My new job

After more than 11 years working for the CIS and the University of Melbourne I have a new job. From the middle of next month I will take up a position at the Grattan Institute, directing their new higher education program. The Grattan media release is here.

CIS and U of M are both great places to work, but I’ve long wanted to do more research and writing on higher education than I could with my current jobs. I’ve always had many more ideas for papers than I have had time in the week. Grattan offered me the opportunity to write those papers, and without having to leave Carlton. My new office is about a block away from my Melbourne University office, and a few blocks from where I live.

Meanwhile, I have one last issue of Policy to finish off.

28 Responses to “My new job

  • 1
    Dave Guerin
    July 11th, 2011 11:31

    Congrats – should be great for you and looking forward to reading your work.

  • 2
    July 11th, 2011 11:37

    A sad day for the CIS I’m afraid to say. Congrats to you though Andrew.

  • 3
    Kim Weatherall
    July 11th, 2011 12:08

    Congrats Andrew – look forward to reading more papers and thoughts on higher ed policy.

  • 4
    Steve Schwartz
    July 11th, 2011 12:20

    Terrific news Andrew. I wish you the very best of luck in the new position. I know that many people will be looking forward to your papers and even a new book?

  • 5
    Dave Bath
    July 11th, 2011 13:08

    Congrats. I hope your new role is everything you wish it to be.
    And it’s a bonus to change jobs without having to figure out transport, new lunchtime eateries, etc.

  • 6
    Debt Consolidation Nation
    July 11th, 2011 13:25

    Congrats- sounds like you’ve gone from dream job to dream job

  • 7
    July 11th, 2011 14:00

    Congratulations Andrew!

  • 8
    July 11th, 2011 14:02

    Does this mean the Grattan Institute is moving to the right?

  • 9
    July 11th, 2011 14:30

    Great, hope you like it there — and no need to move interstate either.
    “I’ve always had many more ideas for papers than I have had time in the week.”
    I’ll bet you still do!

  • 10
    July 11th, 2011 16:43

    Great news, they look a very interesting think tank.

  • 11
    jane den hollander
    July 11th, 2011 17:46

    Hullo Andrew, Congratulations – a great pick for the Grattan, look forward to continuing to hear your opinions. Jane

  • 12
    July 11th, 2011 19:52

    Well done Andrew – more power to your pen!

  • 13
    Tom N.
    July 11th, 2011 20:50


  • 14
    July 12th, 2011 07:43

    But will you still have time to blog??

  • 15
    Martha Maus
    July 12th, 2011 07:58

    Congratulations on your new position. I value your reasoned and well supported views. Like Matt, I hope you will still have time to occasionally blog .

  • 16
    Sam Roggeveen
    July 12th, 2011 08:28

    Great news for you and the Grattan Institute. Congratulations, Andrew.

  • 17
    July 12th, 2011 14:05

    Congratulations Andrew! Looking forward to more research output from you on higher education policy. Btw is Peter Saunders back in Australia? I noticed him listed on the CIS website as a research scholar.

  • 18
    July 13th, 2011 09:38

    All the best Andrew.
    Hope this blog continues – it has been one of the better ones. Usually more reasoned argument and less ideology could be found in both your posts and the associated commentary than in most others!

  • 19
    Andrew Norton
    July 13th, 2011 10:05

    I’ll still be a blogger, though with a more narrowly-focused brief at Grattan compared to CIS there will be some changes. While this has always been a personal rather than corporate blog, obviously I need to be aware that what I say here can reflect back on my employers.

  • 20
    alan moran
    July 13th, 2011 11:04

    Ah well Andrew, in ensuring that what you say does not reflect back on your new employer, you can continue to be silent on the Great Moral Issue of our time. Or you could become a team player and join their chorus.

  • 21
    Andrew Norton
    July 13th, 2011 11:37

    Alan – My general policy has been to not comment on issues where I lack expertise or don’t have a perspective or information that is under-represented in existing public commentary. It helps protect my reputation and that of my employer(s), and ensures I have time for the issues I have decided to pursue, chosen because I thought there was a gap in the issues market – higher ed especially, but campaign finance more recently. The Great Moral Issue has had saturation coverage for many years, and so I have restricted myself to a few things on the politics of it, mainly polling about which I do know something (as opposed to climate science, or the relative merits of carbon taxes, trading schemes etc, on which nobody should take any notice of what I think).

  • 22
    July 13th, 2011 16:28

    Andrew, well said. I accept we’ve had that debate from the other side . I do think that Grattan is a better overall fit for me than CIS would be, if I were lucky enough to have been with either. I think they have broader ambit and a more centrist outlook. Perhaps they are even more liberal, in the American or British sense of the word. I think for you the decision is greater but if it allows you more freedom all freedom to you I say.

  • 23
    Fred Argy
    July 15th, 2011 06:44

    Congratulations and best of luck.

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  • 25
    Nicholas Gruen
    July 16th, 2011 17:49

    Congrats Andrew and best of luck at Grattan.

  • 26
    KB Keynes
    July 17th, 2011 12:34

    Congratulations and good luck.

    Catallaxy has the Grattan institute full of leftists. Watch out you may get infected!!!

  • 27
    Russell S
    July 18th, 2011 13:28

    Congrats Andrew – hope it’s a great move for you

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