Connecting Two Worlds: enhancing knowledge sharing between academics and policymakers in Aotearoa New Zealand


  • Cate Roy University of Auckland
  • George Slim Rhadegund Life Sciences



research–policy interface, evidence-informed policy, knowledge sharing, chief science advisors, public policy


The Covid-19 pandemic has put the research–policy interface in the spotlight, exposing the synergies and tensions between research
and policy. The complexity of responding to Covid-19 has also highlighted the potential for research to inform responses to other major societal challenges. Researchers are enthusiastic about working with policymakers to ensure that policy is underpinned by robust evidence, while many in government see the importance of strong evidence underpinning policy. However, there are also significant challenges associated with connecting the complex domains of universities and central government.


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Author Biographies

Cate Roy, University of Auckland

Cate Roy is a senior researcher and policy adviser at the University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau.

George Slim, Rhadegund Life Sciences

George Slim is a consultant with Rhadegund Life Sciences and provides advice to the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.