Professor Scott Prasser is the inaugural Executive Director of the Public Policy Institute and is a graduate of the University of Queensland and Griffith University. Prior to joining Australian Catholic University (ACU), Scott has held senior policy and research positions in federal and state governments and has held senior academic positions across universities in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Scott’s research and analytical skills are demonstrated both by his formal research based qualifications and his extensive publications record including: authoring or co-editing 17 books on public policy, politics and public administration, over 20 book chapters, 35 articles in refereed academic journals, conference papers and analyses of contemporary policy issues in the national media.
Scott Prasser has been involved in a range of projects involving interviews and focus groups including the Best Practice Advice to Ministers Project for the Institute of Public Administration. This project involved interviews and tabulation of responses across 27 former ministers, premiers and prime ministers. Other projects include assessment of skills shortages, housing affordability and projects on royal commissions and their impacts on public policy. Scott Prasser has been responsible for several projects on regional economic development that have included extensive quantitative analysis. These projects include:
- Economic evaluation of PGA Golf tournament and events
- Assessment of Clusters in regional economic development
- Sunshine Coast Regional Initiatives for the Property Council of Australia