Staff profile - Andrew Scott

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Prof Andrew Scott

Position: Professor of Politics and Policy
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Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: D5.12, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 43867 +61 3 924 43867



Andrew teaches Australian politics, international comparative politics, economic policy, social policy, and political history. His books and articles have been extensively discussed in Australia and overseas. Andrew's approach draws from his experience before entering academia as a senior national policy adviser on employment and training issues, as a research officer for a major trade union and as an elected student leader. His fifth book, Northern Lights, expresses the results of his enquiry into lessons for Australia from the continuing policy achievements of Sweden and other nations of Nordic Europe including through their: reduction of income and wealth inequalities, reduction of child poverty, democratising of access to public education, adoption of more family-friendly workplace arrangements; provision of comprehensive paid parental leave; support for employment transitions of mature-aged workers; and fair, sustainable management of natural resource wealth.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1999


Member of the Australian Political Studies Association and the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

Professional activities

Appointed as a University member on the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority VCE International Politics (National Politics) Review panel in 2010.


Teaching Interests

Europe's Political Transformation

Public Policy Analysis

Managing Public Expenditure

Conferences and seminars

Andrew has participated in major national and international academic conferences in Australia, Britain, Germany and Portugal in recent years.


Awards and prizes

Certificate of Achievement for student-centred University teaching in 2004; voted as one of top 10 Lecturers at RMIT University in 2008.
Visiting Researcher, Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University College, Stockholm, Sweden, 19 January-12 February 2007.
Affiliated Graduate of St. John's College, Oxford University, England, September-December 1994.
The University of Melbourne's Brian Fitzpatrick prize in 1990 for best fourth year honours thesis in the field of Australian history; the R.G. Wilson Scholarship and Loreen Cutts Memorial prizes in 1989 for third year history; and the Donald MacKay prize in 1988 for second year history.


Research projects

Lessons to be learned from Nordic Europe for cutting child poverty in Australia

Research interests

Social democracy in northern Europe, policy alternatives for Australia

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Andrew is the author of five books:

Northern Lights: The Positive Policy Example of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, November 2014.  Title details at:

My Tasmanian Childhood, Forty South Publishing, Hobart, 2013.

Politics, Parties and Issues in Australia: An Introduction, Pearson Education Australia, Sydney, 2009.  [Reprinted with minor revisions in 2012.]

Running on Empty: ‘Modernising’ the British and Australian labour parties, Pluto Press Australia, Sydney, and Comerford and Miller, London, 2000. 

Fading Loyalties: The Australian Labor Party and the Working Class, Pluto Press Australia, Sydney, 1991. 

His other 21 publications comprise 5 book chapters; 9 peer-reviewed papers or journal articles; 5 works of commissioned research, 1 invited Keynote Address and editorship of 1 special journal issue. He has also published 6 book reviews.

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