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

For 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. 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 internal consultant, with the LH Martin Institute and the Melbourne Centre for the Study or Higher Education. In 2017-2018 I worked 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 on their policy responses to the 2019 French Review.

Most recently, in 2022 I’ve worked on a free inquiry and viewpoint diversity project in Australian universities, funded by Heterodox Academy.

Currently I’m a member of Heterodox Academy and (from November 2022) an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences.

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Geoff Sharrock