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Dr Jonathan Boston holds a Personal Chair in Public Policy at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington. From mid 2008 until January 2011 he was the Director of the Institute of Policy Studies and was appointed Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies in November 2012. He has published widely in the fields of public management, tertiary education, social policy, comparative government, New Zealand politics and climate change policy, including 27 books and over 190 journal articles and book chapters.

During 1995-2003 he was a member of the New Zealand Political Change Project, based at Victoria University of Wellington and funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. The Project explored the behavioural, institutional and policy impacts of the introduction of proportional representation in New Zealand in 1996. In 2000-02 he served as a member of the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission, and subsequently worked for the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) on the design, implementation and evaluation of the Performance-Based Research Fund. In this capacity he was the primary author of the TEC's report on the 2003 Quality Evaluation of research performance in New Zealand's tertiary education sector. During 2012 he served as Co-Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty established by the Commissioner for Children.

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