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

Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum:

June 2015

A number of academics at Victoria University research in, and for, the community and voluntary sector, with many of our postgraduate students also researching in this area. As well as networking within the University, this research is shared with the community through regular Community and Voluntary Sector Research (CVSR) Forums.


This months forum will feature the following discussions:


  • Open Government and the Community and Voluntary Sector

  • A Volunteer Research Register, as Essential Infrastructure for Research on Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

  • NGO's and Ethics


  • Manjula Shivanandad

  • Robert Miller

  • Ruth Weatherall

  • Deborah Jones


It Is Not a Test:

The safety limit has been exceeded and now we face a failure limit with risks too severe to ignore

Atmospheric CO concentration of 350 ppm was not a target, it was a safety limit


In December 2015, the 21st Session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) will be held in Paris. Around the world, citizens, organizations, institutions and governments are reacting to the IPCC 5th Report and calling for urgent action to arrest the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere in order to limit climate warming to less than 2°C. The IPCC's 80% reduction below 1990 gross greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is not a target, rather it is a climate system failure limit. The climate science has resolved the risks of adding 550 Gt more carbon to the atmosphere as carrying unacceptable risks of catastrophic failure of essential systems across the entire planet.


Our country's target to reduce emissions as our contribution to the new international climate change agreement should be ambitious and begin immediately. We should transition to an economy not dependent on oil use given our geographic isolation and our economy's exposure to imported oil.


Wise Response


This event will feature a panel from the Wise Response Society, led by Sir Alan Mark, Emeritus Professor of Botany, Otago University. The panelists will give a short presentation on the WR recommendation for NZ's carbon commitment followed by open discussion. The WR team will be presenting their submission to a public hearing of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee at Parliament at 10:00am 1 July.


The Wise Response is an on-going open petition appeal to New Zealand's Parliament to comprehensively assess imminent risks to our environmental, social, economic and cultural well-being. The appeal was launched in May 2013 ( with signatures of 100 prominent New Zealanders, and a petition was presented to Parliament in April 2014 with more than 1000 signatures.


  • Emeritus Professor Alan Mark - University of Otago Professor

  • Susan Krumdieck - Canterbury University

  • Paul Young - Generation Zero

  • Dr. Ralph Chapman - Victoria University


  • Michael Macaulay - Institute for Governance and Policy Studies


IGPS Symposium

Identifying What Works

Using Randomised Control Trials in Public Policy

About the Symposium The aim of this free, full-day symposium is to build more knowledge and capability around RCTs, both in government and among interested parties. There will be presentations by international experts, a panel on examples, keynotes on 'Importance of Evidence' and 'Broader Issues of RCT's' and much more.


  • Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
  • Professor David Fergusson
  • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
  • Professor Stuart McNaughton
  • Professor Richie Poulton
  • Associate Professor Tim Dare
  • Dr Sarah-Baird
  • David McKenzie
  • Berk Özler Moderator and MC Associate Professor Michael Macaulay

Moderator and MC:

  • Michael Macaulay - Institute for Governance & Policy Studies



IGPS Symposium

A More Inclusive New Zealand

National Forum

The purpose of the forum is to bring government, non-government and community organisations together to discuss ideas and action on how to create a more inclusive New Zealand. The forum will promote discussion and diversity of thought. The forum will be evidence and story driven and solution focussed.


The forum is essentially a collaborative workshop bringing together government, non-government and community organisations to discuss ideas and action on how to create a more inclusive New Zealand. The goal is to develop a shared understanding of the key issues that will allow every New Zealander to fully participate in the economy and society, with a focus on enhancing opportunities and capabilities. As part of this we hope to develop a better understanding of the appropriate balance between government, non-government organisations and communities in enhancing a more inclusive New Zealand.


The core part of the day will be focussed around conversation sessions. National experts (such as Diane Robertson – Auckland City Mission, David Hanna – Wesley Community Action, Dr Lance O'Sullivan – GP from Northland; see below) will talk about issues around Māori well-being, hardship, regional well-being, children, communities, housing and health. The conversation sessions will be structured around their stories, identifying the drivers, influences, systems and processes. Participants will split into small groups to identify and discuss issues and key drivers and potential processes and solutions. The last part of the day will include reflection on what was developed from the conversation sessions and how we can take this forward.

International Keynote Speakers:


Stephen Jenkins - London School of Economics

Intragenerational Income Mobility and Poverty Dynamics

Miles Corak - University of Ottawa

Intergenerational Social Mobility and Inequality



ANZSOG Workshop

Strategic Management

In a changing public sector

Being strategic is crucial but often very difficult for managers in a complex and changing public sector. Even in normal times purposes can be difficult to define and outcomes hard to measure, and the turbulent political environment in which we operate amplifies this.


But now we face abnormal times: government organisations confront increasingly wicked problems, with no easy answers, or they need to be more agile or resilient. But at the same time, budgets are shrinking, and on top of all that, they have to maintain 'business as usual'.


This two-day workshop focuses on how to be strategic in this challenging context. It offers frameworks and concepts for making sense of these public sector realities and shaping coherent ways of tackling them.


Who should attend?


This workshop is ideal for all middle and senior managers, as strategy is a core need at these levels. Anyone involved in strategy, policy, collaboration or relationship/stakeholder management will find it relevant to their work. Managers in central agencies, line agencies and regulators will find it equally applicable.

Course Leader:


Professor John Alford

Professor of Public Sector Management at the Melbourne Business School (MBS), University of Melbourne, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)




Later in 2015

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

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