Linda Botterill, FASSA

Head, Canberra School of Politics, Economics & Society, Professor in Australian Politics

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Personal profile


Prior to my academic career, I worked for nearly 15 years in policy practice in the Australian Public Service, as an adviser to two Cabinet Ministers, and as a senior policy adviser in two industry associations.  Much of this work related to Australian rural policy and I therefore have a deep practical understanding of this policy field. 

I was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2015.

Research interests

My research is driven by a strong interest in the policy development process; both in understanding how policy is made and the connections between politics and policy.  This is increasingly leading me into the sub-field of political psychology.  My recent book with Edward Elgar (2019) explores the role of values in the policy process, the links between policy and politics, and the limitations in the major public policy theories.  This constitutes a new analytical lens through which to view the policy development process and politics more generally.

Because of my strong background in Australian rural policy, much of my research has drawn on it as the basis for broader analytical work around the nature of politics and policy.  I am Australia's leading expert on drought policy.

 Areas of Research Interest

  • Public policy theory and practice
  • The role of values in policy and politics
  • Australian Politics
  • Political Psychology


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Australian National University

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agricultural policy Social Sciences
farm Social Sciences
drought Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
farmer Social Sciences
public policy Social Sciences
WTO Social Sciences
Values Social Sciences

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Projects 2011 2012

Research Output 2000 2019

Interrogating Public Policy Theory: A Political Values Perspective

BOTTERILL, L. & Fenna, A., 2019, Glos, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. 198 p. (New Horizons in Public Policy Series )

Research output: Book/ReportBook

public policy

A prospective evaluation of contingent loans as a means of financing wild dog exclusion fences

Cockfield, G., Botterill, L. C. & Kelly, S., 2018, In : Rangeland Journal. 40, 6, p. 591-601 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Contesting facts about wind farms in Australia and the legitimacy of adverse health effects

CLARK, S. & BOTTERILL, L., 1 Jul 2018, In : Health. 22, 4, p. 337–355 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)
political psychology
Public Policy
public policy

Agricultural and Rural Policy in Australia

Cockfield, G. & Botterill, L. C., 2017, Handbook of International Food and Agricultural Policies . Josling, T., Meyers, W. H. & Johnson, T. (eds.). Singapore, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co., p. 205-222 18 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

rural policy
agricultural policy