Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Upcoming Events


Later in 2015

  • Liz Richardson - Manchester University
  • Associate Professor Tina Nabatchi - Maxwell School of Citizenbship and Public Affairs



Involving Patients and the Public:

Decision-making in health and social care in the UK

Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) has become an increasingly popular concept in health systems around the world.  In the UK, at least, it remains, however, a somewhat nebulous term that has attracted both supporters and critics. 


Gary Hickey has led numerous PPI initiatives and would like to share some of his experiences and views on what works and what doesn’t: from the commissioning process, all the way through the engagement cycle. 


Gary will identify which mechanisms have been most successful for patient involvement, as well as the distinctions needed to look at individual and collective needs. 


Gary Hickey

PPI Lead (Research and Education) for the Centre for Public Engagement, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's University of London


Tuesday 3 March

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Victoria University, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings, GBLT4

Nuclear Weapons:

The State of Play 2015

Five years ago hopes were high that the world was at last seriously headed towards nuclear disarmament. By the end of 2012, however, as reported in the inaugural State of Play report, much of this sense of optimism had evaporated. By the end of 2014, the fading optimism had given way to pessimism.


New START was signed and ratified, but the treaty left stockpiles intact and disagreements about missile defence and conventional-arms imbalances unresolved. Nuclear weapons numbers have decreased overall but increased in Asia; nuclear-weapons programs in India, Pakistan and China have accelerated; North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests and the CTBT is yet to enter into force; and fissile material production is not yet banned. A comprehensive agreement on Iran eluded negotiators by the extended deadline of 24 November 2014 and the push for talks on a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East has stalled. Cyber-threats to nuclear weapons systems have intensified, outer space remains at risk of nuclearization, and the upsurge of geopolitical tensions over the crisis in Ukraine produced flawed conclusions about the folly of giving up nuclear weapons on the one hand, and open reminders about Russia’s substantial nuclear arsenal, on the other.


Against this sombre backdrop, Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015 by Gareth Evans, Tanya Ogilvie-White and Ramesh Thakur, provides an authoritative advocacy tool for governments, organizations and individuals committed to achieving a safer and saner nuclear-weapon-free world in the lead-up to the Ninth NPT Review Conference in New York in April–May 2015


Ramesh Thakur

Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, ICISS Commissioner, co-author of The Responsibility to Protect doctrine (2001) and Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Australian National University


Monday 30 March

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Lecture Theatre 323, Hunter Building, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington

Later in 2015

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