Upcoming GEN Seminars

GEN seminars are free to attend and open to anyone with an interest, including the public.  If you are a member of the media and wish to attend our events please notify us in advance by email at info@gen.org.nz.


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The Treasury and GEN

Guest Lecturer Professor Quentin Grafton
Water and Public Policy
Risks and Options Assessment for Decision-making (ROAD) to promote water security

The lecture gives an overview of possible water risks and how they might be managed with the a Risks and Options  Assessment for Decision (ROAD) process. ROAD offers an approach to : (a) understand risks, especially systemic water risks; (b)  to apply a decision frameworks to select preferred water management options; and (c) promote on-the-ground solutions to water problems. Insights are provided about how ROAD has been applied in Vietnam, and how it might be applied in New Zealand.
Professor Quentin Grafton:
R. Quentin Grafton, FASSA, is Professor of Economics, ANU Public Policy Fellow, Fellow of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. In April 2010 he was appointed the Chairholder, the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance and between August 2013 and July 2014 served as Executive Director at the Australian National Institute of Public Policy (ANIPP). He currently serves as the Director of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water Network.
He has had several academic, policy and advisory leadership roles in Australia and overseas. He has published more than 120 scholarly articles in some of the world’s leading journals in economics and also the life sciences (such as Science and Nature Climate Change), more than 40 chapters in books, and 15 edited or co-authored books. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of British Columbia, an MS degree from Iowa State University and an undergraduate degree from Massey University in agricultural economics.


Date: Monday 6 November
Venue:Level 5 The Treasury 1 The Terrace Wellington
Time:1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
RSVP: Treasury.Academiclinkages@treasury.govt.nz  by Thursday 2 November  


Productivity Hub


Does arguing over knowledge make a difference to policy decision-making?
Dr Amelia Sharman
Principal Advisor
New Zealand Productivity Commission
Date: 10.00 am – 11.30 am, Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Venue: New Zealand Productivity Commission, Level 15, Fujitsu Tower, 141 The Terrace
RSVP: hubsecretariat@productivity.govt.nz
Debates over whose knowledge is a valid input to policy-making don’t end at the moment of policy creation. Policies continue to be made and unmade during the implementation phase. At this roundtable, Amelia Sharman will present research that investigates the implementation of climate policy in New Zealand and the UK. It identifies politically salient, yet distinct, “post-decisional logics of inaction” which have been used to justify delaying or diluting climate policy implementation in both countries. The presentation will also discuss how context matters as to whether controversies over knowledge claims will or won’t impede effective policy implementation.
Please note that RSVPs are essential and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Amelia Sharman is a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Productivity Commission. Previously she has worked in the private sector as a Principal Consultant – Climate Mitigation at Amec Foster Wheeler and a Sustainability Specialist at the International Hydropower Association, and in the academic environment as a Teaching Fellow in Environmental Social Science at University College London and as an Analyst on the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment’s Global Climate Legislation Study. She also has experience in the public sector as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Economic Development. She has a PhD in Environmental Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MSc in Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Geography from the University of Auckland.