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JMI projects bring policymakers together with experts to generate practical policy ideas, build ongoing relationships across sectors, and deliver real impact for the public good. Click here to learn more about what we do.


Febuary 2024 – present

JMI is collaborating with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and the Centre for Relational Care (CRC) on developing the vision, evidence base and pathways for embedding a relationship-based approach across the NSW child protection system. The project is focused on how a relational approach can drive improved outcomes for young people, their families and communities.

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Lead researcher: Dr James Deehan (Charles Sturt University) | 2023 – present 

The effective teaching of STEM subjects is vital to Australia’s prosperity and equity. STEM education in non-metropolitan areas faces unique challenges – from reliance on out-of-field teachers to limited resourcing. This project will review existing literature and datasets and consult with stakeholders including educators and policymakers to inform future STEM education policy in regional NSW.

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Lead researcher: Professor Srinath Perera (Western Sydney University) | 2023 – present 

Digitalisation can improve productivity and performance issues in the NSW construction industry. This project will develop a policy framework for digital transformation of the NSW construction sector, which is dominated by micro and SME businesses. It will use a multifaceted methodology that combines a horizon scan of emerging digital technologies and stakeholder and expert forums to explore grassroots demand.

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Lead researcher: Professor Amelia Thorpe (University of New South Wales) | 2023 – present 

Road transport is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions and the leading killer of children and young adults. Shifting some trips from cars and trucks to bicycles can help reduce emissions, prevent deaths, and make roads more efficient for the drivers who need them. This project will support that shift, combining cycle journey data from food delivery companies with insights from extensive empirical research to identify priorities for active transport infrastructure investment and pathways for policy innovation in this space.

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Lead researcher: Professor Kalervo Gulson (University of Sydney) | 2023 – present 

This project will help policymakers and stakeholders better anticipate and respond to the educational opportunities and inequalities of using AI-enabled technologies. It will engage a broad range of stakeholders to generate and test policy ideas about the expanding NSW EdTech ecosystem. This ecosystem spans student, teacher, system, and infrastructure-related technologies that shape differential access, usage and skills, and outcomes. 

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Lead researcher: Dr Mitchell Gibbs (University of Sydney) | 2023 – present

This pilot study will inform policymakers on the need to properly incorporate Indigenous voices within future coastal habitat restoration projects. This NSW-based study aims to demonstrate the benefits of engaging Indigenous communities from the outset of habitat restoration efforts. It will provide a rounded perspective of the environment, inhabitants, and their interactions for the benefit of our people and planet.

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Lead researcher: Dr Thomas Longden (Western Sydney University) | 2023 – present 

This project will identify the technical and policy obstacles that have hindered the installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in apartments in NSW. Policy interventions to improve EV charging infrastructure have typically overlooked those living in apartments. 

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Lead researcher: Professor Heidi Norman (University of New South Wales) | 2023 – present

A leading priority for NSW’s decarbonisation plans is engaging Aboriginal communities. This project will generate policy recommendations on how Aboriginal land holders can be better supported to participate in renewable energy efforts, as one potential pathway towards achieving climate resilience and generating economic opportunity.

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Dr Sophie-May Kerr | November 2023 – Present

Dr Sophie-May Kerr joined JMI as a Policy Fellow in November 2023 from the University of New South Wales. Her research will focus on housing policy and, in particular, how to better accommodate families with children living in apartments in New South Wales and beyond.

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July 2023 – December 2023

JMI worked with colleagues at the Department of Education and the Independent Panel to provide research and policy support to the NSW vocational education and training (VET) review. The NSW VET Review is a comprehensive examination of the vocational education and training sector. The review is focused on identifying the strengths, gaps and opportunities for improvement in skills development and training, to support our students and workforce.

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June 2023 – December 2023

With the NSW Chief Data Scientist, JMI worked on a project exploring how the NSW Government can respond to AI in the economy and society, beyond government use of these technologies. In collaboration with an interdisciplinary expert advisory group, JMI considered how the NSW Government can play a role in regulating and shaping AI use and development, and how the public sector can most effectively coordinate and deliver this response.

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October 2022 – July 2023

Modern slavery is one of the most complex policy challenges facing governments worldwide. JMI partnered with the independent NSW Anti-slavery Commissioner and his Office to bring together experts and identify the key strategic priorities for combatting modern slavery in NSW. This helped the Commissioner prepare his first Strategic Plan, Working together for real freedom, which offers a roadmap for tackling modern slavery during 2023-2026.

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Associate Professor Dilupa Nakandala, Western Sydney University | March 2023 – present 

Associate Professor Dilupa Nakandala joined JMI as a Policy Fellow in March 2023 from Western Sydney University School of Business. At JMI, she has conducted policy research exploring how the NSW Government can encourage SMEs to implement Industry 4.0 technologies as a productivity-enhancing measure. This research is a timely response to calls for innovative measures to boost the state’s economic productivity.

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August 2022 – November 2022

Bushfires, floods, droughts, plagues, and COVID-19 have challenged the resilience of schools in regional, rural, and remote NSW. This project sought to identify holistic policy options to boost the resilience of schools so that they can proactively weather challenges, prepare for those in the future, and contribute to the resilience of the broader community.

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Lead researcher: Professor Edward Santow (University of Technology) | 2022 – present

 Governments are increasingly using facial recognition technology for a range of purposes, from service delivery to law enforcement. With strong legal guardrails, and clarity about its functions for government, facial recognition technology can bring significant public benefit. This project addresses these challenges by developing an effective governance and training framework that will help assist Service NSW.

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