Christopher Walker

Senior Lecturer

Chris is the Head of the School of Social Sciences.  Chris's research interests are in the areas of policy analysis, regulatory reform and compliance. His PhD examined regulatory reform in the Australian trucking sector. Chris has worked in senior executive and policy positions in numerous public sector agencies including Health, Road Transport, Rail Safety and Cabinet Office and has extensive experience in policy development, intergovernmental relations and micro-economic and regulatory reform.

Areas of research interest include the role of regulation as a policy tool of governments, regulation of the Australian heavy vehicle industry, intergovernmental relations, federalism, regulatory reform, public sector management and public sector reform. Chris has a keen interest and extensive experience in road transport regulation, compliance and enforcement systems, as well as health policy and health sector reform. Chris regularly interacts with and provides advice to government agencies involved in road transport in Australia and internationally.  This has included Sweden, South Africa and the Netherlands.

Chris also has an interest in learning and teaching matters.  This includes the use of case studies in teaching and understanding factors that influence student plagiarism.

Chris is an adjunct of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government and teaches in their Executive Masters of Public Administration and is a leader for in-house workshops for public sector agencies on policy analysis and policy practice.  Chris has delivered policy workshops for pubic sector agencies in Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide and Sydney. He has also conducted a residential workshop on policy analysis and policy practice for senior public servants of the British Virgin Islands. 


Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Public policy and regulation, industry self-regulation, transport regulation

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision

  • Fabio Jimenez, (Joint Supervisor): An examination of voluntary carbon neutrality programs: the experience of Costa Rica. Professional Doctorate, Public Policy & Governance.


Book Chapters
Walker C; Baker T; Dussauge-Laguna M; Jolkkonen R; Löblová O; McGuirk P; Montero S; Morais de Sá e Silva M; Rusu R; Soremi T; Spence J; Wood A, 2019, 'Prospects for policy circulation studies: Towards engaged pluralism.', in , Edward Elgar, Cheltenham United Kingdom, pp. 196 - 204,
Walker C; Baker T, 2019, 'Introduction: the centrality of arenas, agents and actions', in , Edward Elgar, Cheltenham United Kingdom, pp. 2 - 24,
Walker C, 2019, 'Collaborative interactions: Understanding transfer success in transport regulation and compliance policies', in Walker C; Baker T (ed.), , Edward Elgar, Cheltenham United Kingdom, pp. 123 - 143,
Walker CK; Hadjiisky M; Pal L, 2017, 'Introduction: traversing the terrain of policy transfer: theory, methods and overview.', in Public Policy Transfer Micro-Dynamics and Macro-Effects, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 1 - 26,
Hadjiisky M; Pal L; Walker CK, 2017, 'Conclusion', in Public Policy Transfer Micro-Dynamics and Macro-Effects, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 271 - 278
Walker CK, 2017, 'From state to market: Regulation of road transport in Australia and South Africa.', in Public Policy Transfer Micro-Dynamics and Macro-Effects, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 79 - 100,
Walker C, 2008, 'The mirage of rail reform: building regulatory capacity in policy sectors', in MINDING THE GAP: APPRAISING THE PROMISE AND PERFORMANCE OF REGULATORY REFORM IN AUSTRALIA, edn. ANZSOG Monographs, AUSTRALIAN NATL UNIV, pp. 51 - 62,
Edited Books
Walker C; Baker T, (ed.), 2019, Public Policy Circulation: Arenas, Agents and Actions, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham United Kingdom,
Journal articles
Walker CK, 2019, 'Policy transfer in a corporatist context: Agents, adjustments and continued innovation', Public Policy and Administration, vol. 34, pp. 308 - 328,
O'Sullivan S; Walker C, 2018, 'From the interpersonal to the internet: social service digitisation and the implications for vulnerable individuals and communities', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 53, pp. 1 - 18,
Walker CK, 2016, 'Neoliberalism and the reform of regulation policy in the Australian trucking sector: policy innovation or a repeat of known pitfalls?', Policy Studies, vol. 37, pp. 72 - 92,
Adams D; Colebatch HK; Walker CK, 2015, 'Learning about Learning: Discovering the Work of Policy', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 74, pp. 101 - 111,
Walker CK, 2014, 'Organizational Learning: The Role of Third Party Auditors in Building Compliance and Enforcement Capability', International Journal of Auditing, vol. 18,
Walker C; White M, 2014, 'Police, design, plan and manage: developing a framework for integrating staff roles and institutional policies into a plagiarism prevention strategy', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol. 36, pp. 674 - 687,
Walker CK, 2012, 'Improving safety in the Australian trucking industry: The benefits of voluntary accreditation programs', Road and Transport Research: A Journal of Australian and New Zealand Research and Practice, vol. 21, pp. 15 - 23,
Walker CK, 2009, 'Teaching policy theory and its application to practice using long structured case studies: An approach that deeply engages undergraduate students', International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, vol. 20, pp. 214 - 225