A History of Canberra, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
with Susan Boden, A Way Through: The biography of Rick Farley, UNSW Press, 2012.
with Richard Downing: Economics, advocacy and social reform in Australia, Melbourne University Press, 2001.
Governing Prosperity: Social Analysis and Social Change in Australia in the 1950s, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Nicholas Brown and Linda Cardinal (eds), Managing Diversity : Practices of Citizenship in national and post-national contexts - Ireland, Canada, Australia, University of Ottawa Press, 2007.
Nicholas Brown (et. at, eds.), One Hand on the Manuscript: Music in Australian Cultural History, Humanities Research Centre, 1995.
Chapters in Books
‘Government, Law and Citizenship’ in Alison Bashford and Sturart Macintyre (eds), Cambridge History of Australia, vol. 2, Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 403-428.
with Susan Boden, ‘Made in Canberra’ in David Headon and Andrew MacKenzies (eds), Canberra Red: Stories from the bush capital, Allen and Unwin, 2013, pp. 171-192.
‘History and Policy-Making’ in Gretchen Poiner (ed). Cultural Conflict in a Democracy, Independent Scholars Association of Australia, 2011.
with Brian Fletcher and D.N. Jeans, ‘New South Wales’, Encyclopedia Britannica, revised web article, 2011.
‘Using Lives: the revolution in biography’ in Tony Gibbons and Emily Sutherland (eds), Integrity and Historical Research, Routledge, 2011.
‘Enacting the International: R. G. Watt and the League of Nations Union’ in Desley Deacon, Penny Russell and Angela Woolacott (eds), Transnational Ties, ANU E-Press, 2008.
'''They are still people"': economics, welfare and advocacy in Australia' in David Callahan (ed.), Australia - Who Cares?, API Network, 2007, pp. 67-84.
‘The Gamekeeper’s View: a memoir’ in Stuart Macintyre and Sheila Fitzpatrick (eds), Against the Grain: Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian History and Politics, Melbourne University Press, 2007.
Richard Ivan Downing in J.E. King (ed.), A Biographical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Economists, Edward Elgar, 2007.
‘The Changing Resonance of “The International” in Australian Politics and Culture’ in Russell West-Pavlov (ed.), Who’s Australia? – Whose Australia: contemporary politics, society and culture in Australia, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2005.
‘Public lives, private lives: the fundamental dilemma of political biography’ in Tracey Arklay, John Nethercote and John Wanna (eds.), Australian Political Lives: chronicling political careers and administrative histories, ANU E-Press, 2006.
'Everybody says that the trees talk to you: the NSW south coast' in Tim Bonyhady and Tom Griffiths (eds), Words for Country: landscape and language in Australia, UNSW Press, 2002.
'Making Oneself Comfortable, or More Rooms Than People' in Patrick Troy (ed.), A History of European Housing in Australia, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
'Between consistency and humanity' in Patrick Troy (ed.), Equity, Environment and Efficiency: ethics and economics in urban Australia, Melbourne University Press, 2000.
'The Path of Adolescence and the Problem of Work in the 1950s' in Judith Bessant and Sandy Cook (eds), Against the Odds: Young People and Work, Australian Clearing House for Youth Studies, Hobart, 1998.
'Some rooms, revisited' in Tony Dingle (ed.), The Australian City- Future/Past, Monash University, 1996.
'Shaping the Plain Australian: Social Analysis in the 1940s and 1950s' in Ian Craven (ed.), Australian Popular Culture, Cambridge University Press, 1994.
‘Student, Expert, Peacekeeper: Three Versions of International Engagement’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 57, no. 1, 2011, pp. 34-52.
‘Using Lives: biographers in the museum’, ReCollections, vol. 3, no. 2, 2008, pp. 34-42.
'Born Modern: antipodean variations on a theme', The Historical Journal, vol. 48, no. 4, 2005, pp. 1139-54.
'One the Margins of the Littoral Society: The New South Wales South Coast since 1945', Environment and History, vol. 4, no. 2, 1998, pp. 210-38.
"'It's a Case of Using Any Stick to Beat a Dog"': RI. Downing, the Keynesian Revolution and Reconstruction', History of Economics Review, no. 30, 1999, pp. 90-107.
'Among the Homeless, Parvenus and Imposters: Dick Downing in Canberra', Journal of the Canberra Historical Society, no. 40, 1997, pp. 16-22.
'A Sense of Number and Reality': economics and government in Australia, 19201950', Economy and Society, vol. 26, no. 2,1997, pp. 233-56.
'''Sometimes the Cream Rises to the Top, Sometimes the Scum": the exacting culture and politics of style in the 1950s', Australian Historical Studies, no. 109, 1997, pp. 49-63.
'Mr Downing Does His Best Work in a Rose Garden: an economist in Canberra in the 1940s', Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration, no. 80, 1996, pp. 33-45.
'From the state to the citizen to the economy', Australian Universities Review, vol. 34, no. 1, 1991, pp. 22-28.
'Australian Intellectuals and the Image of Asia, 1920-1960', Australian Cultural History, no. 9, 1990, pp. 80-92.