Brian William Head

The University of Queensland
School of Political Science

School of Political Science
Campbell Road
St Lucia, Queensland
Australia
4072
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Professor Brian Head has held senior roles in government, academia and the non-government sector. He is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on policy processes, public management, social policy and environmental policy. His major interests are evidence-based policy, complexity and wicked problems, regulatory instruments, collaborative governance, program evaluation, early intervention and prevention, service delivery, sustainability policy in water and energy, and community consultation. He is currently researching the interface between the social sciences and decision-making; regional governance and sustainability; and integrated service planning and delivery. He has extensive experience in managing and evaluating collaborations to address major policy issues, especially those involving cross-sectoral and inter-organizational considerations in social policy and natural resources management. He is committed to improving linkages between the research sector, the government sector, and service providers.

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Newman, Josh and Brian W. Head. 2017. "The national context of wicked problems: Comparing policies on gun violence in the US, Canada and Australia". Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 19 (1): 40-53.
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Newman, Josh, Adrian Cherney and Brian W. Head. 2017. "Policy capacity and evidence-based policy in the public service". Public Management Review 19 (2): 157-174.
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Van Rensburgh, Willem, and Brian W. Head. 2017. "Climate change sceptical frames: The case of seven Australian sceptics". Australian Journal of Politics & History 63 (1): 112-128.
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Bellamy, Jenny, Brian W. Head and Helen Ross. 2017. "Crises and institutional change: Emergence of cross-border water governance in Lake Eyre Basin, Australia". Society & Natural Resources 30 (4): 404-420.
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Morgan, Ruth, Yvette Bettini, Tara McCallum and Brian W. Head. 2017. "The interaction of risk allocation and governance arrangements in innovative urban stormwater and recycling projects". Landscape & Urban Planning 164: 37-48.
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Head, Brian W. and Wei-Ning Xiang. 2016. "Why is an APT approach to wicked problems important?" Landscape & Urban Planning 154: 4-7.
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Head, Brian W., Helen Ross and Jenny Bellamy. 2016. "Managing wicked natural resource problems: The collaborative challenge at regional scales in Australia". Landscape & Urban Planning 154: 81-92.
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Muerck, Carla, Harvey Whiteford, Brian W. Head, Wayne Hall and Nick Carah. 2015. "Media and evidence-informed policy development: The case of mental health in Australia". Contemporary Social Science 15 (2): 160-170.
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Newman, Josh, Adrian Cherney and Brian W. Head. 2016. "Do policy makers use academic evidence? Re-examining the 'two communities' theory of research utilization". Public Administration Review 76 (1): 24-32.
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Isett, Kim, Brian W. Head and Gary VanLandingham. 2016. "Caveat Emptor: What do we know about public administration evidence and how do we know it?" Public Administration Review 76 (1): 20-23.
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Newman, Josh and Brian W. Head. 2015. "Categories of failure in climate change mitigation policy in Australia". Public Policy & Administration 30 (3-4): 342-358.
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Head, Brian W. 2017. "Problem definition and the policy process: Wicked Problems". W.R. Thompson et al, eds. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.
URL: http://politics.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228637-e-213
DOI: DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.213
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Crowley, Kate and Brian W. Head. 2017. "Expert advisory bodies in the policy system". Maureen Brans, Iris Geva-May and Michael Howlett, eds. Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis (pp. 181-198). London: Routledge.
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Ross, Helen, Jenny Bellamy and Brian W. Head. 2016. "Collaboration challenges in addressing NRM problems". Rich Margerum and Cathy Robinson, eds. The Challenge of Collaboration in Environmental Governance (pp. 175-195). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
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Head, Brian W. 2017. "Policy-relevant research". Heinz Schandl and Iain Walker, eds. Social Science and Sustainability (pp. 199-209). Melbourne: CSIRO.
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Head, B.W. and Crowley, K. (eds) 2015. Policy Analysis in Australia. Bristol: Policy Press.
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Cherney, A., Head, B.W., et al 2015. "Use of academic social research by public officials", Evidence & Policy 11 (2): 169-188.
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Head, B.W. 2016. "Toward more 'evidence-informed' policy-making?" Public Administration Review 76 (3): 472-484.
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Head, B.W. 2015. "Relationships between policy academics and public servants: Learning at a distance?" Australian Journal of Public Administration 74 (1):5-12.
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Head, B.W. & Alford, J. 2015. "Wicked problems: Implications for public policy and management". Administration & Society 47 (6):711-739
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Head, B.W. 2014. "Managing urban water crises: adaptive policy responses to drought and flood in Southeast Queensland". Ecology & Society 19 (2): 33
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06414-190233
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B.W.Head (2013). ‘How do government agencies use evidence?’ Stockholm: Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. 46 pages
URL: http://www.socialstyrelsen.se/Lists/Artikelkatalog/Attachments/19163/2013-6-38.pdf
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B.W.Head (2013), ‘Evidence-based policy-making for innovation’, in S.P. Osborne & L. Brown (eds), Handbook of Innovation in Public Services, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 143-156.
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Head, Brian 2011. "Governance for Sustainable Regions: can government meet the innovation policy challenge?" Regional Science Policy and Practice, 3 (3): 219-230.
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Head, Brian 2012. "The Contribution of Integrity Agencies to Good Governance", Policy Studies, 33 (1): 7-20.
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Head, B.W. 2008. "Assessing Network-based Collaborations: Effectiveness for Whom?" Public Management Review 10 (6): 733-749.
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Head, B.W. 2010. "Reconsidering Evidence-based Policy: key issues and challenges." Policy and Society 29 (2): 77-94.
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Head, B.W. 2010. "Public Management Research: towards relevance." Public Management Review 12 (5): 571-585.

Substantive Focus:
Environmental Policy
Governance SECONDARY
Social Policy
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY

Keywords

WICKED PROBLEMS GOVERNANCE SOCIAL POLICY COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENT POLICY RESEARCH UTILIZATION