Discipline: Political Science
Specialisation: Research policy, higher education policy, science and technology policy, Australian government and politics, survey research, political attitudes and behaviour, Australian history and society
Professor Don Aitkin was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra from 1991 to 2002 and has a long-standing interest in policy studies and practice relevant to higher education and research. His intellectual interests centre on history, political science, music and literature.
- Member, Australian Research Grants Committee, 1981-1985
- Chairman, Australian Research Grants Committee, 1986-1987
- Foundation Chair, Australian Research Council 1988-1990
- Member, Australian Science & Technology Council 1986-1992
- Deputy Chair, ACT Science & Technology Council 1998-current
- Councillor, Canberra Business Council 1992-2002
- Chairman, Australian Mathematics Trust 1994-current
- Chairman, National Olympiad Council 1995-current
- Member, Multi-disciplinary Assessment Committee, Canada Foundation for Innovation, 2001-current.
Fellow of Australian College of Education
(Honorary) Fellow of Planning Institute Australia
- Don Aitkin (2005), ‘Return to Countrymindedness’, in Struggle Country. The Rutral Ideal in Twentieth Century Australia. Graeme Davison and Marc Brodie (eds.). Melbourne: Monash University ePress.
- Don Aitkin (2005), What Was It All For? The Reshaping of Australia . Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
- Don Aitkin (2004) ‘What do I dissent about?’, in Dissent, 14, 2004.
- Don Aitkin (2002), ‘Education and Change’, in Urban Renaissance: Glasgow – Lessons for Innovation and Implementation. Josef Konvitz (eds.). Paris: OECD.
- Don Aitkin (2002), ‘Reinventing Universities in Australia’, in The University: International Expectations. F. King Alexander and Kern Alexander (eds.). Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
- Don Aitkin (2002), ‘Dumbing Down: Some Thoughts on a Phrase of our Time’, in Agenda Volume 9 No.1.