Vacancy: Research Fellow

23 August, 2018

The New Zealand Initiative, New Zealand’s leading public policy think tank, is seeking an economist to join our research team. This position will suit a person with a strong interest in promoting market-based solutions for public policy. The full-time position is based in Wellington. 

This position is new and will offer considerable scope for the successful candidate to contribute to The New Zealand Initiative’s research.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Work with other Initiative researchers in evaluating the current areas of economic research. Current areas of interest are infrastructure, local government, regulation, social policy, fiscal policy, and education.
  • Undertake research projects and write research reports.
  • Contribute articles to Initiative publications.
  • Communicate the research work to Initiative members, supporters, government and the general public through public presentations and speeches, media articles and interviews.
  • Build relationships with universities, government and other stakeholders in New Zealand.
  • Develop a collegial relationship with the team


Qualifications and Background

  • Postgraduate degree in Economics.
  • Strong publications and research record.
  • Experience working in academia, business, government, volunteer sector or in think tanks.
  • Strong interest in contributing to the debate around public policy issues.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Good analysis and writing skills.
  • An interest in building contacts in academia and government.
  • A genuine interest and understanding of the philosophical direction of The New Zealand Initiative.



  • Salary is senior level, competitive, and will be commensurate with experience - academic salaries would be a guide.
  • Applications close on Monday 17 September 2018.
  • Overseas applicants must be able to move to Wellington.



  • Written applications only. Please include a cover letter addressing the position criteria, your CV and three referees.
  • Send your application to Operations Director, Chelsy Blair -

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