Dr Chris Eichbaum
Chris is an Associate Professor and Reader in Government at Victoria University of Wellington. He is also a Senior Associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies. He has held a number of roles within Victoria University including as an Associate Dean, and as Vice Provost (Academic and Equity), part of the University’s Senior Leadership Team.
Originally from Christchurch he completed a BA and an MA (Hons) at Canterbury University where he was a Teaching Fellow in Sociology. He also has a Masters in Public Policy from The Australian National University and a PhD from Massey University. His doctoral dissertation compared the trajectories of institutional reform of the two Australasian central banks in the latter part of the 20th century – the Reserve Bank of Australia, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. More recently he has also published widely on aspects of politicisation and political neutrality within the executive branch of government.
He has been on the staff of three NZ Prime Ministers and was a Senior Ministerial Advisor Minister with a particular focus on employment, and vocational education and training policy. He has also held positions in the Australian Commonwealth and the New Zealand public service in policy advisory, and programme evaluation roles. In 1994 he was a Ministerial appointee to the Board of the Education and Training Support Agency (Skill New Zealand). Chris served an initial term as a non-Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2008-2013.