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Dr Michael de Percy FRSA FCILT MRSN is a political scientist in the School of Politics, Economics, and Society. He is also a weekly columnist for The Spectator Australia and his political commentary is featured fortnightly on Spectator TV.

Michael's qualifications include a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) from the University of Canberra, and a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, where he received the Royal Australian Artillery prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Chairman of the ACT and Southern NSW Chapter, a Member of the Royal Society of NSW, Vice President of the Telecommunications Association (TelSoc), Public Policy Editor of the Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, and a member of the Australian Nuclear Association. He was appointed to the Australian Research Council's College of Experts in 2022.

Michael's research focuses on comparative politics, historical institutionalism, government-business relations, transport, telecommunications and energy policy, and leadership. His recent publications include COVID-19 and Foreign Aid: Nationalism and Global Development in a New World Order, Routledge 2023, (with Viktor Jakupec and Max Kelly) Politics, Policy and Public Administration in Theory and Practice: Essays in honour of Professor John Wanna, ANU Press, 2021 (with Andrew Podger and Sam Vincent); Populism and a New World Order (in Viktor Jakupec et. al. Rethinking Multilateralism in Foreign Aid, Routledge 2020); and Road Pricing and Provision: Changed Traffic Conditions Ahead, ANU Press 2018 (with John Wanna).

Michael's research articles have been published in Policy Studies, the Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, the Australian Journal of Social Issues, the Australasian Transport and Research Forum, and Public Administration Today. His expert commentary has been published in The Australian, Lowy Institute's The Interpreter, ABC's The Drum, The Canberra Times, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey, The Spectator Australia, and The Conversation.

Michael's blog Le Flâneur Politique (ISSN 2652-8851) and podcast on his research, teaching and community engagement activities are available at and you can connect with him on LinkedIn, X (twitter), Facebook, Muck Rack, IMDB.

Qualifications: PhD (ANU), BPhil (Hons) (Canberra), BA (Deakin), Grad Cert (Higher Ed) (Canberra), Grad Cert (Management) (UniSA), Diploma (Government Financial Management) (Australian Army), Assoc Diploma (Personnel Administration) (Royal Military College Duntroon), Certificate Vocational Instruction (Royal Military College Duntroon), Certificate in Warehousing (Ithaca TAFE).

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Connecting the Nation: An historical institutionalist explanation for divergent communications technology outcomes in Canada and Australia, Australian National University

Award Date: 19 Jul 2013

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

Award Date: 19 Dec 2006

Diploma of Government Financial Management, Australian Army

Award Date: 31 Dec 2004

Bachelor, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Award Date: 16 Dec 2004

Graduate Certificate in Management, University of South Australia

Award Date: 1 Sept 2003

Bachelor, Bachelor of Arts, Deakin University

Award Date: 11 May 2000

Certificate in Vocational Instruction, Australian Army

Award Date: 14 Dec 1993

Associate Diploma in Personnel Administration, Royal Military College, Duntroon

Award Date: 14 Dec 1993

Certificate in Warehousing, Ithaca College of TAFE

Award Date: 12 Apr 1989


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