Prof Marian Simms



Adjunct Professor


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus



Marian Simms was born in Canberra and studied Arts/Law at The Australian National University,she subsequently changed her course to honours in History and Political Science. On graduation, she was appointed to a teaching fellowship at The University of Adelaide, before accepting a postgraduate (Master's) scholarship in the Political Science Departnment at The University of Melbourne, then a PhD scholarship at La Trobe University's Politics Department, and continued her association with Melbourne through a part-time lectureship.

From 1985-1993 she served as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department at The ANU, and was appointed to a Readership in 1994 until 2002 when she accepted appointment as Chair in Political Studies at The University of Otago. In 2009 Marian returned to Australia as Head of the School of History, Heritage and Society at Deakin University.

She has been active in national and international research networks serving as Chair of the International Political Science Association's (IPSA) Research Committee on Gender, Globalization and Democratization.She was President of the Australasian Political Studies Association (APSA) in 1993-94, and was the Editor of its Journal (then Politics) from 1987-90. She is currently Co-Editor of its Journal (now the Australian Journal of Political Science) (2010-).

She has chaired review committees for the Swedish Research Council and served on the New Zealand Performance Based Research Funding (PBRF) Social Science's Panel.

In 2011, Marian was appointed as Executive Director, Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences at the Australian Research Council.

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Biography summary

Marian's early career was in Political Science, and she worked at The ANU for many years, including periods as Acting Head of Department and member of The Board of The Faculties.

She has also worked as Head of Department and School at The University of Otago, and Deakin University.

Marian has long-standing interests in research management and governance, in New Zealand, Sweden, South Africa and Australia.

Career highlights

Senior Fulbright Award; President of APSA; Editor of  the Australian Journal of Political Science; Executive Director at the Australian Research Council.

Research interests

Marian is currently researching gender and leadership with respect to sub-national levels of government; and ethics governance with respect to the maintenance of public values.


College Fellow, The University of Otago; Adjunct Professor Deakin University

Knowledge areas

Marian's current interests are in research policy, ethics governance and Indigenous research policy. She also has expertise in research evaluation and project management.


Marian currently works at the ARC in the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).
  • Higher education


In the past three years Marian has presented papers at IPSA in Spain ( gender and political science); ASPA in Chicago (ethics governance) and at a research group- now at The University of Tasmania - on Public Leadership.

Research groups

Quality of Governance Study Group, associated with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA); Gender and Politics Group, associated with the American Political Science Association; IPSA Research Committee on Gender, Globalization and Democratization.


Marian has been awarded a Potter Foundation postdoctoral travel award; a senior Fulbright Award; and a Centenary medal.

She has also delivered invited Lectures, including to The Australian Senate, The Menzies Research Centre and at the Australian Studies Centre, The University of London.


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Policy change and industry associability: the Australian mining sector

A Kellow, M Simms

(2013), Vol. 72, pp. 41-54, Australian journal of public administration, Australia, C1


Diary of an election

M Simms

(2012), pp. 11-32, Julia 2010 : the caretaker election, Canberra, ACT, B1


The caretaker election of 2010 : 'Julia 10' versus 'Tony 10' and the onset of minority government

M Simms, J Wanna

(2012), pp. 1-7, Julia 2010 : the caretaker election, Canberra, ACT, B1


Conclusion : gender and politics and the changing status of women today

M Simms, J Bayes

(2012), pp. 221-229, Gender and politics : the state of the discipline, Opladen, Germany, B1


Westminster norms and caretaker conventions : Australian and New Zealand transition debates

M Simms

(2011), pp. 94-107, How power changes hands : transition and succession in government, Hampshire, U. K., B1


The leaders and the press

M Simms

(2010), Vol. 28, pp. 23-30, Australian cultural history, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Oceania : an introduction

M Simms

(2010), pp. 131-134, Political parties and democracy, Santa Barbara, CA, B1


Australian political parties and democracy : a strange case of liberal modernity

M Simms

(2010), pp. 133-154, Political parties and democracy, Santa Barbara, Calif., B1


The campaigns

M Simms

(2009), Vol. 27, pp. 87-96, Australian cultural history, Melbourne, Vic., C1


New public management in Australia

M Simms

(2009), pp. 173-186, International handbook of public management reform, Cheltenham, England, B1


Political parties

M Simms

(2009), pp. 186-200, Australian study of politics, Basingstoke, England, B1


Women's politics and leadership in Australia and New Zealand

M Simms

(2008), Vol. 34, pp. 32-36, Journal of women in culture and society, Chicago, Il., C1-1


From the hustings to harbour views : electoral institutions in New South Wales 1856-2006

M Simms

(2006), Sydney, N. S. W, A1-1


Australia and New Zealand: separate states but path-dependent

M Simms

(2006), Vol. 95, pp. 679-692, The Round Table (UK), Abingdon, England, C1-1


Le role crucial des partis pour une meilleure representation des femmes

M Simms

(2005), pp. 311-326, Femmes et parlements : un regard international, Montre?al, QC, B1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

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