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Institute of Public Policy

Based within the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, The Institute of Public Policy (IPP) is a leading Research Institute at AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. It has an established track record in public policy and economic and social development.

Our staff come from varying disciplines and are committed to multidisciplinary, team-based and user-lead approaches to research and development.

This approach sees us partnering and collaborating across the university and with practitioners, professionals and academics from a wide array of organisations outside of the university.

We organise our work around three key areas:

  • Research and consultancy
  • Teaching (including professional development) and Postgraduate research supervision
  • Work in the public interest.

Major areas of research

Economic development

Economic development in the institute is focused on increasing the evidence base, practice and professionalism of economic development in New Zealand.

It seeks to influence policy through grounded research and engagement in the field. The Institute is involved in:

  • Economic development education and professional development programmes
  • Research and consultancy work
  • Working on and advocating for policy in the public interest

Community investment and development

This area of expertise focuses on the relationships between business, community and government sector. Work in this area involves:

  • Working in partnership with government departments, community-based organisations and the business sector .
  • Developing research, teaching and professional development programmes that meet the needs of the community.

Social development

This area of expertise aims to build an understanding of what contributes to the well being of New Zealand's citizens. Social development in the Institute focuses on:

  • Social policy — exploring research policy with emphasis on household income and work, social investment and social development in cities and regions
  • Children and families — focused on research policy on child and family issues in society
  • Justice system — implementation and research on all areas of the New Zealand justice system.

Governance and local government

Local government is at the centre of decision-making across regions and communities and helps to shape all our futures.

The Local Government Centre is a dedicated centre within the Institute and manages projects in this area. Our work in this area focuses on:

  • Research which develops understanding of international and national trends, best practice, what works, what doesn’t and why.
  • Providing consultancy services to local government and stakeholders.
  • Building a New Zealand based cluster of expertise on local government and governance.

Auckland's regional development

This area of expertise stems from early involvement in the Auckland Regional Economic Development Strategy and the Institutes involvement with Auckland's Metropolitan Development Programme.

Research covers a range of Auckland issues and is a platform for understanding and contributing to the future of Auckland's development.

Pacific studies

Pacific studies provides important guidance and leadership in shaping policy and practice of the postgraduate Pacific Studies at AUT University.

The area of Pacific studies also aims to:

  • Co-ordinate the New Zealand-wide Pacific post-graduate Talanoa access grid
  • Be engaged in international and national research, consultancies and thesis supervision to ensure the growth of Pasifika knowledge, expertise and research.

In our current Pacific research, we work with:

  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (MPIA)
  • Royal Society
  • Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme (PPDVP)
  • The Agriculture Research and Development Support Facility (ARDSF)
  • Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences (BRCSS).
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