This blog began in social isolation – during the 2020 pandemic, here in Melbourne. (Home isolation can be crowded – ours has included 3 teenagers and a dog).

For over two decades I’ve been studying, teaching and writing about higher education policy, organisation and management, and university sector finances. My Ph.D. (RMIT University, 2005) studied the practice of leading change and adaptive leadership in Australian universities. It looked back to the events of the 1980s and 1990s. But since then the sector has seen further change. And now, what looks like much more to come.

Since 2005 I’ve worked mainly at the University of Melbourne as a senior lecturer, program leader and occasional internal consultant, with the LH Martin Institute and the Melbourne Centre for the Study or Higher Education. After my contract there ended, I worked for a year at Monash University as a higher education policy adviser.

In recent years I’ve undertaken policy and process reviews in the university sector. This includes expert advice on change management in universities, and their policy responses to the 2019 French Review. From May 2017 to May 2022 I’ve had an Honorary Senior Fellow role, with the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. I have a strong interest in promoting academic freedom and viewpoint diversity, and am a member of Heterodox Academy. You can contact me privately at

Geoff Sharrock