Leading in turbulent times: An investigation of leadership practices in the Australian Higher Education sector

Activity: Examination


Much of the turbulence experienced by the Australian higher education sector in recent years stems from longstanding issues such as uncertainties and reductions in government funding, and increased competition nationally and internationally. Other issues in the sector include the introduction of new education technologies and delivery models, and the changing and sometimes more demanding expectations of students. More recently the sector has faced fundamental disruptions surrounding a wide range of strategic and operational impacts of COVID-19 including uncertainties in the international student market. There are now growing calls for significant systemic change in the sector to deal with these challenges for higher education institutions. Clearly, this will have significant implications for leadership in the higher education sector, and this highlights the skills and practices required of leaders in the sector. This exploratory study has therefore been guided by the research question: ‘How does turbulence in the sector impact leadership practices in higher education institutions?’
Examination held at
  • Western Sydney University
Degree of RecognitionInternational