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The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) fosters discussion, research and publication of current issues of domestic and foreign policy. We particularly link academic research and public policy by providing opportunities for independent and detached study, and for neutral and informed discussion of important and relevant issues. Our goal is to engage the broadest possible range of informed opinion, particularly in drawing people together from the universities, the public service, the business community and the wider public community. Our three catchwords might be summed up as study, engage, inform.
The Institute of Policy Studies was established in 1983 as part of Victoria University of Wellington. Over the decades the university environment has changed dramatically. When the School of Government was formed in 2002, the IPS became its ‘window’ for applied research, discussion and publication.
In July 2012 the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies came into being. While it has subsumed many of the functions of the Institute of Policy Studies, it seeks to build upon its predecessor's roles and reputation, with the aim of becoming New Zealand's foremost provider of independent, high quality, policy-oriented research, informing the policy-making process and influencing policy development and implementation across many significant areas of public life.
The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies is a significant and useful forum for discussion and debate within the policy community and also hosts distinguished visitors for discussions on policy issues. We generally run seminars and discussions under the Chatham House Rule.
Research and publication
The Institute's role within the School of Government provides a focus for public policy research, discussion and dissemination. We explore aspects of public policy and present the findings to the wider policy community.
The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies is a significant publisher of policy-relevant work, generally resulting from projects conducted within the Institute. A full, searchable list of publications with information about each book is available on this website and orders can be made online. The IGPS also publishes the Policy Quarterly, a journal reflecting research and thinking within the School of Government. The IGPS also has a working paper series which can be downloaded here.
Institute staff members regularly provide advice and commentary in the media on current domestic and foreign policy issues on which they have expertise.
Although our primary focus is on discussion and research, staff in the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies continue to contribute strategically to the teaching activity of the School of Government and the wider university and also to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) programme.