Lisa Hill

Professor Lisa Hill

Professor of Politics

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

My research interests are in political theory, history of political thought and issues in electoral law and behaviour. My most recent work explores political exclusion and inclusion, voter behaviour and correlates of voter turnout and issues in liberal democracy. My other projects focus on the history of the western political tradition, political corruption, human rights and the Scottish Enlightenment.

I welcome inquiries from Masters and PhD candidates interested in: The history of political thought, Thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment, Voting inclusion (particularly of the disadvantaged), Compulsory voting and informal voting, Political Corruption, Human Rights, Classical Stoicism and Epicureanism and Liberal democracy, its history, character and challenges.

Current projects include:

Assessing epistemic democracy: normative and applied perspectives

This project has three broad aims:

  • To test empirically the epistemic claim that high-turnout elections yield a) higher levels of ‘bad voting’, which in turn yield b) worse political outcomes than do low-turnout elections.
  • To use the findings of the applied study to explore and evaluate the normative implications and validity of epistemic democracy.
  • To assess whether or not voting in mass elections has a future. or whether we should cede more power to ‘the wise’.

Raising Voter Turnout Among People Experiencing Homelessness

We wish to explore how electoral commissions, academics, community sector organisations, and individuals with lived experience can work together to develop appropriate interventions and measures to identify the scope of non-voting among the homeless and to test and measure the effectiveness of potential remedies.

Date Project Number Investigators Funding Body Amount
2011 - 2017 - Associate investigator Lisa Hill Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions in Europe 1100-1800 $24,250,000
2014 - 2016 DP140102011 Lisa Hill and Han Baltussen Australian Research Council $300,000
2012 - 2014 DP120100940 Lisa Hill Australian Research Council $115,000
2009 - 2010 DP0985074 Lisa Hill Australian Research Council $61,000
2008 - Lisa Hill and Ian Hall University of Adelaide Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Hosting Conference Scheme $3,900
2007 - 2009 DP0770499 Lisa Hill, Bruce Buchan, Wilf Prest   $170,000
2007 - Lisa Hill, Ian Hall and Wilf Prest Academy of Social Sciences Workshop Grant $6,400
2003 - 2006 - Lisa Hill ARC Large Industry Linkage Grant $160,000
2001 - 2006 - Lisa Hill ARC Five Year Discovery Fellowship $470,000


Date Course Title Course Level / Code
2018 Passions and Interests: the history of the legitimation of greed 2/3 POLI 2107
2018 Justice, Virtue and the Good 2/3 POLI 2106


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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Principal Supervisor Electoral Politics and the state of the centre-left in the UK, USA and Australia. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nicholas Allan Falcinella
    2019 Principal Supervisor Women in Governance in Maldives: Expectations, Barriers and Opportunities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Fathimath Shafeega
    2018 Principal Supervisor Epicureanism in the Enlightenment: The Influence of Epicurean Political Thought on the Western Political Tradition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Eden Blazejak
    2014 Principal Supervisor The First Liberals: Stoicism and The Enlightenment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Astrid Claire Lane
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Future Benefits, Future Burdens: Age, Policy Attitudes and Values in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Veronica Coram
    2015 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Philanthropy and Social Justice: Examining the Social Impact of Grant-Making by Philanthropic Institutions in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Zurina Simm
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jesse Erich Schultz Clark
    2013 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Cross–Party Collaboration in the Australian Federal Parliament: Testing the Limits of Institutional Constraints and Enabling Factors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Adele Klara Lausberg
    2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Honneth's Theory of Recognition: A More Hospitable Asylum Seeker Policy Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Paul Relf-Christopher
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor "Maore Farantsa": The Self Determination of Mayotte to become a Departement of France Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Robert William Alexander Crabtree
    2011 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Following in Scottish Footsteps: The Amalgamation Movement in English and Welsh Banking, 1870-1920 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Philip Ritson
    2011 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Proportional Representation in Theory and Practice: The Australian Experience Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Glynn Evans
    2006 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Isaiah Berlin and the Problem of Counter-Enlightenment Liberalism Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Mark Bode
    2006 - 2010 Co-Supervisor The Utilitarian Imagination: An Inquiry into the Relationship between Character Formation, Moral Freedom and Social Reform in John Stuart Mill's Moral Science Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alan Goldstone
    2006 - 2010 Principal Supervisor The Upper House Question: South Australian Bicameralism in Comparative Perspective Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jordan Bastoni
    2005 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Beyond a Master or Slave Morality: An Engagement with Feminist Conceptions of Power Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Kylie Heneker
    2005 - 2007 Principal Supervisor The Dilemma of Praxis, Anarchism and Education: A Comparative Approach to Theory and Practice Master of Arts Master Full Time Mr Luke Trenwith
    2002 - 2005 Co-Supervisor Fairness and Unfairness in South Australian Elections Master of Arts Master Part Time Mr Glynn Evans
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Co-Chair Rhodes Scholar of South Australia Selection Committee Rhodes Scholarships Australia
    2016 - ongoing Co-Founder Electoral Regulation and Research Network University of Adelaide Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Board Member Australian Journal of Political Science - Australia
  • Position: Professor of Politics
  • Phone: 83634865
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 3443
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 4
  • Room: 4 11
  • Org Unit: Politics and International Relations (POLIR)

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