From The Director

Dr Lain Dare is the Director at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis.

In January 2014, the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) was established at the University of Canberra. This harnessed the research strengths of the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) and the ANZSOG Institute for Governance (ANZSIG) along with those of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance (CDDGG) which re-located to UC from the ANU. The aim was to create and sustain an international class research institution for the study and practice of governance and public policy. In 2017 the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation – a high profile gender equality initiative – was established at UC attached to IGPA, and in September 2018 the Democracy 2025 project was created in IGPA as a partnership between UC and the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD).

IGPA continues to have a strong social mission committed to the production of leading-edge research, research driven education programs, and engagement and outreach activities that have genuine public value and, by implication, policy impact. IGPA comprises a formidable group of academics and adjunct practitioners developing evidence-based theory and practice aimed at strengthening public administration, policy-making and improving governance, thereby contributing to national well-being.

IGPA has established its brand and is now recognised nationally and internationally as a leading Australian research institute in public policy, public administration and governance.

IGPA conducts interdisciplinary research in governance and policy analysis to deepen theory, advance knowledge and improve practice, in a way that is of significance to scholars and practitioners in Australia and overseas. This is evidenced by our strong ERA performance and our key partnerships and collaborations with government, NGOs and business, which in turn make a valuable contribution to UC’s reputation and standing.