Nominations are now open for the inaugural ANZSOG Policy Studies Prize, to be awarded at the 2019 Australian Political Studies Association conference, hosted by Flinders University in September.
The prize will be awarded for the best peer-reviewed article with a policy studies focus accepted by a journal in the previous calendar year (25 July 2018 to 25 July 2019).
The successful nominee will receive a cash prize of $1,000 provided by ANZSOG, with the award to be announced at the 2019 APSA conference awards ceremony, normally associated with the conference dinner.
ANZSOG Dean and CEO Ken Smith said the prize recognised the importance of debate around policy in Australia, and the value of academic research.
“High-quality academic study of public policy enriches public debate and will lead to better policy in the long term,” he said.
“This prize recognises the importance of scholarship and its role in helping our governments create public value for the communities they serve. I would ask all Policy Studies scholars around Australia to help promote the inaugural prize and encourage submissions.”
Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan, the Chair of the APSA Policy Studies Research Group, said that the prize would encourage younger researchers in policy studies,
“There a range of prizes awarded by APSA, and there has for a long time been a gap around policy studies. We want the next generation of policy studies academics to know that it is a respected field of research,” she said.
“We want to recognise researchers who are making a contribution to policy-making and theorisation research.”
The winner will be decided by a panel of four, consisting of two members of the APSA Policy Studies Research Group, and two ANZSOG representatives.
To be eligible for the prize, entrants must be a postgraduate or early career researcher.
The prize acknowledges that early career researchers can often have significant career interruptions, and those who have had are encouraged to apply.
Entrants must also be working or studying at an Australian university (or working outside the higher education sector for those who are between academic appointments).
Policy Studies can include articles with a focus on public policy, social policy, public management or governance.
Entries close on 13 September this year.