyde


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Book Chapter

  • Stark, Alastair (2023). Measuring public inquiry success. New directions in royal commissions and public inquiries: do we need them?. (pp. 195-215) edited by Scott Prasser. Australia: Connor Court.

  • Stark, Alastair (2021). Policy learning in the Australian public service. The Oxford handbook of Australian politics. (pp. 397-414) edited by Jenny M. Lewis and Anne Tiernan. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198805465.013.24

  • Stark, Alastair (2019). Institutional Amnesia and Crisis Management Analysis. Oxford Encyclopedia of Crisis Analysis. (pp. 1-15) edited by Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Sanneke Kuipers, Allan McConnell and John Thomas Preston. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1526

Journal Article

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision