The Policy Advocacy Lab (PAL) is an initiative of Darren Halpin, Bert Fraussen and Trey Thomas. We consider policy advocacy organisations to include interest groups, social movement organizations and think tanks. However, we also examine individuals engaged in advocacy, specifically commercial lobbyists and public campaigners.
The broad mission is to engage in foundational research, conduct outreach with practitioners, deliver research-led education, and foster public debate and discussion around themes associated with policy advocacy.
The PAL will act as a bridge between the University community, the political community and broader society. Specifically it links foundational research and educational activities to those engaged in the world of policy advocacy.