Research

The Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra was established in January 2014 to harness the research strengths of the ANZSOG Institute for Governance (ANZSIG), the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM).

This integration has created exciting opportunities for the development of cutting edge research and the provision of education in governance and public policy analysis through combining knowledge in institutional design with expertise in qualitative and quantatative methods, evaluation, microsimulation and policy modelling, in a way that is of significance to scholars and practitioners in Australia and internationally.

IGPA’s work is organised around our four research centres:

  1. Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance
  2. Centre for Change Governance
  3. National Centre for Social and Economic Modeling
  4. 50/50 by 2030 Foundation

Our four research centres grapple with many of the critical public policy problems of our time from social and economic development to climate change and from democratic crisis to social exclusion. They combine disciplinary expertise and a generation of evidence- based research with a focus on practical problem-solving through the development of new ways of doing governance and public policy.

In addition, the Institute is currently host to eight Australian Research Council funded projects and the largest concentration of internationally recognized governance scholars in Australia recruited from Universities in the World Top 100. This includes:

Professor Henrik Bang one of the leading theorists on the study of governance who joined us from the University of Copenhagen.
Professor John Dryzek, the leading theorist on the study and practice of deliberation who joined us from the Australian National University. John is a Centenary Professor in Governance at the Institute.
Professor Patrick Dunleavy an expert in productivity, digital public service production and public choice. Patrick is Chair of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and a Centenary Professor in Governance at the Institute.
Professor Mark Evans an expert in the study of governance and public policy, formerly Head of Politics at the University of York in the UK.
Professor David Marsh, an expert in governance and public policy and formerly Director of the Research School for the Social Sciences from the Australian National University.
Professor Gerry Stoker, an expert in citizen-centric governance and Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance from the University of Southampton. Gerry is also a Centenary Professor in Governance at the Institute.
Professor Diane Stone, an expert on globalisation and public policy has joined us from the University of Warwick as a Centenary Professor in Governance.

In keeping with the Institute’s core mission, many of our research projects have led to changes in policy or have enhanced public policy debate in Australia and internationally. High profile reports here include: How do Australians imagine their democracy? (Evans and Stoker and the Museum of Australian Democracy); ‘Not yet 50/50’: Barriers to the Progress of Senior Women in the Australian Public Service (Burmester, Edwards, Evans and May and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet); Social Participation (Evans, European Union); and, Opportunities and Challenges for the Reform of Public Administration Arising from the Arab Transitions for the United Nations Development Programme (Evans, United Nations).