Charlie and Oliver are joined by Professor Mark Evans, Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra who has has accepted the post as inaugural Director of “Democracy 2025 – bridging the trust divide” at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD)
“Democracy 2025” will see a centre established at the spiritual home of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, that will generate research, education and practice to enhance the quality of democratic engagement.
The centre has been named “Democracy 2025” because by 2025 if nothing is done and current trends continue, fewer than one in five Australians will trust their political institutions and politicians. The restoration of political trust is crucial to the health of our democracy and “Democracy 2025” will provide a neutral space for rebuilding trust between government and citizen.
Professor Mark Evans (PhD) has been the Director and Professor of Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis since 2014. Mark’s research focuses on the study and practice of governance and policy analysis. He was formerly Director of the World-wide Universities Public Policy Network (2002-5), Vice President of the Joint University Council for the Applied Social Sciences (1999-2004), Head of Politics at the University of York (1998-2007) in the UK and Dean of the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra (2011-12). He was also ANZSOG Professor in Governance (2009-14).
Mark has played an international role in supporting change governance practices and has acted as a senior policy advisor, and managed research and evaluation projects for 26 countries, including Australia, Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Libya, Sri Lanka, the UK, Vietnam, the European Union (EU), the United Nations and the World Bank. He has also designed and delivered learning and development programmes on governance and public policy themes for executive and graduate audiences in all of those countries including the EU funded China-Europe Public Administration Programme and Erasmus Masters in Public Policy, the UK E-University’s International Masters in Public Management, the Open Policy-making Programme for the UK Cabinet Office. He has also been commissioned to design and deliver eight postgraduate programmes for Commonwealth Departments aimed at graduate and executive cohorts in the departments of Agriculture, Environment & Energy, Education, Infrastructure and Regional Development, Finance, Industry, Innovation and Science, Treasury and Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). Mark also convened the ANZSOG EMPA course Designing Public Policies and the Excellence in Local Government Leadership Programme funded by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.