Professor Helen Sullivan is Director of the Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne.
Other Appointments and Qualifications: Helen joined the University of Melbourne in 2011 after leading research programs into governance and public service reform at the Cities Research Centre, Bristol and University of Birmingham, UK. In 2010, she directed the University of Birmingham’s first Policy Commission investigating the future of local public services. The Policy Commission’s report, When Tomorrow Comes was published in July 2011. She has undertaken numerous evaluations for government bodies and frequently acted as an advisor to government as well as international institutions. She sits on the Board of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria).
Influence: Professor Sullivan’s award winning research focuses on changing state-society relations and modes of interaction with a particular focus on collaborative governance and management, citizen participation in decision-making and public policy analysis. Her current research projects include an examination of the impact of the ideas, policies and practices associated with ‘the Asian Century’ on public administration, governance and management. She has published widely on public policy, public governance and public service reform in academic journals and is the author of a number of books including Working Across Boundaries (2002) and Power, Participation and Political Renewal (2007). She also publishes regularly in practitioner media.