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Prof Linda Botterill

Professor in Australian Public Policy / Head of School of Government & Policy 


PhD, the Australian National University
Grad Dip International Law, the Australian National University
BA (First Class Hons) Griffith University

Career Bio

Professor Botterill’s research builds on nearly fifteen years as a public policy practitioner in the Australian Public Service, as a policy officer in two industry associations and as an adviser to two federal Ministers.  She is the author of Wheat Marketing in Transition: the Transformation of the Australian Wheat Board (Springer 2012) and has published over 50 scholarly journal articles and book chapters.  She is a regular media commentator on drought policy, the wheat industry and rural adjustment.  She is also the co-editor of three books on drought and one on the National Party.


2009 Mayer Prize: Awarded by the Australian Political Studies Association for the Best Article published in the Australian Journal of Political Science in 2008

ANU Vice Chancellor’s Media Award 2008


6268 Public Policy PG
8785 Public Policy in Theory and Practice
8557 Policy Report PG


5 Selected Publications

For all publications please see the External Research Profile links below

Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Carsten Daugbjerg (forthcoming) ‘Commensalistic institutions and value conflicts: the World Trade Organization and global private food standards’ European Political Science Review [accepted for publication December 2013]

Botterill, Linda Courtenay (2012) Wheat Marketing in Transition: The Transformation of the Australian Wheat Board Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Andrew Hindmoor (2012) ‘Turtles all the way down: bounded rationality in an evidence-based age’ Policy Studies 33(5): 367-379

Botterill, Linda Courtenay (2011) ‘Life and death of an institution: the case of collective wheat marketing in Australia’ Public Administration 89(2):629-643

Botterill, Linda Courtenay (2004) ‘Valuing Agriculture: balancing competing objectives in the policy process’ Journal of Public Policy 24(2): 199-218


ARC Discovery Project 2014 (DP140100311): Understanding Land Use Conflict in Rural Australia: A Values Analytic Approach


The policy development process, the role of values in policy and politics, Australian rural policy and politics

External Research Profile

Google Scholar
Twitter - @lindacbotterill

Industry Engagement

Vice President of the Australian Political Studies Association
Member, International Political Studies Association
Member, European Consortium for Political Research
Associate, ANU Centre for European Studies, the Australian National University
Visiting Professor, UNSW Canberra