Deirdre O'Neill

Assoc Professor

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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

    Political Science , BA (Hons), University of Melbourne

    Research area keywords

    • Public Sector Management
    • Public sector reform
    • Prisons privatisation

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    Projects 2007 2018

    Developing new methods for building health policy capacity in Australia

    Oldenburg, B., Eagar, K., Fleming, M., Hall, W., Legge, D., Lin, V., McDermott, R., O'Neill, D., Filby, D., Wilson, A. & Wilson, I.

    Australian Research Council (ARC)


    Project: Research

    Research Output 1994 2019

    2 Citations (Scopus)

    Cheaper, better, and more accountable? Twenty-five years of prisons privatisation in Victoria

    Sands, V., O'Neill, D. & Hodge, G., May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Australian Journal of Public Administration. 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Building horizontal coordination in Sri Lanka

    Samaratunge, R., O'Neill, D., Coghill, K. & Wijayarathne, B., 13 Dec 2017, In : Public Administration and Development. 37, 5, p. 319-330 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    10 Citations (Scopus)

    Teaching ethics to undergraduate business students in Australia: Comparison of integrated and stand-alone approaches

    Prior Jonson, E. W., McGuire, L. M. & O'Neill, D. L., 1 Dec 2015, In : Journal of Business Ethics. 132, 2, p. 477-491 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Land transactions: The Commission of Inquiry into Special Agricultural Business Leases (SABL)

    O'Neill, D. L. & Sands, V. J., 2014, Securing a Prosperous Future: Papua New Guinea - Papers from the Second Annual Alfred Deakin Research Institute Papua New Guinea Symposium, 2012. Ritchie, J. & Verso, M. (eds.). Goolwa SA Australia: Crawford House Publishing, p. 43 - 62 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

    Activities 2015 2016

    • 2 Committees and working groups
    • 1 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries
    • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

    Academic Program Review

    Deirdre O'Neill (Member)
    May 2016

    Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

    Australian Centre for Financial Studies (External organisation)

    Deirdre O'Neill (Member)
    Oct 2016Oct 2017

    Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

    ANZSOG Human Research Ethics Committee

    Deirdre O'Neill (Chair/ Co-Chair)
    3 May 2016 → …

    Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

    Independent Inquiry into the EPA

    Deirdre O'Neill (Contributor)
    6 Nov 2015

    Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries