Masterclass with Jane Barratt

12 November 2018, 10am-1pm
Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA
Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics


The Policy Glass is Half-Full

An IAS masterclass with Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA). 

Developing public policy is a complex process that optimally involves research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to produce recommendations. However, in the politically and technologically charged environment of today, those who have capacity to influence policy (academia, non-governmental organisations, industry, individuals) are being called upon to be nimble and responsive to the calls for ‘new ideas and solutions’ to some of the most intransigent policy issues.  

This masterclass challenges attendees not only on the value, use and nature of evidence in influencing policy but on the collaborations and partnerships with influencers. It is also a time to review our respective roles and create new ways of working that enrich the policy conversations across disciplines and sectors. Drawing upon her work on ageing, Dr Barratt will discuss the value of evidence in vertical and horizontal advocacy to influence policy, and demonstrate through case studies the value of evidence in helping to shape and influence national and local policy.

ECRs and HDR students are invited to reflect on the policy implications of their own research. A small number will be selected to deliver a short presentation on their policy relevant research. Don’t miss this opportunity to benefit from the insights of a globally recognised expert in public policy with experience spanning supranational organisations through to local implementations. 

Jane Barratt is the Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), which comprises government, industry, academic and non-governmental members in over 70 countries, representing some 75 million older people. Our vision is a world of healthy older people whose rights are both protected and respected achieved through being a global point of connection for experts and expertise that help to shape and influence age-related policy globally.  

Jane has direct responsibility for the organization’s global operational performance, quality and strategic implementation, and business development. This includes leadership at the United Nations Economic and Social Council in New York, Geneva and Vienna and formal relations with the WHO Department Ageing and Life-course.