Dr John Doyle

Dr John Doyle received a PhD in political and policy history from La Trobe University in December 2017. He has been an associate of the Contemporary Histories Research Group at Deakin and honorary associate in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe since early 2018. His thesis is on the politics of Australian telecommunications reform from the 1960s to 1990s and is nominated for a Nancy Millis Medal. He also has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne (1998) and a BA with First Class Honours in modern British and German history from the University of Adelaide (1992). John was a National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association postgraduate scholar in 2013-14. His research interests include political, policy and diplomatic history; government and politics; and political leadership and biography.

At La Trobe, John has coordinated the Victorian Parliamentary Internship program, which operates in conjunction with state parliament; been a tutor in Australian history and politics, government and public policy; and a research assistant to Associate Professor Gwenda Tavan. Before this, he held senior policy and strategy roles for many years with the telecoms company Optus and was a board member of the sector’s principal industry body, Communications Alliance. Earlier in his career, John was an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments and Defence Signals Directorate.

PhD supervisors

  • Professor Judith Brett (La Trobe)
  • Dr Nicholas Barry (La Trobe)

PhD examiners

  • Professor Stuart Macintyre (Melbourne)
  • Professor Nicholas Brown (ANU)

Awards & Scholarships

  • Nancy Millis Medal, nominated November 2017.
  • National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association Postgraduate Scholarship, 2013.
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2012.
  • La Trobe University Postgraduate Scholarship, 2012.


  • ‘Conceiving of Telecom: The Politics of Australian Telecommunications Reform, 1967-1972’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 61/2 (June 2015), 201-216.
  • ‘The long, covert history of rural telecoms policy’, Inside Story, 8 September 2014.
  • ‘Turnbull takes on the country telecoms challenge’, Australian, 25 March 2014, 10.
  • ‘Disconnecting NBN a big call for Turnbull’, Australian, 4 October 2013, 12.

Conference & Seminar papers

  • ‘Social Engineering: The Politics of Australian Telecommunications Reform’, paper given at La Trobe University Department of Politics and Philosophy Seminar Series, 9 September 2015.
  • ‘Conceiving of Telecom and the Politics of Telecommunication, 1967-1972’, refereed paper given at Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Murdoch University, 30 September-2 October 2013.


  • Australian Historical Association
  • Australian Political Studies Association