Professor Janine O'Flynn

PhD (Melbourne)
Director, Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 3897

Areas of expertise

  • Public Administration 160509
  • Public Policy 160510
  • Australian Government And Politics 160601
  • Policy And Administration 1605
  • Strategy, Management And Organisational Behaviour 3507

Research interests

Public management and administration

Public sector reform

Government relationships with external parties/providers

Performance management

Organisational theory



My research interests are in public management, especially reform and relationships. This covers topics such as the creation and evolution of public service markets, collaboration, joined-up government, public value, performance management systems, and the intersection of morality and public management practice. My collaborative research projects have received several academic awards including best article in Public Administration Review and Review of Public Personnel Administration; best book at Academy of Management; and several best paper awards at Academy of Management. I am an Associate Editor at Public Management Review, previously I was an editor at Australian Journal of Public Administration, and I am an editorial board member for several leading journals in the field.

My teaching focuses on management issues in the public sector and challenges faced by contemporary leaders. I have worked extensively with professionals from across the world and have been recognised for teaching excellence through various awards. As a keen observer of international practice in public management, I have had the opportunity to provide expert advice to a range of policymakers across the world. In 2019, I was commissioned to co-author a major research paper to inform the work of the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service in relation to how commissioning and contracting could be done by the federal government.

BI was an elected member of the executive board of the International Research Society for Public Management (2012-2018), and I was elected to the board of the Public Management Research Association Board in 2021. In 2022, I was elected a fellow of the (US) National Academy of Public Administration, and in 2013 I was appointed a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria). I have been a member of the Advisory Board for the Australian Public Service Commission Centre for Leadership and Learning (2018-2020) and a member of the Infrastructure Victoria Expert Panel on the Role of Infrastructure in Addressing Regional Disadvantage (2019-2020). In 2022, I was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Victorian Public Sector Commission, and the Institute for Public Administration Australian Council for the Australian Capital Territory.

Together my various activities across research, education and engagement seek to better understand how government works and to contribute to improving the outcomes of those activities.



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