Meet Verna Smith, new COPRA member!

VernaVerna Smith, Ph.D.
Director, Master’s Programmes
Victoria University of Wellington

Verna Smith is Director of the Master’s Programmes and Senior Lecturer in Public Policy for the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She has qualifications in sociology, politics and public policy. Her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington focused on a comparative longitudinal study of pay-for-performance policymaking in primary health care in New Zealand and England, applying and assessing the utility of Kingdon’s Multiple Stream Framework. Her current research interests are theories of public policymaking in Westminster majoritarian systems; comparative heath systems analysis; indigenous policymaking processes and accountability frameworks in public services purchasing.