Why are policy decisions often disconnected from the evidence-based knowledge of researchers and scientists? In this week’s Policy Forum Pod, Karen Hussey, Kathleen Segerson and Suzi Kerr discuss the gap that exists between policymakers and academics, and what researchers can do to have a stronger voice and bigger say in policy formulation.
Professor Karen Hussey is the Deputy Director at the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. She trained as a political scientist and economist, and has a particular interest in public policy relating to sustainable development.
Professor Kathleen Segerson is from the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the incentive effects of environmental policy. She’s a fellow of both the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the American Agricultural Economics Association.
Professor Suzi Kerr is a Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, a non-profit research institute in New Zealand. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University.
All three experts recently took part in a discussion at a Policy Forum event at Crawford School of Public Policy, titled ‘Bridging science, economics and policy silos’. They have also all written articles for Policy Forum – see Suzi Kerr’s piece here, Kathleen Segerson’s piece here, and Karen Hussey’s pieces here. You can read more about the ‘dialogues’ Suzi Kerr discusses here: http://motu.nz/resources/dialogue-groups/