Dr Gwilym Croucher

Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Policy and Management

Melbourne CSHE

Gwil's expertise is in higher education and research policy. He is a regular commentator on higher education in the media.

Dr Gwilym Croucher is a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), as well as Program Director at the L H Martin Institute, and coordinates and teaches into the Master of Tertiary Education Management, and its associated Graduate Certificate programs.

He was a Fulbright Scholar in 2017-18, for which he was a visiting researcher at the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education in the Goldman School of Public Policy.

Gwilym has authored and edited research volumes on higher education, as well as refereed journal articles on higher education policy and other areas of public policy. As a Chief Investigator, he recently completed an ARC Discovery Project examining the creation of the Unified National System of Higher Education in Australia, as well as an Australian government OLT funded project on the future of the PhD.

With a colleague at the Melbourne CSHE, he is currently writing a centenary history of the Australian university sector and its peak body Universities Australia. He is currently a principal investigator, along with colleagues at the University of California, Davis on a project analysing interviews with over one hundred leaders and policy experts in Australian higher education.

Gwilym has expertise in higher education and research policy drawing on his research focus on the funding, financing and history of universities. He is a former Principal Policy Adviser in the University of Melbourne’s Chancellery, is a regular media commentator on higher education, and has been an invited expert witness to Australian parliamentary inquiries.