The Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub Highlights 2019

19 December 2019

The Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub released its Highlights 2019 this week.  The report examines the Hub's second year of operation.  

2019 was a big year for the Hub, with its work focussed into three streams:

  • Talking about what really matters (conversations for a better world);
  • Building the University's capacity to engage and contribute to policy making; and
  • Building a stronger bridge between academia and policy makers.

This year saw the launch of several new programs to support the ANU community, including the Public Policy Greenhouse, Policy Masterclasses, and Policy Impact Library. The Hub also hosted a series of roundtables which brought ANU experts and policy makers together across a broader range of topics. Establishment of new ANU-APS network is also proving a valuable source of knowledge building and collaboration across the policy-academy divide.

The Hub hosted three signature forums in 2019, including the sixth annual Australia Crawford Leadership Forum (ACLF).  The Forum for 2019 brought together 215 people from senior levels of government and business, academia and the wider community to discuss 'Trends in Trust'. Tied into ACLF was another successful Future Shapers (FS) Forum.  In November, the Hub was privileged to co-host the First Nations Treaty Forum with the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS).  This important forum brought 115 Indigenous Elders, Indigenous youth and community members from across the country to University House to discuss a range of treaty options and what Treaty would look like for Indigenous Australians.

The Hub team looks forward to building on this progress in 2020, including through the launch of the reinvigorated Public Policy Fellows program.