Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Upcoming Public Lectures






Note: To view the public lectures given earlier on in 2014; many with lecture reviews, power point slides and video recordings, see here.


Tuesday, 15 April

A View From Paris: The 2015 climate agreement & energy sector decarbonisation

DATE: Tuesday, 15 April
VENUE: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Ground Floor, Lecture Theatre Two, (RHLT2)
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Speaker: Dr Christina Hood, Senior Climate Policy Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)

A new international climate change agreement is currently being negotiated that will be applicable to all countries and have legal force. These negotiations are scheduled to conclude in December 2015 in Paris, France, which is also home to the International Energy Agency (IEA)

This presentation will draw on IEA analysis to present key technical and policy elements of the transition from today's fossil-fuel intensive to decarbonised energy systems: energy efficiency, carbon pricing, technology development, avoiding 'lock-in' of high emissions infrastructure and 'unlocking' what has already been built. It will consider how the emerging structure of the new 2015 climate agreement could help (or hinder) implementation of these key elements, and some of the key questions for negotiators as they begin drafting of the new agreement.

The IEA is an autonomous organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 28 member countries and beyond. The IEA's four main areas of focus are: energy security, economic development, environmental awareness, and engagement worldwide.

The goal of the conference is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit the global temperature increase to two degrees Celsius above current levels. Dr Christina Hood will be in New Zealand to help raise awareness in the lead up to the conference.

All welcome, RSVP's not required. Limited to 150 seats.


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

People, Productivity and High Performance

DATE: Tuesday, 6 May
VENUE: The Intercontinental Hotel, Lambton Rooms One & Two, 2 Grey Street, Wellington.
TIME: 12.00-12.30pm (registration and light refreshments) and 12.30-1.45pm (presentation with Q&A).

Speaker: Professor Deborah Blackman, Professor of Public Sector Management Strategy, University of NSW, Canberra and Visiting Professor at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government

This event is co-hosted with the Australia and New Zealand School of Governance and the State Services Commission.

As government budgets shrink and pressures on public services mount, the words 'performance' and 'productivity' are frequently heard. But do any of us find addressing problems of performance and productivity in our workplaces easy? And what do we mean by high performance at an individual, agency and whole of system level?

You are warmly invited to engage with two outstanding speakers from both sides of the Tasman to grapple with how we change the performance conversation, work out what our priorities are, and make the connection between motivation, management and a high performing state sector.

Professor Blackman's academic background is in human management and development as well as change management and organisational behaviour. A common theme of her work is managing knowledge to improve organisational effectiveness. She recently developed a new Performance Management Framework with the Australian Public Service Commission which focuses on achieving high performance in addition to extensively publishing in a range of international journals.

Moderator and second speaker: Jacki Couchman, Acting Chief Talent Officer, State Services Commission.

This is a free seminar but bookings are essential. Please register here and if you have any difficulties, please email This lecture will also be offered in Auckland on the 7th of May. See here for venue details and registrations.


Thursday, 8 May 2014

Globalization & Sovereignty: How to Have Both

DATE: Thursday, 8 May
VENUE: Victoria University, Government Buildings, Pipitea Campus, Ground Floor, Lecture Theatre Three, (GBLT3)
TIME: 5.40pm - 6:40pm

Speaker: Dr Inge Kaul, Associate Professor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

In this presentation, Dr Kaul will argue that effective public policy making today requires states to excercise 'smart sovereignty, i.e. sovereignty that combines the pursuit of national interests with respect for the policy making sovereignty of other nations and thus, fair and just international cooperation.

Dr Kaul is an advisor to various governmental, multilateral and not for profit organisations on policy options to meet global challenges. Inge's specialises in global public goods with much of her work looking at international cooperation financing public private partnerships, global governance, global issue diplomacy and UN system reform.

Dr Kaul was the first director of UNDP's Human Development Report Office and later held the directorship of the UNDP's Office of Development Studies from 1995-2005. She is the author of numerous publications on international public economics & finance and was the lead editor of the books Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization and The New Public Finance: Responding to Global Challenges.

This lecture is co-hosted with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Dr Inge Kaul's visit is made possible with thanks to The Australia and New Zealand School of Government Visiting Scholar Program at Victoria University of Wellington. All welcome, RSVP's not required. Limited to 85 seats.



Friday, 9 May - Saturday, 10 May 2014

The Global Commons, Public Goods & Governance UNANZ Conference

DATE: Friday, 9 May - Saturday, 10 May
VENUE: Friday (Parliament) and Saturday (Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus)
TIME: 8.00am - 9.00pm

Keynote Speaker: Dr Inge Kaul, Associate Professor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

The United Nations Association of New Zealand's national conference is their premier event that brings together members from several UN branches to participate in panel discussions and hear speakers from throughout the world. The conference also hosts our National Secondary School Speech Awards finals.

This year they have partnered with the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies to offer a two day conference full of interesting lectures and panel discussions at no charge to the public. The aim of UNANZ is to help educate New Zealanders about the activities of the United Nations and its agencies. They work to bring public attention to New Zealand's involvement and to make more information available about how all New Zealanders can become involved in working with the United Nations.

See here for more information on the UNANZ website
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There is no charge but seats are limited and registration is required. To RSVP or for further information, please email

This lecture is made possible with thanks to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Visiting Scholar Program at Victoria University of Wellington, the United Nations Association of New Zealand and the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies



Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Technocrats or Populists: Who gained influence during the global financial crisis?

DATE: Wednesday, 14 May
VENUE: Victoria University, Government Buildings, Pipitea Campus, Lecture Theatre Four (GBLT4)
TIME: 12:30 - 1:30pm

Speaker: Professor Alasdair Roberts, Suffolk University and ANZSOG Visiting Scholar Program at Victoria University of Wellington


Before the crash of 2008, the liberalized global economy was regarded as a triumph of technocratic policy making. At first it seemed that the crash itself would undermine the credibility and influence of technocrats in central banks and other key institutions however events have not followed the path of earlier crises such as the Great Depression of the 1930's.

The global financial crisis has revealed the enduring power of technocrats and the limits of popular protest against the effects of neoliberal economic reforms.

Alasdair Roberts is the Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, USA. He is the author of The Logic of Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government (Oxford University Press). Professor Roberts is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration and co-editor of the journal Governance.


Friday, 16 May 2014

Keeping Government Secrets in the Information Age

DATE: Friday, 16 May
VENUE: NZICA Conference Centre, New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, Level 7, Tower Building, 50 Customhouse Quay, Wellington.
TIME: 12.00pm - 12.30pm (registration and light refreshments) and 12.30pm - 1.45pm (presentation with Q&A).

Speaker: Professor Alasdair Roberts, Suffolk University and ANZSOG Visiting Scholar Program at Victoria University of Wellington


Has the digital revolution made it easier or harder for governments to keep secrets? The controversies over WikiLeaks and the Snowden disclosures might make us think we live in a new age of transparency. The reality is more complicated. In many ways, technological change has actually complicated the task of monitoring government. We should not underestimate the capacity of governments to react forcefully against transparency initiatives that threaten vital state interests.

Alasdair Roberts is the Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, USA. He is the author of Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age (Cambridge University Press). Professor Roberts is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration and co-editor of the journal

Moderator: Professor Jonathan Boston, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Inequality: Causes and Consequences

DATE: Thursday, 19 June
VENUE: Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus, Student Union Memorial Lecture Theatre
TIME: 8.00am - 4.00pm

* Tim Hazeldine, Professor of Economics, Auckland University
* Brian Easton, Economist and independent scholar
* Simon Chapple, Senior Research Fellow, Dunedin School of Medicine
* Bill Rosenerg, Economist and Director of Policy, Council of Trade Unions
* Susan St John, Associate Professor of Economics, Auckland University
* Geoff Bertram, Senior Research Associate, Victoria University of Wellington

More details and speakers to be announced closer to the time.


Friday, 20 June 2014

State Sector Reform

DATE: Friday, 20 June
VENUE: Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Fishes and Loaves Hall, Cnr of Molesworth and Hill Streets, Wellington
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Speaker: Mr Iain Rennie, State Services Commissioner, State Services Commission

The role of the State Services Commissioner is to provide leadership and over-sight of the State services including:

a) Promoting the spirit of service to the community;
b) Promoting the spirit of collaboration among agencies;
c) Identifying and developing high-calibre leaders;
d)Working with State services leaders to ensure that the State services maintains high standards of integrity and conduct and are led well and are trusted;
e) Overseeing workforce and personnel matters in the State Sector;
f) Advising on the design and capability of the State Services;
g) Evaluating the performance of Public Service Leaders;
h) Supporting the efficient, effective and economical achievement of good outcomes by the State services; and
i) Promoting a culture of stewardship in the State services.

Over the last few years there has been a lot of diagnosis around the state of the public services. The diagnosis and debate is now over and it is time for the hard graft of implementation and change. The change that has to happen is at a number of levels. Change that is centrally led in collaboration with the system. It is about partnering opportunities with individual sectors, groups and unions. It is about a set of permissions for people to do things in different ways.

New Zealand has a strong tradition of ground breaking reform in public management and these reforms continue the push to be at the leading edge of innovation and excellence in State services.

All welcome, RSVP's not required. Limited to 100 seats.


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Coalition Government: Reflections on the UK Experience

DATE: Tuesday, 1 July
VENUE:Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Railway Station, Level One, Room RWW129 (Turn right when you come out the lifts or stairs, then right again)
TIME: 12:30 - 1:30pm

Speaker: Lord Griffiths of Burry Port

The UK General Election of May 2010 resulted in a hung parliament and,following negotiations between the Conservative Party (which secured the most seats but no overall majority) and the Liberal Democrats, the country's first coalition government since Churchill's War Ministry emerged. The 'first-past-the-post' electoral system which still operates in the UK means that, unlike in New Zealand, coalition government is a rarity rather than the norm.

Few would suggest that the Conservatives and Lib Dems are natural bed-fellows, and their alliance took many observers by surprise. Yet, despite many tensions, and much vilification by its opponents, their administration remains intact four years later. Indeed, the Coalition now ooks likely to hold together until the next General Election in May 2015, albeit that each party seems to be making strenuous efforts to separate out from government proposals the particular benefits due to them. It is clear that both are anxious to impress upon the public well-focused and separate profiles ahead of moving into campaigning mode - and that the next year is going to be a long one!

As a member of the UK's second chamber, the House of Lords, Lord Griffiths has been privileged to observe the coalition from close-up. In this lecture he gives his candid impression - as a member of the opposition Labour Party - of its working, achievements and weaknesses. He also ssesses whether coalition government has been 'good' for the UK and the likelihood of it becoming more common in the future.

Leslie Griffiths, the Rev’d the Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, has been a member of the House of Lords since 2004. He sits on the Labour benches and speaks on education, international affairs, and a range of social and ethical issues. He was the President of the Methodist Conference in 1994-5 and an influential church leader in the two decades since. He helped to get the Christian Socialist Movement affiliated to the Labour Party and has twice given the prestigious Tawney lecture – in 1995 on “The Survival of ope” and in 2002 on “Multiculturalism.” A prolific author, popular speaker and respected broadcaster, he has been the senior minister of Wesley’s Chapel at the heart of London since 1996. He is President of the Boys’ Brigade and a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral.


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Challenge for Social Democracy: A Public Conversation

In the past, Australia and New Zealand shared a robust and vital political tradition of what we might call a liberal republican version of social democracy - a vision of each of these states as a sovereign political association that is the embodiment of a public capacity to respond effectively to collective challenges, and that provides the conditions for equal and effective citizenship.

This talk will focus on why it is that this tradition has faltered and how it might be recovered. The argument will be that it is not so much the principles of social democracy that we need to invoke; rather we need to rediscover the argument for these principles in a way that responds to the terms of the present.

Anna is political philosopher and author of many publications, the most recent of which is Feminism in the Technological Age (Australian Feminist Studies, 2014) and co-authored The Aporia of Rights: Explorations in citizenship in the era of human rights (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2014).

Eric has been the Institute's Director since 2007. He has been actively engaged in public policy development and advocacy throughout his working life. This has included appointments as the Executive Director of the Human Rights Council of Australia, various roles for Amnesty International in Australia and as National Secretary of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace.

The Whitlam Institute was established at the University of Western Sydney in 2000 as a research and education base that reflects the significance of progressive public policy initiatives.


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Active Ageing Seminar

This seminar is to present the results of the research programs which Dr Judith Davey, Senior Research Associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies has completed in collaboration with the University of Waikato.

Whilst this is an invitation only event due to the size of the venue, the findings and presentation slides will be made available to the public.


There are plenty of free public lectures planned for the remainder of 2014. Please visit this site again soon or subscribe to our online newsletter to receive complimentary email updates.

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