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Professor Linda Botterill (Head of School)

Academic Fellow at the Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis
School of Government & Policy 
Highest Qualification – Phd
HDR Completions - 3

Contact Details
Phone No.: +61 (0) 2 6201 2435


My research is driven by a strong interest in the policy development process; both in understanding how policy is made and the connections between politics and policy.  This is increasingly leading me into the sub-field of political psychology.  The centerpiece of my current research agenda is a contract with Edward Elgar for a book focusing on the role of values in the policy process.  This constitutes a new analytical lens through which to view the policy development process and politics more generally.

Contributing to the empirical basis for the book is an ARC Discovery project which takes a values analytic approach to understanding land use conflict in rural Australia.  This research is seeking to identify the key values that influence attitudes towards rural Australia and the extent to which these limit policy options.  More broadly than agricultural policy, a values analytic approach to policy has important implications for evidence-based policy making as well as for common conceptions of the policy process such as the policy cycle. 

Because of my strong background in Australian rural policy, much of my research has drawn on it as the basis for broader analytical work around the nature of politics and policy.

  • Understanding land use conflict in rural Australia: A values analytic approach 
    ARC Discovery Grant DP140100311
    Chief Investigators: Linda Botterill, Geoff Cockfield, Helen Berry
  • The role of science in the policy process: responding to drought in Australia and the USA
    ARC Discovery Grant DP1096759
    Chief Investigator: Linda Botterill
  • Australia and the European Union: a study of a changing trade and business relationship
    ARC Linkage Grant LP0990000
    Chief Investigators: John Ravenhill, Don Kenyon, Pierre van der Eng, Linda Botterill, Christopher Findlay, Anne McNaughton, Hussain Rammal, Ann Capling.
  • Berry, Helen Louise, Botterill, Linda Courtenay, Cockfield, Geoff and Ning Ding (2016) 'Identifying and measuring agrarian sentiment in regional Australia' Agriculture and Human Values early view online published 28 January
  • Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Geoff Cockfield (2016) 'The relative importance of landscape amenity and health impacts in the wind farm debate in Australia' Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning early view online published 27 January
  • Botterill,Linda Courtenay (2012) Wheat Marketing in Transition: The Transformation of the Australian Wheat Board Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands;
  • Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Carsten Daugbjerg (2015) 'Commensalistic institutions and value conflicts: the World Trade Organization and global private food standards' European Political Science Review 7(1): 23-42;

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Linda is available for a HDR supervision consultation to prospective students.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Public policy theory and practice
  • Australian Politics
  • Political Psychology
  • Party Politics, particularly the role of coalitions

Research Theories / Models of Interest

  • Historical Institutionalism
  • Values analysis
  • Integrative approaches to public policy

Research Methods of Interest

  • Qualitative research
  • Interviews
  • Sociological discourse analysis