Collaboration brings opportunities for Victoria University and Motu

Sep 18, 2015

Victoria University has strengthened its position as a leader in public policy and economics research by signing a Collaboration Agreement with Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce Professor Bob Buckle and Motu director Adam Jaffe signed the Agreement at Victoria Business School with the aim of creating future opportunities for collaboration in teaching, research, knowledge-sharing and contributing to the New Zealand’s understanding and practice in the disciplines.
Professor Buckle says the Agreement is an exciting step forward, not only for Victoria Business School but for the wider university.

“It’s a great opportunity because Motu has been undertaking research in areas where the University has considerable interest. The skills of Motu staff will complement the skills of Victoria staff and the Agreement will foster opportunities to involve them in relevant degree programmes and post-graduate supervision.

“Motu specialises in economics and public policy, and their staff have expertise in several important contemporary economics and public policy issues, such as climate change and innovation, that are relevant to other faculties at Victoria University,” he says. 

“The Agreement further demonstrates Victoria’s engagement with stakeholders in the region, and our role as a civic university.”

Dr Jaffe says the charitable trust is delighted to be collaborating with the University. “Our researchers are active at the frontiers of public policy research related to natural resources and environment, urban and regional development, wellbeing and macroeconomics and other issues. Working with Victoria’s staff and students on these issues will enrich our work and expand their experiences,” he says.