Dr Sophie Yates


Sophie Yates is a postdoctoral researcher at the Public Service Research Group, School of Business, UNSW Canberra. She is also Social Media Editor at the Australian Journal of Public Administration, runs the twitter account for Public Administration Review, and is a regular moderator of social policy blog Power to Persuade.

Dr Yates was previously a Research Fellow at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), where she was Assistant Editor of ANZSOG's peer-reviewed journal Evidence Base, managed the School's competitive grants program, and wrote teaching cases for its Case Library.

Dr Yates has published on gender and family violence, disability policy, political astuteness in the public sector, Public Value Process Mapping, and citizen co-production of public services. With co-author John Alford, she won the Sam Richardson Award for the most influential paper in the Australian Journal of Public Administration (2016), and the Outstanding Paper Award for the International Journal of Public Sector Management (2015). In 2018, she won the Osborne Best Paper Award for new researchers at the International Research Society for Public Management conference, and in 2019 was awarded the inaugural Rosemary O'Leary Prize for Scholarship on Women and Public Administration for her work on 'big G' and 'small g' gender.

In 2019, Dr Yates completed her PhD on gender and the problem framing of family violence, for which she won the Dean's Research Award for Best HDR Doctoral Thesis. She has a B.Arts, a B.Mus and a Master of Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne. She was the 2016-17 Postgraduate Representative on the Executive Committee of the Australian Political Studies Association.

Edited Books

Wanna J; Lee H-A; Yates S, (eds.), 2015, Managing Under Austerity, Delivering Under Pressure, ANU Press, Canberra, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/MUADUP.10.2015

Journal articles

Yates S, 2020, 'Gender, context and constraint: Framing family violence in Victoria', Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 78, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2019.102321

Yates S; Dickinson H; Smith C; Tani Bertuol M, 2020, 'Flexibility in individual funding schemes: How well did Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme support remote learning for students with disability during COVID-19?', Social Policy & Administration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spol.12670

Yates S, 2019, '“An exercise in careful diplomacy”: talking about alcohol, drugs and family violence', Policy Design and Practice, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/25741292.2019.1638697

Malbon E; Carson L; Yates S, 2018, 'What can policymakers learn from feminist strategies to combine contextualised evidence with advocacy?', Palgrave Communications, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41599-018-0160-2

Yates S, 2018, 'Power, Process, Plumbing: Big G and Small g Gender in Victoria's Family Violence Policy Subsystem', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 77, pp. 568 - 582, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12265

Alford J; Hartley J; Yates S; Hughes O, 2017, 'Into the Purple Zone: Deconstructing the Politics/Administration Distinction', American Review of Public Administration, vol. 47, pp. 752 - 763, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0275074016638481

Alford J; Yates S, 2016, 'Co-Production of Public Services in Australia: The Roles of Government Organisations and Co-Producers', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 75, pp. 159 - 175, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12157

Hartley J; Alford J; Hughes O; Yates S, 2015, 'Public value and political astuteness in the work of public managers: The art of the possible', Public Administration, vol. 93, pp. 195 - 211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/padm.12125

Alford J; Yates S, 2014, 'Mapping public value processes', International Journal of Public Sector Management, vol. 27, pp. 334 - 352, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-04-2013-0054


Dickinson H; Smith C; Yates S; Tani Bertuol M, 2020, Not even remotely fair: Experiences of students with disability during COVID-19, Children and Young People with Disability Australia, Melbourne, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.34145.53605, https://cyda.org.au/resources/details/172/not-even-remotely-fair-experiences-of-students-with-disability-during-covid-19-full-report

Dickinson H; Yates S, 2020, More than isolated: The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, Children and Young People with Disability Australia, https://cyda.org.au/resources/details/161/more-than-isolated-the-experience-of-children-and-young-people-with-disability-and-their-families-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Hartley J; Alford J; Hughes O; Yates S, 2013, Leading with political astuteness: A study of public managers in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, ANZSOG and the Chartered Management Institute, Melbourne, https://www.anzsog.edu.au/resource-library/research/leading-with-political-astuteness

Theses / Dissertations

Yates S, 2019, A critical frame analysis of Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence