Dr Brian Coffey is a Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University.
Brian's research centres on public policy and governance (particularly as they relate to sustainability) and science-policy relations. He is particularly interested in exploring how issues are conceptualised in policy processes, and the implications this has for how they are addressed.
Brian's research during his Vice-Chancellor's fellowship will focus on enhancing social scientific understandings of state-level policy and public management frameworks and their potential for transforming governance in ways that are more ecologically sustainable and socially just.
Brian has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on public policy, environmental politics and policy, and environmental economics.
Brian completed his PhD in Policy Studies at the University of Queensland in 2010. In this he drew on the theory and methods of Critical Discourse Analysis to examine how the discourses of neoliberalism and ecological modernisation influenced sustainability policy making, using Victoria, Australia as a case study.
Brian's teaching responsibilities centre on policy studies.
He is currently responsible for Environmental Policy (ENVI1127) and Policy Practice (Environment and Planning) (ENVI1050).
Brian was awarded his PhD (Policy Studies) by the University of Queensland in 2010.
He also has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Griffith University (B. Sci. Australian Environmental Studies), University of New England (Grad Dip. Resource Economics), and RMIT University (M. Soc. Sci. (Environmental Policy).
- Damiens, F.,Mumaw, L.,Backstrom, A.,Bekessy, S.,Coffey, B.,Faulkner, R.,Garrard, G.,Hardy, M.,Kusmanoff, A.,Mata, L.,Rickards, L.,Selinske, M.,Torabi, N.,Gordon, A. (2017). Why politics and context matter in conservation policy In: Global Policy, 8, 253 - 256
- Leith, P.,O'Toole, K.,Haward, M.,Coffey, B. (2017). Enhancing science impact: bridging research, policy and practice for sustainability, CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia
- Moloney, S.,Bosomworth, K.,Coffey, B. (2017). 'Transitions in the making': The role of regional boundary organisations in mobilising sustainability transitions under a changing climate In: Urban Sustainability Transitions, Springer, Singapore
- Bosomworth, K.,Cooke, B.,Coffey, B. (2017). Living in uncertain landscapes: an NRM lens on the implication of climate change for regional futures In: Australiasian Journal of Regional Studies, 23, 344 - 357
- Doyon, A.,Coffey, B.,Moloney, S.,de Haan, F.,Bosomworth, K. (2017). Exploring the contribution of Transitions Management to inform regional futures In: Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 23, 321 - 343
- Coffey, B. (2016). Unpacking the politics of natural capital and economic metaphors in environmental policy discourse In: Environmental Politics, 25, 203 - 222
- Coffey, B.,O'Toole, K. (2016). Exploring the role of science in coastal and ocean management: A review In: Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management, Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, Florida, United States
- Higgins, C.,Coffey, B. (2016). Improving how sustainability reports drive change: a critical discourse analysis In: Journal of Cleaner Production, 136, 18 - 29
- Price, E.,Coffey, B.,Nethery, A. (2015). An early career academic network: What worked and what didn't In: Journal of Further and Higher Education, 39, 680 - 698
- Mamouney, L.,Coffey, B. (2015). Research methods in Australian policy research a critical analysis In: Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2015, Canberra, Australia, 28-30 September,2015
4 PhD Current Supervisions