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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.

Professor Laurie Brown
Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis

Delivering impacts/benefits through strong Industry-University partnerships and networks.

IGPA works with government, business and the not-for profit sector. In this respect, we have developed very strong, deep and lasting collaborations with government departments at the federal and state/territory levels as well as internationally. These include: contract research and policy analysis of major government policies; the provision of high quality and innovative public policy and public administration education and training programs for government officials and graduate recruits (including officials from other countries under our MPA, PhD, and non-accredited teaching programs); strengthening the democratic process through the work of our centres, the Foundation and the unique partnership with the Museum of Australian Democracy; having high level current and former government officials/politicians as adjuncts, visiting fellows and on our Advisory Board; conducting a wide range of Category 1-4 research on governance issues that directly engages with government agencies (these span deliberative democracy, gender issues, cyber-security, environmental issues, public policy, public management etc); holding regular seminars, workshops and fora with the participation of key government officials and representatives; together with an impressive track-record of generating high media and stakeholder impacts.

Delivering distinctive and high-quality research training to Higher Degree by Research candidates.

IGPA runs an exceptional program of research training that is recognised both nationally and internationally. We have averaged over 40 doctoral candidates per year. These students come from diverse backgrounds and locations, although often with government experience either in Australia or overseas and make a valuable contribution to the research and collegial environment at IGPA. In this regard, HDR students are deeply engaged in core IGPA activities through our various research centres and hubs and are treated as fully-fledged members of our dynamic research community. This is evidenced by our historically high PhD numbers, where we punch well above our weight in comparison to other areas of UC, and our impressive completion rates.

Supporting our current areas of disciplinary excellence and develop emerging areas of excellence.

IGPA has achieved sustained research excellence in core disciplinary areas of political science, public policy, and governance more generally. This is reflected in our impressive publication track record, consistently high citations, journal editorial contributions, strong performance in ARC funding, and ARC peer reviews, that culminated in our recent ERA ratings of 4 in both 1605 and 1606 research categories. We pride ourselves on high impact research outcomes through our extensive government and media (including social media) networks and have expanded into exciting new research directions. These include applied deliberation in novel settings, the undermining of trust and democracy, addressing the challenge of the Anthropocene, gender equality in politics, and cyber interference in democracy.

Building an entrepreneurial hub and culture campus to enhance innovation in research and research training activities.

A standout feature of IGPA is our pursuit of innovative research opportunities and collaboration. This is evidenced by success in attracting high levels of Category 2- and 3 funding. A key to our success, in this regard, is to foster a research culture that is not bound by traditional disciplinary silos and we are willing to take calculated risks. This includes, for example, the development of the 50/50 Foundation (https://www.5050foundation.edu.au/) and the Democracy 2025 (https://www.democracy2025.gov.au/) initiatives. In this bid we are seeking strategic funding to support the commercialisation of our models, especially STINMOD+ (https://stinmod.canberra.edu.au/), and enable our staff to develop a commercial venture that builds on their research skills and scholarship. A major benefit of this approach is that our doctoral candidates and early career researchers are exposed to an entrepreneurial research culture.