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 resource is widely used to inform strategic decision-making about research in Australian universities. The latest editions are his 2019 global benchmarking and a special forecasting edition: THE FUTURE IN BLACK AND WHITE.
His MEDICAL PRECINCTS REPORT and the GARVAN GLOBAL GENOMICS REPORT have provided extensive insights on Australian health & medical research.
Thomas Barlow is also the author of thought-provoking books about science and innovation: THE AUSTRALIAN MIRACLE (2006), BETWEEN THE EAGLE AND THE DRAGON (2013), and most recently A THEORY OF NOTHING (2016).