Our research

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Advancing global knowledge in effective public policy implementation

Research within the Public Service Research Group (PSRG) broadly focuses on issues of policy implementation in a public service context. Our research crosses several different disciplinary, methodological and subject boundaries. 

We bring a breadth of both knowledge and experience to our work, taking an inter-disciplinary and inter-methodological approach. PSRG research falls under four overarching themes: Capability in the Public Service, Complex Systems, Ethics and Inclusion. These themes encompass disability services reform, public service implementation, gender and flexible learning, project and program management, governance and management, and strategic human resources. 

The Industrial Relations Research Group (IRRG) is a sub-group of the PSRG, addressing emerging issues in the changing world of work and workplace relations, locally and internationally.


Capability in the public service

This research brings together work on issues including human resource systems, performance management, organisational culture, workforce development and project management. 

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Complex systems

Complex systems have multiple boundaries and feedback loops from which new ways of working can emerge in unpredictable ways. We adapt and apply systems frameworks to support policy design, implementation and evaluation.

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Our ethics research has a firm focus on exploring values, cultures and norms of individuals, organisations and institutions, seeking to understand how they emerge, change and influence practice. 

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This research addresses the significant barriers to inclusion that still exist. We’re also interested in the different policies, services and mechanisms that have been used to drive equity and social inclusion.

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Industrial Relations Research Group (IRRG)

A sub-group of the Public Service Research Group, the Industrial Relations Research Group (IRRG) addresses emerging issues in the changing world of work and workplace relations, locally and internationally.

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