Guest speaker Professor Jonathan Boston is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington. He grew up in Christchurch and is an old boy of St Andrew’s College.
His research interests include: climate change policy (both mitigation and adaptation); child poverty; governance (especially anticipatory governance); public management; tertiary education funding (especially research funding); and welfare state design. He has served at various times as the Director of the Institute of Policy Studies and the Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. In the early 2000’s he was a member of the Tertiary Education Advisory Committee and helped design and implement the Performance-Based Research Fund in New Zealand’s tertiary education sector. During 2012-13 he co-chaired the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand. During 2021 he served as a principal adviser to the Ministry for the Environment in Wellington.