Institutional Memory, Public Policy and Non-State Actors

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Although recognised as important, the potential role of institutional memory in relation to the effectiveness of public policies has either been ignored by public policy scholars or researched in state-centric ways. Consequently, the nature and the effects of changes in institutional memory amongst non-state policy actors are not well known. This project will therefore analyse the institutional memory of national and international policy organisations in order to:

  1. Determine the extent of institutional memory within non-state actors at the national and international level;
  2. Analyse the effects of changes in institutional memory in relation to public policy;
  3. Deliver practitioner focused prescriptions for mitigating the negative impacts of institutional memory loss.

The PhD applicant will work (and be supervised) via a team of ARC Discovery researchers who will be conducting an international comparative project of institutional memory within the public services of three Westminster systems (Australia, New Zealand, UK) and across four policy areas (foreign aid, domestic violence, crisis management and energy policy). This PhD project will complement the project via its focus on policy networks above and beyond the state, preferably via an analysis of non-state actors in one of the four policy areas. 

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $28,854 per annum tax free (2022 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Alastair Stark

School of Political Science and International Studies


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative methods in relation to public policy would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of political science, public policy and the potential for scholastic success.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 4, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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