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 Digital Government

Professor Miriam Lips is the first Chair in Digital Government at Victoria University, with the Chair programme funded by Datacom Systems LimitedDepartment of Internal Affairs, Inland Revenue Department, and Ministry of Education.

The research programme of the Chair in Digital 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 and information sharing
  • identity, privacy and security
  • service transformation
  • access to government and digital inclusion
  • citizen-centric government and collaborative governance
  • big data, data analysis and changes in public policy
  • effective online public engagement
  • management of electronic public records

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The Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice

The Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice, based in Victoria's School of Government, provides a focus for collaborative research and teaching on restorative justice theories, policies and practices.

The inaugural Chair is Professor Chris Marshall, who is internationally acclaimed for his pioneering work in the restorative justice arena, and a qualified restorative justice facilitator and trainer.

Objectives for the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice include undertaking interdisciplinary research, contributing to public policy discussions, forging national and international collaborations, offering professional development opportunities for practitioners and professionals, and providing teaching and postgraduate supervision in restorative justice theory and practice at the University.

Initial funding for this Chair has come from private trust The G Trust, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Department of Corrections, New Zealand Police, New Zealand Defence Force, and Accident Compensation Corporation.

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