Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Contact Details

Phone: +64 4 463 5456
Mobile: +64 27 563 5456
Office: RH825


Senior Associate- IGPS Director


MA(Hons) Cant; DPhil (Oxford).


Jonathan Boston holds a Personal Chair in Public Policy at the School of Government, Victoria Universityof Wellington. From mid 2008 until January 2011 he was the Director of the Institute of Policy Studies and was appointed Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies in November 2012. He has published widely in the fields of public management, tertiary education, social policy, comparative government, New Zealand politics and climate change policy, including 27 books and over 190 journal articles and book chapters.

During 1995-2003 he was a member of the New Zealand Political Change Project, based at Victoria University of Wellington and funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. The Project explored the behavioural, institutional and policy impacts of the introduction of proportional representation in New Zealand in 1996. In 2000-02 he served as a member of the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission, and subsequently worked for the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) on the design, implementation and evaluation of the Performance-Based Research Fund. In this capacity he was the primary author of the TEC's report on the 2003 Quality Evaluation of research performance in New Zealand's tertiary education sector. During 2012 he served as Co-Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty established by the Commissioner for Children.

Major publications include:

Boston, J; Bradstock, A & Eng, D (eds) 2011 Ethics and Public Policy: Contemporary Issues (Wellington, Victoria University Press)

Boston, J; Bradstock, A & Eng, D 2010 Public Policy: Why Ethics Matters, (Canberra, ANU E Press),311pp.

Boston, J; Co-author (with Judith Smith, Nicholas Mays, Crispin Ovenden, Jacqueline Cumming, Janet McDonald), 2010 Managing Mixed Financing of Privately Owned Providers in the Public Interest (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies), 116pp.

Boston, J (ed) 2009 Eliminating World Poverty: Global Goals and Regional Progress
(Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies) 186pp.

Boston, J; Nel, P & Righarts, M (eds) 2009 Climate Change and Security: Planning for the Future (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies), 116pp.

Boston, J (ed) 2007 Towards a New Global Climate Treaty: Looking Beyond 2012 (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies), 258pp.

Boston, J; Chapman, C & Schwass, M (eds) 2006 Confronting Climate Change: Critical Issues for New Zealand (Wellington, Victoria University Press), 336pp.

Boston, J and Davey, J (eds) 2006 Implications of Population Ageing: Opportunities and Risks (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies), 388pp.

Boston, J; Bakker, L; Campbell, L & Smyth, R 2006 Evaluating the Performance-Based Research Fund: Framing the Debate (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies), 500pp.

Boston, J; Callister, P & Wolf, A 2006 The Policy Implications of Diversity (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies), 217pp.

Boston, J; Dalziel, P & St John, S 1999 Redesigning the Welfare State in New Zealand (Auckland, Oxford University Press), 356pp.

Boston, J; Martin, J; Pallot, J & Walsh, P 1996 Public Management: The New Zealand Model (Auckland, Oxford University Press), 412pp.

Speeches and Presentations

Child Poverty in New Zealand: Why it matters and how it can be reduced. A paper prepared for the 'Children in Crisis Conference', Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Waikato University, Hamilton, 7-9 October 2013

Why New Zealand needs constitutional reform. A talk prepared for Wellington Rotary Club, 14 October 2013

Steardship and Governing for the Future. A paper for the Public Sector Conference, Wellington, 5-6 September 2013

'Improving Educational Performance: Why tackling child poverty must be part of the soluton'. A paper prepared for a symposium on 'Poverty Impacts on Learning' organised by Accent Learning, Karori Campus, Victoria University of Wellington, 24 May 2013