The aim of this workshop, is, for the first time, to assemble a cross-disciplinary group of leading established and emerging researchers to share and build upon this existing work on the MPE. In particular the workshop aims to use the differing disciplinary and methodological approaches of invited participants in the fields of sociology, geography, planning, criminology, labour studies and social work to address two key aspects of this phenomenon: The question of governance and privatisation of the public realm and the issue of community, and the way it is imagined and experienced, both by property developers and by residents.
The Workshop objectives are to analyse the map of past, current and planned research in teacher education in Australia, identify specific conceptual and methodological resources which could help to address gaps in research, develop a national research program agenda within which shared projects and collaborative efforts can occur across institutions and disciplines and to commence planning for cooperative and parallel studies in teacher education for the ‘global south’
The workshop Energy Security in the Era of Climate Change: A Dialogue on Current Trends and Future Options will reconsider the whole notion of energy security and its global and regional implications, with particular reference to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
The proposed conference will address the formational relationship between religion and the state through investigation of historical cases and recent developments. The political dimension of religions and their necessary relations with the political state in terms of both competition and sponsorship has been frequently ignored by sociologies of religion which have instead attempted to analyse religions through the social and organizational sources of transcendental aspirations inherent in religious doctrines.