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A Note from the Director

Patapan200x150 copyWelcome to the Centre News.

We are delighted to introduce new Centre members Tu Nguyen, Griffith Postdoctoral Fellow, Caitlin Mollica recently appointed lecturer to the School of Government and International Relations (SGIR), and Ferran Martinez i Coma who has taken up a continuing Lecturer position in SGIR.

Recent results from the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) confirm political studies at Griffith University is world class.  According to the Shanghai Ranking global ranking of academic subjects in 2018, Griffith is ranked 76-100 in the work in political science, and even higher in public administration (ranked 51-75 in the world)  See more details here.

The awards, workshops and public events detailed below testify to the excellence of this research, as well as its far-reaching engagement and impact.

The Role of Satire and Play in Democratic Politics

Kane_ConferenceProfessor John Kane attended the Play, Creativity, and Imagination Conference (a Yale-National University of Singapore partnership) held in Singapore.  Professor Kane presented a paper on The Role of Satire and Play in Democratic Politics.  The Play, Creativity, and Imagination conference brought together scholars from around the world working in the fields of history, phiosophy, political theory, literature, music, creative writing, theatre, psychiatry, film-making, neurology, and neuroscience in order to study these themes in an interdisciplinary setting.

Australian Political Studies Association Conference

CGPP was co-sponsor of the annual Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) conference and the Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS) that will be incorporated into the International Political Science Association (IPSA) 25th World Congress of Political Science held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 21-25 July, 2018. Centre member Professor A.J. Brown was president of the Australian Political Studies Association and Professor Duncan McDonnell participated in the Presidents Panel. 

Populist and Mainstream Parties Workshop

Populist_Web Duncan McDonnell and Annika Werner hosted leading experts from Australia and around the world at a workshop on Populist and Mainstream Parties in Brisbane from 18-20 July 2018. The event began with a Keynote Address by Professor Tim Bale (Queen Mary University London), entitled 'Playing with fire can get you burnt: conventional politics and populism'. 

The two-day workshop examined the relationships between populist and mainstream parties in democracies such as Australia, France, India, the Netherlands, and many more.

National Symposium: Australia's public integrity institutions

national-integrity-system-symposium-2018-790 copy Since 2001, Transparency International has conducted National Integrity System (NIS) assessments of over 100 countries, including more than 45 countries since a new methodology in 2009. Professor A.J. Brown leads an Australian Research Council-funded Linkage Project that conducted the latest National Integrity System assessment. It involves a team of independent experts including researchers from Flinders University and the University of Sunshine Coast, and partner investigators from Transparency International Australia and leading integrity institutions throughout Australia Interim findings and options for strengthening the Commonwealth integrity system, will be released at a national symposium: Australia's public integrity institutions: strengths, weaknesses, options to be held in Canberra, Tuesday 21 August 2018.


  • In The Economist, Dr Lee Morgenbesser was quoted in an article about South East Asia: lots of elections, not so much democracy.
  •  Sara Davies (w/ Jacqui True), Asia and The Pacific Policy Society, The Scourge of Sexual Violence in Myanmar: Why the Latest Epidemic was Entirely Predictable.  
  • Diego Leiva (HDR student), IAPS Dialogue, Xi Jinping’s Window of Opportunity in Latin America
  • In The Interpreter, Professor Ian Hall discusses Modi plays by the 'Rules' at Shangri-La.
  • On ABC PM, Professor Andrew O'Neil discusses A "Remarkably Conventional Agreement" emerges from Trump, Jong-un Meeting.
  •  On Radio National, Dr Tracey Arklay is interviewed about electoral issues in the seat of Longman.
  • On ABC Radio Brisbane, Professor Emeritus Patrick Weller is interviewed about the bipartisan release of documents relating to the New Generation Rollingstock in Queensland.
  • In the Financial Times, Professor Xu Yi-chong is interviewed in an article about China’s potential to become a global force in power supply.

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