Meredith Edwards AM is Emeritus Professor at the ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra, Australia. She was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 1997 at that university and Director of its National Institute for Governance until 2004. Prior to joining the University of Canberra Professor Edwards was a senior policy adviser in the Australian Public Service (APS) involved in a range of major social policy reforms across several departments from 1983-1993 and Deputy Secretary in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet until 1997.
An economist, Professor Edwards in 2001 published a book on policy development processes, Social Policy, Public Policy: from problem to practice. In 2012 she co-authored Public Sector Governance in Australia and last year co-authored Not Yet 50/50: the barriers to the progress of senior women in the APS. Professor Edwards is Chair of the Board of the Indigenous Closing the Gap Clearing House and a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration.