Panel 22 - Policy Studies Research Workshop: New Approaches to Old Policy Problems

Date: Monday, 26 September 2016
Time: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Location: Mathews Theatre C
Speaker(s): Prof Jenny Lewis, Dr Paul Fawcett, Dr Tim Legrand, Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan

Join us for an interactive discussion about the current state, and the future of, policy studies in Australia. This workshop will also launch the new APSA Policy Studies Research Group and we are keen to learn what you would like to see the group do, and how you would like to engage. Policy Studies in Australia is gaining in prominence - and relevance - in policy debates for its considerable theoretical and disciplinary heterogeneity. Born of inter-disciplinary research interests, its core questions and assumptions are amenable to a fulsome spectrum of research traditions, whether interpretivist, critical, normative or positivist. The Policy Studies Research Group therefore takes a 'broad church' approach. It accommodates allied and intersecting research interests from Public Administration, Political Science, Geography, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and beyond. It embraces diversity in participation from all career levels; from PhD students and early-career researchers to mid-career and senior scholars. It also welcomes those engaged in policy as practitioners in local, state and federal government. Finally, it looks beyond Australia to include regional and international researchers. So join us and let us know what policy studies means to you!