Professor Mark Evans - Inaugural Director of Democracy 2025 at MoAD

Tue 16 October 2018

Professor Mark Evans, the Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) at the University of Canberra has accepted the post of inaugural Director of “Democracy 2025 – bridging the trust divide” at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD).

 “Democracy 2025 – bridging the trust divide” is a unique collaboration between MoAD and foundation partner UC-IGPA that will see a centre established at the spiritual home of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, that will generate research, education and practice to enhance the quality of democratic engagement.  Importantly it will bring together academic study and debate with public engagement opportunities such as events and exhibitions to investigate and experiment with what works in terms of renewing our representative system of government and facilitate evidenced-based cross partisan conversations on how to improve our democratic practices. 

The centre has been named “Democracy 2025” because by 2025 if nothing is done and current trends continue, fewer than one in five Australians will trust their political institutions and politicians. The restoration of political trust is crucial to the health of our democracy and “Democracy 2025” will provide a neutral space for rebuilding trust between government and citizen.

Mark leaves his position as Director with IGPA in an extremely strong position. In a short time IGPA has achieved remarkable progress. According to the Financial Review, IGPA is currently ranked number one in Australia and number 22 in the world for research that focuses on public administration and public policy. News of IGPA’s leading position in public administration follows its inclusion for the first time in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Rankings for public administration at 76th and in the QS world rankings for politics (101-150 group). 

In a four year period the Institute has become: the leading provider of postgraduate education to the Commonwealth Government delivering programs to 18 different Commonwealth departments and agencies; was awarded the University of Canberra’s first Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate program of research on the study of deliberative democracy led by Professor John Dryzek; and recruited three academics in the top 20 Political Science and Public Policy experts in the world in terms of citations (Professors Dryzek, Marsh and Stoker); and, the 10th most cited public management expert in the world (Professor Patrick Dunleavy).

 As Mark notes, “I look forward to seeing IGPA go from strength to strength and collaborating with IGPA on this crucial project for the health of Australian democracy”. 

Professor Evans will continue to work closely with the Australian Public Service but with a renewed focus on building evidence based practice on bridging the trust divide at Old Parliament House. He will also remain a Professor of Governance with IGPA.

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