Professor Brian Head

Brian Head




School of Political Science, Centre for Policy Futures

Areas of research & interest:

  • Batteries & storage
  • Behaviour change
  • Biodiversity & conservation
  • Carbon offsets & markets
  • Circular economy
  • Climate change
  • Critical minerals & resources
  • Emissions reduction
  • Environment
  • First Peoples
  • Land use & planning
  • Policy & regulation
  • Social issues
  • Sustainability
  • Technology & innovation


  • Agriculture & environment
  • Battery & energy storage
  • Carbon & environmental markets
  • Emissions reduction & sequestration
  • First Nations
  • Industry & business solutions
  • Policy & regulation
  • Technology solutions
  • Land Use & Regional Planning

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Professor Brian Head joined the University of Queensland in mid-2007 after holding senior roles in government, universities, and the non-government sector. He is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on public management, governance, social isues and environmental policy. His major interests are evidence-based policy, complex or 'wicked' problems, program evaluation, early intervention and prevention, collaboration and consultation, public sector integrity, and leadership. He has undertaken several consultancies on program evaluation, policy review, organisational performance, and good governance processes. He has strong interests in applied research across many areas of public policy and governance, and is committed to building closer links between the research and policy sectors. His recent books include Wicked Problems in Public Policy (2022, Palgrave, open access), Reconsidering Policy (2020, Policy Press, co-authored), and Learning Policy, Doing Policy (2021, ANU Press, co-edited).