Sydney, Australia – The James Martin Institute for Public Policy (JMI) is proud to welcome the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Charles Sturt University as its newest university partners.

“We look forward to working with the best and brightest minds from UNSW and Charles Sturt to tackle the complex challenges,” said Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of JMI.

JMI was launched in August 2021 through a generous grant from the NSW Government, alongside support from its three partners: The University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, and the University of Technology Sydney.

“UNSW is a powerhouse of cutting-edge research, teaching and innovation,” Ms Hackett said, “and Charles Sturt brings a unique focus on applied research and practical learning to the partnership. The breadth and depth of UNSW’s research capability, together with Charles Sturt’s commitment to regional and rural communities, will add significant value to the mission of the James Martin Institute,” Ms Hackett said.

Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President of UNSW, said “We are proud to be part of this important government-university partnership. Joining JMI advances our long history of collaborating with government and other institutions to ensure the impact of our world-leading research. By working together, we can harness the multidisciplinary expertise needed to inform public policy that genuinely tackles emerging societal challenges, and ultimately, improves lives.”

Professor Renée Leon, Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University, said “As Australia’s leading regional university, we are committed to supporting the development of policy solutions that address the needs and priorities of our communities. The partnership with JMI provides an excellent opportunity for our researchers to work with policymakers and other stakeholders to develop evidence-based solutions to complex policy challenges.”

Since its launch in August 2021, the James Martin Institute has delivered a range of collaborative projects in partnership with the NSW Government in areas such as domestic violence, economic reform, resilience in remote schools, women’s economic opportunity and AI capability.

Professor Peter Shergold AO, Chair of the JMI Board, said that he was “deeply proud to welcome UNSW and Charles Sturt to join our existing three university partners, as we take this opportunity to scale up this truly unique venture for the public good.”

UNSW and Charles Sturt researchers will also gain access to the $500,000 grant pool of JMI’s 2023 Policy Challenge Grants – a competitive program for projects that offer new insights into some of Australia’s most significant policy challenges.

Media contact

Andreas Kaufmann
Senior Communications and Engagement Manager, JMI
M: 0420 592 329, E: [email protected]

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