Does arguing over knowledge make a difference to policy decision-making?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
New Zealand Productivity Commission, Level 15, Fujitsu Tower, 141 The Terrace


Dr Amelia Sharman
Principal Advisor
New Zealand Productivity Commission

Time:  10.00 am – 11.30 am

Debates over whose knowledge is a valid input to policy-making don’t end at the moment of policy creation. Policies continue to be made and unmade during the implementation phase. At this roundtable, Amelia Sharman will present research that investigates the implementation of climate policy in New Zealand and the UK. It identifies politically salient, yet distinct, “post-decisional logics of inaction” which have been used to justify delaying or diluting climate policy implementation in both countries. The presentation will also discuss how context matters as to whether controversies over knowledge claims will or won’t impede effective policy implementation.

Please note that RSVPs are essential and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Amelia Sharman is a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Productivity Commission. Previously she has worked in the private sector as a Principal Consultant – Climate Mitigation at Amec Foster Wheeler and a Sustainability Specialist at the International Hydropower Association, and in the academic environment as a Teaching Fellow in Environmental Social Science at University College London and as an Analyst on the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment’s Global Climate Legislation Study. She also has experience in the public sector as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Economic Development. She has a PhD in Environmental Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MSc in Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Geography from the University of Auckland.