UQ and Churchill Trust partner for policy reform

29 November 2019

The University of Queensland’s Centre for Policy Futures has partnered with The Winston Churchill Trust to increase the impact of outstanding Churchill Fellows and their findings through a new Policy Impact Program.  

This collaboration will strengthen the impact of outstanding Churchill Fellows whose study findings have the potential to shape best practice policy reform on a variety of relevant and contemporary issues facing Australia.

Director of UQ’s Centre for Policy Futures Professor Karen Hussey said every year the Churchill Trust provides an opportunity for more than 100 Australian citizens to travel overseas to investigate inspiring and best practices that could benefit our community.

“Through their travels, Churchill Fellows access industry and community leaders around the world who have insights to offer in relation to the Fellows’ areas of interest – enabling the exchange of knowledge and experience for the benefit of our society,” Professor Hussey said.

The Policy Impact Program will identify, curate and advocate a selection of ideas from Churchill Fellows that have the potential to shape best practice and policy reform on a variety of relevant and contemporary issues facing Australia.

Bringing together the two organisations’ strengths, the Policy Impact Program will deliver a flagship annual publication – Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda.

CEO of the Winston Churchill Trust Adam Davey said creating opportunities for Churchill Fellows to ‘inspire locally’ is one of the strategic priorities of the Trust.

“I am proud to announce a new Policy Impact Program that we have developed in partnership with the energetic team at UQ’s Centre for Policy Futures,” Mr Davey said.

The UQ Centre for Policy Futures undertakes robust, rigorous and applied research to help governments meet the policy challenges of tomorrow, today.

In doing so, the Centre draws on The University of Queensland’s considerable expertise across the natural, technical and social sciences and humanities, and works in close partnership with sub-national and national governments, industry partners, non-government organisations and other research institutes.

The Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda publication will combine the best of the Churchill Fellows’ ideas and insights with the policy and governance expertise of the UQ Centre for Policy Futures, thus providing targeted policy analysis that reflects the legal, regulatory, administrative and governance arrangements of the ideas presented.

The publication will be distributed variously to Australian federal, state, territory and local governments, and promoted through Churchill Trust and UQ channels.

Media: Professor Karen Hussey, Director, UQ Centre for Policy Futures, policyfutures@uq.edu.au, 07 3443 3118.

Applications are now open for Churchill Fellows awarded from 2013 to 2018.

For eligibility or to apply, visit https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/PIP/