Carol Bacchi

Emerita Professor Carol Bacchi

Emerita Professor

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Carol Bacchi is Professor Emerita of Politics. She researchers and writes in the fields of feminist political theory, policy theory, mobility studies and citizenship. She is best known for the development of an analytic strategy for policy analysis, called "What's the Problem Represented to be?" (the WPR approach). Bacchi has written a text introducing the approach (Analysing Policy: What's the Problem Represented to be?, Pearson Education, 2009). Examples of application of the approach are available in her most recent book, Poststructural Policy Analysis: A Guide to Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), co-authored with Susan Goodwin.

A new website provides links to important publications, replies to frequently asked questions about the WPR approach, and a research blog, where Bacchi comments on recent debates and books/articles in the field. Go to:

Other sole-authored books include: Liberation Deferred? The Ideas of the English-Canadian Suffragists, 1877-1918, (University of Toronto Press.1983),Same Difference: Feminism and Sexual Difference (Allen and Unwin, 1990), The Politics of Affirmative Action: "Women", Equality and Category Politics (Sage, 1996), Women, Policy and Politics: The Construction of Policy Problems (Sage, 1999), and Fear of Food: A Diary of Mothering (Spinifex Press, 2003). . In 2010 she co-edited a book with Joan Eveline entitled Mainstreaming Politics: Gendering Practices and Feminist Theory (University of Adelaide Press, available free online).

  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Feminism and the ‘Woman Equals Mother’ Discourse in Reproductive Politics in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Angella Duvnjak
    2005 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Poverty in the 'Age of Affluence': A Governmental Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Angelique Bletsas
    2003 - 2007 Principal Supervisor South Australian Aborigines Protection Board (1939-1962) and Governance through 'scientific' Expertise: A Genealogy of Protection and Assimilation' Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Margaret Macilwain
    2000 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Discourse, Subjectivity and the Policy Realm: Reconceptualising Policy Workers as Located Subjects Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Zoe Gill
    1999 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Regulating the Biological Family: Policy, Genetics, Discourse, and Diminishing 'Other' Bodies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Bronwyn Donaghey
    1994 - 2002 Co-Supervisor POLITICISING THE PRODUCTIVE: SUBJECTIVITY, FEMINIST LABOUR THOUGHT AND FOUCAULT Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Wendy Bastalich
  • Position: Emerita Professor
  • Phone: 83135633
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 3
  • Org Unit: School of Social Sciences

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