DR Emma Blomkamp

DR Emma Blomkamp


  • Arts and cultural policy
  • Governance (Public Administration)
  • Health policy (Public health / health promotion)
  • Local government (Urban policy and planning)
  • Policy design and evaluation
  • Social innovation



  • Dr Emma Blomkamp is a Research Fellow at the Policy Lab. Emma is interested in creative and participatory approaches to policy design and evaluation, especially in policies and services that aim to improve health and wellbeing. 

    Emma’s jointly awarded PhD from the University of Auckland and the University of Melbourne explores the design, delivery and evaluation of arts and cultural programmes by city councils in Australia and New Zealand. Her research highlights the opportunities and difficulties in using wellbeing measures to evaluate local cultural policy. She also holds a Master of Arts (Honours) in Film Policy and studied Media and Cultural Management at Sciences-Po Paris.

    Emma joined the Policy Lab in late 2016 after several years' work in a social innovation agency, specialising in human-centred research and leading projects for public sector and non-governmental organisations in New Zealand. She also has experience in governance roles with cultural organisations and has taught at universities in Australia, New Zealand, France and Cambodia.

    Emma co-edited the 2015 book Making Culture Count: The Politics of Cultural Measurement (Palgrave Macmillan). Her research on cultural policy, local governance and evidence-based policy has been published in international journals including Evidence & Policy and the International Journal of Cultural Policy .   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • MA, University of Auckland 2009