Researcher biography

Elizabeth Strakosch is a lecturer in public policy and governance, and her research focuses on the intersection of policy and political relationships. She completed her PhD in political science at the University of Queensland in 2011, and worked as a research fellow on a multi-site study of performance measurement in Australian social policy. In 2013, she took up an early career fellowship at the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, and in 2014 joined the School of Political Science and International Studies at UQ.

Her research explores the ways that new public policies and administration techniques transform our social relationships and political identities. She is particularly focused on the connections between social policy and political community in liberal and settler colonial contexts. Her recent work explores contemporary Australian Indigenous policy as influenced by neoliberalism, New Public Management, exceptionalism and preventative risk management.

Research Interests

  • Australian Indigenous policy
    Post- self-determination era approaches to Indigenous policy; settler political identity; institutional approaches to Indigenous issues.
  • Public policy processes and institutions
    Contemporary governance and policy techniques; New Public Management and beyond; bureaucratic cultures; forms and political impacts of policy knowledge.
  • Contemporary political theory
    Settler colonialism; contemporary sovereignty; links between policy and construction of national identities, racial and social categories.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts with Class Honours Class I, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland