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A Note from the Director 

DirectorswordWelcome to the mid-year newsletter for 2019.  It showcases some of the outstanding research of Centre members across an extraordinary range of themes and topics. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our recent doctoral graduates, Dr Venessa Ercole and Dr Charles Asante.  It takes a great deal of reflection, dedication and old-fashioned hard work to be awarded a doctorate, so special congratulations to Venessa and Charles. Our best to Julie Ballangarry who has commenced her new adventures as a doctoral candidate.

2019 Pat Weller Prize Recipient

200x200PatWellerPrize_2019Congratulations to Joseph Mackay who is the recipient of the 2019 Pat Weller Prize -- awarded for the highest grade in the first year Trimester one course, Introduction to Politics, within the Bachelor of Government and International Relations.

The Pat Weller Prize was established in 2014 in honour of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy's founding Director Emeritus Professor Patrick Weller

The Prize is presented annually to encourage and recognise students' academic excellence.  Well done Joseph.

2019 Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award 

200x200Lee_awardCongratulations to Dr Lee Morgenbesser, who was recently awarded the 2019 Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award (Early Career Researcher).  Lee's five years as an early career researcher has been incredibly fulfilling and this award is fantastic recognition of his contribution to research in the political science field.

Lee has recently completed work on his forthcoming book The Rise of Sophisticated Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (New York: Cambridge University Press).

You can see what Lee and his colleagues are doing in this field below.

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The Coming of Age for Radical Right Populism in the European Parliament 

200x200McDonnell_NewYorkOn a recent visit to the Macmillan Center at Yale University, Professor Duncan McDonnell gave a research seminar on the rise of radical right populist parties and the electoral impact of the phenomenon at the European level.  In light of the 2019 European Parliament elections there has been a lot of debate about the challenge that radical right populists may pose if they manage to form a large group in the European Parliament.  McDonnell's presentation drew on his forthcoming book with Annika Werner on this topic: International Populism: The Radical Right in the European Parliament (published by Hurst and Oxford University Press).

Whilst in the United States, Duncan also spoke at the New School in New York about his research on populist language with Stefano Ondelli from the University of Trieste, Italy.

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The Future of Corruption: The Fitzgerald Report 30 Years On 

AntiCorruption200x200On 10 July, our partner school, School of Government and International Relations co-hosted with the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, and DamnFineMedia, a panel event on 'The Future of Corruption: The Fitzgerald Report 30 Years on'.  Using Fitzgerald era Queensland as the launch point for discussion, the event sought to explore where we go to now in pursuit of stamping out corrupt practices, particularly in public life.

The expert panel, featuring the Centre's public integrity and anti-corruption program leader Professor AJ Brown, Monash University's Margaret Simons, the Grattan Institute's Kate Griffiths, LNP Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien and author, Nigel Powell, took the time to mull over the steps taken so far to develop integrity and accountability frameworks as well as considering what must be done to implement and progress these now and into the future.  The panel was moderated by ABC RN Big Idea's presenter, Paul Barclay, and was recorded for use in the program.

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Has International Law prepared us for the next pandemic? International Health Regulations on Trial 

200x200Sara_HealthConferenceAssociate Professor Sara Davies recently participated as a panellist at the invitation-only Women in Global Health Breakfast hosted by the Governments of Australia and Finland, and held at the University of Sydney.  In this seminar, a panel of experts in public health law and global health security examined whether the International Health Regulations are meeting their goal of protecting public health, international trade, and human rights, and whether the obligations in the IHR are sufficiently robust to respond to ever more complex health emergencies.  Dr Davies' fellow panellists were Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner from Keele University and Dr Alexandra Phelan from Georgetown University.

The event was set up as part of the Global Health Security 2019 Conference in Sydney.  Participants came from over 64 countries, representing academia, local, national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, public and animal health and security professionals, and the private sector, all committed to advancing global health security.  On 19 June, Dr Davies presented to the conference on the topic of Bringing Gender Analysis to Infectious Disease Response.                   

Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh visits Chile to discuss Indigenous rights

200x200Ciaran_ChileProfessor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh recently spent a week in Santiago, Chile, at the invitation of Professor Claudio Fuentes of the Universidad Diego Portales, to discuss recognition of Indigenous rights in Australia and Canada.

In addition to meeting with researchers and conducting interviews, Ciaran delivered a public lecture at the Centre for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies, Universidad Diego Portales, on the theme 'Indigenous people's rights and extractivism: the Australian and Canadian experience'.  He also had the opportunity to address and engage with representatives of Chile's business community at a lunch hosted by the Chilean business organisation ICARE.  The 60 attendees displayed a wide range of attitudes towards recognition of Indigenous rights.  Some expressed outright hostility, while others accepted the need for recognition, and focussed on the practical steps business can take to develop a more productive engagement with Chile's Indigenous peoples.

Ciaran plans to pay a longer visit to Chile as part of a sabbatical in the second half of 2020, and to have the opportunity to undertake field research with Mapuche and Atacama peoples dealing with mining and forestry activity on their ancestral lands.

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Law and Gender Discrimination in Garment and Footwear Sectors in Vietnam

200x200Tu_NguyenDr Tu Nguyen recently presented her work on law and gender discrimination in garment and footwear sectors in Vietnam at the conference "Global Challenges and Local Responses: Transformation of Labour Relations and Legal Framework in Vietnam and Emerging Economies", held from 15-16 July at the University of Law in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  Her work is one of the five projects that won funding from the International Labor Organization in Vietnam and the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.  At the conference Tu was awarded with the first prize for the best research report produced as part of this funding scheme.  Find out more about Tu's research below.

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Global Politics of Clean Energy Transition

200x200Giorel_confernceDr Giorel Curran attended two conferences in June 2019.  The first was at Columbia University in New York and titled At What Point Managed Retreat? Resilience Building in the Coastal Zone.  The Conference focussed on the adaption to and management of climate induced impact and dislocation along coastal areas worldwide - impacts that affect many countries including Australia.  The second conference was the 4th International Public Policy Association conference at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada - attracting well over 1000 politics and public policy researchers around the globe. Giorel presented two papers at this conference, as well as acting as a discussant on another panel. Her papers were: The global politics of the clean energy transition: new actor constellations and the proposed Carmichael coal mine in Australia; and Contemporary environmental entrepreneurs: From the alternative technology movement to community renewable energy.

Nihilism and International Relations 

200x200Gideon 1 Nov2014The European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) took place in June in Krakow, Poland.  One of the workshops, convened by Associate Professor Gideon Baker and Vassilios Paipais, continued with the theme of 'Nihilism and International Relations' begun at the Centre's workshop by the same name last February at Southbank. 

Twelve papers were presented over two days and the discussion came increasingly to focus on the question: What is the difference, if indeed there is one, between 'good nihilism' and 'bad nihilism'?

Recent Publication Releases 

Copy of Copy of PublicationCentre members have again produced outstanding scholarly publications include books and articles on themes as diverse as Humble Cosmopolitan (Cabrera) to The Rise of Sophisticated Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (Morgenbesser)

Congratulations to Associate Professor Luis Cabrera, Dr Lee Morgenbesser and all our academics on their recent research and publications.

To see a full list of recent publications please see the Centre's publications page.

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Fighting Corruption in a highly corrupt world: successes, resistances and challenges 

IntegrityCorruptionx200Mr Kol Preap, Founder and Executive Director of Transparency International Cambodia recently spoke at the Integrity and corruption in 2030: What does the future hold? event at Southbank campus.

Mr Preap boasts a wealth of experience working with international and inter-governmental organisations, having spent nearly two decades working across fields including integrated community development, advocacy, democratic development, governance and anti-corruption.

A panel of experts joined Mr Preap in discussion following his presentation, including University of Queensland lecturer Dr Radha Ivory and Griffith Professor Adam Graycar and Professor AJ Brown.

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Consul-General to Spain visits Brisbane

ConsulGeneral_Spain-200x200Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma along with Professor Haig Patapan and Dr Robyn Hollander met with Griffith's Vice President (Global) Sarah Todd and Mr Juan Manuel Molina Lamothe, Consul-General of Spain. 

Mr Molina Lamothe was on an official visit to Brisbane and arranged informal meetings with Spanish residents and was interested in meeting Dr Martinez i Coma in his role as Researcher for the Centre for Governance and Public Policy. 

Griffith University has active partnerships with universities and institutions in Spain.

Congratulations to the Higher Degree Research Poster Competition Winner 

200x200_Diana's_PosterThe Office of the Dean (Research) held its annual 'Higher Degree by Research Poster Competition' on 13 June at the Gold Coast campus. 

The event was a celebration and a display of the diversity and impact of PhD and MPhil research currently being undertaken in the School.  It also provides an opportunity to communicate the importance of HDR research to a relevant and interesting audience. 

Third Place was awarded to Diana Leon-Espinoza for her poster - Gender politics in the adoption of work-family policies in the global south. Congratulations Diana.  Find out more about the diversity of our research candidates interests below.

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$125,000 Grant Success - Elise Stephenson

Elise-200x200Congratulations to PhD student Elise Stephenson who was recently awarded a $125,000 grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to curate and run a public diplomacy program through ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

Australia Now is a public diplomacy program of the Australian Government.  The program celebrates Australia's creative excellence, diversity and builds relationships for the future.  This year, Australia Now has a focus on youth, aiming to engage youth audiences and cement long-standing ties between Australia and surrounding member states of the ASEAN.

Launched in July, Australia Now will be hosting the Youth Entrepreneurs and Leaders Speaker Series.  It is hoped that this collaborative series will foster meaningful connections and promote networks between young entrepreneurs and leaders who are directing change and innovation in their communities.  

Find out more about Elise's work in this space here.

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