Select a division

Travers McLeod (CEO)


Travers has been CPD’s Chief Executive Officer since 2014. He leads our strategic and policy agenda, working across each of our policy programs. Travers began his career in public law, working for the State Solicitor’s Office in Western Australia and for Justice Michael Kirby in the High Court of Australia. He holds a DPhil and MPhil (Dist) in International Relations from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar and was a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He worked as a Policy Adviser for the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, playing a lead role in their 2013 report Now for the Long Term. Travers’ first book, Rule of Law in War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He remains an Associate of the Oxford Martin School and holds adjunct positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia. Travers is married to a Kiwi. They have a young daughter. He grew up in Exmouth and Perth and remains devoted to the West Coast Eagles.


T. McLeod and D. Irvine, ‘Security, Human Rights and Forced Migration:
Complementary, not Contradictory’ in Lazarus and Goold, Security and Human Rights (Hart University Press, 2018, Forthcoming)


T. McLeod, Rule of Law in War:
International Law and United States Counterinsurgency Doctrine in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars (Oxford University Press, 2015).


T. McLeod,
‘Does apathy about the political system among young people point to a crisis in Australian democracy’, Meanjin, vol. 74(3), Spring 2105.


B. Douglas, C. Higgins, A. Keski-Nummi, J. McAdam and T. McLeod, Beyond the Boats:
Building an Asylum and Refugee Policy for the Long Term (November 2014), available


Now for the Long Term:
The Report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, 16 October 2013, available (lead author).

30 October 2017 | Inside Story
Patient policy-making for a region on the move


17 March 2017 | Huffington Post
This Bubble Could Have Been Burst Before It Inflated


24 February 2015 | Huffington Post
Boosting Refugee Jobs Would Be A Win-Win For Australia


06 December 2016 | The Australian
Donald Trump’s ‘Patton’ has history in his corner


04 November 2016 | The Conversation
Company directors can be held legally liable for ignoring the risks from climate change


21 September 2016 | The Conversation
How the Asia-Pacific can lead the way on migrants and refugee


21 September 2016 | The Conversation
Voters were doubly disillusioned


10 April 2015 | Panel presentation to Progressives International Conference on Climate Change, Paris
Raising ambition and financing the transition: innovative solutions and cooperative approaches


22 April 2015 | The Conversation
Hidden crisis of liberal democracy creates climate change paralysis