Meredith Edwards is Emeritus Professor at the University of Canberra. She is an economist who has been a lecturer, researcher, policy analyst and administrator through her career.
From 1983 to 1997, she advised on some major social policy, education and labour market issues in the Commonwealth Public Service, including in the role of Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 1993.
She served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra from 1997 to 2002, and set up the National Institute for Governance in 1999, of which she was Director until 2004. In 2001, Professor Edwards published a book ‘Social Policy, Public Policy: From Problem to Practice’ based on case studies she was involved in during her career in the Commonwealth Public Service.
She was a member of the Wran Committee on Higher Education Funding (1988-1989) and a member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (1988-90 and 1994-2001). She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA); and was President of the Economic Society of Australia and New Zealand (ACT Branch) from 1994-1996.
Professor Edwards chaired a review of the research program of ANZSOG in 2007. She is Chair of the Board of the Closing the Gap Clearing House, member of the ANPHA Research Advisory Committee and she is a member of the United National Committee of Experts on Public Administration.