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Associate Professor Michael Paddon

Biography

Mick Paddon has joined ISF from UTS's Centre for Local Government. Originally trained in economics and the social sciences he has particular expertise in innovative approaches to strategic, integrated and sustainable development and the economic, social and political impacts of organisational change focussing on the public sector and public services and utilities. He has over twenty years experience of working as an academic and policy adviser to governments at local, state and national levels in Australia, the UK and throughout Asia, to international bodies, including the UN and ILO, and to national and international NGOs. In the past five years he has worked on international projects of evaluation and capacity building in Nepal, the Philippines and Vietnam leading teams of international and local advisers and researchers.
He has worked in four Universities in Australia, including several years as Director of the Public Sector Research Centre (PSRC) at the University of New South Wales.
Prior to coming to Australia he headed a national association of local government in the UK and worked for local government's main advisory and resource organisation after several years leading research in innovative councils and council organisations. He has also researched and taught in four UK Universities.

Casual Academic, University Casual Academics
Associate Member, Institute for Sustainable Futures
BA (Hons) (Camb), MA (Camb), MA (Essex)
 
Phone
+61 2 9514 4950
Room
CB10.11.13
Can supervise: Yes

Books

Paddon, M. 1998, Contracting out and competitive tendering, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Sydney.
prepared for inclusion on a CD ROM
Paddon, M. & Thanki, R. 1995, Australia's Contracting Public Services: Critical Views of Contracting Out by the Public Sector, Public Sector Research Centre, University of NSW, Sydney.
Collected papers no 2
Paddon, M. & Johnson, M. 1995, Keeping our heads above water: Is privatisation of the New South Wales water industry inevitable?, Public Sector Research Centre, University of NSW, Sydney.
PSRC paper no. 37 Is this co-author any relation to any of the other Michael Johnsons?
Paddon, M. 1993, Competitive Tendering and Contracting Out in British Local Government 1979 - 1992, Public Sector Research Centre, University of NSW, Sydney.
Paddon, M. 1991, The Real Costs of Contracting-out: Re-assessing the Australian Debate from U.K. Experience, Public Sector Research Centre, Sydney.
Paddon, M. 1980, Hulme Crescents: Council Housing in the 1970s, Conference of Social Economists, Manchester.
Paddon, M. 1980, Direct Labour Under Attack, Conference of Social Economists, London.
Paddon, M. 1978, Building With Direct Labour, Conference of Social Economists, London.
Paddon, M. & Busfield, J. 1977, Thinking about Children, 1, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Chapters

Paddon, M. 2001, 'Making Australia home: transnational corporations in the globalisation of Australia' in Shiels Christopher (ed), Globalisation:Australian Impacts, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 1-312.
Globalisation: Australian prospects was a mistake
Paddon, M. 1999, 'Labour, Privatisation and Restructuring in the Asia Pacific' in Teicher, J. (ed), Public Sector Industrial Relations: Australian and International Perspectives, National Key Centre for Industrial Relations, Monash University, Melbourne, pp. 387-422.
Paddon, M. 1998, 'International regulation of public contracting' in Small, R. (ed), A Global State? Implications of Globalisation and Challenges for the Public Sector in Australia, Public Sector Research Centre, University of NSW, Sydney.
PSRC Collected papers number 4
Paddon, M. 1997, 'Contracting-out' in Shafritz Jay, M. (ed), International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration, Westview Press Inc, Boulder, Colorado.
Paddon, M. 1994, 'Taking contracting seriously: the current debate in the UK and Europe' in Coulter Jane (ed), Doing More with Less? Contracting Out and Efficiency in the Public Sector, Public Sector Research Centre, Sydney.
Collected papers no 1, 88pp
Paddon, M. 1993, 'EC public procurement directives and the competition from European contractors for local authority contracts in the UK' in Clarke, T. & Pitelis, C. (eds), The Political Economy of Privatization, Routledge, London, pp. 159-185.
The question of whether privatization has worked has only recently begun to be answered. Earlier studies of privatization have been largely concerned with a theoretical analysis of privatization policy. "The Political Economy of Privatisation" is the most comprehensive and up to date survey of the experience of privatization programs in practice over the last ten years. The contributors provide an international analysis of the extensive privatization of the public sector in the advanced industrial countries; the rapid marketization of the East European countries; and the pressures upon developing countries to adopt deregulation and privatization as the route towards economic growth. The results demonstrate that privatization far from being a uniform process can take many forms, from wholesale denationalization to the contracting of competitive tendering.
Paddon, M. 1992, 'Quality in an enabling context' in Sanderson, I. (ed), The Management of Quality in Local Government, Longman, London.
Paddon, M. 1989, 'The future of direct labour organisations' in Kisanga Aida (ed), A Brick in Time, South East Economic Development Strategy Association, London.

Conferences

Willis, P.J. & Paddon, M. 2011, 'Panacea or snake oil? An examination of local government reform process in New South Wales', Proceedings of the Local Government Researchers Forum 2011: Local Governance in Transition, ACELG (Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government), University of Technology, Sydney, pp. 1-12.
Willetts, J.R., Carrard, N.R., Retamal, M.L., Mitchell, C.A., Nguyen, H., Nguyen, D.G.N. & Paddon, M. 2010, 'Cost-effectiveness analysis as a methodology to compare sanitation options in peri-urban Can Tho, Vietnam', Pumps, Pipes and Promises. Costs, Finances and Accountability for Sustainable WASH Services. A collection of papers from the IRC Symposium 2010., IRC (International Water and Sanitation Centre), Netherlands, pp. 144-159.
It is challenging to make decisions about sanitation scale and technology choice for urban areas, however costing analyses have an important role to play in assisting determination of the most appropriate systems for a given context. The most appropriate technological system is the one that finds a locally acceptable balance between social (e.g., public health) outcomes, environmental (e.g., pollution, resource use and resource recovery) outcomes, and financial and economic outcomes (i.e. the costs and benefits for individuals, public and private organisations, and local society). There are many costing methods available. This paper describes the use of a cost-effectiveness analysis built on integrated resource planning principles. This method is suited to situations where the overall goal is already clear (in this case, that a wastewater service is required) and the analysis is conducted to identify the least cost solution to reach this goal. This costing method was used in conjunction with a deliberative sustainability assessment process that addressed non-monetary factors. The paper outlines the analytical approach adopted in the cost analysis as well as providing detailed discussion of the many decisions inherent in undertaking such an analysis
Paddon, M. 1994, 'Evaluating the Federal Government's privatisation proposals', In Search of a Comprehensive Australian Shipping Policy, Australian Maritime College, Launceston.
Paddon, M. 1980, 'Housing, Construction and the State', Housing, Construction and the State, Conference of Social Economists, London.

Journal articles

Willetts, J.R., Paddon, M., Nguyen, D.G.N., Nguyen, H. & Carrard, N.R. 2013, 'Sustainability assessment of sanitation options in Vietnam: Planning with the future in mind', Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 262-268.
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This paper describes a participatory deliberative planning methodology employed in Can Tho, Vietnam to assess sanitation infrastructure options for a new peri-urban area with an expected population of 278,000 people. The study compared four options across a range of scales from centralised to decentralised treatment systems, and also included an innovative resource recovery option with urine collection and reuse in local agriculture. The study was undertaken in close collaboration with the local water utility, a local university, and several city government departments. In the sustainability assessment process key city stakeholders ranked the four options against criteria in five areas: (i) technical and risk, (ii) social and health, (iii) environmental, (iv) economic and financial, (v) city future. Stakeholders were provided with detailed information about each option, including quantitative data such as costs and energy use, and qualitative data against areas such as social acceptability. The assessment made evident the trade-offs between these five areas, and after their prioritisation, stakeholders agreed on the option that combined centralised treatment for the densely populated area to be inhabited earlier, and decentralised treatment for the remaining area. The methodology provided a robust way for stakeholders to engage in informed decision-making on this important planning issue.
Carrard, N.R., Willetts, J.R., Mitchell, C.A., Paddon, M. & Retamal, M.L. 2011, 'Selecting sanitation solutions for Peri-urban areas: A case study of Can Tho, Vietnam', Water Practice & Technology, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 1-19.
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In peri-urban areas where infrastructure investments have not yet been made, there is a need to determine the most context-appropriate, fit for purpose and sustainable sanitation solutions. Decision makers must identify the optimal system scale (on the spectrum from centralized to community to cluster scale) and assess the long-term costs and socio-economic/environmental impacts associated with different options. Addressing both cost-effectiveness and sustainability are essential to ensure that institutions and communities are able to continue to bear the costs and management burden of infrastructure operation, maintenance and asset replacement. This paper describes an approach to sanitation planning currently being undertaken as a research study in Can Tho City in southern Vietnam, by the Institute for Sustainable Futures and Can Tho University in collaboration with Can Tho Water Supply and Sewerage Company. The aim of the study is to facilitate selection of the most context-appropriate, fit for purpose, cost effective and sustainable sanitation infrastructure solution. As such, the study compares a range of sanitation alternatives including centralized, decentralized (at household or cluster scale) and resource recovery options. This paper provides an overview of the study and considers aspects of the Can Tho and Vietnamese regulatory, development and institutional context that present drivers and challenges for comparison of options and selection of fit for purpose sanitation systems
Paddon, M., Pillora, S.D. & Herriman, J. 2010, 'Mission unaccomplished: the drive for sustainability', Government News, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 20-21.
Herriman, J., Partridge, E.Y. & Paddon, M. 2008, 'Planning for sustainability in NSW local government', Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-9.
Local councils in the state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia are starting to give serious consideration to how they can include 'sustainability' in their planning for the future. There is no statutory requirement to create a sustainability plan and therefore no standard definition of what constitutes such a plan for local government in NSW. The same is true of the term `sustainability', for which there is no standard or legislative definition. However, the NSW state division of Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA - a professional organization for council managers) has recently released a `Sustainability Health Check' as a resource to assist councils in assessing their current performance and devising appropriate strategies and action plans for sustainability. In addition, several individual councils have used the opportunity provided by the state governments Urban Sustainability Program to make a first attempt at developing a sustainability plan.
Paddon, M. 2003, 'Home based work', Local Government Manager, vol. 37, no. 2.
journal of the Local Government Managers Australia. October/November
Paddon, M. 2000, 'International privatisation: learning lessons from the Asia Pacific', South African Labour Bulletin, vol. 24, no. 2.
Paddon, M. 1997, 'Privatisation in the Asia Pacific region', Australasian Pollution and Waste Management, no. 5.
Paddon, M. 1996, 'The private world of market politics', Australian Options, vol. 2, no. 5.
Paddon, M. 1991, 'Driven to the single market', Local Authority Week.
May
Paddon, M. & Etherington, D. 1991, 'The free local government initiative in Denmark: modernisation, innovation or control', Local Government Studies, vol. 17, no. 4.
July/August
Paddon, M. 1991, 'Management buy-outs in local government', Local Government Studies, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 27-53.
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May/June
Paddon, M. 1990, 'Last piece in the Euro-jigsaw', Local Authority Week.
May
Paddon, M. 1988, 'Who answers to whom?', The Surveyor, vol. 169, no. July.
Child, D. & Paddon, M. 1984, 'Sheffield: steelyard blues', Marxism Today, vol. 0, no. July, pp. 18-22.
Paddon, M. & Butcher, G. 1979, 'The Banim St case: design and build', Architects Journal, vol. 0, no. April.
Paddon, M. & Cousins, J. 1974, 'Aspects of contradiction in regional policy', Regional Studies, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 133-144.
Paddon, M. & Hawthorn, G. 1971, 'Work, the family and fertility', Human Relations, vol. 24, pp. 611-628.

Reports

Paddon, M., Partridge, E.Y., Sharpe, S.A., Moore, D.D. & Ross, K.E. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, The economic, social and environmental implications of population growth in Australian cities, pp. 1-88, Sydney, Australia.
Sharpe, S.A., Ross, K.E., Moore, D.D., Partridge, E.Y. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Melton, VIC, pp. 1-64, Sydney, Australia.
Partridge, E.Y., Moore, D.D., Ross, K.E. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Palmerston, NT, pp. 1-72, Sydney, Australia.
Herriman, J., Razian, H., Moore, D.D., Ross, K.E., Downes, J. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Logan, QLD, pp. 1-75, Sydney, Australia.
Ross, K.E., Mikhailovich, N., Moore, D.D. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Lower Hunter, NSW, pp. 1-70, Sydney, Australia.
Sharpe, S.A., Moore, D.D. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Green Square, NSW, pp. 1-51, Sydney, Australia.
Paddon, M. & Herriman, J. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Community indicators for the City of Sydney: Developing a framework, pp. 1-1, Customs House, Sydney.
Carrard, N.R., Paddon, M., Willetts, J.R. & Moore, D.D. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Poverty dimensions of water and sanitation services and climate vulnerability in Can Tho City, pp. 1-42, Sydney.
Sharpe, S.A., Partridge, E.Y., Paddon, M., Moore, D.D. & Lederwasch, A.J. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Blacktown, NSW, pp. 1-51, Sydney, Australia.
Herriman, J., Partridge, E.Y., Moore, D.D., Sharpe, S.A. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Mandurah, WA, pp. 1-65, Sydney, Australia.
Partridge, E.Y., Moore, D.D. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Kingborough, Tasmania, pp. 1-61, Sydney, Australia.
Partridge, E.Y., Moore, D.D. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Townsville, QLD, pp. 1-57, Sydney, Australia.
Herriman, J., Sharpe, S.A., Moore, D.D., Ross, K.E., Partridge, E.Y. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Playford, SA, pp. 1-56, Sydney, Australia.
Rutovitz, J., Ison, N., Langham, E. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2011, Electrical trades in the green economy: analysis of the NSW energy sector to 2020, pp. 1-60, Sydney, Australia.
Daly, J.G., Glassmire, J., Langham, E. & Paddon, M. Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre 2010, Clean technology applications in tourism accommodation, pp. 1-184, Griffith.
This manual provides information and guidance on clean energy technologies and approaches for tourist accommodation. The main goal in producing the manual is to promote clean energy in small to medium accommodation establishments and to assist the future development of regional and rural accommodation in APEC economies. The overall aim is to raise awareness among APEC economies about the opportunities for application and use of clean energy.
Asker, S.A., Boronyak, L.J., Carrard, N.R. & Paddon, M. Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre 2010, Effective community based tourism: a best practice manual, Gold Coast, Australia.
Daly, J.G., Glassmire, J., Langham, E. & Paddon, M. Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre 2010, Clean technology in tourist accommodation: a best practice manual, Gold Coast, Australia.
Willetts, J.R., Carrard, N.R., Retamal, M.L., Nguyen, D.G.N., Paddon, M., Do, X.T.D., Nguyen, H.T.T. & Mitchell, C.A. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2010, Cost effectiveness and sustainability of sanitation options: A case study of South Can Tho - Technical Report, pp. 1-49, Sydney, Australia.
The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), from the University of Technology Sydney, in collaboration with Can Tho University (CTU) and Can Tho Water Supply and Sewerage Company (WSSC) completed a 2-year collaborative research project assessing the wastewater infrastructure options for Can Tho City. The comparison of alternatives was made on the basis of cost-effectiveness and on the relative sustainability of the options, as determined through a participatory stakeholder sustainability assessment process with several government agencies in Can Tho.
Willetts, J.R., Carrard, N.R., Retamal, M.L., Nguyen, D.G.N., Paddon, M., Do, X.T.D., Nguyen, H.T.T. & Mitchell, C.A. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2010, Selecting sanitation options: A case study of South Can Tho - Technical report, pp. 1-50, Sydney, Australia.
Paddon, M., Carrard, N.R., Herriman, J., Partridge, E.Y. & Willetts, J.R. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS and Organizational Capacity Development (OCD) 2007, Developing City Development Strategies (CDS) for Vietnamese cities: a guide to assist city leaders, pp. 1-138, Sydney, Australia.
This Guide explains a methodology to develop City Development Strategies (CDS). It has been developed to assist city leaders in Viet Nam along with the other relevant stakeholders develop a CDS for their city.
Paddon, M. UTS Centre for Local Government 2004, Home-based Work in Local Government, pp. 1-68, Sydney.
Paddon, M. University of Technology, Sydney 2004, Paths for women in local government: National figures and local successes, pp. 1-35, Sydney.
Paddon, M., Ewer, P. & Skilros, K. Australian Council of Trade Unions 2000, The Other Face of Globalisation, pp. 1-18, Melbourne.
Paddon, M. Department of Infrastructure, Victoria 2000, Best Value in English and Welsh Local Government: An Assessment of Issues Relevant to the Implementation of Best Value in Victoria, Melbourne.
Paddon, M. Department of Infrastructure, Victoria 2000, Best value in England and Wales: the experiences of four pilot councils and the national implementation agencies, Melbourne.
Paddon, M. Department of State and Regional Development, NSW 1999, An assessment of the impact of national competition policy on rural and regional NSW, Sydney.
Paddon, M. & Ranald, P.M. Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 1999, The impact of changes in government policy and forms of service delivery on women employees and users of services, Sydney.
Paddon, M. & Vromen, A. Public Sector Research Centre 1998, Care in Crisis: The effects of funding changes on local government sponsored child care, Sydney.
An examination of the effects of the Federal government's changes to the funding of child care, and the need to represent the voice of child care workers in discussions on child care policy, this paper is based on a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee 1998 Inquiry into Childcare Funding prepared by the PSRC for the Australian Services Union.
de Lucas, L., Plane, P., Paddon, M., Hall, D., Saravia, E., Martin, B. & White, N. International Labour Organization 1998, Labour and social dimensions of privatization and restructuring - public utilities: water, gas, electricity., pp. 43-108, Geneva.
edited by L. de Lucas
Paddon, M. International Labour Organization 1998, Update to restructuring and privatisation of water, electricity and gas utilities in the Asia Pacific, Geneva.
Paddon, M. Australian Services Union 1998, Local government childcare, Melbourne.
for submission to Senate inquiry into child care funding
Paddon, M. International Labour Organisation 1997, Restructuring and Privatisation of Water, Electricity and Gas Utilities in the Asia Pacific, Geneva.
Paddon, M. Public Services International 1997, APEC and Electricity Privatisation.
Paddon, M. Public Services International 1997, Privatisation of Electricity in the Asia Pacific Region.
Paddon, M. Public Services International 1997, Privatisation of Water in the Asia Pacific Region.
Paddon, M. Community Services Australia 1997, Competitive Tendering in Welfare Services.
report for submission to House of Representatives Inquiry
Paddon, M. Community and Public Services Union - State Public Services Federation 1996, Contracting Out and Competitive Tendering : a Strategic Manual, Sydney.
Paddon, M. & Thorowgood, R. NSW Department of Local Government 1996, Competitive Tendering and Contracting Out by Local Government in NSW, pp. 1-42, Sydney.
Paddon, M. Department of Defence 1994, Commercial Support Program Verification Project, Canberra.
Paddon, M. Commonwealth Secretariat 1993, Competitive Tendering in UK Local Government, London.
Paddon, M. UK Public Sector Unions 1989, A Strategy for CCT in Refuse Collection and Street Cleaning Services, London.
Paddon, M. UK public sector unions 1989, Guide to CIPFA Code of Practice on Compulsory Competition, London.
Paddon, M. Sheffield City Council 1986, Homes and Jobs: Building for Future Needs, Sheffield, England.
Paddon, M. Sheffield City Council 1984, Railway Electrification and Jobs, Sheffield, England.
Paddon, M. Sheffield City Council 1984, Steel in Crisis, Sheffield, England.