Richard Norman


Quantifying the social costs of pharmaceutical opioid misuse and illicit opioid use to Australia in 2015/16

In recent decades the range and patterns of opioids used for extra-medical purposes have changed. The use of pharmaceutical opioids exceeds the use of heroin. The objective of this report was to estimate the social costs arising from extra-medical opioid use in Australia for the...

Identifying the social costs of tobacco use to Australia in 2015/16

The tobacco epidemic, although past its peak in Australia in terms of the prevalence of smoking, still extracts a considerable toll on the health and economic welfare of Australians. The purpose of this study was to update the estimated social costs of tobacco use in...
Journal article

The health benefits of autonomous vehicles: public awareness and receptivity in Australia

This article argues that Australians are likely to be more receptive to autonomous vehicles when provided with information relating to the public health benefits of using them.
Journal article

New Public Management’s impact on capital cities: New economic and employment challenges for Wellington

This article addresses the evolution of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington over the last three decades, both in terms of its growth into digital and cultural markets but also the way in which it has been driven by New Public Management sensibilities.

Policy Quarterly special issue: local goverment

Editorial note: Local government in New Zealand exists within a fairly well-defined narrative. New Zealand is the most centralised nation within the OECD. Central government is by far the dominant partner in the central-local relationship and recent innovations in local government have tended towards further...