Dr Alastair Stark

Senior Lecturer

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52655


Alastair is a public policy scholar, a crisis management expert and has an ongoing interest in the institutionalization of participatory modes of governance. His current policy research examines the role that institutional amnesia plays in the policy process, his crisis management research has been focused upon the relationship between public inquiries and lesson-learning, and in relation to participatory governance, he is currently examining the validity of different forms of deliberative democracy in the context of Australian environmental policy. Alastair has published widely in high-ranking international journals and is the recipient of the Mayer Prize (best paper in the Australian Journal of Political Science) and the Lasswell Prize (best paper in Policy Sciences). He has authored two books, won three large-scale Australian Research Council Discovery grants and is always looking for outstanding students who may be interested in completing PhDs in relation to the topics outlined above.

Research Interests

  • Public Policy
  • Governance
  • Crisis Management
  • Deliberative Democracy


  • Master of Science, University of Strathclyde
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde
  • Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, Glasgow Caledonian University


  • Ball, Sarah, McConnell, Allan and Stark, Alastair (2021). Dramaturgy and crisis management: a third act. Public Administration padm.12775. doi: 10.1111/padm.12775

  • Stark, Alastair and Yates, Sophie (2021). Public inquiries as procedural policy tools. Policy and Society, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/14494035.2021.1955485

  • Stark, Alastair, Thomson, N. K. and Marston, Greg (2021). Public deliberation and policy design. Policy Design and Practice, 1-13. doi: 10.1080/25741292.2021.1912906

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Book Chapter

  • Stark, Alastair (2019). Institutional Amnesia and Crisis Management Analysis. Oxford Encyclopedia of Crisis Analysis. edited by Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Sanneke Kuipers, Allan McConnell and John Thomas Preston. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1526

Journal Article

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision