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The use of research in policy making: demand and supply challenges

74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT, Meredith Edwards
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 20 August 2009


Meredith EdwardsPresentation overview

Public officials commonly criticise researchers on many fronts, including not producing research of relevance to current public policy problems. In turn, researchers criticise policy practitioners for their short timelines and frequent change of demands. The focus of this presentation will be on the several challenges from both the demand and supply sides that need to be overcome if there is to be more effective use of research by policy practitioners. Overseas practices of relevance to Australia will be canvassed.

The presenter

Professor Meredith Edwards is an economist with a PhD from the Australian National University who has enjoyed a prominent career as a lecturer, researcher, policy analyst and administrator.

Professor Edwards worked in the Australian Public Service from 1983 until 1997 in many departments, advising on major social policy, education and labour market issues, and serving as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 1993 to 1997. She served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra from 1997 until 2002 and set up the National Institute for Governance in 1999, stepping down as Director in 2004. In 2005 she became Emeritus Professor at the University of Canberra.

Professor Edwards was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1992 for services to education and welfare.