School of Government

Research Clusters at the School of Government

Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS)

The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) fosters discussion, research and publication of current domestic and foreign policy issues.

We particularly link academic research and public policy by providing opportunities for independent and detached study, and for neutral and informed discussion of important and relevant issues.

Our goal is to engage the broadest possible range of informed opinion, particularly in drawing people together from the universities, the public service, the business community and the wider public community.  Our three catchwords might be summed up as:

  • study
  • engage
  • inform

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Health Services Research Centre (HSRC)

"The Health Services Research Centre strives for excellence and relevance in health services research".

By health services research, the Centre means: "the study of the health and disability needs of communities, and the organisation, planning, provision, use and effectiveness of personal and population-based health and disability services".

The Centre's research spans six key topics:

  • Maori Health
  • Health System and Health Services Research and Evaluation
  • Priority Setting Research and Evaluation
  • Access Research and Evaluation
  • Pacific Health
  • Disability Issues

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Chair in e-Government

Professor Miriam Lips is the first Chair in e-Government at Victoria University, with the position sponsored by Datacom Systems Limited, Department of Internal Affairs and FX Networks Limited.

Research by the Chair in e-Government concentrates on the introduction, management and use of Information and Communication Technologies in the public sector and its external relationships with society, and the managerial, governmental and democratic implications.

Current research topics include:

  • joined-up government, information sharing and privacy
  • the management of citizen identity information
  • citizen-centric government
  • the use of social media in public engagement
  • e-records management in the public sector
  • the use of social media in collective action around major natural disasters, such as the Christchurch earthquakes

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