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John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP)

About

Introduction

The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP) was established at Curtin University in 2004 to become a pre-eminent body of public sector expertise through research, teaching and the generation of public discussion. Located in the Curtin Business School, the JCIPP is a peak body for research, education and discussion in public policy and administration. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing challenges in this area reflecting their complexity as well as the unique capacity of universities to play a key role in addressing them. The Institute’s mission is:

  • To undertake high quality research of national and international significance on current and emerging public policy and governance issues;
  • To provide relevant, quality and contemporary education tailored to public sector professionals; and
  • To promote public debate and discussion on a range of current and emerging public policy issues.

The Institute engages with issues of particular significance to Western Australia within a national and international context. It draws on expertise from a wide variety of academic disciplines including political science, economics, sociology, anthropology and public management. It has particular expertise in federalism and intergovernmental relations; social policy and the welfare state; regional development; and public sector management.

The JCIPP manages a higher degree by research program, offering an MPhil and PhD qualification for students undertaking research into public administration and policy.

The Institute conducts a major program of public affairs, providing Western Australia with a major forum of ideas, discussion and debate in relation to all issues of public policy. The JCIPP’s undertakings in this area include the Public Policy Forum, a regular public forum for discussion of state, federal and international public policy issues. The JCIPP also hosts ‘Curtin Corner’, a regular Friday afternoon seminar program, with speakers from

 

Key Research Areas

The JCIPP's research covers a number of key fields in public policy. Its recent research has focused on:

  • Federalism
  • Rural and regional development, with a special emphasis on the social implications of the mining boom
  • Energy and climate change
  • Policy practice and service delivery, with a special focus on housing
  • Science, innovation and technology policy
  • Socio-economic policy and performance in Western Australia, with particular attention on labour markets and skill shortages.

 

Education

The JCIPP plays a central role in providing educational services to the public sector and those associated with the sector, via the teaching of short courses.

MPhil and PhD

The JCIPP offers a higher degree by research program, offering an MPhil and PhD qualification for students undertaking research into public administration and policy.

Executive Masters of Public Administration

JCIPP delivers The Australia and New Zealand School of Government's (ANZSOG) Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) Program, designed to assist future leaders develop the management and policy skills needed in today’s public sector. The program offers high-potential and aspiring leaders a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of public administration. The program brings together a select group of the best emerging public sector leaders from Australia and New Zealand with outstanding teachers and practitioners from around the world. to candidates selected and sponsored by their public sector employers.

Public Affairs Program

The JCIPP conducts a major program of public affairs, providing Western Australia with a major forum of ideas, discussion and debate in relation to all issues of public policy. The JCIPP's undertakings in this area include the Public Policy Forum, a regular public forum for discussion of state, federal and international public policy issues. It is willing to work with government, business and the community in the formulation and delivery of this program.

In addition, JCIPP manages Curtin Corner, a weekly Friday afternoon seminar series featuring a broad range of speakers and topics in a seminar and discussion format. To view the current Curtin Schedule, please click here.

Contact Details

The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy
Curtin University of Technology

Level 2 Building 100
Bentley Campus
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845
Australia

Tel:+61 8 9266 2807
Fax:+61 8 9266 3658
Email: jcipp@curtin.edu.au