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Dr Brian Coffey

Dr Brian Coffey

Position: Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Brief Biography

Dr Brian Coffey is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His research interests centre on: the policy dimensions of sustainability; environmental governance, and; science â?? policy relations. Brian has published in a variety of Australian and international policy, planning, and management journals.

His current research explores the ways that environmental issues are conceptualized in public policy processes, and the implications this has for the way in which they are addressed. Brian is particularly interested in interpretive approaches to policy research.

Brian was previously a Research Fellow on a national CSIRO funded project investigating the uptake of science in coastal management. In this project Brian contributed to the development of a diagnostic model for analyzing how the operating environment within which science takes place influences the way in which science is, or isnâ??t, used in decision making.

Brian completed his PhD in Policy Studies at the University of Queensland in 2010. In this he drew on the theory and methods of Critical Discourse Analysis to examine how the discourses of neoliberalism and ecological modernization influenced sustainability policy making in Victoria, Australia.

Prior to completing his PhD, Brian worked within the Victorian public sector for 17 years in a variety of environmental policy and planning roles. He also has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Griffith University, University of New England, and RMIT University.


2012 Canadian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Faculty Research Program Award 'Informing integrated regional development'

2013 Institute of Public Administration/ University of Canberra Public Administration Research Trust Fund Award 'Between a rock and hard place: Exploring how Members of Parliament with environmental responsibilities view their work'

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