Professor A J Brown

Professor of Public Policy & Law, Griffith University

Professor A J Brown AM is professor of public policy and law in the School of Government & International Relations, and co-leader of the Centre for Governance & Public Policy’s integrity, leadership and public trust program.

A 30-year veteran of developments in Australia’s public integrity systems, he has previously worked or consulted at all levels, and across all branches of government in Australia. He is a member of the Australian and global boards of Transparency International, the world anti-corruption organisation, where in 2019-2020 he led the development of TI’s current worldwide strategy ‘Holding Power to Account, 2021-2030’.

He has led seven Australian Research Council projects into public integrity and governance reform since 2005, including two establishing the Australian Constitutional Values Survey, three into public interest whistleblowing, and the 2020 Australian Research Council Linkage Project report, ‘Australia’s National Integrity System: The Blueprint for Reform’. He currently leads a $1.2 million Australian Research Council Discovery project on public trust, mistrust and distrust.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and a past President of the Australian Political Studies Association (2017-18), member of Commonwealth Ministerial Expert Advisory Panels on Whistleblower Protection (2017-2019) and Constitutional Recognition of Local Government (2011), and Delegate to the Australia 2020 Summit (2008). In 2012, he was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Walkley Book Award and National Biography Award for his book Michael Kirby: Paradoxes & Principles (Federation Press). In 2023, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the law and public policy, particularly through whistleblower protection.