Thomas Barlow serves as a distinguished adviser on knowledge investment, research policy, and analytics to a range of technology-intensive companies, government agencies, and universities globally.
He is the author of three books on science and innovation, and publisher of the Barlow Report, a biennial resource for higher education institutions in Australia and East Asia.
He has previously worked as a weekly columnist for the Financial Times newspaper in London. He has also been the science policy adviser to the Minister for Education, Science and Training in the Australian Government.
Educated at Oxford University (MA, DPhil) and at the University of Sydney (BSc, Hons I with University Medal) he has been the Janssen Fellow in Biomedical Science at Balliol College, Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA.
Independent and widely recognized as an innovative thinker, Dr Barlow is highly regarded for his imagination, optimism and vision.
The BARLOW REPORT has been published since 2007. This key resource is widely used to inform strategic decision-making about research in Australian universities. The latest edition was published in 2015.
ASIA 100 is a Barlow Report published in 2014 and 2016. It provides critical insights into the research strategies of East Asian and Australasian universities.
Thomas Barlow is also the author of two engaging and highly topical books about innovation: THE AUSTRALIAN MIRACLE (2006) and BETWEEN THE EAGLE AND THE DRAGON (2013).
His first novel, A THEORY OF NOTHING (2016), has been described as "hilarious, thoughtful, and culturally relevant all at once" (Kirkus Reviews).