Integrated Research in Governance & Policy
Risk pervades many facets of social relations. Risks are often associated with potential harm and as a result, governments and other institutions have sought to develop organizational and conceptual mechanisms to manage, minimize or prevent such risks. Many risks are complex and increasingly challenging and controversial. Moreover, because the landscape and interactions of stakeholders may be diversifying, fragmenting or consolidating, there is a need to develop organizational and conceptual mechanisms to cope with this rapid change.
The focus of this strand of research is on the resilience of institutions of governance, such as regulatory agencies, in the context of prevailing political and policy environments. This cross-disciplinary exploration of risk resilience includes a diverse range of research interests including public health, public policy, international relations, political science, and political economy. Researchers in the Integrated Research in Governance and Policy (IRGP) explore risk and resilience with aim of understanding how institutions of governance can uphold their mandates and meet public expectations in the face of stakeholder demands and competing political priorities and ideologies. Because this research invariably relies on the development of relationships with key stakeholders in the private sector, NGO and policy-making communities, researchers in IRGP engage deeply with both academic and practitioner audiences.
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| Dr Courtney Davis Medical and Political Sociologist
Courtney is a medical and political sociologist with broad research interests in the intersections of science and technology policy, business regulation and public health. She undertakes empirically-based, international comparative research investigating the socio-political, economic, cultural and scientific factors underlying trends in regulation and the implications of current techno-scientific standards for public, patient and worker health, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals and occupational health and safety.
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