Deirdre O'Neill

Assoc Professor

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1994 …2023

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Associate Professor Deirdre O'Neill is Associate Dean Education (Student Experience)  and Director, Public Policy Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. She is Course Director of the Master of Public Policy at Monash University Australia, and Course Director of the Master of Public Policy and Management at Monash Indonesia. 

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

Her current research focus includes declonising pedagogy, prisons privatisation, public sector reform and accountability. 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 co-author 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

Decolonising pegagogy

Prisons privatisation


Public sector reform

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Public administration, PhD, The Challenge of Administrative Reform, 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