Fellows Detail

Professor Don Aitkin AO

MA (New England), PhD (ANU), Hon DUniv (Canberra), Hon DLitt (UNE)

Elected: 1975

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 1995-2002
  • Member, Multi-disciplinary Assessment Committee, Canada Foundation for Innovation, 2001-2010.


Fellow of Australian College of Educators

(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.


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