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The contribution of the social sciences  and social scientists to our lives often exists in the background, rarely acknowledged. Through this series, ‘Fellows in the Spotlight’, the Academy will put the spotlight on its Fellows to acknowledge their many contributions and achievements in the social sciences.

Australian social scientists pioneer open regionalism in Asia-Pacific

Motivated by decades of work by social scientists, the first Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Canberra marked the beginning of a new era in economic cooperation through the Asia-Pacific region.  Since then, APEC has grown and now has 21 member economies, including world powers China and the United States.  Today it is one of […]

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Top marks for Australia’s HECS System

A conversation with Professor Bruce Chapman AM FASSA, architect of the HECS system. Background In the late 1980s, the Australian Government faced a dilemma – how could the nation provide higher education for the future that was both affordable and equitable? Alongside social scientists, public servants and political figures, including Meredith Edwards, Neville Wran, John Dawkins, […]

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Fellow Meredith Edwards at the United Nations

In conversation with Professor Meredith Edwards AM FASSA, FIPPA on her role representing Australia in the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA). Professor Edwards, you have been involved with a United Nations Committee for a few years now, could you please tell us a little about the committee and your role in it? […]

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