Dr Adrian Kay


Professor, Institute of Policy Studies



Theories of the policy process
Multi-level Governance
Public Management


Building transnational health policy capacity in Asia

Applications Invited

Institutional dynamics of multi-level governance in Muslim societies

Applications Invited

Conceptualising the policy process in 'non-western' contexts

Applications Invited

Scopus Publications

Scopus Publications


Kay, A. (2017) Policy failures, policy learning and institutional change: the case of Australian health insurance policy change, Policy & Politics, vol 45, no 1, pp.87-101.

Kay, A. (2017) Institutionalist perspectives on international policy coordination in Asia: the case of NCD prevention policy, Journal of Asian Public Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17516234.2017.1334848

Carey, G., Kay, A., Nevile, A. (2017) Institutional legacies and ‘sticky layers’: What happens in cases of transformative policy change?, Administration & Society, https://doi.org/10.1177/0095399717704682

Hendriks, C. and Kay, A. (2017) Participatory parliaments? Deepening public engagement in parliamentary committees, Government & Opposition, https://doi.org/10.1017/gov.2017.20

Fisher, M., Baum, F., Kay, A. and Friel, S. (2017) Are changes in Australian national primary health care policy likely to promote or impede equity of access? A narrative review, Australian Journal of Primary Health, https://doi.org/10.1071/PY16152


Ackrill, R.W. and Kay, A. (2014) The Growth of Biofuels in the 21st Century: Policy Drivers and Market Challenges, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 978-1-137-30788-0.

Kay, A. and Baker, P. (2015) What can Causal Process Tracing offer to Policy Studies? A review of the literature, Policy Studies Journal, vol 43, no 1, pp.1-21.

Baker, P. Kay, A. and Walls, H. (2014) Trade and investment liberalization and Asia's noncommunicable disease epidemic - A synthesis of data and existing literature, Globalization and Health, vol 10, no 66.

Friel, S., Gleeson, D., Thow, A.M., Labonte, R., Stuckler, D., Kay, A. and Snowdon, W. (2013) A new generation of trade policy: potential risks to diet-related health from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Globalization and Health, vol 9, no 46.

Ackrill, R.W., Kay, A. and Zahariadis, N. (2013) Ambiguity, Multiple Streams, and EU Policy, Journal of European Public Policy, vol 20, no 6, pp.871-887.



IPAA Public Administration Research Trust Fund (2017) The role of the Productivity Commission in contemporary social policy development, A$10k (Chief Investigator 2).

National Health and Medical Research Council (2015-2020) Centre of Research Excellence on Social Determinants of Health Equity (CRESDHE): Policy research on the social determinants of health equity, APP1078046, A$2.47m (Chief Investigator 3).

Research School of Asia and the Pacific, ANU (2016-2016) The policy economy of rice policy in Vietnam, A$15k (Chief Investigator 2).

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty Grant, Flinders University (2015-2016) Implications for health equity of increased Private Health Fund involvement in Primary Health Care, including GP Services, in Australia, A$50k (Associate Investigator).

Research School of Asia and the Pacific, ANU (2014-2015) Pragmatic federalism: From the blame game to learning? A$15k (Chief Investigator 2).

Research School of Asia and the Pacific, ANU (2014-2015) Sounding board of the nation? A baseline study of innovative public engagement in parliamentary committees, A$15k (Chief Investigator 2).

Australian Research Council (2013-2016) Trade policy: maximising benefits for nutrition, food security, human health, and the economy, DP130101478, A$364k (Chief Investigator 2).

Australian Research Council (2012-2015) The making and unmaking of Australian public policy: understanding the path from Medibank to Medicare, DP120103676, A$175k (Chief Investigator 1).

Australia and New Zealand School of Government (2012-2014) Does failure facilitate success in health care reform? Lessons from 40 years of health care reform in Australia, A$50k (Sole Investigator).

Research School of Asia and the Pacific, ANU (2010) International health care business and health policy in Asia, A$10k (Sole Investigator).

Economic and Social Research Council (2009-2011) Sweetness and power: the political economy of sugar policy change in Brazil, EU and US, RES-000-22-3607, £96k (Principal Investigator).

University of Salford, Research Bidding Support Fund (2009) International business-government relations in health care, £3k (Sole Investigator).

Leverhulme Trust (2007) Visiting Fellowship for Dr Robert Ackrill to complete project on the political economy of sugar policy change at Griffith University, £14k (Co-Investigator).

Australian Research Council (2006-2009) Towards sustainable regional institutions: the nature, role and governance implications of contemporary Australian regionalism, DP0666833, A$390k (Chief Investigator 2).

Griffith Business School (2005) Pharmaceutical policy in Australia, A$10k (Sole Investigator).

The Pharmacy Practice Research Trust (2003-2004) Pharmacy’s contribution to tackling health inequalities, £20k (Sole Investigator).