Paul Henman is senior lecturer in social policy at the University of Queensland, Australia. He holds degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics and Sociology. His research focuses on the nexus between information technologies, public administration and government policy processes. Paul’s research is largely informed by contemporary social and political theory, and historical and social studies of technology. His recent publications include Governing Electronically: e-government and the reconfiguration of public administration, policy and power (Palgrave 2010) and Administering Welfare Reform: International transformations in welfare governance (edited with Menno Fenger, Policy Press 2006).

While at OII, Paul with be working with OII Professor Helen Margetts on research that uses webmetrics to chart the institutional structure of online government. Part of a larger study, the research will identify the hyperlink structure to, from and between selected government websites in Australia and the UK. It will examine whether the ‘nodality’ of government websites varies according to policy domain, tier of government, country and over time.

Research interests

e-government, e-service delivery, social and public policy, policy making processes, performance measurement, social security and welfare, social theory, computer modelling in government, Foucault and governmentality, costs of raising children

Positions held at the OII

  • Visiting Fellow, July – December 2010