Dominic O'Sullivan

PhD, Higher Degree Research Coordinator/Associate Professor of Political Science

  • 47 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Dominic O’Sullivan is a New Zealand Maori scholar whose research influence encompasses the disciplines of political science, education and public theology, with indigeneity providing a unifying scholarly theme. The international comparative focus of his work has led to it being influential in shaping indigenous policy in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Malaysia.

Research Interests

Dominic is vastly experienced in translating research into practical public policy. An Australian Research Council independent assessor has said that he is ‘particularly adept at showing the mutual relevance of research in normative political theory and research on public policy – a link often gestured at, but rarely made as consistently and as effectively as O’Sullivan does’. As an example of his translation of research into policy practice Dominic has been a key note speaker to groups including the New Zealand Health Promotion Forum, the New South Wales Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, Wiradjuri Council of Elders and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. Dominic’s board and statutory authority appointments also emphasise his attention to relationships between research and policy. He is a member of Charles Sturt University’s Academic Senate, has served on its Human Research Ethics Committee, the Bathurst Health Council (NSW Health), the Board of Caritas New Zealand and was appointed by the Minister of Health as a lay member of the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand, where he chaired the Council’s education committee. Dominic has also held senior administrative positions at Charles Sturt University, is a former school acting Principal and member of a school Board of Trustees.

Dominic is an experienced independent political commentator for the ABC and a number of other news outlets. Additionally, Dominic has over 55 quality assured research publications including five books and more than 30 journal articles and book chapters. Influential publications and consultancies are briefly described below; a full list of publications is appended; and an article, recently posted on the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis’ blog site, The Policy Space, can be found here:

An example of Dominic’s presentation of his research to a general audience can be found at this link to an interview on Fijian Indigenous politics with Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat programme


The National Assembly of Québec’s examination of New Zealand’s electoral system draws on Dominic’s work on Maori parliamentary representation and he has publications listed in the select bibliography to the report of the New Zealand Government’s Constitutional Advisory Panel. His work has been cited to support proceedings in the High Court of New Zealand, the Australian Commonwealth Parliament’s Joint Select Committee Report on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and the Commonwealth Productivity Commission’s Better Indigenous Policies: the role of evaluation.

A full and up to date list of Dominic's publications can be found at


Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in University Leadership and Management (Leadership and Management), Charles Sturt University


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Waikato


Bachelor of Social Science (Public Administration and Public Policy) (H1 Honours), University of Waikato


Diploma in Business Studies, Massey University


Diploma of Teaching, University of Waikato


Bachelor of Arts (History), Victoria University of Wellington


External positions

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology

Dec 2019 → …

Member, Bathurst Health Council, NSW Health


Political Commentator, ABC Goulburn-Murray and ABC Central-West, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Jan 2013 → …

Senior Teacher, Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Fellow, University of Waikato


Lecturer, Waiariki Institute of Technology


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Research Output

  • Maori self-determination: Towards differentiated liberal citizenship

    O'Sullivan, D., Jun 2019, In : Australian Journal of Politics and History. 65, 2, p. 230-245 16 p.

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    Faith, justice and Catholic public memory: The politics of reconciliation in Australia and New Zealand

    O'Sullivan, D., 2018, Injustice, Memory and Faith in Human Rights. Chainoglou, K., Collins, B., Phillips, M. & Strawson, J. (eds.). 3rd ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 169-181 13 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Activities

    • 20 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation
    • 5 Committees and working groups
    • 3 Peer review responsibility, including review panel or committee
    • 1 Editorial responsibility

    National Social Science Week

    Dominic O'Sullivan (Speaker)

    11 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

    National Social Science Week

    Dominic O'Sullivan (Speaker)

    11 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

    Self-Determination in the 21st Century: Comparative and International Perspectives

    Dominic O'Sullivan (Speaker)

    10 Nov 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

    Bathurst Community Forum on the 2017 Federal Budget

    Dominic O'Sullivan (Speaker)

    05 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationCommunity

    Auckland University of Technology and New Zealand Health Promotion Forum

    Dominic O'Sullivan (Speaker)

    14 Sep 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

    Press / Media

    Riverina MP's Melbourne Cup flight put to 'the pub test'

    Dominic O'Sullivan


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Racism, riots and the power of protest amid adversity

    Dominic O'Sullivan & Piero Moraro


    45 items of Media coverage

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    Riverina MP optimistic after difficult 12 months since election

    Dominic O'Sullivan


    2 items of Media coverage

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    Trump’s MAGA Hat Makes a Dangerous Souvenir for Foreign Politicians

    Dominic O'Sullivan


    1 item of Media coverage

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