A flourishing future–can public policy improve and sustain intergenerational wellbeing?

Lectures, talks and seminars

Registration is essential

Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 1 (RHLT1)

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We all want healthy, thriving communities with people living happy healthy lives. So, it’s important good public policies for wellbeing which enable and support this to happen are created. But how do we ensure that policies designed to improve the wellbeing of society and people address any inequities and are sustainable to ensure intergenerational wellbeing for all?

Join Sophie Handford (Councillor, Kāpiti Coast District Council) and Professor Girol Karacaoglu (Head of School of Government, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington) as they discuss what must be done to ensure public policy improves and sustains intergenerational wellbeing.

Speaker Bios

Sophie Handford is a 20-year-old Councillor and activist from Kāpiti, New Zealand. Since the age of 12, Sophie has held the environment closely and has always felt a strong connection to protect this one planet we share. Sophie held various leadership positions during her time at Kāpiti College, including service captain, student rep and head girl. After graduating, she founded School Strike 4 Climate in Aotearoa NZ and went on to coordinate the movement which mobilised 170,000 people across the country.

Professor Girol Karacaoglu is the Head of the School of Government. Before joining Victoria University of Wellington, he was Chief Economist at New Zealand Treasury, and prior to that he was the Chief Executive of the Co-operative Bank of New Zealand for nine years. His previous roles include General Manager at Westpac NZ, Chief Economist at the National Bank of New Zealand, and lecturer in Economics at Victoria University of Wellington.

The lecture is free, but registration is essential.

rsvp@vuw.ac.nz 04 463 5670