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Centre for Public Policy and Administration

About the Centre

The Centre for Public Policy and Administration is founded on four pillars:


The Center builds on QUB’s current teaching provision on public policy, and our flagship Msc in International Public Policy. Within CPPA, we seek to broaden the opportunities for PhD research in public policy at QUB, and facilitate the provision of the Continual Professional Development (CPD) programmes for public service practitioners.


Our work advances the University's contribution to the study of public policy as a cross-cutting discipline, wherein the Centre helps situate QUB as an authoritative voice for tackling pressing global public policy and governance challenges of the 21st century.


CPPA facilitates dialogue, collaboration and co-production between academics and policy practitioners. It promotes opportunities for scholars across QUB to engage with policy professionals and outlets. The Center provides the means and networks to communicate oftentimes complex, yet important research findings to broader public policy audiences in an accessible and comprehensive manner.


The Centre seeks to provide regular mobility exchanges between academic and policy communities at the local, national, European and international levels.


Working across each of these pillars, CPPA builds interdisciplinary partnerships locally, nationally and globally to foster our mission


You can reach Centre director Muiris MacCarthaigh by emailing