MA (New England), PhD (ANU), Hon DUniv (Canberra), Hon DLitt (UNE)
Political Science

Professor Don Aitkin was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra from 1991 to 2002 and had a long-standing interest in policy studies and practice relevant to higher education and research. His intellectual interests centred on history, political science, music and literature.

  • Member, Australian Research Grants Committee, 1981-1985
  • Chairman, Australian Research Grants Committee, 1986-1987
  • Foundation Chair, Australian Research Council 1988-1990
  • Member, Australian Science & Technology Council 1986-1992
  • Deputy Chair, ACT Science & Technology Council 1998-current
  • Councillor, Canberra Business Council 1992-2002
  • Chairman, Australian Mathematics Trust 1994-current
  • Chairman, National Olympiad Council 1995-2002
  • Member, Multi-disciplinary Assessment Committee, Canada Foundation for Innovation, 2001-2010.

Fellow of Australian College of Educators

(Honorary) Fellow of Planning Institute Australia

  • Don Aitkin (2005), 'Return to Countrymindedness', in Struggle Country. The Rutral Ideal in Twentieth Century Australia. Graeme Davison and Marc Brodie (eds.). Melbourne: Monash University ePress.
  • Don Aitkin (2005), What Was It All For? The Reshaping of Australia . Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Don Aitkin (2004) 'What do I dissent about?', in Dissent, 14, 2004.
  • Don Aitkin (2002), 'Education and Change', in Urban Renaissance: Glasgow - Lessons for Innovation and Implementation. Josef Konvitz (eds.). Paris: OECD.
  • Don Aitkin (2002), 'Reinventing Universities in Australia', in The University: International Expectations. F. King Alexander and Kern Alexander (eds.). Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • Don Aitkin (2002), 'Dumbing Down: Some Thoughts on a Phrase of our Time', in Agenda Volume 9 No.1.