Head of School

Welcome to the School of Social Sciences from Dr Christopher Walker

Chris WalkerWelcome to the School of Social Sciences, where we do our best to provide good quality education, inspire our students to excel, and promote a vibrant environment for learning and research!

Whether you're a current student or potential student, an existing client or recent visitor, I invite you to know more about the degree programs we offer, the research we do, and the activities we engage in. I'm sure you will find something that is of interest or benefit to you.

In a nutshell, we offer:

  • 4 undergraduate programs
  • 5 plans in the Bachelor of Arts degree
  • 7 postgraduate coursework programs
  • 5 Masters by Research programs
  • 6 PhD programs

We actively engage in research through individual staff and collaborative research projects, through thesis research of our students at the postgraduate and Honours levels. Our School publications form part of the achievements documented in the Research section of this website.

I hope your visit, or extended stay with us, will (always) be a pleasant experience!

Dr Christopher Walker
Head of School


Chris joined UNSW in 2005 as senior lecturer and took on responsibility for teaching policy related courses in the school’s postgraduate and undergraduate programs as well as the management of the Master of Policy Studies program. Chris has a strong interest in learning and teaching matters and has completed a postgraduate certificate in University Learning and Teaching. For the period January 2011 to July 2012 he took up the position of Deputy Head of School with responsibility for learning and teaching matters. Chris was subsequently appointed Head of School, commencing in this role from July 2012.

Prior to joining UNSW Chris was a member of the NSW Senior Executive Service working at The Cabinet Office. Chris has had extensive experience working in various senior management and policy positions across a number of NSW public sector agencies. This has included the NSW Department of Health, the Roads and Traffic Authority, The Cabinet Office and the Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator.

Chris has extensive experience in social policy development, intergovernmental relations and micro-economic reform. Based on his work at line and central agencies Chris is able to bring a practical insight into the activities of policy analysis, policy development and regulatory reform across a range of policy sectors.

Chris holds an adjunct position with the Australian New Zealand School of Government teaching into their Executive Masters program, which is targeted at middle to senior level managers of the Australian and New Zealand public service. Chris also contributes to the ANZSOG executive development program for Pacific Island senior executives and Directors-General of public sector agencies.

Chris’s PhD thesis examined regulation and compliance in the Australian trucking sector.