About Better Governance & Policy

Better Governance and Policy at Monash University draws together research strengths from across faculties and disciplines and through external partnerships to advance the design and practice of governance and policy in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Better Governance and Policy facilitates the output of highly relevant, research-based contributions to discussions of contemporary issues in policy and governance and enables increased knowledge exchange and policy engagement locally, nationally, and internationally.

Better Governance and Policy is a networking platform for Monash University researchers as they engage in unique cross-disciplinary projects that have real impact. We work with early career researchers through to senior researchers to communicate their research with key groups outside of academia, and to encourage networking with other Monash researchers through knowledge-sharing events. Our network of Research Affiliates offer expertise and guidance, fostering opportunities for collaboration and innovation. Initiatives such as our multi-disciplinary Policy Insights collection provide unique, accessible, and timely perspectives on pressing policy and governance issues.

Better Governance and Policy is also a space for the development of a new approach to structured dialogue at scale between government, industry, and academia. Our role is to effectively act to bridge together researchers and policymakers. These external partnerships will further enable the translation of excellent research into fair and better societal outcomes.

We value collaboration, innovation, and the utilisation of excellent research to effectively inform governance and policy.


Professor Michael Mintrom is an authority on public policy processes and advocacy. He is the inaugural Director of Monash University's Better Governance and Policy research focus area, and a Professor of Public Policy at Monash University. An authority on public policy processes and advocacy, Michael advances knowledge of effective policy development, how policies can have strong, positive impacts, and how academic research can better inform practice. His models of strategic policy development have had significant impact across various areas of government activity.

Advisory Board

The Better Governance and Policy Advisory Board brings together experts from across the globe to provide strategic advice and guidance.

Contact Us

Better Governance and Policy welcomes your feedback and interest. To find out how you can be involved, please reach out to better-governance-policy@monash.edu