Associate Professor Roberta Ryan

Associate Professor Roberta Ryan

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Ph: +61 2 9514 2643

Arts (Philosophy), Social Studies

Associate Professor Roberta Ryan is Director of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government and UTS Centre for Local Government. She is a leading public policy, evaluation and research analyst with over 30 years' experience in Australia and internationally. Roberta specialises in new approaches to applying research to policy, particularly in the areas of community engagement, sustainability, policy evaluation, and social and strategic planning.

As a director of a public policy and urban planning consultancy practice, Roberta worked with local government in strategic planning, social and land use planning, research, community engagement, organisational development and sustainability. As an academic at UNSW and Macquarie University Roberta researched and taught in the areas of social research and policy evaluation, and collaborated extensively with the local government sector including winning an ARC Linkage Project with five local governments and the NSW Department of Local Government as partners.

Roberta has also provided high level strategic advisory and applied policy research for federal, state and local government agencies in areas including housing, health, ageing and place making; open space, recreation and community facilities; population forecasting; community engagement; liveability and sustainability. Roberta's expertise is local government strategic analysis and organisational development, planning cities, citizen engagement and sustainability.

For a full list of publications by Associate Professor Roberta Ryan, see the UTS Website »
Research Interests
  • Local government studies
  • Federalism and intergovernmental relations
  • Strategic planning processes for state agencies and local councils
  • Facilitation of strategic planning, organisational change, service and program review processes for government and non-government organisations
  • Community and stakeholder engagement processes for government
  • Social research, program evaluation and policy review and development in the areas of health, disability, housing and employment
  • The development and review of community strengthening, community development and whole of government and whole of community programs
  • Stakeholder management, communications and facilitation 
  • Public value
  • Strategic reform processes
  • Environmental prevention.
Teaching Areas
  • Public policy
  • Social research
  • Evaluation
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Local government studies
  • Community engagement
  • Stakeholder management
  • Facilitation skills
  • Social planning
  • Understanding and evaluating partnerships and collaboration
  • Social Sustainability
  • Sustainability education
  • Applying research to policy
  • Applied policy and practice
  • And a range of other practice topics around change management, case management, organisational training and accreditation.
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