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Professor Mike Sullivan MA (Oxon), PhD (Wales), is the University’sVice President (Strategic Partnerships) is Professor of Policy Analysis in the School of Management, is Director Designate of the Morgan Academy and the Vice Chancellor’s Adviser (External Relations)

He has worked as an applied social scientist for the last 30 years. He is an acknowledged international authority on the politics of social policy and has carried out research on: the Labour party and social reform, the effectiveness of educational systems; devolution and social policy and the impact of state intervention on family and kinship patterns. He is the author of six books and over ninety articles and chapters. As well this, he has acted as a consultant to the Serbian, Montenegrin and Hungarian governments in developing frameworks for public policy. Over the last decade, he has provided advice and developed health policy for the Welsh Government. From 2007 to 2010 he was Special Adviser on public policy to the First Minister for Wales. He has worked extensively with local authorities, the NHS and the Third Sector. He is currently University Vice President and Adviser (External Relations) to Professor Richard B Davies, the Vice-Chancellor and President of Swansea University. In 2010, he was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Medicine in recognition of his contribution to health policy development and analysis.

A facilitative leader and good communicator, Sullivan’s research and policy development strengths are in the following areas: policy development and policy evaluation, particularly in relation to health policy; post-devolution policy differentiation; user perspectives, evaluative studies of policy implementation; cross-cutting issues and community development initiatives. He never wished to become part of University management but somehow it happened.


  • Public Service Decision Making Approaches and Determinants during the Fourth Industrial Revolution (current)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Nicholas Rich
  • Fianna Fail and the Welsh Nationalist Party: 1926-1946. No amendment required to date. (current)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Daniel Williams