The James Martin Institute for Public Policy (JMI) is proud to welcome the University of Wollongong (UOW) as a university partner, further enhancing its ability to transform public policy through practical solutions. With this newest addition, the Institute’s partners now comprise the majority of New South Wales universities.

A joint-venture between government and universities, JMI enables policymakers to harness multidisciplinary expertise to drive policy innovation and tackle complex public policy challenges. UOW has been a cornerstone of the Illawarra region for almost 50 years, playing a pivotal role in shaping the policy innovation landscape in NSW and beyond. This partnership will amplify the impact of UOW research and help deliver positive outcomes to the community.

UOW Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Patricia M. Davidson, said the partnership highlighted the crucial role universities play in research and innovation to create a better world for all.

The Hon. Ryan Park MP, Minister for Health, Regional Health, and the Illawarra and the South Coast, welcomed the announcement.

The Hon. Paul Scully MP, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, welcomed the partnership.

JMI Chief Executive, Libby Hackett, said she was delighted to welcome UOW to the partnership.

Since its launch in August 2021, JMI has delivered a range of collaborative projects in partnership with government in areas such as artificial intelligence, domestic violence, economic reform, regional, rural and remote schools, and women’s economic opportunity. UOW’s engagement marks an important milestone for the Institute, with the majority of New South Wales universities now forming the partnership alongside government.

Professor Peter Shergold AO, Chair of the JMI Board, echoed these views.

In addition to supporting Collaborative Projects with policymakers and the ability to undertake Policy Fellowships with JMI, UOW researchers will also gain access to the 2024 JMI Policy Challenge Grant pool – a competitive program that supports experts to generate research-informed policy innovation with the potential to contribute to addressing Australia’s most significant public policy challenges.

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