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Professor of Public Management, The University of Melbourne

Janine O'Flynn is Professor of Public Management at The University of Melbourne in the Melbourne School of Government. From 2018 she is on an extended secondment to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

Her expertise is in public sector management, particularly in the areas of public sector reform and relationships. She is currently working on a manuscript for Polity which explores the morality of creating markets in areas of extreme misery. Her 2012 book Rethinking Public Service Delivery: Managing with External Providers, co-authored with John Alford (Palgrave Macmillan), received the Best Book Award (Public and Nonprofit) from the US Academy of Management.

In 2013 she was part of the team awarded the Charles H Levine award for best paper in the Public and Nonprofit Division and the Carlo Masini Award for outstanding scholarship in the fields of public and nonprofit management, awarded to the best paper examining the behaviour of public sector and nonprofit organisation at the annual Academy of Management conference in the United States. The same team was nominated for the Carolyn Dexter Award in 2014 for the best international paper at the Academy of Management conference.

She has written features for The Guardian, Public Servant, Public Sector Informant, The Conversation and appeared on the ABC (Australia), 'The House' CBC (Canada), and Up Close (Australia).

From 2015, Janine is one of the Editors of Australian Journal of Public Administration and sits on the Editorial Board of several international journals. In 2012 she was elected an at-large member of the Executive Board of the International Research Society for Public Management and in 2013 she was appointed a Fellow (Victoria) of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.


  • –present
    Adjunct, Australia and New Zealand School of Government
  • 2013–present
    Professor, The University of Melbourne
  • 2007–2013
    Professor, Australian National University


  • 2004 
    University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1998 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.)

Research Areas

  • Public Administration (160509)
  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Business And Management (1503)
  • Organisation And Management Theory (150310)
  • Economics Not Elsewhere Classified (149999)


Fellow (Victoria) Institute of Public Administration Australia