Our researchers develop and apply advanced methods for evidence-based analysis of the full ramifications of public policy alternatives. We use evidence-based analysis to achieve the best outcomes in the face of constantly changing economic, political, physical and social environments.

Research topics enhancing the evidence base for public policy development

This interdisciplinary field of research contributes to and collaborates with much of the research occurring in our other five research focus areas. Topics in this area may include:

  • courts and justice
  • economic modelling/economic impact of policy and government strategy
  • education systems modelling and reform
  • governance and regulation
  • public communication
  • legal education and legal frameworks.
  • using artificial intelligence, decision support systems and intelligent information systems to support decision-making.


We collaborate with a wide range of organisations in a large array of industries to review, create and inspire inquiry into public policy. These include:

  • Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
  • Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) (China)
  • China Energy Research Institute
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • Department of State Development, Business and Innovation
  • Victorian Department for Education and Training
  • World Health Organisation.

Research support

Research in this area is supported by our Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities.

The Institute incorporates some of the research previously undertaken by the colleges. Several of our research institutes and centres continue to be dedicated to policy research and reform. These are:

  • Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES): supporting research into the improvement of educational systems and outcomes.
  • Centre of Policy Studies (CoPs): research into economic, social and technological changes that are recasting the global economy.
  • Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy: research that improves the connection between evidence and policy reform, especially in education.
  • Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES) which is now part of the new Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities.

Contact us

We are keen to engage with local, national and international research organisations, industries, communities and governments to undertake research that has a substantial and mutually beneficial impact.

Contact us to find out how you can work with us.