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Dr Damon Alexander

Senior Lecturer, Politics


Damon Alexander is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.  He convenes the Bachelor of Arts at Swinburne and teaches the first year Arts Core unit ART10002 Technology and Society; POL30010 The Politics of Public Policy; and the Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program.  His research is inter-disciplinary and includes public policy; policy design and innovation; political engagement and technology; applied social network analysis; Australian and Victorian politics; and right-wing populism.  He is currently Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage grant (2018-2022) ‘Stewarding thin markets: improving public service market effectiveness and equity.’ (with Carey, G., Dickinson, H., Alexander, D., Kavanagh, A., Gilchrist D., Chand S.).  This project is being conducted in partnership with the Department of Social Services and National Disability Services and aims to develop new methodologies to identify thin markets (markets with low numbers of buyers and sellers of services) in the public service sector. This will enable better targeting of market intervention, ultimately allowing governments to ensure that there is equal and sufficient access to disability services.  Prior to joining Swinburne Damon worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. 

Damon's most recent publication is Dickinson, H., Carey, G., Malbon, E., Gilchrist, D., Chand, S., Kavanagh, A. and Alexander, D. (2022), Should We Change the Way We Think About Market Performance When It Comes to Quasi-Markets? A New Framework for Evaluating Public Service Markets. Public Admin Rev.

Current Postgraduate Supervision

    • Maryam Ahmed. (PhD) Evaluating the Policy Impact of Science (with Prof Tim Marjoribanks and Anne-Maree Dowd).
    • Georgia Keam. (PhD) The Politics of Care: Policy Responses to Family Violence in Australia (with Kay Cook).
    • Achinthya Koswatta. (PhD) Do Better Governance and Institutional Quality Foster Trade Competitiveness and Economic Growth in Developing Countries? (with Beth Webster).
    • Dominica Ryan (PhD) Hope in America (with Carolyn Beasley).
  • Completions:
    • Stefan Lodewyckx. (PhD) Exploring the workings of the regulatory process: the case of endocrine disrupting chemicals (with Mike Moran).
    • Todd Farrell (2020) Swinburne University of Technology, The Australian Greens: Realignment Revisited in Australia (with Prof Mike Leach).
    • James Murphy (2019) Swinburne University of Technology, The Making & Unmaking of East-West Link (with Dr Julie Kimber and Prof Terry Burke).
    • Nathaniel Reader (2017) Swinburne University of Technology, 'Voting early, often': Early voting at federal, NSW and Victorian elections, 2002-2015 (with Prof Brian Costar).
    • Benjamin Rankin (2017) Swinburne University of Technology, Water Politics in Victoria (with Prof Brian Costar).
    • Kathryn Bowen (2014) Australian National University, (by articles).
    • Peta Freestone (2014) University of Melbourne, Mapping and analyzing the TB vaccine research field through an economic sociology lens: How can R and D for neglected diseases be better supported? (with Prof Jenny Lewis).
    • Thomas Holden, (2011) University of Melbourne, ‘Rural and local government ideologies and the political and organisational networks of local government councillors in three Riverina Shires’ (with Prof Jenny Lewis)

Research interests

Politics; Policy

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Public Policy - 440709
  • Australian Government And Politics - 440801
  • Social Policy - 440712

Teaching areas



  • 1998, National, Australian Postgraduate Scholaship, Monash University


Also published as: Alexander, Damon; Alexander, D.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Coping with COVID-19: Social networks and resilience in Victoria and Tasmania’s Italian community *; COMITES_FS
  • 2017: Stewarding thin markets: improving public sector market effectiveness *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator