Helen Sullivan is a public policy researcher, teacher and advisor. She was educated in the UK and holds degrees including Modern History and Political Science (BA Comb. Hons) from the University of Birmingham, a masters in Women’s Studies from the University of York, and PhD in Public Policy from the University of Birmingham.
She is the author of four books, numerous academic articles, book chapters, and policy reports. Dr Sullivan regularly appears in mainstream print and online media – including The Mandarin – commenting on contemporary public policy issues, finding new ways to bridge the gap between research and policy.
In 2011 Dr Sullivan co-designed the University of Birmingham’s Policy Commission Program. She led the first Commission on Local Public Service Reform.
Dr Sullivan is the foundational director of the Melbourne School of Government, a multi-disciplinary school focusing on engagement and impact, including establishing a research translation initiative (MSoGLabs), as well as initiatives such as Vote Compass, Election Watch and the Trawalla Foundation funded Pathways to Politics Program for Women. She is a director of the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy.