Associate Professor Cassandra Star


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Research Biography

I am Associate Professor of Public Policy in the College of Business, Government and Law. I am currently Research Section Head and Research Theme Leader for Flinders Government. I have previously been Head of Department of Politics and Public Policy at Flinders University. She has an Honours degree from Griffith University and a PhD from Monash University.

My research is concentrated on the interface between politics and the policy process and the subsequent impact of these dynamics on policy formulation. In particular, the ways in which stakeholders shape and manipulate the climate policy agenda is the current focus of my work. My research has attracted over $830 000 in funding, including Category 1 funding. I have been awarded visiting appointments and esteemed fellowships, including by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. I review grant applications for prestigious national and international competitive schemes. I am an active peer reviewer.

I am highly sought after to provide advice and professional development services to state and federal government agencies. Clients have included the South Australian Department of State Development, ReturnToWorkSA and HealthWorkforce Australia. I have chaired government boards, including for the Department of Education and Child Development. I was the academic coordinator of the Public Sector Management Program for the Australian Public Service Commission from 2013-2015 and managed the team that delivered this $1.6m dollar project from Flinders University. I am a member of the Institute of Public Administration, South Australian branch's Strategic Advisory Committee.

I am an outstanding, internationally recognised innovative educator. I am the recipient of eight teaching awards across my career, including two prestigious Office of Learning and Teaching competitive National Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

I provide significant leadership within political science nationally and internationally, including convening the Environmental Politics and Policy Standing Committee for the Australian Political Science Association.

Research Interests

  • Environmental policy and politics
  • Climate change policy and politics
  • Climate activism in Western democracies
  • Global environmental issues
  • Green political theory


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