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.
The Better Governance and Policy Advisory Board brings together experts from across the globe to provide strategic advice and guidance.
Sushil Kumar is a Professor and Director of Research (Research and International, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Office) at the University of the South Pacific. Sushil brings to the Advisory Board his extensive knowledge in education and international collaboration. For more information see here
Shiri Breznitz is an Associate Professor within the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy as well as Director of the Master of Global Affairs Program at the University of Toronto. Shiri brings her expertise on the relationship between universities, government and innovation to the Advisory Board. For more information see here
Jacinta Elston is Head of the William Cooper Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) at Monash University. Jacinta shares her extensive knowledge and experience in Indigenous issues with the Advisory Board, particularly in the areas of health and higher education. For more information see here
Brian Head is Professor of Policy Evaluation and Sustainability and Director of Policy Futures at the University of Queensland. Brian contributes his extensive knowledge of public policy and governance and his strong commitment to building closer links between researchers and policy sectors. For more information see here
Michael Howlett is the Burnaby Mountain Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University. Michael brings expertise in policy formulation and policy design to the Advisory Board. For more information see here
Kate O'Neill is Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at University of California – Berkeley, as well as the Associate Dean for Instruction and Student Affairs for the Rausser College of Natural Resources. Kate offers the Advisory Board her expertise in governance and policy in relation to environmental issues and globalization. For more information see here
Helen E. S. Nesadurai is Professor of International Political Economy and Head of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. Helen brings her expertise in regional integration, governance, and institutional architectures in East Asia to the Advisory Board. For more information see here
Eko Prasojo is Professor of Administrative Reform and Dean in the Faculty of Administrative Sciences at the University of Indonesia, as well as President of the Asian Group for Public Administration (AGPA) for the 2019-2022 period. Eko brings his expertise in public policy and collaborative governance to the Advisory Board. For more information see here
Shirin M. Rai is Professor of Politics and International Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Director of Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID) at Warwick University. Shirin brings her expertise in international development and gender studies to the Advisory Board. For more information see here
M Ramesh is Professor of Public Policy and UNESCO Chair on Social Policy Design in Asia at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Ramesh brings his expertise in public policy and governance in Asia to the Advisory Board. For more information see here
Better Governance and Policy welcomes your feedback and interest. To find out how you can be involved, please reach out to email@example.com