Professor Helen Sullivan is Foundation Director of the Melbourne School of Government (MSoG) and a policy studies researcher and teacher. She is a political scientist with degrees from the UK Universities of Birmingham and York. She worked in a number of roles in government before moving to academia in the 1990s.
Helen’s research focuses on changing state-society relations and modes of interaction including collaborative governance and citizen participation in decision-making. Current research projects explore the impact of ‘the Asian Century’ on public policy, and the relationship between social media, journalism and citizen participation in Australian electoral politics. Helen has led a number of initiatives aimed at bridging the gap between research and policy including designing the University of Birmingham’s (UK) first Policy Commission investigating the future of local public services.
Helen has published widely on public policy, public governance and public service reform in leading academic journals and is the author of a number of books including Working Across Boundaries (2002) and Power, Participation and Political Renewal (2007).