Senior Associates

IGPS associates are experienced policy researchers selected from a range of backgrounds who bring intellectual vibrancy to the Institute and public discourse.

Dr Geoff Bertram

Geoff’s broad research areas include climate change policy, environmental economics, income and wealth distribution, and small island economies.

Andrea Black

A tax specialist, Andrea’s interest is in exploring how the concept of tax fairness works in practice and the underlying assumptions in conventional tax policy.

Hannah Blumhardt

Hannah is part of New Zealand's zero waste movement. Her work spans the full range from grassroots to government and focuses on reaching a waste-free world.

Keitha Booth

Keitha is a New Zealand researcher and commentator, with longstanding interests in open and digital government and information policy development and delivery.

Dr David Bromell

With a research focus on applied political theory, David draws on political philosophy to help make sense of current hard cases.

Paul Callister

Paul’s current research areas include climate change policy, sustainable transport, and ecological restoration.

Len Cook, CBE

Len’s longstanding interests are population change and public policy, public administration, official statistics and the place of science in policy.

Dr Judith Davey

Judith’s personal research focus is the ageing population and its policy implications.

Alison Dewes

Alison Dewes is passionate about achieving environmental outcomes from farming that are consistent with eco-system health.

Dr Marie A. Doole

Marie likes to work at the interface of different disciplines—most particularly environmental policy and its implementation.

Andrew Ecclestone

Andrew is a researcher on freedom of information and open government systems, process and culture. On Twitter he’s @openpolicynz.

Penny Ehrhardt

Penny is a legal theorist and public policy consultant interested in the intersection of law, ideology and the state.

Peter Fraser

Peter was born and raised in Wellington (the Hutt Valley) and joined the IPGS in September 2019.

Derek Gill

Derek is a former senior public servant, with policy interests including public financial management and public administration.

Dr Kennedy Graham

Kennedy Graham has been a diplomat, university teacher, United Nations official and a Member of Parliament. 

Bev Hong

Bev’s current interests include diversity, inclusion, and individual and collective wellbeing.

Colin James

An experienced political journalist, Colin has a keen interest in policy innovations and in the deeper political and social trends that underlie them.

Vanessa James

Vanessa’s research areas include climate change adaptation, animal welfare, public works, human rights, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr Catherine Knight

Catherine's areas of specialty are environmental history and policy.

Dr Adrian Macey

Adrian writes and lectures on climate change and other topics, and is a frequent media commentator on climate change.

Toby Moore

Toby's research interests include macroeconomic policy, labour markets, international political economy and industrial development.

Dr Murray Petrie

Murray’s main research interests are in public sector governance, public financial management, public sector reform, and international policy cooperation.

Max Rashbrooke

Max has twin research interests in economic inequality and open government, and has also worked extensively as a journalist. On Twitter he's @MaxRashbrooke.

Dr Bill Rosenberg

Bill’s recent research interests focus on labour, income distribution and health funding.

Dr Rose Ryan

Rose has worked in the public sector and in universities over the past three decades to explore a range of topics relating to the world of work.

Conal Smith

Conal is a Wellington-based economist with interests spanning the economics of well-being, social capital and trust, and social policy more generally.

Wallace Rae

Wallace Rae’s current research focus is the technologies which may be employed at scale to decarbonise the transport industry.