Michele Ferguson, Brian Head, Adrian Cherney and Paul Boreham

Michele Ferguson is a research officer in the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. Her research interests include evidence-based policy, environmental and social policy, and environmental sociology. Brian Head is professor of policy analysis in the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. He has wide experience in government and academia. His research projects are concerned with the interface between good science and good policymaking, across a range of social, economic and environmental policy areas, and issues requiring collaboration to resolve complex problems. lAdrian Cherney is a senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on evidence-based policy and practice. Another focus of his work is on community cooperation with authorities e.g. police and government. He is currently undertaking research on community cooperation in counter-terrorism. Paul Boreham is an emeritusprofessor in the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. He was formerly Director of the University of Queensland Social Research Centre and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies. He has published and researched in the fields of employment and labor market analysis, policy studies and social and economic change.

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Policymakers Standoffish With Academic Research

The disparity between academics’ perception of the impact of their research and the opinions of Australian policymakers was recently underlined by a team of researchers from the University of Queensland who undertook cross-sectional surveys and semi-structured interviews with social science academic researchers and personnel in policy-relevant roles in public sector agencies.

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