Focus areas
Policy history; social security; commissioning; participatory service design and practice; democratic cultures; theory and practice of social transformation

Senior Research Fellow, Social Policy

Danielle holds a doctoral qualification in History and an MA in Social Policy and since joining the Social Policy and Research Centre in 2015 has relished the opportunity to use both regularly. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and teaches in the School’s Master of Social Policy program.


Twitter @Dr_DThornton

Selected BSL publications

Thornton, D, Bowman, D & Mallett, S 2020, Safety net to poverty trap? The twentieth century origins of our uneven social security system

Thornton, D, Politanski, D, Borlagdan, J & Mallett, S 2020, Children on the edge of care, out of home and alone (COVID-19 Insights)

Bowman, D, Thornton, D & Mallett, S 2019, Reclaiming social security for a just future: a principled approach to reform

Thornton, D, Bryant, D & Mallett, S 2018, Making the leap: a practical guide to interagency collaboration

Selected external publications

Mallett, S, Thornton, D & Bryant, D 2018, Steering social innovation: community agencies and the commissioning of Education First Youth Foyers , case study written for and published by the Case Program, The Australia and New Zealand School of Government,