Associate Professor Adrian Kay





Associate Professor Adrian Kay is Director of the Policy & Governance Program at the Crawford School of Economics & Government, ANU.

He has previously held academic appointments in the UK and at Griffith University, Queensland. Prior to an academic career, Adrian was a member of the UK government's European Fast Stream for several years and spent a year working for the European Commission in Brussels.


Research interests

Adrian's major research interests are in the broad areas of comparative and international public policy, with a particular empirical focus on health, agriculture and bioenergy, including:

  • comparative business-government relations in the biofuels industry, with particular interest in EU, US and Brazil
  • comparative health care reform in the global health economy
  • the relationship between international and domestic regulatory policy processes
  • theories of the policy process.


  • Ackrill, R.W. and Kay, A. (2010) Multiple streams in EU policy-making: the case of the 2005 sugar reform, Journal of European Public Policy (forthcoming)
  • Kay, A. and Williams, O. (eds) (2009) Global Health Governance: Crisis, Institutions and Political Economy, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 0-230-20591-7.
  • Kay, A. (2009) Policy change as a hermeneutic problem, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, vol 11, no 1, pp.47-63.
  • Kay, A. and Ackrill, R.W. (2009) Institutional change in the international governance of food and agriculture: a revised account, Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions vol 22, no 3, pp.483-506.
  • Ackrill, R.W. and Kay, A. (2009) Historical learning in the design of WTO rules: the EC sugar case, World Economy, vol 32, no 5, pp.754-771.

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