Professor Meredith Edwards

Emeritus Professor,
Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis,
University of Canberra

Government, Academia

  Meredith Edwards AM, FASSA, FIPPA is Emeritus Professor at the Institute for Governance an Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra. She is an economist who has been a lecturer, researcher, policy analyst and administrator through her career.

 Prof. Edwards began her career as a senior tutor (Australian National University) and became a senior lecturer at the University of Canberra before joining the Commonwealth Public Service in 1983.


From 1983 to 1997, she worked in many departments and advised on some major social policy, education and labour market issues in the Commonwealth Public Service, including in the role of Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 1993 to 1997.  Her major areas of policy involvement include the development of Austudy; the Child Support Scheme; HECS; A national Housing Strategy; and Working Nation.


Meredith served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra from 1997 to 2002, and was the founding Director of the National Institute for Governance from 1999 and led that Institute until she became Professor Emeritus at the University of Canberra in 2005.


In 2001, Meredith published a book Social Policy, Public Policy: From Problem to Practice based on case studies she was involved in during her career in the Commonwealth Public Service. More recently she has been co-author of Public Sector Governance in Australia (2012); Not Yet 50/50: barriers to the progress of senior women in the Australian Public Service (2013); and Doing it Differently: staff perceptions of the barriers to workplace participation by public servants with disability in the APS (2016).  

She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), and a Fellow of ANZSOG. Meredith was a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration 2010-2017.