DR Scott Brenton

DR Scott Brenton




    • Scott Brenton was educated at the University of Queensland, the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne. Prior to his appointment at the University of Melbourne, he taught social policy and public sector management at the ANU, and worked at the Department of Parliamentary Services, holding the Australian Parliamentary Fellowship. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), University College London, the Free University of Amsterdam and the Instituut voor de Overheid (Public Governance Institute), KU Leuven (Belgium). Scott has served as the Director and Deputy Director of the Master of Public Policy and Management at various times since 2011, and was the founding Director of the Melbourne School of Government Doctoral Academy.   


    Selected publications



    Education and training

    • PhD, The Australian National University
    • GCertUniTeach, University of Melbourne
    • BSocSc (Hons), The University of Queensland
    • BA, The University of Queensland


    Available for supervision

    • Y

    Supervision Statement

    • I supervise topics related to comparative political institutions and influences on public policy, particularly public budgeting, federalism, constitutional design, accountability mechanisms and executive and minority government. My countries of interest of Anglophone countries (particularly Westminster parliamentary systems), Northern European, and Latin American and I do not supervise topics based in other countries.

      Successful completions:
      • Dr Christina Aziz Dos Santos, now Research and Evaluation Officer at Fundación Chile (Thesis title: Inequality of learning opportunity: The location effect in the Chilean municipalised school choice system)
      • Dr Sue Olney, now Research Fellow (Centre for Public Service Research, UNSW Canberra) and Research Assistant and Sessional Lecturer (University of Melbourne) (Thesis title: False economy: New Public Management and the welfare-to-work market in Australia)
      • Dr Wilma Gallet, now Director of CRA (Thesis title: Christian mission or unholy alliance?: The changing role of church-related organisations in welfare to work service delivery)