Catherine Althaus

Catherine Althaus
  • Category: Faculty, Staff
  • Job Title: ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Leadership and Reform
  • Organisation: University of New South Wales in Canberra
  • Suburb/Town: Melbourne
  • Country: Australia
  • Phone: 03 8344 2035
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Areas of expertise

  • Public policy
  • Public leadership
  • Reform/change management

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Professor Catherine Althaus is the ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Leadership and Reform at the University of New South Wales in Canberra and Deputy Dean (Teaching and Learning) at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. She was previously Director of the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, post-doctoral fellow at the Australian National University and held policy posts as a practitioner in the Queensland government.

Her academic training is in economics, politics and public policy and she specialises in working with First Peoples communities across Canada, Australia, Aotearoa-New Zealand and South Africa focusing on the leadership contributions of Indigenous public servants and opportunities to learn from and enact Indigenous ways of knowing and being in policymaking. Her recent co-authored book Leading from Between: Indigenous Participation and Leadership in the Public Service is the first international comparative volume centring the voices, stories and insights of Canadian and Australian Indigenous public servants.

She is co-author of the popular textbook The Australian Policy Handbook, editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration, an IPAA Victoria Fellow, a University Medallist, an award-winning researcher, and an Australia Day Medallion winner for service to the Queensland Treasury department. She is Co-Director of the ANZSOG Executive Fellows Program, and is currently teaching into programs with Government of Samoa officials, the National Indigenous Australians Agency, conducts senior delegations to Aotearoa-New Zealand and publishes on reform agendas associated with Indigenous public administration. Catherine is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Victoria, Canada and Griffith University and was recently appointed an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria. She is also an Honorary Member of the South Asian Network for Public Administration (SANPA).

ANZSOG programs

Prof Althaus teaches in the following ANZSOG programs:

  • As a Co-Director of the Executive Fellows Program (EFP)
  • Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA):
    - Delivering Public Value
  • Managing Risk, Enforcement and Compliance

Selected publications

  • Althaus, C. (2021). Cultural Fluency Training for the Twenty-First Century Public Servant. In H. Sullivan, H. Dickinson and H. Henderson (eds). The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant. Palgrave Macmillan.

    Threlfall, D. and Althaus, C. (2021). A quixotic quest? Making theory speak to practice. In T. Mercer, R. Ayres, B. Head and J. Wanna (eds). Learning Policy, Doing Policy: Interactions between Public Policy Theory, Practice and Teaching. Canberra: ANU E-Press.

    Althaus, C. and Threlfall, D. (2021). The Policy Cycle and Policy Theory: From Theory-building to Policy Making. In W.B. Hildreth, G. Miller and E.L. Lindquist (Eds). Handbook of Public Administration, 4th edition. Routledge.

  • Althaus, C. (2021). Political Science and the Arts as allies and strange bedfellows – a chapter in five parts. In Rhodes, R.A.W. and Hodgett, S. (eds). Blurring Genres: Recovering the Humanities for Political Science and Area Studies. Springer.

  • Althaus, C. (2020). Different paradigms of evidence and knowledge: Recognising, honouring, and celebrating Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Australian Journal of Public Administration. Early online view.
  • Althaus, C. and O’Faircheallaigh, C. (2019). Leading from Between: Indigenous Participation and Leadership in the Public Service. Montreal: McGill-Queens Press.
  • Althaus, C., Bridgman, P., & Davis, G. (2018). The Australian policy handbook (6th ed.). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
  • Althaus, C., & Patterson, M. (2017). A Line in the Sand 50 Years On: Commonwealth Involvement in Indigenous Affairs. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 76, 395–396.
  • Althaus, C. (2017). Establishing the Moral Object of Heterologous and Homologous Embryo Transfer. In: Eberl J. (eds) Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics. Philosophy and Medicine, 127. Springer, Cham.
  • Hallgrimsdottir, H., Shumka, L., Althaus, C., & Benoit, C. (2017). Fear, Risk, and the Responsible Choice: Risk Narratives and Lowering the Rate of Caesarean Sections in High-income Countries, AIMS Public Health, 4(6).
  • Althaus, C.E., & Tedds, L.M. (2016). User Fees in Canada: A Municipal Design and Implementation Guide, Canadian Tax Foundation.
  • Althaus, C. (2016). Soft Diplomacy or Hard Policy Benefits? Exploring the Value of Cross-jurisdictional Learning Exchanges in Policy and Public Administration across the Asia-Pacific Region, CMU Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 3(1).
  • Althaus, C. (2016). The Administrative Sherpa and the Journey of Public Service Leadership. Administration & Society, 48(4), 395-420.
  • Althaus, C. (2015). What Do We Talk About Now? Reflecting on Publications in AJPA 1970–2015. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(2), 227-238.
  • Althaus, C., & Morrison, T. H. (2015) Federalism Dreaming? Re‐imagining the Governance of Australian Landscapes. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(1), 93-99.
  • Althaus, C., & Vakil, T. (2013) Political transitions: Opportunities to renegotiate the public service bargain. Canadian Public Administration, 56(3), 478-490.
  • Siemens, L., Althaus, C., & Stange, C. (2013). Balancing students' privacy concerns while increasing student engagement in e-learning environments. In C. Wankel & P. Blessinger (eds) Increasing Student Engagement and Retention in e-learning Environments: Web 2.0 and Blended Learning Technologies (Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education, Volume 6 Part G), Emerald, p. 339-357.
  • Althaus, C., Evans, B., & Rathbone, E. (2012). Trends in Australian and Canadian Public Service Perceptions from an Employee Survey Perspective. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 71(4), 423-439.
  • Althaus, C., McAvoy, A. & Tedds, L. (2011). The Feasibility of Implementing a Congestion Charge on the Halifax Peninsula Filling The 'Missing Link' of Implementation. Canadian Public Policy, 37(4), 541-561.
  • Althaus, C. (2011). Assessing the Capacity to Deliver: the Building the Education Revolution Experience. Australian Journal of Public Administration. 70(4),421-436.
  • Althaus, C. (2005). A Disciplinary Perspective on the Epistemological Status of Risk. Risk Analysis, 25(3), 567-588.