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IPP is currently involved in a variety of research projects. For more information on these projects, contact us.


Developing a Framework for New Zealand’s Future Labour Market Statistics

Researcher:  Michael Fletcher

This work will provide Statistics New Zealand with a high-level framework for future official labour market statistics capable of meeting enduring and emerging information needs in the medium- to long-term.

It is intended that Statistics New Zealand will use the framework as an input into its planned review of labour market statistics collections.

Making visible the invisible: commodification is not the answer

If you are invisible as a producer in the GDP, you are invisible in the distribution of benefits in the economic framework of  the national budget.

Marilyn Waring highlights the need for feminists to embrace an ecological model in order to transform economic power, and the market. She says commodification must be seen as the servants of such an approach.

Gender Adviser — Agricultural Research and Development Support Facility (ARDSF) PNG

The Agricultural Research and Development Support Facility (ARDSF) is a programme of support to the Government of Papua New Guinea by the Australian Government, funded through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). It is aimed at addressing identified needs in the Papua New Guinea  agricultural sector through three components:

  • Component 1: Institutional Development of the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI)
  • Component 2:  Institutional Development of the National Agricultural Research System (NARS)
  • Component 3: The Agricultural Innovations Grants Scheme (AIGS)

The ARDSF aims to effect transformative change in the National Agricultural Research System organizations and to promote the function of the NARS as a national system to deliver on national development objectives. ARDSF is anchored on the premise of Managing for Results.

Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop is the Gender Adviser  to the project, responsible for integrating gender issues across all components and ensuring that it is core business in ARDSF the NARS and other ARDSF counterpart organisations. As Gender Adviser she will:

  1. Offer leadership in developing the strategy, methodological approach, learning materials, training of trainers, and mentoring the locally recruited advisor to increasingly take leadership in the implementation process.
  2. Provide support and advice to research staff in the NARS to build capacity to conduct high quality qualitative and quantitative social science research which makes a significant contribution to the overall research programme of each institution.
  3. Work with other ARDSF staff and the Agriculture Research and Development Specialist (AR&DS) to ensure all documented ARDSF procedures and activities effectively address gender issues.

The first Mission 1 Report has been lodged with  ARDSF, PNG (October 2010)

Asia Pacific Development Programme

The Institute of Public Policy has been leading the Asian & Pacific Development Programme (APDP, formerly the Metropolitan Development Programme).

A long-term collaborative research programme aimed at generating distinctive interpretations of development from 15 research teams working across the Asian and Pacific region, it has been running since 2008 and is now in its second phase of development.

Phase One of the programme was officially launched in November 2008 at the Asia Pacific Metropolitan Development Forum at the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong, Shanghai.

This phase involved teams conducting research into the economic and social patterns of development of 16 major cities across the Asian Pacific region, culminating in an international publication entitled Asian and Pacific Cities: Development Patterns, edited by Professor Ian Shirley and Dr Carol Neill and being published by Routledge in March 2013.

Phase Two of the APDP was launched at a forum hosted by Vietnam National University – Hochiminh City in November 2011.

The focus of this forum was on the realities of development within the cities of the region dominated by:

  • Domestic migration
  • spatial and social fragmentation
  • rapidly expanding urban centres
  • contrasting settlements exemplified affluent gated communities and slums
  • poverty and inequality
  • inadequate urban housing and settlement schemes
  • unemployment and underemployment
  • the sustainability of informal economies.
From these outcomes a series of new research projects were launched as the focus for phase two of the longitudinal study.

More details on these projects and the research programme can be found on the Development Patterns website, established for the international research programme.

Agents of Change Research Hub

This three-year research programme is part of a wider research programme designed to understanding the key processes that encourage and support innovative approaches that enhance students’ aspirations to higher education.

The study is designed to help understand youth engagement and social marketing programmes within the university sector using AUT University as a case study. This study evaluates the effectiveness and impact of each of the five youth engagement programme, which AUT currently operate.

Socially Responsible University

This research programme seeks to investigate the state of the New Zealand tertiary sector with regards to contemporary conceptualisations of social responsibility (closely related to the concept of corporate social responsibility) and evaluate the level of social responsibility of universities using Auckland University of Technology as a case study. 

The outcomes of the proposed research are to: 

  • provide a snapshot picture of one case study university's current social responsibility
  • provide formative feedback on how the case study university can enhance its standing as a socially responsible university
  • develop a framework for evaluating university social responsibility in generic contexts.

Socially Responsible Non government organisations

Similar to the socially responsible university this research programme investigates the state of the New Zealand not-for-profit sector with regards to contemporary conceptualisations of social responsibility with a view to developing an evaluative framework to inform not-for-profit sector on their social responsibility.

Child Witnesses in The Criminal Justice System

Entering the criminal court system as an adult can be a bewildering experience. The hustle and bustle, the strange language and puzzling processes, the multitude of people involved, all of this creates the potential for confusion and anxiety — and it can even more confusing and worrying for child witnesses.

Yet ensuring that child witnesses are properly catered for by the justice system is not only respectful of children, it is also essential to ensuring that justice is done.

The aim of this two-year project is to examine child witnesses' interactions with the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on those aspects, which can affect children's ability to communicate effectively in court and thereby give their best possible evidence.

Planning for Auckland's Social and Economic Success

This research was conducted at a turning point in the history of Auckland’s governance. Its purpose is to contribute ideas and facts to the public debate on how to improve Auckland’s performance socially and economically in the new environment.

The key message is that local government is critical to Auckland’s economic and social success.

Understanding and addressing neglect

Neglect is a common and poorly understood dimension of child abuse and neglect.

The purpose of this literature review is to:

  • Document how the term neglect is defined and measured
  • summarise what is known about the nature and scale of neglect and the risk factors for neglect
  • identify what is most likely to work in prevention and intervention with a particular focus on children under five years old.
The Ministry of Social Development commissioned this review as supporting information across the range of policy work it is undertaking on child maltreatment.

Commonwealth Secretariat: The Economics of Dignity

Research on unpaid caring work in the context of HIV/Aids with Marilyn Waring, Robert Carr, Meena Shivdas and Anit Mukherjee.

Rethinking Social protection from a legal and socio-cultural perspective in the context of public debt, shifting gender dynamics and HIV with Marilyn Waring, Robert Carr, Meena Shivdas and Anit Mukherjee.

Last updated: 01 Nov 2012 4:45pm

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