Professor Jenny Stewart

School of Business
+61 2 6268 8835


Room 309
Building 27
UNSW Canberra at ADFA


Professor Jenny Stewart joined the ADFA School of Business in July 2009 as Professor of Public Policy. Before joining the School Jenny was Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Canberra and prior to that until 1993, Jenny was a policy adviser in the Australian Public Service, working in a number of agencies, including the Australian Science and Technology Council.

Jenny researches, teaches and writes in the fields of policy analysis, change management and public sector reform. Her books include The lie of the level playing field, (Text Publishing 1994), Renegotiating the environment: the power of politics (co-authored with Grant Jones and published by Federation Press in 2003) The decline of the tealady: management for dissidents (Wakefield Press, 2004). In 2009 Palgrave Macmillan published Jenny’s monograph Public Policy Values. She is currently developing a major project linking public policy and governance.

Her latest book is The dilemmas of engagement: the role of consultation in governance, ANU e-press and Australian New Zealand School of Government, 2009


Stewart J, 2009, Dilemmas of engagement: the role of consultation in governance, Original, ANU e-press, Canberra

Stewart J, 2009, Public Policy Values, Original, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke UK

Book Chapters

Jarvie WK; Stewart J, 2017, 'Multi-level Governance in Aboriginal Community Development: Structures, Processes and Skills for Working across Boundaries', in Daniell KA; Kay A (ed.), Multi-Level Governance. Conceptual Challenges and case studies from Australia, ANU Press, Acton ACT Australia, pp. 211 - 230, 10.22459/MG.11.2017.09

Stewart J, 2015, 'Expert policy advisory bodies', in Head B (ed.), Policy analysis in Australia, Policy Press, Bristol, UK

Stewart J; Maley M, 2013, 'The public sector', in Fenna A; Robbins J; Summers J (ed.), Government and politics in Australia, edn. 10th, Pearson Australia, Sydney, pp. 71 - 86

Journal articles

Jarvie W; Stewart J, 2018, 'Conceptualizing learning in the public sector: the importance of context', International Journal of Public Sector Management, vol. 31, pp. 14 - 30, 10.1108/IJPSM-08-2016-0137

Stewart J; Warn J, 2016, 'Between two worlds: Indigenous leaders exercising influence and working across boundaries', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 10.1111/1467-8500.12218

Stewart J, 2016, 'Path dependence, policy learning and Australian manufacturing since the 1970s', Australian Journal of Political Science, 10.1080/10361146.2016.1239568

Stewart J; Lithgow S, 2015, 'Problems and prospects in urban planning and decision-making: three case studies from the Australian Capital Territory', Policy Studies, 10.1080/01442872.2014.981061.1080/01442872.2014.981061

Stewart J; Jarvie W, 2015, 'Haven't We Been This Way Before? Evaluation and the Impediments to Policy Learning', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, vol. 74, pp. 114 - 127, 10.1111/1467-8500.12140

Stewart J, 2014, 'Implementing an innovative public sector program: the balance between flexibility and control', International Journal of Public Sector Management, vol. 27, pp. 241 - 250, 10.1108/IJPSM-05-2013-0076

Parker R; Stewart J, 2014, 'Energy and food security: is Australia fragile or resilient?', Security Challenges, vol. 10, pp. 51 - 64,

Stewart J; Siallagan W, 2014, 'Implementing financial management reforms in Indonesia: the significance of within-country variability', Asian Review of Public Administration, pp. 64 - 81

Stewart J, 2013, 'Public policy as information', Prometheus, vol. 31, pp. 3 - 19, 10.1080/08109028.2013.763630

Professor JS, 2012, 'Information as control: three performance management scenarios', Public Policy, vol. 7, pp. 141 - 150

Stewart J; Mackie K, 2011, 'When Policy Goes Wrong: The Problem of Transmitted Risk', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 46, pp. 669 - 682, 10.1080/10361146.2011.623662

Conference Papers

Stewart J; Warn J, 2013, 'A new paradigm: indigenous leaders exercising influence and working across boundaries', in Proceedings of the 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, ANZAM, Hobart, pp. 1 - 20, presented at Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Hobart, 04 - 06 December 2013