Professor Quentin Beresford - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Professor Quentin Beresford

Adjunct Professor of Politics

Professor Quentin Beresford has taught at Edith Cowan University from 1993, including a 2013 to 2016 appointment as the Program Director for the Bachelor of Arts program. Quentin retired from his position as the Professor of Politics with Edith Cowan University in 2019 and continues to explore his research projects independently, including an environmental and political history of the Murray Darling Basin.


PhD ANU; Bachelor of Letters NE; Bachelor of Education Tasmania College of Advanced Education.

Teaching areas
  • Australian politics and public policy
  • Political ideology
  • American politics
  • American political history during the cold war
  • Global politics
Research areas
  • Australian politics and policy
  • Environmental politics
  • Corruption in politics
  • Indigenous issues
  • Winner, Tasmanian Premiers Literary Prize for The Rise and Fall of Gunns (2015)
  • Shortlisted, Ashurst Business Literature Award for The Rise and Fall of Gunns (2015)
  • Winner, Human Rights Award (non-fiction) Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice (2006)
  • Winner, Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (non-fiction) for Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice (2006)
  • Winner, Stanner Award for the most outstanding book on Indigenous Affairs for Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice (2007)
  • Shortlisted, New South Wales Premier’s Book Award for Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice (2006)
  • Shortlisted, Western Australian Premier’s book award for The Salinity Crisis (2000)
  • Winner, Western Australian Premier’s Book Prize (non-fiction category) for Our State of Mind (1998)
Key Research Publications 

Beresford, Q 2018, Adani and the War Over Coal, Sydney, New South Publishing.

Beresford, Q 2015, The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd, Sydney: New South Publishing.

Beresford, Q, Partington, G & Gower, G (eds) 2011 Reform and Resistance Aboriginal Education in Australia , Crowley: UWA Press. 

Beresford, Q 2008, The Godfather: A Biography of Brian Burke, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.

Beresford, Q 2006, Robert Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra.

Beresford Q & Partington, G (eds) 2003, Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education The Australian Experience, University of Western Australia Press.

Beresford, Q, Bekle, H & Phillips, P 2001, The Salinity Crisis: Landscapes, Communities and Politics, The University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands.

Beresford, Q 2000, Governments, markets and globalisation:  Australian public policy in context, Allen and Unwin.

Beresford, Q & Omaji, P 1998, Our state of mind. Racial planning and the stolen generations, Fremantle Arts Centre Press.

Beresford, Q, Phillips, H & McPearson, L 1997, Conflict and Consensus In Australian Politics, Melbourne, Longmans.

Beresford, Q 1997, Parties, policies and persuasion. The 1996 Federal election campaign and its significance. Melbourne, Longmans.

Beresford, Q & Omaji, P 1996, Rites of Passage Aboriginal Youth Crime and Justice, Fremantle Arts Centre Press.

Beresford, Q & Bailey, G 1981, Search for the Tasmania Tiger. An Environmental History of the Thylacine, Blubber Head Press, Hobart.

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