Professor Janine O’Flynn has been appointed director of the Crawford School of Public Policy with the Australian National University (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific.
The move marks a return of the academic to ANU, with O’Flynn having previously worked at the Crawford School from 2007 to 2013.
O’Flynn is the professor of public management at the University of Melbourne, currently on secondment as professor of public management at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.
Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Helen Sullivan congratulated O’Flynn on the appointment in an email to colleagues, saying she was ‘delighted’ to welcome her back.
“A passionate educator, Janine has led education innovation throughout her career, always striving to combine academic rigour with practical application, with the aim of improving the competence and confidence of those working in and with the public sector,” the dean wrote.
The professor has won several awards, including the Best Book award at the Academy of Management for the book Rethinking Public Service Delivery: Managing with External Providers, co-written with John Alford.
O’Flynn was also a co-author of a research paper commissioned by the Thodey review, and has been co-editing the Australian Journal of Public Administration since 2015.
“Janine’s wealth of experience and depth of expertise in public management will add to Crawford’s outstanding reputation in providing expert and independent advice to governments and public service bodies in Australia and the region,” Sullivan added.
O’Flynn will commence the role in January 2023, with professor Renee McKibbin continuing in the role until then.