Victoria Business School

Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) fosters discussion, research and publication of current issues of domestic and foreign policy, linking academic research and public policy by providing opportunities for independent and detached study, and for neutral and informed discussion of important and relevant issues.

In addition to the Institute's own research and administrative staff, it draws upon the research capability within the School of Government and the other faculties of Victoria University.

Professor Jonathan Boston, a previous IGPS director, also served as co-Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty during 2012 and he discusses his research in the video clip below.


Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation

Founded in 1998 and closed in 2015, the Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation (ISCR) was an independent, nonprofit research institute located at Victoria University of Wellington's Pipitea Campus. Funding of its activities was provided by members, project work, and research grants.

The primary objectives of ISCR research were to assist in understanding:

  • how markets and organisations operate
  • how markets provide appropriate incentives and disciplines for organisations
  • the limitations of markets, and the role of regulation in addressing these limitations
  • the importance of property rights and institutional structures in facilitating effectiveness of markets, organisations, competition, and regulation in New Zealand

The VUW Library is currently creating a searchable repository of articles written by ISCR researchers, and its Competition and Regulation Times newsletter.