Dr Patrick Brownlee

BA(Hons)(UOW), MA(journalism)(UOW), GradDip(TESOL)(UTS), PhD(PolEcon)(Sydney)

Director, Research Partnerships & Engagement


Phone: +61 2 9351 2616

Fax: +61 2 9351 8946

Building.Room: A35.338

Research interests

Educational systems: administration, management and leadership

  • Higher education

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Social change
  • Sociology of knowledge


Research policy, globalization, higher education, multiculturalism, teachers, knowledge production

Professional biography

I have worked in Higher Education in research development and policy roles for approximately 20 years.

I have a long standing interest in research as academic work and the role of Universities as public institutions. Curently, this includes developing an understanding of what counts as evidence in the policy shift towards meausirng 'impact' in research. I was Senior Research Associate researching global knowledge production for an ARC funded project led by Professor Raewyn Connell and Dr Fran Collyer. That project, entitled Global Arenas of Knowledge, mapped the processes and practices that reinforce the organisation and accumulation of knowledge published in the Global North.

My forthcoming book examines the political economy of Australian multiculturalism, analysing how the recruitment of skilled business migrants  was driven by a national productivity agenda for global competitiveness.


  • The International Award for Excellence for the Top Ranked article, 2012 - The Diversity Collection.

    See - http://ijd.cgpublisher.com/ 

Current projects

  • The Assessment for Graduate Teaching: Australian design and trial. Chief Investigator: A/Professor L.MacLean-Davies (Melb); funded by AITSL (2017).
  • Internationalization of Education Discipline from Comparative Perspectives: Case Studies in China and Australia. with Prof A.Welch and colleagues from Beijing Normal University.
  • Research productivity policy and Hountonji's 'Extraversion': motivations for professional identity-making in management
  • Responding to the Impact and Engagement Agenda: An analysis of academic engagement opportunities within the education and social work sectors.

Selected publications


Book chapters

Journal articles

  • Brownlee, P. (2016). Global Capital's Lieutenants: Australia’s Skilled Migrant Intake and the Rise of Global Value Chain Production. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 77, 5–33.
  • Brownlee, P. (2013). The Emergence of Australia’s Business Migration Program and Entrepreneurial Diversity Policy. The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, 12.
  • Hirano, K., S. Castles, and P. Brownlee. [eds] . (2000). Towards a sociology of Asian migration and settlement: focus on Japan.. Asia Pacific Migration Journal, 9(3), 243–254.