Professor Linda Hancock

Professor Linda Hancock (PhD, Monash) is a social scientist in public policy, social policy, gambling policy and regulation, and sustainability research at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute (ADRI) at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She is currently the Director of the Master’s Program of Politics and Policy at Deakin University.

Past professional roles include three ministerial appointments: Chair of the Independent Gambling Research Panel of Victoria (2000–2004), Commissioner, Victorian Law Reform Commission, and Presiding Member on the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. Other positions include Director of the Public Policy Master’s Program at University of Melbourne, Director of the Corporate Citizenship Research Unit at Deakin University, and Partnerships Manager at the Deakin University Alfred Deakin Research Institute (ADRI). From December 2007 to 2010, Prof. Hancock was Research Director for the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF, formerly the Responsibility in Gambling Trust), the national charity responsible for commissioning research, prevention, and treatment on gambling in the United Kingdom.

Prof. Hancock has been an invited presenter and keynote speaker at numerous conferences, an international peer reviewer and consultant to the UK, New Zealand, and Canadian provincial governments (including the casino loyalty player-tracking program developed by the Saskatchewan Gaming Authority), the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre, and the Alberta Gaming Research Institute.

Prof. Hancock is a member of national and international research societies, policy advisory groups, and in internationally funded research bodies and regularly reviews for international journals and publishing houses. Her recently published monograph Regulatory Failure? The Case of Crown Casino (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011) interrogates regulation theory and reports on original empirical research on casino codes of practice on responsible gambling and responsible service of alcohol.

Contact Information:
Email: Linda.hancock@deakin.edu.au
Tel: +61 417057501