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Professor Adam Graycar AM

BA, PhD, DLitt (UNSW)

Elected: 1998

Discipline: Sociology

Specialisation: public policy, crime, ageing, best practice, social policy


Adam Graycar is Professor, School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University.  He was a lecturer in this school until his departure in 1980 to become the Foundation Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. In the intervening decades he has held a wide range of academic and government posts.  Before returning to Flinders in 2015, his most recent academic posts were Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, and before that, Dean and Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

He acquired extensive policy experience over 22 years in the senior level posts he has held in government, both Federal and State. His most recent government position was Head, Cabinet Office, Government of South Australia (2003-2007). He also had nine years (1994-2003) as head of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, the Australian Institute of Criminology a government agency whose task is to provide quality information and conduct policy oriented research, so as to inform government decisions that will contribute to the promotion of justice and the prevention of crime. He was also the nation’s first Commissioner for the Ageing (1985-1990).

He has worked in many public policy domains and his current work is on integrity and corruption prevention in Australia and internationally. He is working closely with international agencies such as the United Nations (UNODC) and the World Bank.



Graycar has worked extensively in recent years with the United Nations and with the World Bank on corruption prevention and integrity building.  He is a leading member of the UN Anti-corruption academic initiative (ACAD), based in Vienna.  He has worked over the years with governments in Australia on bridging the gap between research and policy, and has been involved in executive education of civil servants in Australia and internationally. He has appeared before numerous parliamentary committees in Australia, and participated in various OECD and UN activities as a specialist advisor or as an Australian representative.


  • Co-chair Quality of Governance specialist group, Internation Institute of Administrative Sciences ( since 2012 – )
  • President, Australian Social Policy Association (since 2013)



Graycar, Adam & Prenzler, T. (2013). Understanding and Preventing Corruption, New York & Basingstoke,  Palgrave Macmillan.
Graycar, Adam & Smith, R.G. (2011). Global Handbook on Research and Practice in Corruption, (editor and co-author), Cheltenham UK, Edward Elgar.
Graycar, Adam  (2015) Corruption: Classification and analysis,  Policy and Society vol. 34 (2), 87-96   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polsoc.2015.04.001
Graycar, Adam (2015) “Corruption.” In Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. Ed. Patrick James. New York: Oxford University Press.  http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199743292/obo-9780199743292-0098.xml
Graycar, Adam & Monaghan Olivia (2105) “Rich Country Corruption”  International Journal of Public Administration, 38: 586–595, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2014.949757
Van der Wal, Zeger; Graycar, Adam, and Kelly, Kym (2015) “See no Evil, Hear no Evil? Assessing Corruption Risk Perceptions and Strategies of Victorian Public Bodies” Australian Journal of Public Administration (in press)
Graycar, Adam. (2014), Corruption, the public service and the community:  a Victorian study, Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 73 (2), 271-281
Porter, L.E. & Graycar, Adam. (18 November 2013), Hotspots of corruption: applying a problem-oriented policing approach to preventing corruption in the public sector, Security Journal (advance online publication; doi: 10.1057/sj.2013.38)
Graycar, Adam & Sidebottom, A. (2012), Corruption and control: a corruption reduction approach, Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 19 (4) 384 – 399
Joutsen, M & Graycar, Adam. (2012), When Experts and Diplomats Agree: Negotiating Peer Review of the UN Convention Against Corruption, Global Governance vol. 18, 425–439
Graycar, Adam & McCann, B. (2012), Implementation: Making Hard Work of Something Simple, Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 71 (3) 343–354
Morris, P.K. & Graycar, Adam (2011), Homicide through a Different Lens, British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 53 (5) 823-838
Graycar, Adam & Villa, D. (July 2011), The Loss of Governance Capacity through Corruption, Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, Vol. 24 (3) 419 – 438
Graycar, Adam (January 2011), Corruption: Global initiatives build on local best practice. Public Administration Today, 11 – 13
Graycar, Adam (2007) Public Policy: core business and by-products, Evidence and Policy, Vol. 3 (4) 567-575


  • James, M and Graycar, A (2003) A safe and secure environment for older Australians. Canberra: AIC.
  • Graycar, A and Grabosky, P (2002) Cambridge Handbook of Australian Criminology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Graycar, A, and Grabosky, P. (eds.) (1996) Money Laundering: Risks and Countermeasures. Canberra: AIC.
  • Graycar, A. (ed.) (1996) Protecting Superannuation from Criminal Exploitation. Canberra: AIC.
  • Graycar, A and Jamrozik, A (1993) How Australians Live: Social Policy in Theory and Practice (2nd ed.). Melbourne: Macmillan.
  • Graycar, A (1979) Welfare Politics in Australia Melbourne, Macmillan


Email: adam.graycar [at] flinders.edu.au
Work Phone: 08 8201 3124

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