Dr Michael Howard

Dr Michael Howard

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Community Welfare)

Career Summary

Biography

My research and teaching focus is social and public policy. My central interest is the shift from a predominantly social democratic paradigm in economic and social policy in the post-war period (WW2-early 1980s) to a neo-liberal paradigm in the contemporary era and the impact of this on economic and social outcomes. My teaching and research focuses on policy/program development processes and the analysis of policy/program impact.

I was awarded a PhD in History at the University of Sydney in 1979 for a thesis on the growth in the economic and social role of the Commonwealth government in Australia during war and post-war reconstruction 1940s, with a focus on the relative contribution of Labor Ministers and senior Keynesian economists and other bureaucrats with a professional background. I subsequently produced ANU Research School publications, plus other Conference papers, based on further research on this period. During 1976-78 I worked as a local Health Education Officer in the NSW Community Health Program; in 1980 I published a monograph on this Program as part of the build-up to the Australian Community Health Association. From 1980 to 1989 I worked as a Research/Policy Analyst for the NSW Dept of Community Services, while from 1989 to 1997 I was a Research Fellow at the Public Sector Research Centre, UNSW. In this role I acted as Editor for over 60 PSRC publications and sole authored over 30 publications focused on a wide range of public sector trends associated with neo-liberalism. Prior to commencing at the University of Newcastle (Ourimbah campus) in mid 2000, my lecturing and tutoring experience was at Sydney University (Dept of Government in 1979-80; Dept of Social Work and Sociology 1998) and at UNSW (School of Social Science and Policy, 1990s).

Since 2000, I have taught within the discipline/major areas of Politics and Public Policy, Community Welfare and Human Services and the Social Science (SOCS) core stream. I have acted as sole lecturer and, with a few exceptions, sole tutor on 84 occasions of offer across the following 12 courses: Australian Government and Politics; Australian Public Policy and Social Outcomes; Social Policy in Australia; International Issues in Australian Politics and Foreign Policy; Globalisation and Comparative Public Policy; Policy Development, Program Management and Evaluation; Organisational Management and Social Behaviour; Introduction to Politics; Introduction to Welfare Studies; Human Rights and Social Change; Social Welfare Research Project;Business, Mass Media and Consumption.

I am currently collaborating with academics in the UK, Canada, the Netherlands and Sweden on a jointly authored book, Policy Consulting in Comparative Perspective: Patterns, Nuances and Implications for the Contractor State, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Research Expertise
Commercialisation of the public sector, Role of consultants in public sector commercialisation, Trends in public sector expenditure and revenue, Political economy of social conditions and public policy; Factors in the rise and fall of the Keynesian mixed economy and welfare state.









Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Commercialisation and the Public Sector
  • Interaction of ideas and interests in policy making
  • Interaction of political economy and political sociology with political institutions
  • Political Economies
  • Public Policy
  • Studies of Human Society

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/05/2000 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $277,850

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20051 grants / $320

Annual Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association, 28-30 September 2005$320

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Howard
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185926
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $350

Annual Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association, 29 Sept - 1 Oct 2004$350

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Howard
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184851
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $180

Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Foundation 29/09 to 1/10/03$180

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Howard
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183654
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20011 grants / $7,000

The Vanguard of Commercialisation?: The Strategic Significance of the Consulting Role of the big Five Accounting Firms at the Commonwealth Level in Australia$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Howard
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181590
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19931 grants / $270,000

'Doing More With Less: the Impact of Commercialisation and Contracting Out on Service Provision in the Public Sector in Australia$270,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team

M. Howard

Scheme Collaborative Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1995
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed7
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Inbound and Outbound Labour Mobility of Vietnam in Asean: International Experiences and Policy Implications PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Honours Individualised Funding for Clients with Intellectual Disability: A Hunter Region Case Study of the NDIS Welfare Studies, University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Political Influence, Appointments and Public Sector Management Reform in Kenya, 1963 - 2014 PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2010 Honours The Impact of the 2005 Welfare to Work Act on People with Disabilities Policy Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2009 Honours A Return to Interventionism? An Analysis of Manufacturing Policy under the Rudd Labor Government 2007-2009 Politic Science & Policy Studs, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2008 Honours Deserving or Undeserving? The Howard Government's Approach to Disability Politic Science & Policy Studs, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2007 Honours For-Profit Organisations in the Community Services Industry: Exploring their Context, Growth and Differences with Not-for-Profit Organisations Welfare Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2006 Honours From Ecologism to Social Justice? Australian Greens Population Policy 1995-2004 Politic Science & Policy Studs, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2005 Honours Sexual Assault: Efforts at Prevention by the NSW Government in the Context of its Wider Response, 1977-2005 Politic Science & Policy Studs, University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
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Dr Michael Howard

Position

Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Community Welfare

Contact Details

Email michael.howard@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4349 4458
Fax (02) 4348 4075

Office

Room HO1.59
Building Humanities Office
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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