Deirdre O'Neill

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

1994 …2020

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Associate Professor Deirdre O'Neill teaches public policy and public sector reform in the School of Social Sciences where she is also the Course Director of the Master of Public Policy. She is the Program Director of the Chile Summer Study Program run in partnership with the Business School of the University of Chile.

She was for six years the Academic Director of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government's Executive Master of Public Administration program. While at ANZSOG she established a senior public sector leadership program for the Pacific for AusAID, the Australian government's international aid agency.

Her current research focus includes prisons privatisation, public sector reform and accountability dimensions in the international development community.

She has numerous publications, including an edited book (The Contract State: Public Management and the Kennett Government), book chapters and articles in refereed Australian and international journals. She is the author (with Professor Owen Hughes) of Business, Government and Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). She is an Academic fellow of ANZSOG and chairs the ANZSOG Human Research Ethics Committee.  

Her Ph.D - The Challenge of Administrative Reform: Public Service Reform Under the Hamer and Kennett Governments in Victoria - was awarded by Monash University in 2000.

Research interests

Prisons privatisation

NGO accountability

Public sector workforce development


Education/Academic qualification

Public administration, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 4 Feb 2000

Political Science , BA (Hons), University of Melbourne

Award Date: 18 Feb 1978

Research area keywords

  • Public Sector Management
  • Public sector reform
  • Prisons privatisation