Dr Chris Salisbury

Lecturer (Australian Studies)

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science

Affiliate Academic

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 54830


Dr Chris Salisbury completed his PhD in political history at the University of Queensland. He held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the HASS Faculty's Centre for the Government of Queensland, and currently is Lecturer in Australian Studies in the School of Biological Science's International Programs Unit. He also researches government policy history and Australian public sector reform in the School of Political Science & International Studies. He has contributed to digital humanities projects studying Queensland’s past and present, including the Queensland Speaks oral history project, featuring interviews with key government figures and other notable Queenslanders.

Dr Salisbury’s research interests include Australian, US and European history; state and federal politics and election campaigns; government policy making; and political leadership. His recent research has focused on government policies and agenda setting in urban water supply (as part of a World Bank-industry-UQ research collaboration), innovation and technology, and 'knowledge-based' economic development.

Dr Salisbury's teaching areas at UQ have included applied history, Australian history and politics, and Russian history. He has published research on Queensland politics, Australian social history, and twentieth-century US and Polish history. He regularly provides media commentary on Australian politics and elections.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland


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  • Mintrom, Michael and Salisbury, Chris (2015). Policy entrepreneurs, creative teamwork, and policy change. In Damon Alexander and Jenny M. Lewis (Ed.), Making public policy decisions: expertise, skills and experience (pp. 129-145) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

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