Prof Richard Herr OAM
Parliamentary Internship Coordinator, School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania
Richard Herr has taught at the University of Tasmania since his appointment in October 1972 and has held a variety of positions within the University including Head of Department. He is currently the academic coordinator for the Faculty of Law's Parliamentary Law, Practice and Procedure course, which provides professional development for the 10 Parliaments of Australasia as well as Samoa and the Solomon Islands. He earned a PhD in Political Science from Duke University and, during his academic career; he has written widely on aspects Pacific Island affairs, parliamentary democracy, elections, Antarctic politics, and marine resource policy.
Prof. Herr has held visiting appointments in New Caledonia, New Zealand, United States and the USSR. He holds non-resident appointments as an Adjunct Professor in Fiji. Prof Herr has served as a consultant to the Governments of the Pacific Islands region on a range of organisational issues for nearly three decades and most recently on the restoration of parliamentary democracy in Fiji. He was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours List for service to higher education. In 2002, he was presented with an AusAID Peacebuilder award for his work in Solomon Islands.