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Patrick Sullivan

Honorary Professor


PhD anthropology, ANU

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Patrick Sullivan is a political anthropologist whose work for Aboriginal organisations since the early 1980s has involved practical research and advice on issues of land use and distribution, community control of community development, and governance institutions at the local and regional levels. For two separate periods he was the Senior Anthropologist for the Kimberley Land Council, formulating anthropological and policy advice on local, national and international projects, as well as native title cases. From 2002 to 2012 he was a Research Fellow, and Senior Research Fellow, in Indigenous Regional Organisation, Governance and Public Policy at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. He concentrated his research on public policy approaches to Indigenous affairs. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and practical reports, and two books: All Free Man Now: Culture, Community and Politics in the Kimberley Region North Western Australia (Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra 1996) and Belonging Together: Dealing with the Politics of Disenchantment in Australian Indigenous Policy (Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra 2011). He is currently an Honorary Professor at the Crawford School for Public Policy (ANU), and Professor at Nulungu Research Institute, University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome. He leads the ARC-funded project Reciprocal Accountability and Public Value in Aboriginal Organisations.

Research interests

Public Policy and Public Management Theory and Practice

Australian Indigenous Policy

Australian Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations Governance

Australian Aboriginal Culture and Society


Post-graduate supervision

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