Professor John Dixon has an eclectic array of experiences over 40 years as a researcher, teacher and academic leader in Australia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. He is currently Professor of Public Administration at the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey). He was previously the Distinguished Professor Public Policy and Administration at KIMEP University (2009–14) (Almaty, Kazakhstan), where he was concurrently Dean of the Bang College of Business (2013-14) and Dean of the College of Social Science (2009-12). He is also Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Management at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, where he was Professor of International Social Policy (2000-03), Professor of Public Management (2003–05), and Professor of Public Policy and Management (2006–08). He is a fellow of the British Academy of the Social Sciences, nominated by the British Social Policy Association, and an honorary life member of the American Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars nominated by the American Political Science Association and the Public Policy Organization). He has recently been a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Wollongong (Australia) (2007–10) and is a Visiting Professor in the School of Business at the University of Northampton (United Kingdom) (2013–). He has published very extensively (13 authored books, 22 edited books, 11 journal symposia, 88 refereed articles, 51 book chapters, and 42 other publications) in the fields of international public and social policy and administration. He is best known for his contribution to the development of comparative and international social welfare, particularly his eight edited books published by Routledge between 1985 and 1998. His other major books are The Situational Logic of Social Actions, with Rhys Dogan and Alan Sanderson (2009), The Privatisation of Mandatory Retirement Income Protection: International Perspectives with Mark Hyde and Glen Drover (2006), Responses to Governance: The Governing of Corporations, Societies and the World (2003), Social Security in Global Perspective (1999), and The Chinese Welfare System: 1949–1979 (1981). Selected research publications have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Hebrew. He has, for almost 40 years, been a dedicated researcher and supervisor/examiner of doctoral and master’s theses, teacher at the bachelor’s and master’s level; and research and teaching mentor of junior faculty. His academic career has given him extensive experience in university management—as Dean (Kazakhstan, 2009–13), Director of Research (Associate Head) of School (UK, 2003-05), and Head of Department (Australia,1983–92, and Hong Kong 1994-96).
BEcon (ANU), Canberra, Australia,1965
MEcon (ANU), Canberra, Australia,1977
PhD (Public Management) (UWSyd), 1995
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Research interests focus on comparative and International social welfare; social action theory, and public administration and public management reform.
Professional expertise includes the degree program design, marketing, quality assurance and international (European) accreditation.
Personal Interests
Life is dominated by family and work.