Dr John Butcher is an ANZSOG Adjunct Research Fellow based at the School of Politics and International Relations at ANU. His work focuses on gaining practical insights into the working relationships between government entities and non-state actors, principally in the not-for-profit sector. In 2015 Dr Butcher co-convened (in partnership with Prof David Gilchrist) a one-day workshop titled ‘Cross-Sector Working for Complex Problems: Beyond the rhetoric’. The workshop brought together policy researchers, makers and practitioners from academia, government and the not-for-profit sector to address challenges in policy and public administration emerging at the interface between government, the not-for-profit sector and business. He and Prof Gilchrist curated the collected papers from the workshop into an ANZSOG/ANU Press book The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business’ (2016).
From 2016-2018 Dr Butcher is leading a research project investigating the determinants for success when working across sector boundaries. Funded by ANZSOG and the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University, the research entails comparing case studies of existing cross-sector initiatives in Australia and New Zealand, with a view to extracting lessons about best practice and potential pitfalls.