Dr Christopher Walker

BHA (Hons) UNSW, MPP SYD, PhD UNSW, Grad Cert University Learning and Teaching UNSW

School of Social Sciences


+61 (2) 9385 3571
+61 (2) 9385 1040
134 Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Policy and Administration, Political Science, Australian Government and Politics
Tags: Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis, Economic Framework

Chris is the Head of the School of Social Sciences. Chris's research interests are in the areas of policy analysis, regulatory reform and compliance. His PhD examined regulatory reform in the Australian trucking sector. Chris has worked in senior executive and policy positions in numerous public sector agencies including Health, Road Transport, Rail Safety and Cabinet Office and has extensive experience in policy development, intergovernmental relations and micro-economic and regulatory reform.

Areas of research interest include the role of regulation as a policy tool of governments, regulation of the Australian heavy vehicle industry, intergovernmental relations, federalism, regulatory reform, public sector management and public sector reform. Chris has a keen interest and extensive experience in road transport regulation, compliance and enforcement systems, as well as health policy and health sector reform. Chris regularly interacts with and provides advice to government agencies involved in road transport in Australia and internationally. This has included Sweden, South Africa and the Netherlands.

Chris also has an interest in learning and teaching matters. This includes the use of case studies in teaching and understanding factors that influence student plagiarism.

Chris is an adjunct of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government and teaches in their Executive Masters of Public Administration and is a leader for in-house workshops for public sector agencies on policy analysis and policy practice. Chris has delivered policy workshops for pubic sector agencies in Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide and Sydney. He has also conducted a residential workshop on policy analysis and policy practice for senior public servants of the British Virgin Islands.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Public policy and regulation, industry self-regulation, transport regulation

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision

  • Fabio Jimenez, (Joint Supervisor): An examination of voluntary carbon neutrality programs: the experience of Costa Rica. Professional Doctorate, Public Policy & Governance.


    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    • Walker CK, 2019, 'Policy transfer in a corporatist context: Agents, adjustments and continued innovation', Public Policy and Administration, vol. 34, pp. 308 - 328, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0952076718754617
    • O’Sullivan S;Walker C, 2018, 'From the interpersonal to the internet: social service digitisation and the implications for vulnerable individuals and communities', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 53, pp. 490 - 507, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2018.1519064
    • Walker CK, 2016, 'Neoliberalism and the reform of regulation policy in the Australian trucking sector: policy innovation or a repeat of known pitfalls?', Policy Studies, vol. 37, pp. 72 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2015.1108402
    • Adams D;Colebatch HK;Walker CK, 2015, 'Learning about Learning: Discovering the Work of Policy', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 74, pp. 101 - 111, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12119
    • Walker C;White M, 2014, 'Police, design, plan and manage: developing a framework for integrating staff roles and institutional policies into a plagiarism prevention strategy', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol. 36, pp. 674 - 687, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2014.957895
    • Walker CK, 2014, 'Organizational Learning: The Role of Third Party Auditors in Building Compliance and Enforcement Capability', International Journal of Auditing, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijau.12026
    • Walker C, 2012, 'Improving safety in the Australian trucking industry: The benefits of voluntary accreditation programs', Road and Transport Research, vol. 21, pp. 15 - 23
    • Walker CK, 2009, 'Teaching policy theory and its application to practice using long structured case studies: An approach that deeply engages undergraduate students', International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, vol. 20, pp. 214 - 225

    Edited Books

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching areas
Policy analysis, Management and policy in organisations, Evidence based policy, Policy case studies.

Current teaching
SLSP5001 Policy Analysis
SLSP5004 Policy and Organizations

Engagement and Professional contributions

Institute of Public Administration Australia

Australian Political Studies Association

Adjunct, Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

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