Public Policy Institute will address key policy issues

07 November 2017
Associate Professor Jennifer Curtin © Fairfax Media

We've launched a comprehensive Public Policy Institute (PPI) to foster independent, critical research on key policy issues affecting New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific and the broader global community.

Led by inaugural director, Jennifer Curtin, Associate Professor of Politics and Coordinator of the Master of Public Policy, the new institute is modelled on similar institutions overseas and has been developed with input from the University's eight faculties.

"We can bring together cross-disciplinary research teams to create and disseminate evidence-informed, policy relevant knowledge that speaks to policy agendas and amplifies policy impact," says Jennifer.

"This is a great opportunity for policy makers, influencers and media to get information from sources other than those already closely connected to government and the bureaucracy."

The Dean of Arts, Professor Robert Greenberg, adds that the PPI puts the University of Auckland on the map as a place addressing key policy issues affecting New Zealand and beyond.

"It will make our wide-ranging research accessible broadly to the public and will maximise our impact on the business, non-profit, local and national government sectors."

The PPI is also fostering future policy leaders in its role as the new home for our internationally-popular Master of Public Policy (MPP).

Postgraduate students, a third of whom are from overseas, will be based at the PPI's headquarters in Grafton Road.

"Through the PPI they will continue to engage with researchers and professionals with policy expertise from the government, non-profit and private sectors, to address challenging policy questions. This builds on the highly successful internship programme we offer our MPP students," explains Jennifer.

The PPI has begun working on several research projects with government agencies and non-government organisations, and aims to expand its range of partnerships both within New Zealand and internationally.

The PPI has been publishing a series of policy briefs on their website across a range of topics such as measuring and managing health system performance, locating methamphetamine manufacture in New Zealand, managing migration in our big cities, and climate change.

A database of affiliated policy scholars will be housed on the website and a blog called Auckland Policy Commons has been launched as a more informal forum for evidence-informed debate, and the sharing of ideas, critiques and strategies.

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