Max has twin research interests in economic inequality and open government, and has also worked extensively as a journalist. On Twitter he's @MaxRashbrooke.
He has written extensively on the former, having edited the best-selling Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, published in June 2013 by Bridget Williams Books (BWB), and written Wealth and New Zealand in November 2015 (also with BWB).
Recent academic publications by Max include an analysis of Rich List top wealth (with Tim Hazledine), published in New Zealand Economic Papers, and two IGPS working papers on wealth inequality data from the 2003-2010 Survey of Family, Income and Employment (with Geoff Rashbrooke and Wilma Molano). He is also one of the country's most sought-after commentators on inequality, both in print and on radio and TV.
His work on open government included the publication in June 2017 of Bridges Both Ways, a report outlining the options for transforming the transparency and responsiveness of New Zealand government. This forms part of a wider book project on renewing government in the twenty-first century, to be published in 2018.
Max has also worked extensively as a journalist, writing for outlets in Britain and New Zealand including the Guardian, the Spinoff and Newsroom. He has twice been the recipient of the Bruce Jesson Senior Journalism Award, and was a 2015 Winston Churchill Fellow. He can be found on Twitter at @MaxRashbrooke.