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Institute of Governance

Institute of Governance


The Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research (IGPPSR) was established in 2001 at Queen's University Belfast with an award in excess of £5 million from the Government's Support Programme for University Research (SPUR).

Our creation reflects the recognition that the ways in which public policy is conceived and delivered are changing rapidly in the face of social, economic and political developments, such as globalisation, devolution, privatisation and Europeanisation. All societies, including that of Northern Ireland, must face the challenge of adapting to these changing patterns of governance in order to guarantee the making of effective public policy.

The Institute, which draws in people from a variety of departments, was founded as a partnership between the following units within the University, all of which were rated in the top category of grade five in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise: School of Law, School of Politics and International Studies and School of Sociology and Social Policy .

Our mission

Our mission is thus to make a significant contribution to both the academic reputation of the University and the future of Northern Ireland through interdisciplinary work which impacts on issues of governance, public policy and social research at all levels from the local to the global.

Our vision

Our vision is to be an economically expansive beacon of externally-recognised, challenging research of academic excellence and high impact on public policy.