Glyn Davis

Professor Glyn Davis is Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Melbourne. He wrote The Australian Policy Handbook and co-chaired the Australia 2020 Summit with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Professor Davis was educated in political science at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University, before undertaking post-doctoral appointments as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Professor Davis teaches and researches in the field of public policy. His public sector service includes working as the Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Queensland, and a term as Foundation Chair of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

In 2007, Professor Davis co-authored the fourth edition of The Australian Policy Handbook (Allen and Unwin).

He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Companion in the Order of Australia.

In early 2008 Professor Davis co-chaired the Australia 2020 Summit with the Prime Minister. He also served as a member of the Innovation Taskforce, an expert group commissioned to review Australia’s research and innovation systems.

In 2009 Professor Davis was selected as a member of the Victorian Bushfire Relief Advisory panel to distribute relief money following the Victorian bushfires.

Internationally, Professor Davis is Vice-Chair of Universitas 21, a grouping of 25 leading universities from around the globe, a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a member of the Hong Kong Grants Commission, and a Director of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College London.

The University of Melbourne, established in 1853, has a student body of 47,000, more than 7,000 staff and an annual budget approaching $A1.5 billion.

In its most recent global rankings, the Times of London named the University of Melbourne among the top 40 universities in the world.