Quick links to all major Koi Tū reports and papers:

The Future Is Now Conversation Series

  1. The Future Is Now: Implications of COVID-19 for New Zealand – 17 April 2020
  2. He Oranga Hou: Social Cohesion in a Post-COVID World – 4 May 2020
  3. New Zealand’s Place in the World: The Implications of COVID-19 – 20 May 2020
  4. The Environment is Now – 29 May 2020
  5. Protecting and Promoting Mental Wellbeing: Beyond COVID-19 – 12 June 2020
  6. The Future of Food & The Primary Sector: The Journey to Sustainability – 17 June 2020

Conversation Papers / Commentaries

  1. Re-engaging New Zealand with the world – 3 July 2020
  2. Youth mental health in Aotearoa New Zealand: Greater urgency required – 3 September 2020

Partnership Report
Addressing rangatahi education: Challenges after COVID-19
– 28 July 2020

Information Pack
Download here – March 2020

Other useful links:

First report of the INGSA Evidence-to-Policy Tracker

Preliminary findings from an exploratory study of the database In February 2020, when many parts of world were taking unprecedented measures to try to control the spread of the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus, INGSA turned to its global community for help … Read More

SAPEA Science for policy podcast

Sir Peter sat down with SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) for a Science for Policy podcast, in which conversation topics ranged from the factors driving the formation of Koi Tū, through to the global response to COVID-19 … Read More

Koi Tū newsletter – September 2020

Check out our latest newsletter – it covers just some of our latest work, including an opinion piece on the importance of sustaining democracy in challenging times, and reports and commentaries on rangatahi mental health and education. Plus, don’t forget … Read More

8 ways to get high quality expert advice

INGSA Executive Officer Lara Cowen has written a piece for Apolitical explaining the different ways by which policy makers can better access expert advice. Read the article here

Covid-19 and beyond: Contextualising our decision making

Below are the notes for Sir Peter Gluckman’s keynote speech at the ANZ-KangaNews New Zealand Capital Markets Forum on 20 August 2020 Download speech in PDF format See also: Media release: Time to refresh NZ’s long-term strategy *NEW* Stuff: Government … Read More

The science-policy interface

Sir Peter Gluckman gave a lecture to the Global Research Alliance‘s CLIFF-GRADS (Climate, Food and Farming Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships) alumni on The science-policy interface. The webinar can be viewed here: Courtesy of Global Research Alliance   The presentation … Read More

Addressing rangatahi education: Challenges after COVID-19

A partnership report by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures has examined how the COVID-19 lockdown has impacted on young Māori students’ educational experiences. Addressing rangatahi education: Challenges after COVID-19 reports on the challenges faced … Read More

Re-engaging New Zealand with the world

A new Koi Tū Conversation Paper co-authored by Sir Peter Gluckman, Rt Hon Helen Clark and Rob Fyfe calls for a public conversation on when and how New Zealand can reopen to the world. Download the paper, Re-engaging New Zealand … Read More

Koi Tū newsletter – June/July 2020

Our second newsletter, which summarises some of the papers arising from Koi Tū’s The Future Is Now Conversation Series, and showcases other insight/opinion pieces, is out now. Download it here

Rebooting science diplomacy in the context of COVID-19

Sir Peter Gluckman and Dr Vaughan Turekian, Koi Tū international affiliate and Executive Director of policy and global affairs at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, have written an essay exploring the role of science diplomacy within the … Read More

Reducing harm: The challenge of difficult choices

PD Gluckman The concept of harm reduction has a long history as an essential component of public health [1]. It is essentially a matter of making choices and taking actions which on the one hand reduce known health risks,  but … Read More

Protecting and promoting mental wellbeing: Beyond COVID-19

The fifth discussion paper from the Koi Tū ‘The Future is Now’ Conversation Series, Protecting and Promoting Mental Wellbeing: Beyond COVID-19, focuses on mitigating the threats posed by COVID-19 to the mental wellbeing of New Zealanders – both the already … Read More

Interview – This Climate Business

Sir Peter Gluckman and Dr Anne Bardsley chat with Vincent Heeringa, host of the podcast This Climate Business, about the importance of integrated, long-term planning relating to the environment in post-Covid New Zealand. Listen to the podcast here (34’11”)

The Environment is Now

The fourth discussion paper in Koi Tū’s The Future is Now Conversations Series, titled The Environment is Now, discusses the centrality of environmental sustainability in decisions about New Zealand’s future. Download the discussion paper here See also: Media release: Environment … Read More

Challenges of contact tracing in Pacific communities

-OPINION- Dr Collin Tukuitonga Associate Member, Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures Introduction The socio-economic circumstances of, and cultural practices among, Pacific communities in Aotearoa/NZ makes some of the measures required to contain or eliminate COVID-19, including contact tracing, … Read More

On facial recognition, police, and regulation of new technologies

-OPINION- Colin Gavaghan, Alistair Knott, James Maclaurin, Kristiann Allen, Andrew Chen Last week, RNZ reported that NZ Police had been testing facial identification software from Clearview AI without “the necessary clearance.” Although the trial was seemingly abandoned at an early … Read More

Global science technology and innovation cooperation post-COVID-19

United Nations Science Technology and Innovation Digital Conference Contributions to the panel on Restructuring of Global Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Cooperation Post-COVID-19 15 May 2020 Sir Peter Gluckman Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice President-Elect of … Read More

On Fragmentation of Digital Contact Tracing Registers

– OPINION – Why might having too many options for digital contact tracing registers present challenges, asks Koi Tū Research Fellow Dr Andrew Chen. As New Zealanders are venturing out of their homes into wider public and private realms this … Read More

Reflections on the evidentiary-politics interface

– INSIGHT – Sir Peter Gluckman Chair, INGSA The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the interface between science and political decision making into sharp focus. The media and public in many countries are being confronted daily not only by a wide … Read More

Interview with Sarah Perriam (Sarah’s Country)

Sir Peter Gluckman was on tv/radio show Sarah’s Country to talk about the central role of farmers and the primary sector in future proofing the New Zealand economy. Listen to the podcast (~13 min) on YouTube (below) or Podcast.co.  

Interview with Jacob Anderson

In a wide ranging long-form conversation with BLAKE’s Jacob Anderson, Sir Peter Gluckman discusses the paths forward for post-COVID-19 New Zealand, the importance of transdisciplinarity, and how we can also tackle the issues of climate change, mental health wellbeing and … Read More

He Oranga Hou: Social cohesion in a post-COVID world

The second discussion paper of the Koi Tū: The Future is Now Series, titled He Oranga Hou: Social cohesion in a post-COVID world, examines the critical issue of how New Zealand’s strong national unity during lockdown will become increasingly tested … Read More

Reflections on human potential and resilience

In a commentary published by the International Science Council, Sir Peter Gluckman reflects on the need for the prevailing human development paradigm to be broadened beyond its economic foundation. He argues that questions around the measurement of human capital could … Read More

Koi Tū newsletter – April 2020

Our first newsletter is out! Read about the range of activities Koi Tū has undertaken to demonstrate its value as a source of informed insight in the wake of Covid-19 and its challenges. Download it here

Digital giants enter digital contact tracing

– OPINION – A new proposal for digital contact tracing has unique strengths, writes Koi Tū Research Fellow Dr Andrew Chen.   Another week has passed, with a lot of activity in the digital contact tracing space. The Prime Minister … Read More

Koi Tū’s role in the response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic shows how critical it is for governments to plan and think long term. While it’s natural for most people to focus on the short-term and surviving COVID-19, we must not lose sight of the importance of longer-term … Read More

Observations on surveillance

– OPINION – Professor David R Penman Director, David Penman & Associates Professor Stephen L Goldson FRSNZ Affiliate member, Koi Tū Principal Scientist, AgResearch and Professor, Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University   Between us, having spent 100 years on pest … Read More

Opinion – science advice and global crises

In an opinion piece for ResearchProfessional News, Sir Peter Gluckman writes about the immense challenge COVID-19 has posed to evidence-informed policymaking, and the need for science advice systems to adapt to address this and other global crises.

Hard decisions in digital contact tracing

– OPINION – The concept of digital contract tracing raises tough questions that require hard decisions, writes Koi Tū Research Fellow Dr Andrew Chen.   Since we discussed contact tracing in the media over the past week, our Centre has … Read More

How epidemics change us

– OPINION – Dr Tatjana Buklijas Associate Director – Teaching, Koi Tū: the Centre for Informed Futures As governments around the world try to contain the pandemic of Covid-19, they often draw on experiences of past epidemics. The swift and … Read More

Social cohesion at a time of social distancing?

– OPINION – Kristiann Allen Associate Director, Policy and International Engagement, Koi Tū: the Centre for Informed Futures   We are living in an extraordinary time.  The pandemic now gripping the planet – massive and urgent in itself – is … Read More

Societal resilience – unpacking the black box

– INSIGHT – Dr Anne Bardsley Deputy Director, Koi Tū: the Centre for Informed Futures   Resilience relates to the ability of an organization/country to adapt or transform positively in response to significant transitions or threats to its wellbeing, arising … Read More

COVID-19 and the weather

There is a lot of interest in whether COVID-19 transmission is affected by temperature, and in particular what will happen as New Zealand enters autumn and then winter. The available data are of course limited and largely ecological in nature, … Read More

INGSA database on science advice & COVID-19

The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) has launched a new database of resources on the effective utilisation of evidence into policy and practice with respect to COVID-19. INGSA Chair Sir Peter Gluckman explained to Times Higher Education the … Read More

Koi Tū, the virus and the future

– INSIGHT – Sir Peter Gluckman Director, Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into stark focus the interaction between science, experts, society, policy making and politics. Across the world this interaction is playing out … Read More

SciPoDS newsletter #1

Our first newsletter is out! Hear from SciPoDS Director Sir Peter Gluckman, learn about the SciPoDS Advisory Board and find out some of the activities that our members have been involved in recently. To subscribe to our newsletter, please fill … Read More

Speech – Lisbon Council

Sir Peter gave a speech to the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank and policy network, at a high-level roundtable on The Future of Work: How Better Family Policy and Access to Lifetime Learning Will Drive Europe’s Development. Notes for … Read More

University of Bergen Honorary Doctorate

Sir Peter was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bergen, Norway, and gave a speech on Science in a global perspective – challenges ahead. The speech notes can be downloaded here. Sir Peter’s acceptance speech on behalf of … Read More

Keynote lecture – HortNZ conference

Sir Peter delivered the keynote lecture at the 2019 Horticulture NZ conference. Media and links: Speech notes Media release Media reports in RNZ, Stuff, and NZ Herald (article 1 | article 2)  

Presentation: 10 rules for policy brokerage

Sir Peter talked about the 10 rules for policy brokerage at the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) meeting on evidence-policy brokerage. The Powerpoint slides are available here.  

Address – Jerry Ravetz’s 90th birthday

Sir Peter gave an address at a University of Oxford workshop honouring Jerry Ravetz (who along with Silvio Funtowicz developed the concept of post-normal science), on the occasion of his 90th birthday. The speech notes are available here.

Lecture – INGSA/EU LifeCycle Project

Sir Peter delivered a lecture on Translating evidence to policy: principles and practice at a workshop in Copenhagen jointly organised by INGSA and the EU’s LifeCycle Project. The Powerpoint slides can be downloaded here.

Lecture – Wolfson College, Oxford

Sir Peter delivered a lecture on Expanding the diplomatic toolkit: the further evolution of science diplomacy, as part of Wolfson College’s Diplomacy for the 21st century lecture series. This lecture was also delivered to the New Zealand High Commission on … Read More

Address at INGSA workshop, Global Young Academy conference

Sir Peter Gluckman delivered the keynote address at an INGSA capacity building workshop on science advice that was run at the 2019 Global Young Academy AGM and international conference in Halle, Germany. The Powerpoint slides can be downloaded here.  

Address to ANZAC ceremony

This ANZAC day, Sir Peter Gluckman gave an address to the ANZAC ceremony at Auckland Grammar School.

Kupe leadership programme launch

Sir Peter Gluckman spoke at the launch of the inaugural Kupe Leadership Scholarships on Democracy, Leadership, Difficult Conversations and Truth-Decay. The speech notes can be downloaded here. The Kupe Leadership Scholarships offer a bespoke leadership development programme alongside the scholars’ … Read More

OECD presentation – Standards of evidence in policy advice

Sir Peter Gluckman made the keynote introduction to the October 2018 OECD meeting on standards of evidence in policy advice. The presentation slides can be downloaded here. Background Fostering evidence-informed policy making in a post-truth context is challenging. Governments recognise … Read More