Two Associate Professor Appointments at IPPG
Two Associate Professor Appointments at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance
Following the latest UTS promotion round, Dr Bligh Grant and Dr John Wright of the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance have both been appointed as Associate Professors.
Dr Wright is Course Coordinator of the Institute’s Master of Applied Policy course which was launched last year.
Dr Grant has recently taken up the position of Course Coordinator of the Institute’s long-standing Master of Local Government program after spending several years at the Institute in a research-intensive role.
Institute Director, Professor Roberta Ryan said, “We are thrilled to see Bligh and John recognised for their commitment and contribution to UTS across teaching and research. They not only actively teach in and continuously develop our postgraduate courses, but publish regularly. We’re privileged to have them heading our postgraduate coursework degrees, educating the next generation of policy-makers and local government leaders.”
Dr Grant’s continuing focus of research is local government. His areas of expertise also include politics, political economy, applied ethics and public policy. His first edited book, Pauline Hanson, One Nation and Australian Politics was published in 1997, and he is currently preparing the 20th anniversary second edition of the book. In 2017 he published Local Government in Australia: History, Theory and Public Policy, co-authored with Dr Joseph Drew, Lecturer at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance.
Dr Wright joined UTS from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2017. His research interests include regulation, governance, health policy and research methods. Dr Wright’s extensive academic career spans areas such as healthcare and pharmaceutical regulation, European investment and research in non-Communicable Diseases, and European health and public policy. His current research focuses on regulation and governance of European health care and comparative European health policy.