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Adjunct professors

The Institute of Public Policy is fortunate to have a roster of highly regarded adjunct professors, from respected institutions in New Zealand and abroad.

Our adjunct professors:


Greg Clark  is trained as an Economist, Political Scientist, Facilitator, and Mentor. He is a thought leader and a frequently consulted expert on city development and investment strategy.

Selected as a Harkness Fellow in 1995, he reviewed 12 North American cites/regions from a base as a fellow at Columbia University in New York City.

As Chairman of the European Urban Development Forum from 1996 to 2000 he oversaw reviews of 24 European Cities/Regions. Since 1998 he has undertaken OECD reviews in 27 cities around the world.

He has directed comparative studies and assessments of:

  • London and New York
  • British and Spanish cities
  • UK and Canadian cities
  • UK and Chinese cities.

Greg studied at Cambridge University, UK, Columbia University, NYC, London School of Economics, UK.

He now lives in London, UK, and has also lived in New York, Mexico City, and Cambridge, UK.


Xavier Greffe is a distinguished academic with the University of Paris at the Sorbonne. He is internationally renowned as one of the leading figures within the LEED programme of the OECD where he has been a consultant on economic development in both Western and Eastern Europe. 

He has been decorated on three occasions by the French Government for his outstanding work as the Director of New Technologies and National Education and for his research in the area of labour and employment.


Brian Easton is one of the New Zealand's most well-known economists with a unique profile as an economic development practitioner, consultant, journalist and commentator and a former director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.

In 2007 he took up a one year Claude McCarthy Fellowship to begin writing a history of New Zealand from an economic perspective, and in 2008 he was awarded the John David Stout Fellowship at the Stout Research Centre to continue this project.

Brian's other major research concerns include:

  • Current macroeconomic developments
  • Economic evaluation (especially of health and the environment)
  • The impact of alcohol and gambling on public welfare
  • Public policy generally.

His writings include the fortnightly column for The Listener, and occasionally for other journals and newspapers, and learned articles and reviews which appear on this website.

Brian was awarded NZIER/NBR Economist of the Year for 2009. Visit Brian's website >>
Phil McDermott is an adjunct Professor of Urban and regional Development with IPP, specialising in economic development, urban studies and local government.  Phil has a long-standing background in industrial, regional, urban and community development.

He has worked extensively throughout New Zealand and Australia as an advisor to business and governments and conducted transport, trade, economic development and tourism related assignments throughout Asia.


Howard Zehr is Professor of Restorative Justice in the graduate Centre for Justice and Peace building at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

He previously served 19 years as director of the Office on Crime and Justice for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. He is considered a pioneer in the field of restorative justice, a branch of criminal justice that focuses on repairing harm.

He is the author of The Little Book of Restorative Justice, Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice and numerous other books and articles. 

He received his BA from International Prize for Restorative Justice by Prison Fellowship International’s Centre for Justice and Reconciliation and was the recipient of the 2006 Community of Christ International Peace Award.

In 2007/2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to work with IPP’s Restorative Justice Centre and in May 2008 was appointed to the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission.


Professor Charles Crothers is Professor of Sociology at AUT University in the Department of Social Sciences, having previously been Chair of Sociology at the University of Natal, Durban.

Earlier postings included periods in the Departments of Sociology at Victoria University of Wellington and University of Auckland, and in the Town and Country Planning Division of the Ministry of Works and Development.

His interests lie particularly in the theory of social structure, it's history and the sociology of its production, and it's applicability in the analysis of settler societies such as New Zealand and South Africa. 

Applied social research is a particular interest for Charles; especially trying to usefully deploy official statistics (e.g. census, government department operational data) and the secondary analysis of survey data-sets.

Related writing is on Robert K Merton and recent trends in sociology, including its traditions.

Last updated: 21 Nov 2012 10:00am

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