Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan

Honours Program Coordinator
School of Social Sciences


(02) 938 50689
Room G20, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus


By appointment
Fields: Public Policy, Social Policy
Tags: Employment Services, Environmental Services


Dr. Siobhan O'Sullivan undertakes research into the delivery of contracted employment services in Australia, the UK, and around the world. She has a broad interest in the welfare state and 'mission drift'. She also has an ongoing interest in animal welfare policy and environmental ethics. You can listen to Siobhan podcast 'Knowing Animals' by clicking here: http://knowinganimals.libsyn.com. 



    • Considine M;Lewis JM;O'Sullivan SS;Sol E, 2015, Getting Welfare to Work: Street level governance in Australia, the UK and the Netherlands, Oxford University Press, Oxford, http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198743705.do
    • O'Sullivan S, 2011, Animals, Equality and Democracy, Palgrave Macmillan

    Book Chapters

    • O'Sullivan S, 2016, 'Animals and the Politics of Equity', in Garner R; O'Sullivan S (ed.), The Political Turn in Animal Ethics, Rowman & Littlefield International, http://www.rowmaninternational.com/books/the-political-turn-in-animal-ethics
    • Hadley J;O'Sullivan S, 2013, 'Utilitarianism for the Dog that had Everything', in Hales S (ed.), What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Dog, Open Court, pp. 285 - 294, http://www.opencourtbooks.com/books_n/what_philosophy_dog.htm
    • Ross S;O'Sullivan S, 2013, 'The World Trade Organisation (WTO)', in Linzey A (ed.), The Global Guide to Animal Protection, University of Illinois Press
    • O'Sullivan S, 2009, 'Australasian Animal Protection Law and the Challenge of Equal Consideration', in Animal Law in Australasia: A New Dialogue, Federation Press, pp. 108 - 127
    • O'Sullivan S, 2007, 'Legislation – History (International) of Animal Welfare Policy', in Encyclopaedia of Human-Animal Relations: a global exploration of our connections with animals, Greenwood, pp. 1000 - 1007

    Journal articles

    • Considine M;Nguyen P;O Sullivan S, 2017, 'New public management and the rule of economic incentives: Australian welfare-to-work from job market signalling perspective', Public Management Review, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2017.1346140
    • Considine M;O'Sullivan S;Nguyen P, 2017, 'The Policymaker's Dilemma: The Risks and Benefits of a 'Black Box' Approach to Commissioning Active Labour Market Programmes', Social Policy and Administration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spol.12309
    • O'Sullivan S;McCausland M;Brenton S, 2017, 'Animal Activists, Civil Disobedience and Global Responses to Transnational Injustice', Res Publica: a journal of legal and social philosophy, vol. 23, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11158-017-9361-6
    • Nguyen P;Considine M;O’Sullivan S, 2016, 'Welfare-to-work: experience in the emerging Vietnamese welfare state', Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, vol. 38, pp. 270 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23276665.2016.1253957
    • Cochrane A;Garner R;O'Sullivan S, 2016, 'Animal ethics and the political', Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2016.1194583
    • Sima Y;O'Sullivan S, 2016, 'Chinese Animal Protection Law and the Globalisation of Welfare Norms', International Journal of Law in Context, vol. 12, pp. 1 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1744552315000348
    • Considine M;O'Sullivan S;Nguyen P, 2015, 'Governance, Boards of Directors and the Impact of Contracting on Not-for-profits Organizations - An Australian Study', Contracting-Out Welfare Services: Comparing National Policy Designs for Unemployment Assistance, pp. 55 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119016458.ch3
    • Gallet W;O'Flynn J;Dickinson H;O'Sullivan S, 2015, 'The Promises and Pitfalls of Prime Provider Models in Service Delivery: The Next Phase of Reform in Australia?', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 74, pp. 239 - 248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12120
    • Considine M;O'Sullivan S, 2014, 'Introduction: Markets and the new welfare - buying and selling the poor', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 48, pp. 119 - 126, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spol.12052
    • Considine M;O'Sullivan S;Nguyen P, 2014, 'Governance, Boards of Directors and the Impact of Contracting on Not-for-profit Organizations - An Australian Study', Social Policy & Administration, vol. 48, pp. 169 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spol.12055
    • Considine M;O'Sullivan S;Nguyen P, 2014, 'New public management and welfare-to-work in Australia: Comparing the reform agendas of the ALP and the Coalition', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 49, pp. 469 - 485, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2014.931343
    • Considine M;O'Sullivan S;Nguyen P, 2014, 'Mission drift?: The third sector and the pressure to be businesslike: Evidence from job services Australia', Third Sector Review, vol. 20, pp. 87 - 108, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=535390979767726;res=IELHSS
    • O'Sullivan S;Creed B;Grey J, 2014, ''Low down dirty rat’: popular and moral responses to urban wildlife living in suburban Melbourne', Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism, vol. 2, http://www.ledonline.it/index.php/Relations/article/view/673
    • McCausland C;O’Sullivan S;Brenton S, 2013, 'Trespass, Animals and Democratic Engagement', Res Publica, vol. 19, pp. 205 - 221, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11158-013-9214-x
    • Otter C;O'Sullivan S;Ross S, 2012, 'Laying the Foundations for an International Animal Protection Regime', Journal of Animal Ethics, vol. 2, pp. 53 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.5406/janimalethics.2.1.0053
    • Considine M;O'Sullivan S, 2012, 'Les réformes de l’activation des aides aux chômeurs en Australie', Informations sociales, vol. 3, pp. 148 - 148, http://www.cairn.info/resume.php?ID_ARTICLE=INSO_171_0028
    • Considine M;Lewis JM;O'Sullivan S, 2011, 'Quasi-markets and service delivery flexibility following a decade of employment assistance reform in Australia', Journal of Social Policy, vol. 40, pp. 811 - 833, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279411000213
    • Hadley J;O'Sullivan S, 2009, 'World poverty, animal minds and the ethics of veterinary expenditure', Environmental Values, vol. 18, pp. 361 - 378, http://dx.doi.org/10.3197/096327109X12474739376578
    • O'Sullivan S, 2008, 'Transparency in Australian animal research regulation – How are we doing?', Australian Animal Protection Law Journal, vol. 1, pp. 15 - 35
    • O'Sullivan S, 2007, 'Advocating for animals equally from within a liberal paradigm', Environmental Politics, vol. 16, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644010601073390
    • O'Sullivan S, 2006, 'Transparency and Animal Research Regulation: An Australian Case Study', Journal of Critical Animal Studies, vol. 4, pp. 1 - 15, http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/volume-iv-issue-i-2006/

    Edited Books





Other information

You can listen to my podcast Knowing Animals free here: http://knowinganimals.libsyn.com.

You can follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Siobhan-OSullivan-1437453473192433/.

You can follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/so_s.

You can learn more about my employment services research here: http://ssps.unimelb.edu.au/research/employment-services-research-projects.

And you can read my articles in the Conversation here: https://theconversation.com/profiles/siobhan-osullivan-1648/articles.