Fellow at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute, Belgium
I am a Fellow at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute, Belgium.
I research and analyse the changing nature of political executives. My principal focus centres on exploring the institutional development of ministers’ offices and the rise of political advisers wedged between the nexus of politics and administration. Through my work on an international comparative politics project, I have gained specialised knowledge in the analysis of the four traditional Westminster family members: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. My project and tenure in Leuven were generously funded by a four-year fellowship from the Flanders Research Foundation (FWO).
Prior to moving to Brussels, I worked at the University of Melbourne for six years in several roles, including in Strategy and Government Relations in the Chancellery, Media and Communications at the Melbourne School of Government, and Teaching Assistant at the School of Social and Political Sciences. In earlier roles, I worked as a TV Producer at Sky News Australia and spent a year supporting a foreign aid project in Solomon Islands.
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Pickering, H., Bellens, T., & Brans, M. 2023. The Prime Minister's Chief-of-Staff: A Profile and Changing Trends in Westminster Democracies, 1990-2021. Governance, 1-19.
Articles in progress (with other co-authors)
Executive Advisory and Support Offices: Exploring the Institutional Architecture of Ministers’ Offices
Sample of op-ed articles
Pickering, H & Gouglas, T 2023. Most Special Advisers become lobbyists after leaving government – new research, 28 February, The Conversation, London
Pickering, H 2020. Covid-19 to entrench 'big government' policies for good, 28 April, The Mandarin, Canberra
Pickering, H 2019. Why Canada has so many political advisers, 17 October, The Conversation, Toronto
Pickering, H 2018. Surviving Australian politics: 4 reforms to stop ousting leaders, 30 August, Pursuit, Melbourne
Pickering, H 2017. Australia’s Referendum Drought, 16 August, Pursuit, Melbourne
Brenton, S & Pickering, H 2016. The rise of LGBTIQ Politicians, 30 June, Election Watch, Melbourne
Pickering, H 2016. Brexit proves Baby Boomers should get less of a vote, 27 June, VICE
Teaching Assistant in the Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven, Belgium
(2021–22) Policy Analysis (undergraduate level)
(2019–20) Comparative Public Policy in Europe (graduate level)
Teaching Assistant at the University of Melbourne, Australia
(2017–18) Public Policy Making (undergraduate level)
(2018) Comparative Politics (undergraduate level)
(2018) Politics and the Media (undergraduate level)
(2016–17) International Politics (undergraduate level)
Methods and techniques
I have published academic research using and/or explaining the following methods and techniques:
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Demographic analysis (sometimes called Prosopography)
Systematic Literature Review (including the systematic scoping review)
Formulating typologies and indices
I am also a member of the 'Executive Triangle' research network. Follow the link here to learn more about our research and activitites.