Flinders Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Barber, said he and his University colleagues were saddened by Mr Anderson’s sudden and premature passing.
“Geoff made a distinctive contribution to the University. His long experience in government and in business relations provided insights and connections much appreciated by his students and colleagues,” Professor Barber said.
“It gave him a valuable research perspective, and he was making a particular academic impact in documenting and explaining the intricate workings of Australia’s federal system of government. The University has benefited enormously from his work with us,” he said.
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Professor Phyllis Tharenou said that “after three decades advising South Australian Premiers and working on many public policy consultancies Geoff Anderson joined Flinders in 2002 where he developed quickly a reputation as one of the University’s most engaging and inspiring teachers’.
“His practical insight into how government works, and policy is formed, meant Geoff was highly valued by his students and academic colleagues alike. A spirited story teller and lecturer, he was one of the truly avuncular characters on campus,” Professor Tharenou said.
“Students flocked to his topics because they knew his practical experience in government offered rare critical insight into the machinations of politics and public policy. His keenness to educate people on the virtues and vice of Australian politics also made him a sought after public speaker and political commentator,” she said.
“A scholar of Australian Federalism he built, in a relatively short time span, an admirable research profile that was respected and sought after by political scientists both in Australia and internationally.”
Mr Anderson, who was a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy at Flinders, is survived by his wife Prue, children and grandchildren.