Centre for Change Governance
The Centre for Change Governance is a young but vibrant and growing research centre based within the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra. The Centre’s research is bound together by a common desire to explore how communities in Australia and around the world can develop better public policy.
Change governance is a shorthand term that we have adopted to describe changes in the relationship between governance (how we are governed) and democracy (what it means to participate in the process through which we are governed). Most of the research in the Centre is concerned with reflecting on the changing nature of this relationship and its implications for academic theory and concepts, public policy reform and the public’s understandings of politics in all its diverse forms.
In 2015, Fellows from the Centre published four books, 31 journal articles, 23 book chapters, four commissioned reports and helped curate one museum exhibition. Members of the Centre also hosted several research workshops, convened the Annual Australian Political Studies Association conference, participated in numerous other conferences, provided a temporary home for 10 Visiting Fellows and played a lead role in helping to convene and deliver the Institute’s graduate education programs. This has occurred at the same time as the Centre has continued to attract external funding and maintain its strong reputation for policy impact.
The Centre welcomes enquiries from PhD students and visiting academics who share our interest in the theory, practice and empirical study of the relationship between governance and participation. We encourage you to spend some time having a look around our webpage where you will be able to find out more about the Centre, its work and how what we are doing may relate to your interests.
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Centre for Change Governance
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University of Canberra
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The Centre for Change Governance is a young but vibrant and growing research centre based within the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra. Change governance is a shorthand term that we use to describe changes in the relationship between governance (how we are governed) and democracy (what it means to participate in the process through which we are governed).
Most of our research is concerned with the theory, practice and empirical study of the relationship between governance and participation. Our particular interest in change revolves around how processes and trends such as digitalisation, democratic participation, scientific and technological innovation, cultural instability, securitisation, anti-politics, urbanisation and cross-jurisdictional policy problems challenge the way in which governance and democracy has been conventionally practiced and understood. Many of these changes are generating unpredictable and uncertain dynamics that make us rethink old questions such as who governs, how political authority is exercised and what we can do to recouple those who exercise political authority with those who are governed by it.
Members of the Centre share an interest in better appreciating the nature of these contemporary changes, their ‘disruptive’ potential and what our political system might do in response to them. They do so comparatively, historically and with an open mind towards what can be learnt through closer cross-disciplinary engagement. Whilst we do not share the same answers to these questions, we are all engaged in thinking about a similar set of questions and issues. Specific research projects are located within several broad, flexible and often inter-related strands.
In 2015, Fellows from the Centre published four books, 31 journal articles, 23 book chapters, four commissioned reports and helped curate one museum exhibition. Fellows also hosted several workshops and more than 10 research seminars, convened and hosted the Annual Australian Political Studies Association conference, participated in numerous other conferences, provided a temporary home for 10 Visiting Fellows and played a lead role in convening and delivering the Institute’s graduate education programs. Seven research students also completed their PhDs during this year.
The Centre has also built up a strong track record of attracting substantial research funding from funding bodies, such as the Australian Research Council, whilst its reputation for policy impact has grown considerably over recent years. In 2015, Centre for Change Governance Fellows were Chief Investigators on five Category 1 grants and 7 non-Category 1 grants and have undertaken numerous successful research programs with partners from the private, public and voluntary sectors, both here in Australia and elsewhere, including a major ongoing partnership with the Museum of Australian Democracy. The Policy Space, a politically neutral blogging platform for debating major public policy issues in Australia and overseas was launched in mid-2015 and the Centre, through the Institute, is also home to Policy Studies, a multi-disciplinary journal dedicated to the study and the practice of policy-making.
We invite you to spend some time having a look around our webpage where you will be able to find out more about the Centre, its work and how what we are doing may relate to your interests.
The Centre for Change Governance consists of a core set of Academic Fellows and Research Student Fellows who participate in the Centre’s activities on a day-to-day basis. The Centre also hosts a number of Honorary Academic Fellows and works closely with the Institute’s Practitioner Fellows who bring with them a wealth of experience from the world of practice. Beyond this, the Centre maintains connections with a global network of partner organisation from Canberra and around the world.
apply for phd
The Centre for Change Governance is accepting PhD applications for the 2018 in-take.
How to apply
- Contact a potential supervisor from the Centre. In this correspondence, include (1) a brief statement of interest explaining why you wish to pursue a PhD with the Centre for Change Governance; (2) a short research proposal, less than 1,000 words; (3) CV; (4) transcripts; 5) sample of written work.
- Once the supervisor supports your application, follow the instructions here to submit your application.
- Scholarships are available for domestic and international applicants. Click here for more information.
Deadline for expression of interest is 8 September 2018.
meet our phd students
Why do a PhD with Centre for Change Governance? Some of our PhD students tell their stories.
For more than ten years I harbored a dream to write a PhD about the paradoxical and largely unknown world of lawyers advising federal government. As a former public sector lawyer it was a topic about which I was passionate and thought I "knew" inside out. Now eighteen months into my PhD at IGPA I am immersed in my research on the role of lawyers in policy and every day I learn something new. On my research journey I have been exposed to a wealth of new theories and research methods through the Institute's structured PhD educational program and visiting seminar series. With the guidance of my supervisors and the encouragement and the IGPA research community I am slowly shedding my habitual legalistic way of thinking and beginning to see my topic with fresh eyes. One of the best things about being here is the supportive and fun research culture: researchers and students are generous in sharing their knowledge, skills and experiences but we also get to regularly kick back together. Special mention goes to the weekly catch up over sizzling tofu at our friendly café.
Contact: jenny.duxbury | at | canberra.edu.au
I am a career public servant of the government of Nepal for over a decade. The focus of my professional life is on public policymaking, service delivery and managing reforms. I have gained some substantial knowledge on these issues throughout my academic life, most notably during my first Master’s degree in Public Administration (2008) at the Tribhuvan University, Nepal and subsequently another degree on Master of Public Management (2011) at the University of Potsdam, Germany.
Equipped with a decade-long professional experience and academic achievements in the field of public administration, I commenced this doctorate degree in 2014 at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis in the University of Canberra, Australia. It is a privilege to be a PhD student at the IGPA which offers a very friendly academic environment in terms of quality supervision, resources, training and capacity development programs, and several formal and informal academic events such as the weekly Graduate Research Forum. I have been greatly benefited of the Institute’s individualised support system facilitated by its professional and academic staffs. The research support services of the Graduate Research Office and other technical services provided by the Library and ITM Service Desk at the University are very timely, targeted and practical.
Although a doctorate degree could be a lonely journey, I have never felt alone. In addition to friendly support from the supervisory panel members, companionship of fellow students and post-doctoral researchers, various social events such as monthly birthday celebrations and Chirstmas party are a few but to remember forever.
I am currently in the process of finalising a PhD in socio-technology at IGPA and provide external consulting services through my business, Information Ergonomics. My research interests include the application of Poststructuralist Discourse Theory (PDT) and New Materialism to the analysis of government's engagement with technology, particularly of the digital variety. This comes after a 14 year role as a senior executive with the ACT Government, most recently as founder and Executive Director of the ACT Government Information Office (GIO). Before this, I worked in both public and private enterprise starting as an analyst-programmer and moving onto operational and eventually executive management roles in the ICT industry. Prior to that, I had completed a degree in mathematical physics, preparing me for work as a teacher, actor/director, youth worker, fast-food cook and dishwasher. Perhaps my most unusual job was a three month engagement as the canine mascot for the Multiple Sclerosis Society! Good days!
IGPA is just quietly a brilliant place to study. It hosts a truly world-class academic staff in a friendly, informal and supportive environment. This, within the context of the University of Canberra, named as one of the world’s top 100 young universities.
Contact: Mick.Chisnall | at | canberra.edu.au
The Centre conducts a range of specific research projects across several broad, flexible and often inter-related strands. In some areas our expertise and academic record is well established; in others, it is still under development.
Our common focus across all of these research strands is on the changing relationship between governance and democracy and its implications for how communities and governments can better equip themselves to deal with complex public policy challenges.
Our specific research projects are also underpinned by a commitment to produce rigorous, theoretically informed, policy relevant and publically salient research. In all cases, we are keen to provide opportunities for our external partners in the academic, policy and wider public spheres to visit the Centre and work with us.
Click on a tab above to find out more about the projects and publications that are currently taking place within each research strand. If you find that you share an interest with us then please do get in touch.
Members in the Centre for Change Governance publish traditional academic research outputs (eg books, journal articles and book chapters), commissioned and non-commissioned reports, submissions, research notes or papers aimed mainly at a policymaking audience (eg the IGPA Insights Series) as well as other pieces that are primarily aimed at influencing public debate (eg in The Policy Space or The Conversation). Here, we list our traditional academic research outputs. Click on a tab below to find out more.
We work with organisations in the public, private and non-governmental sectors all over the world to develop practice-focused research, deliver courses and enhance our impact.
Our work with partners takes a wide range of forms. More information can be found by clicking on the tabs below, which divides our work in this area between our partners in industry and our partners in the higher education sector.
Please also feel free to contact us to find out how you could partner with us.
Fellows in the Centre for Change Governance are committed to ensuring our research addresses real-world challenges and that our engagement activities provide pathways to smart policy solutions for governments and decision makers in business and civil society.
We achieve these outcomes through policy advice, knowledge sharing activities and providing a neutral and safe meeting point for academics, experts and policymakers.
Our Practitioner Fellows and Advisory Board of senior leaders from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors also helps to ensure that our activities remain connected with the ‘world of practice’.
We provide further detail about our activities in this area below. If they interest you then please feel free to contact us to explore how we could work with you on these and related areas.
Click on the tabs below to read more about our case studies.
Fellows from the Centre for Change Governance regularly get invited to advise governments and agencies on how to address critical governance challenges. This has involved Fellows working in partnership with various overseas governments and international organisations in countries such as Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, the UK, Vietnam, and Yemen.
The United Nations Development Programme also recently commissioned Professor Mark Evans (with Professor Sultan Barakat) to undertake a study of public administration reform in Arab transition countries. The report, Defining the Challenge, Making the Change, was published in June 2015.
Fellows from the Centre also regularly contribute to the IGPA Policy Insights.
The IGPA Policy Insights are short, accessible and downloadable documents that are designed to deliver clear, succinct and timely recommendations for policymakers, both in Australia and internationally. Each Policy Brief draws on the Centre’s expertise and the latest research to develop key findings, recommendations or outcomes for further study.
Long-term, sustainable partnerships also offer an opportunity for Fellows from the Centre to share their knowledge and develop policy impact.
One prominent example is the partnership that IGPA has entered into with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, SBS and Ipsos Mackay. This partnership has already delivered a national survey, How Do Australians Imagine their Democracy, and a curated exhibition, the Power of One! The next stage in the partnership involves members of the Centre working with these partners on another survey on trust in politics called, The Power of Us.
Many Fellows in the Centre of Change Governance also teach into the Institute’s Graduate Certificate and MPA programs. Our students take what they have learnt from these courses far beyond IGPA as they seek to bring about positive change in their respective fields of interest.
Fellows in the Centre also aim to share their latest research, opinions and insights with wider audiences through the Institute’s Blog, The Policy Space, regularly contributing features and commentaries in the press, our social media streams and the Talking Heads series, which are purpose built videos with thought leaders in public administration and public policy.
These activities are complemented by a wide range of other events that allow Fellows in the Centre to share and exchange their knowledge with specialist audiences and the wider public. These events are typically hosted by the Institute but often draw on the Centre and its expertise.
Public forums include the Canberra Conversations Lecture Series and the Parliamentary Triangle Seminar Series.
Convening academics, experts and policymakers
We regularly host conferences and workshops that bring together academics, experts and policymakers.
In February 2015, the Institute, with Fellows from the Centre for Change Governance, hosted New Forms of Discovery for Policymaking: Widening the Use of the Social Sciences for Policy Innovation, at Old Parliament House. This two-day workshop brought together leading international experts from CCG and elsewhere with senior practitioners to showcase innovative research methods that can help facilitate progressive policy outcomes through evidence based policy insights.
The Institute’s Annual Impact Theme also provides opportunities for academics, experts and policymakers to address a critical governance problem in Australia that has both political salience and where there is an opportunity to effect real change.
In 2013, the annual Impact Theme was Celebrating the Contribution of Women to Public Sector Excellence. Research from this project was funded by six Australian Commonwealth departments with a report, Not yet 50/50: Barriers to the Progress of Senior Women in the Australian Public Service, being launched in Old Parliament House later the same year.
In 2014, the Institute launched the IGPA Disability Policy Advisory Group to confront the realities of disability policy in Australia. Several events were held under this Impact Theme, including a Disability Policy Research Joint Roundtable in March 2015 and a Parliamentary Triangle Seminar on Disability Policy Reform – Confronting the Realities.
The Centre for Change Governance runs and hosts a wide range of events, including workshops, conferences and seminars, that allow us to share and exchange knowledge with specialist audiences and the wider public. More information about these events can be found here.
The Centre for Change Governance Research Forum runs about once a month to bring together members in the Centre so that they can share and develop each other’s research. The Forum is diverse in its curation and encourages a range of different modes of presentation. Please contact the Centre’s Research Forum Convenor, Jean-Paul Gagnon, for further information.
Fellows affiliated with the Centre are also actively involved in helping to facilitate other research seminars, such as the IGPA Research Seminar Series, as well as other public forums and engagement events that are hosted by the Institute. These include the Canberra Conversations Lecture Series, Democratic Conversations Uncensored and the Parliamentary Triangle Seminar Series. More information about these events can be found here.
More information about the Centre’s events can be found below and on its webpages.
Here is the latest news from the Centre for Change Governance.
IGPA recently completed a cultural audit of perceptions and practices in relation to the barriers employees with disability face in the Australian Public Service, and an article written by Meredith Edwards, Mark Evans, Carmel McGregor and Penney Upton was published in the Canberra Times (31 October 2016)
In February and March this year, the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) and the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) commissioned Ipsos to survey 1244 Australians on the relationship between trust in the political system and attitudes towards democracy. This document compiles several of the most significant findings from our initial investigation of the data.
With IGPA affiliate Dr Tim Legrand (ANU), Diane Stone presented a paper 'Governing Global Policy: What IPE can learn from Policy Studies' at the HKU-USC-IPPA conference in Hong Kong on Saturday 11 June. The previous day she convened a panel of 8 papers with Dr Kim Moloney (Miami) most of which will form chapters in their Oxford Handbook on Global Policy and Transnational Administration currently in progress.
- Mark Evans and Max Halupka published an article in The Conversation titled "The Indi Project: who do Indi voters trust to run the country?"
- Hitomi Nakanishi published a commentary titled “Lessons in managing disasters from Kumamoto” in the East Asia Forum (15 June 2016).
- Michael de Percy was on ABC 666 Canberra on Thursday morning, 9 June 2016, talking about his Trove local and family history research workshops at the Gunning Library on Friday, 17 June (Yass Tribune, Goulburn Post, 03/6, 666 ABC, 09/6). Listen to the conversation here (starting from 1:49:23).
- An article on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce mentions that Professor Simon Tormey, head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at Sydney University, has borrowed the term "uncoupling" of the political class from the electorate from IGPA theorist Henrik Bang (The Canberra Times, 27/5; The Sydney Morning Herald, 27/5)
Hitomi Nakanishi visited the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London, collaborating on a research on agent-based transport modelling in post-disaster communities. She gave a seminar titled "Dynamics of a post-disaster community: Evacuation, relocation and long-term recovery".
- Mark Evans appeared on Prime 7 News, Tuesday 31 May, discussing the pros and cons of the Indi Electorate candidates. His interview draws on several items of IGPA research including work conducted by Michelle Grattan and ongoing research into the issue of Trust in our democracy as part of the Power of Us collaboration.
- Michael de Percy appeared with Michelle Grattan on The Week in Politics for The Conversation, discussing 'campaign stumbles'.
- Anthea McCarthy-Jones comments on Mexican drug cartels beginning to move into Australia: The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 May 2016 and The Canberra Times, 22 May 2016.
- Meredith Edwards comments on politicians not declaring assets and says the opaque system defies good principles of good governance: The Australian, 20 May 2016.
- Jean-Paul Gagnon was interviewed by Phillip Adams on his Late Night Live program (ABC Radio National). Jean-Paul argues non-human democracies offer valuable political insights for our struggling political systems. To listen to the interview click here.
- Jean-Paul also appeared in the ABC’s The Drum on Monday 30 May, offering insight into a mandate and its place in Government. To watch the interview please click here.
The Centre is pleased to announce the visit of Dr Christopher Walker. He presented his research on 'Does the study of policy transfer matter?'. Chris is the Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Australia
More information about his presentation on 26 May, 3:30 - 5:00pm, can be found here.
Thaneshwar Bhusal had an article published in the London School of Economics and Political Science’s South Asia blog titled Democracy without elections: 15 years of local democratic deficit in Nepal. His article explores why elections at the local level have been suspended for so long, the impact this has had on citizen participation and the prospects for the revival of local elections in the near future.
Diane Stone was the Keynote speaker, opening the Georgetown-Vesalius College Scholar-Practitioner Workshop on 'Bridging the Gap between Peace and Security Studies: Fostering a Transatlantic Dialogue between Scholars and Practitioners', on Wednesday 11 May. The workshop brought together professors from Georgetown University and VeCo, senior diplomats, EU, NATO and UN officials as well as leading NGO and think tank representatives in order to explore methods for a more fruitful dialogue between academia and policy-making in the areas of peace building and global security.
Diane was also invited to speak at a closed meeting with officials from the European Commission on EL-CSID science and cultural diplomacy, on Thursday 12 May at the University Foundation of Belgium. Later that day, Diane presented a paper on 'Science Policy and Transnational Policy Networks', at the annual conference on 'The European Union in International Affairs', 12 May at the Paleis der Academiën (Academy Palace).
Research conducted with IGPA and the Museum of Australian Democracy will be published in a series of articles leading up the election via SBS News. The research, The Power of Us, examines voter’s trust in politicians and democracy. The first article covered by SBS highlights older Australians as having the lowest levels of trust in politicians and displaying high amount of cynicism towards our democracy. Click here to read the article.
The Institute for Government and Public Policy (IGOP) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona has kindly agreed to host two fellows from the Centre for Change Governance later this year. Mike Jensen will visit IGOP from mid-May to mid-July whilst Paul Fawcett will visit from early June to early August. Mike and Paul will present papers and participate in a joint research workshop at IGOP during their time in Barcelona.
Henrik Bang has been invited to deliver a keynote speech at a two day research symposium to be held at the Centre for Political Youth Culture and Communication, University of York, 18-19 July. Henrik's speech will deliver alongside two other keynotes by Professor Lance Bennett, University of Washington, and a former Visiting Fellow at the Centre, as well as Professor Donatella della Porta, European University Institute.
Stanhope, J., Wettenhall, R. and Bhusal, T. (2016) 'Governance challenge: Australia’s Indian Ocean Island Territories'. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 38(2), pp. 87-102. [More Information]
Wettenhall, R. (2016) 'From public enterprise through privatisation to public–private mixing–An important Irish contribution'. Administration, 64(1), pp.63-74 [More Information]
- Tanton, R., Dare, M., Brinkman, S., Corti, B.-G., Katz, I., Woolcock, G., and Goldfeld, S. (2016) 'Identifying Off-Diagonal Communities Using the Australian Early Development Census Results'. Social Indicators Research [More Information]
- Kii, M., Nakanishi, H., Nakamura, K. and Doi, K. (2016) 'Transportation and spatial development: An overview and a future direction'. Transport Policy, 49, pp. 148-158 [More Information]
Michael de Percy wrote an article, How might road user pricing impact local governments which has now been published in the Australian Local Government Yearbook 2016. The article deliberates some of the issues that local governments might consider in the ensuing political debate over road user pricing.
Meredith Edwards attended the fifteenth session of The United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration in New York from 18-22 April. The Committee is responsible for supporting the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among Member States, in connection with the UN Millennium Development Goals. The main subject of discussion was transforming public institutions for integrated and inclusive policy making and review of the Sustainable Development Goals. Meredith spoke on Promotion of Diversity in Employment and Inclusive Workplace culture. Details of the meeting and its proceedings can be found here.
IGPA Director Mark Evans and Centenary Professor Gerry Stoker have published an article in The Conversation titled "Will Budget 2016 deliver a new deal for Australian cities?" Their preliminary analysis of the 2016 Federal Budget deliberates whether it will mark the inception of a new deal for Australian cities and democracy, by introducing the UK’s innovative system, “City Deals”.
- Gus’s PhD, Building Capacity in the Parliaments of Jordan and Morocco - An Institutional Approach, was supervised by Professor John Halligan.
- Puetho’s thesis, A Critical Assessment of the Australian Settlement Reception: Case Study of the African Humanitarian Refugee Entrants in Australia, was supervised by Professor David Marsh.
We wish Dr Olwan and Dr Puetho all the very best for their future endeavours!
Recent publications by researchers in the Centre:
- Hu, R. (2016) "Concentration and Mobility of Knowledge Workers: An Intercity Analysis of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane", Journal of Urban Technology [More Information]
Pearson, L.J., Norman, B., O'Brien, P. and Tanton, R. (2016) An institutional perspective on programme integration, Policy Studies [More Information]
Gerry Stoker was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Civic Engagement and the Practices of Democracy International Conference, hosted by the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service at the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece. The conference consisted of a series of round table sessions featuring distinguished scholars and experienced practitioners from Greece, France, the UK, Canada, and the US, to discuss problems and solutions in contemporary democratic governance, and to consider what is being done to encourage engagement, particularly among younger citizens, in municipalities, in schools, in civil society, and in the private sector.
Diane Stone, Barbara Norman and Jean-Paul Gagnon were all asked to be part of panels for UN Youth Australia’s, “The Voice 2016 National Finals” conference on Policy, Advocacy and Research. The event drew together 50 of the most engaged, exceptional young diplomats from Years 7 to 10 from every state and territory to compete in a challenging problem solving competition and engage in a wider educational conference. Delegates were asked to propose creative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues, from refugee crises to climate change to global economic inequality. Despite their age, the students, who won state and territory level competitions to attend the Finals, and are considered to be a bright and high calibre bunch of youngsters.
The Centre hosted its first research symposium on Critical Governance Challenges in a Global World. The aim of this research symposium was to bring together as many Fellows from the Centre for Change Governance as possible to identify common areas of research within the Centre, present work-in-progress, share information and exchange ideas, and strengthen opportunities for future collaboration. It was organised around thematic streams in which Fellows presented and received feedback on their current work in progress. The day also included a Roundtable and a Closing Plenary. For further information please visit the website or ask someone from the organising committee whose names are listed on the website as well.
The photo below was taken on the day of the workshop.
Professor Linda Botterill and Professor Gerry Stoker held a research workshop on ‘Policy, Politics and Human Behaviour’ on 5 and 6 April 2016. The Workshop brought together scholars working at the intersection of political science, public policy and psychology to consider the role of values, attitudes, ideologies and behaviour in the political sphere. For more information click here.
Mark Evans, in his role as a LG Professional Australia member, contributed to a research paper commissioned by LG Professional Australia. The paper Much more than rates, roads and rubbish: a transformative agenda for local government delivers a technical and candid viewpoint on the value proposition of local government in addressing challenges and opportunities in the future of Australian governance.
Meredith Edwards was invited to be a panellist at the IPAA’s Canberra Evaluation Forum, It’s 2016: Time for Diversity. The forum discussed findings of gender and disability studies, the impact of unconscious bias and what suggestions there are for change. Meredith presented qualitative research into gender and disability issues of inclusion and barriers to participation in the Australian Public Service. You can find a copy of her slides here.
Mike Jensen was interviewed for the UC blog about the election in the US. Mike discussed research data collected from social media channels to see how each candidate uses Twitter and Facebook to not only interact with supporters and detractors, but also whether these interactions shape their campaigns, policy decisions and ultimately who will win their election race. You can read his full interview here.
Thaneshwar Bhusal and Graham Smith went to Seattle for the American Society for Public Administration conference, held from 18 March to 22 March. Thaneshwar contributed a paper to a panel on local level governance, and Graham presented a paper called ‘Why performance measures are frequently poor and what can be done about it’ to a panel on international perspectives on performance management.
IGPA Professional Doctorate student Ben Hamer was offered the position of Visiting Assistant in Research for the highly regarded and prestigious Yale University. This incredible offer is open to existing doctoral students from other tertiary institutions and provides an opportunity to experience life as a Yale PhD student, which includes access to faculty members/academics, classes, seminars, and resources. Ben sees his time as a Visiting Assistant in Research as an overall learning experience, with the chance to learn from prominent academics, particularly with an international perspective, that will enhance his thesis and any potential future academic work.
Roger Wettenhall has been recognised for his research into Australian rural bushfire-fighting. In a book expected to be published later this year, the author, Roger McNeice OAM, will feature full text quotes from Roger’s earlier work, Bushfire Disaster – An Australian Community in Crisis. The author of the book is full of praise for the book, arguing it “…is the best book ever written on the administration of the disaster, I would like to quote from it with full acknowledgement”.
Mark Evans met with the Ambassador of Norway, H.E. Ms. Unni Kløvstad and members of her staff last week. The meeting was designed to brief Her Excellency on the work conducted by the Institute, and to consider future opportunities for collaboration.
The Centre is delighted to welcome Associate Professor Thai Thanh Ha from the National Academy of Public Administration, Hue city, Vietnam. Thai Ha is Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs and Training, Central Vietnam at the National Academy of Public Administration. His research is concerned with questions relating to public administration and public servant motivation.
The ACT Chapter of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group presents an upcoming lecture by Professor Patrick Dunleavy: ?English Votes for English Laws: Constitutional revolution or damp squib?? The lecture will be held in the Theatre at Parliament House on Thursday 17 March from 5-6pm. For more information about the lecture and how to register please see the ASPG lecture flyer.
The Centre is pleased to announce the visit of Professor Leslie A Pal. He will present his research on Global Panopticon: Peer Review as a Tool of International Governance. Leslie is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the School of Policy and Administration at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and Director of the Centre on Governance and Public Management.
More information about his presentation on 16 March, 3:30 - 5:00pm, can be found here.
Professor John Halligan presented the paper, The Challenge of Performance Management, to a workshop Learning from Discretion: The Relevance of Professor Charles Sabel’s Experimental Approach to Australian Public Administration, ANU, 18-19 February 2016.
Max Halupka was interviewed by Not For Podcast last week, explaining the different ways generations engage in politics. You can listen to it here. He has also been asked to be part of a panel discussing the future of politics and activism at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s event, Future Manifestos. You can read more about the event here.
Helen Sellers wrote a blog for The Policy Space with the title: The Red Elephants- a look at India's communist guerilla group
The Centre will be delighted to host Professor Hendrik Wagenaar in the second half of this year following news that it has successfully applied for funding from the University’s Distinguished International Visitor Program. Professor Hendrik Wagenaar currently holds a Chair in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield and is an Associate Director at The Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, which is based with the Department of Politics at The University of Sheffield. Henk’s research interests lie in the areas of participatory democracy, local governance, interpretive policy analysis and practice theory. He is also an expert in qualitative interviewing and the analysis of qualitative research data (“grounded theory”), action research with citizens and policy makers, interpretive theory and methods and practice theory in policy making and public administration.
The Centre looks forward to welcoming two Visiting Fellows in the coming weeks. Professor Will Jennings, Head of Department of Politics & International Relations, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Globalisation and Governance at the University of Southampton, will visit the Centre for one week from 29 February. Will has written extensively on topics such as agenda-setting, public opinion, electoral behaviour, political parties, and the governance of mega-projects and mega-events. He will be at the Centre for one week from 29 February during which time he will present a paper in the IGPA Research Seminar Series on ‘Deliberation and Anti-Politics’ with Dr Brenton Prosser.
We also look forward to welcoming Associate Professor Thai Thanh Ha from the National Academy of Public Administration in Vietnam. Ha is a 2016 Endeavour Executive Fellow and will be a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for two months from 3 March.
Diane Stone and Tim Legrand (ANU) are presenting a paper on 'What Public Policy has to say to International Political Economy' to the International Workshop on Designing Governance for Policy Effectiveness at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Friday 26th February. Diane Stone is also attending a signing ceremony of the partnership of LKY-SPP with the International Public Policy Association (of which she is a Vice President) for the hosting of the IPPA biennial conference in Singapore in 2017.