Who we are

The Public Policy Institute brings together researchers, practitioners and postgraduate students from across the University of Auckland and the wider community.

Director

Jennifer Curtin
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Professor Jennifer Curtin is the Director of the PPI and the Coordinator of our Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme.

Jennifer teaches comparative public policy and runs an internship course for postgraduate students, working with the Auckland Policy Office, MBIE and Auckland Council, as well as with smaller policy consultancies and non-profit organisations.

Her research focuses on trans-Tasman policy innovations, sport and politics, and gender analysis in policy making. She has undertaken collaborative research projects with womens' policy agencies in Australia and womens' organisations in New Zealand, and has published widely on topics related to this theme.

She was an NZ-Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in 2012 and regularly speaks about issues connected with her research at national and international conferences and in the media.
 

Research team

Dr Gerard Cotterell
Dr Suzanne Woodward

Dr Suzanne Woodward
Knowledge Translation Specialist
s.woodward@auckland.ac.nz
 

Celestyna Galicki

Research associates

Suzy Morrissey

Suzy Morrissey
Tax, transfers, and gender analysis
smor756@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Dr Tom Baker

Dr Tom Baker
The politics of policy
t.baker@auckland.ac.nz

Jess Berentson-Shaw

Jess Berentson-Shaw
Population wellbeing, evidence and policy
Jess@theworkshop.org.nz

Academic advisory board

Dr Elizabeth Aitken Rose

Dr Elizabeth Aitken Rose
Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries
e.aitken-rose@auckland.ac.nz
 

Dr Steffen Lippert
Dr Tim Tenbensel
Professor David Williams
Professor Susan Kemp

Professor Susan Patricia Kemp
Faculty of Education and Social Work
s.kemp@auckland.ac.nz 
 

Professor Tracey McIntosh
Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath
Dr Douglas Wilson

Dr Douglas Wilson
Faculty of Engineering
dj.wilson@auckland.ac.nz
 

Professor Shaun Hendy
Dr Barry Milne
Associate Professor Melinda Webber