Shelley Bielefeld

Shelley Bielefeld

Dr Shelley Bielefeld

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Dr Bielefeld’s research interests include welfare law and policy, poverty surveillance, Indigenous law and policy issues, racial discrimination, racial states, disability discrimination, governance and regulation, and human rights. She has 38 peer reviewed publications in these areas, together with 2 Publicly Available Research Reports funded by the Australian Research Council, 28 Other Publicly Available Publications, and 36 Research based submissions to government, human rights commissions, law reform bodies, and the United Nations.

Dr Bielefeld was the Inaugural Braithwaite Research Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University from 1 December 2015 to 13 April 2018.

Her recent research has been supported by the Australian Research Council with a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award: Regulation and Governance for Indigenous Welfare: Poverty Surveillance and its Alternatives (DE180100599) and a Discovery Project: Conditional Welfare: A Comparative Case Study of Income Management Policies (DP180101252), the latter awarded with Professor Greg Marston (Lead Chief Investigator), Professor Philip Mendes, and Associate Professor Louise Humpage. This project team was awarded the Australian Political Studies Association Mayer Journal Prize in 2022. The prize is awarded to the best paper published in an issue of the Australian Journal of Political Science in the preceding calendar year (coauthored with Philip Mendes, Steven Roche, Greg Marston, Michelle Peterie, Zoe Staines, and Louise Humpage).

Dr Bielefeld has been recognised nationally as an expert in her field. She has accepted numerous invitations to present her research findings in Federal and State Parliamentary inquiries. Her research and research-based submissions have had an impact on policy debate, and have regularly been cited, quoted and applied in major reports by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs, the Select Committee on Poverty in South Australia, the Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, the Australian Law Reform Commission, and the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee.

Dr Bielefeld has also taught, developed and coordinated units related to her research, including Inequality, Law and Society; Human Rights; Constitutional Law; and Indigenous Australians and the Law.

Dr Bielefeld’s CV with a full list of publications and submissions can be found on and her research impact within academia can be tracked through her Google Scholar profile:

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Dehumanising Violence of Racism: The Role of Law, Southern Cross University

Award Date: 7 May 2011

Bachelor, Bachelor of Laws, Southern Cross University

Award Date: 11 Apr 2003

Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, Southern Cross University

Award Date: 11 Apr 2003

External positions

Member, Social Security Research, Policy and Practice Network (SSRPP)

2 Jan 201931 Dec 2024

Visiting Fellow, Australian National University

16 Apr 201831 Jan 2024

Grant Application Reviewer, Australian Research Council


Member of Steering Group, Accountable Income Management Network



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