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).
- Bush, J.,Coffey, B.,De Kleyn, L. (2023). Urban greening beyond the major cities: insights from the ‘Naturally Cooler Towns’ initiative in Victoria’s Goulburn Murray region In: Australian Planner, 58, 84 - 94
- Meiklejohn, S.,Morphet, J.,Lee, K.,Baird, M.,Hodgson, W.,Palermo, C.,Coffey, B. (2023). Academics’ perspectives of the purpose and enactment of accreditation of health professions programs in Australia: Using Yanow’s interpretive policy approach In: Policy Futures in Education, , 1 - 13
- Lohani Sitoula, M.,Neave, M.,Coffey, B. (2023). (In Press) Assessing the coherence of ecosystem service consideration in environmental planning: insights from hydropower development policy in Nepal In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, , 1 - 22
- McShane, I.,Coffey, B. (2022). Rethinking community hubs: community facilities as critical infrastructure In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 54, 1 - 6
- Coffey, B.,Damiens, F.,Hysing, E.,Torabi, N. (2022). In press - Assessing biodiversity policy designs in Australia, France and Sweden. Comparative lessons for transformative governance of biodiversity? In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, , 1 - 14
- Alderton, A.,Villanueva, K.,Davern, M.,Reddell, T.,Lata, L.,Moloney, S.,Gooder, H.,Hewitt, T.,De Silva, A.,Coffey, B.,McShane, I.,Cigdem, M. (2022). What works for place-based approaches in Victoria. Part 1: A review of the literature. In: Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions Melbourne, Australia
- Coffey, B. (2021). Environmental Challenges for Public Value Theory and Practice In: International Journal of Public Administration, 44, 818 - 825
- Browne, J.,Coffey, B.,Cook, K.,Meiklejohn, S.,Palermo, C. (2020). A guide to policy analysis as a research method In: Health Promotion International, 34, 1032 - 1044
- Coffey, B.,Bush, J.,Mumaw, L.,De Kleyn, L.,Furlong, C.,Cretney, R. (2020). Towards good governance of urban greening: insights from four initiatives in Melbourne, Australia In: Australian Geographer, 51, 189 - 204
- Bush, J.,Coffey, B.,Fastenrath, S. (2020). Governing urban greening at a metropolitan scale: an analysis of the Living Melbourne strategy In: Australian Planner, 56, 95 - 102
2 PhD Completions6 PhD Current Supervisions