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A Note from the Director 

DirectorswordWelcome to the Centre Newsletter. We are all facing extraordinary challenges in historically unprecedented circumstances. In times like this it is a pleasure to highlight the continuing work of our talented Centre members.

We're also delighted to welcome new Centre members Lisa Zanotti, Juliet Pietsch, Outi Donovan and Max Grömping.

Finally, it's my pleasure to extend a general invitation to take part in the Centre research seminars, which are now all online thanks to Duncan McDonnell and Ferran Martinez i Coma

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Canadian Health Research Council Grant on COVID-19

Corona_200x200Congratulations to Professor Sara Davies and Dr Huiyun Feng who are members of a team that received a Rapid Research Fund Grant as part of a Canadian Health Research Council grant on COVID-19. Health sciences researchers at the Simon Fraser University will co-lead an international team, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. and others from the U.K., Hong Kong and Australia.  The research aims to identify gender-related effects of the outbreak, gaps in preparation and response measures, and provide guidance and recommendations for those crafting policy and public health interventions.  Sara and Huiyun will be leading the China case study in the project.

The researchers will also map out and analyse infections and mortality data to help inform public health responses, decision-making and planning, and improve policy and public health responses to COVID-19. The findings will contribute to the global response of COVID-19 through strengthening understanding of how individuals and communities comprehend and react to the disease. The team will develop an online Gender Toolkit to promote gender-related actions driven by policy development, preparedness and response activities.

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Strengthening Industry Engagement to Improve Indigenous Livelihoods 

Copy of Ciaran-O'FaircheallaighProfessor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh and Professor Thierry Rodon (Laval University in Quebec) received $110,000 in funding to carry out their research on implementation of agreements between Indigenous people and industry.

The grant was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, via its Knowledge Network on Mining Encounters and Indigenous Sustainable Livelihoods. It will fund a research project 'Realising Indigenous Rights: Effective implementation of agreements between Indigenous Peoples and the extractive industry'. The project is supported by Indigenous organisations including, in Australia, Ely Mine Beneficiaries Trust, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and in Canada, Conseil de la Nation Innu de Matimekush-Lac John. These organisations will provide access to research data and sites, and will make immediate and practical use of the research team's findings.

Visitors from Trisakti University

Haig_Trisakti UniversityOn 9-10 March Centre members Professor Haig Patapan, Dr Ellie Martus and Dr Cosmo Howard provided academic support and their expertise to a group of Indonesian PhD students visiting Brisbane from Trisakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia.

The forum was run by Griffith International.  As well as welcoming the group to the University, the three worked closely with small groups of students, listened to individual presentations and provided constructive feedback and advice on their work.

Protection of Whistleblowers Vital During COVID-19 

NewAJ200x200The COVID-19 crisis demonstrates a growing demand for strong public accountability and the importance of whistleblower protection, according to the Centre’s public integrity expert Professor AJ Brown.

AJ has contributed to a global statement written in response to dramatic mistakes by officials and authorities in their reactions to the pandemic. Coalition to Make Whistleblowing Safe During COVID-19 and Beyond is supported by more than 50 organisations and experts worldwide.

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Pathways to Politics for Women Program

On 6 March Centre member Dr Liz van Acker participated in the Pathways to Politics for Women Program at the Queensland University of Technology. As women remain under-represented across all levels of government, business, civil society and positions of influence the Pathways to Politics for Women program is a nonpartisan initiative which aims to increase female participation in all levels of government. The program aims to develop womens’ skills in both running for public office and thriving as political leaders.
The program featured guest presenters from across the political spectrum including politicians (both sitting and retired), pollsters, public speaking professionals, campaign strategists, advisors, public policy experts, and leading figures in Australian political and public life. Liz presented two sessions: the first on policy making and the other covered a case study and class activities with participants.

New Podcast: The Gender Card - Coronavirus 

Gender_card200x200The worldwide health implications of the coronavirus pandemic are at the centre of current debate. However there are also societal ramifications, as countries grapple with the many dilemmas in battling the disease's spread. 

Professor Sara Davies urges consideration of the social impacts of Coronavirus on the wider community. She contends it is not just health experts who should be at the decision-making table. Her recent book, Containing Contagion, focuses on how societies face immense challenges during massive disease outbreaks.  Listen to Sara's podcast below as part of the Gender Equality Research Network (GERN) podcast series - The Gender Card.

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Can Georgia Develop a Strong Policy on Climate Change?

Copy of Cane-Behaviour-ChangeDr Ellie Martus, with colleague Selam Petersson, has published an article in Open Democracy.

The article focuses on the importance of the responses of small states in relation to climate change – in this case Georgia.

The article examines whether Georgia, as an emerging economy, can develop a strong policy on climate change while big polluter states remain the focus of international climate talks.  Read Ellie's article below. 

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The Minefield Podcast

Morrison_200x200Professor AJ Brown recently spoke with ABC's Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens on the Minefield Podcast Series on Why does Democracy Demand transparency?

This timely discussion focused on the issue of federal grants for local sports clubs that were allocated and distributed in the lead up to the 2019 federal election, the conduct of the Minister who oversaw the grants scheme, the Federal Government’s dismissal of the report of the auditor-general and the subsequent assessment conducted by the prime minister’s former chief of staff.

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Side Effects: COVID-19 Allows India a Change to Lend Myanmar a Hand

Teesta_200x200Emerging scholars and School of Government and International Relations PhD students, Teesta Prakash and Phyu Phyu Oo have had an article published in The Interpreter exploring the impacts of #COVID19 on some regional strategic partnerships.

They highlight in the article that India is increasingly competing with China in its neighbourhood, so helping out in a crisis is a good way to make friends. Read their conversation piece below.

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Inequality and Indifference: The 2020 US Presidential Race

HDR candidate, Diana Leon-Espinoza has teamed up with Dr Cosmo Howard for an Australian Outlook piece on inequality in the United States of America and the political response ahead of this year's United States election. 

In the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries, the candidates face a paradox: the country is confronting worsening inequality, yet there is consistent indifference to the issue within key constituencies. Read more of their Conversation piece below.

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