The Informed Voter: Improving the Political Literacy of Young Australians

Young Australians’ understanding about democracy, government and the political process has implications for how they receive, retain and process information about the decisions of their government as well as the broader political debate.  Those who understand how their nation’s system of politics and government functions are better able to appreciate how decisions that affect them […]

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Presentation slides added from Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (HASS) ARC Centres of Excellence Workshop

– Presentation slides added – The Australian Academy of Humanities, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and the Australian Research Council convened a one-day workshop for potential HASS applicants for the forthcoming ARC Centres of Excellence rounds. The workshop featured presentations from the […]

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Advocacy for Energy Transitions – Mapping the Dynamics

This workshop maps the landscape of advocacy for ‘energy transition’, a decisive shift away from fossil fuels to varying forms of renewable energy. We consider the diverse players – scientists, industry, policy networks, media, NGOs, local community groups – and the strategies they employ, and address questions of energy democracy, what constitutes a ‘just transition’, […]

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Australian Indigenous self-determination: past practices, future options

Self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been subject to critical scrutiny in recent years, but debate suffers from a lack of consensus about the policy implications of this ideal. This workshop asks what Indigenous self-determination has meant practically in Australia, and what lessons can be learned for the future practice of self-determination. […]

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Gender and Trauma, 1945 to the present

This interdisciplinary workshop asks how gender shaped the definition and treatment of trauma across time and place. The objectives are to: identify key moments when gender has informed theories and treatments of trauma; examine gendered specificities in women’s and men’s experiences of trauma; analyse the role of gender in narratives of trauma. Continue Reading

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Regulating Consumptogenic Systems

Excess consumption by industrialised societies is harming human health and destroying the planet. This workshop brings together scholars from across Australia to explore ways in which to regulate systemic and individual level consumption. A meta-synthesis of the discussions will be published in a journal and translated to policymakers, nongovernmental organisations, and civil society actors active […]

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Understanding Crime and Rural Communities: Theory, Policy and Practice

Existing understandings of crime are focused predominantly on urban environments: this workshop focuses on expanding comprehensions of crime within regional, rural and remote contexts across Australia. This will address a significant knowledge deficit and produce a range of theoretical and practical outcomes to improve criminal justice responses to rural, regional and remote offending. Continue Reading

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Technology and Domestic Violence: Experiences, Perpetration and Responses

This workshop brings together experts in the field of technology-facilitated stalking and abuse to share knowledge and solutions to an emerging issue in the Domestic Violence (DV) arena. It will produce outcomes that will improve our understanding of the significant risk posed to victim/survivors (particularly women and children) by this violence and provide innovative solutions […]

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Basic income: a wicked solution to a wicked policy problem

The purpose of the workshop is to progress basic income debates by exploring the potential for designing strategies and project activities toward implementing a basic income scheme in Australia. The expected outcomes are: strategic development of national policy research agenda on basic income, situating Australia at centre of debates, conceptual framework development, and an edited […]

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Going beyond the crisis response: building trust and maintaining legitimacy for all stakeholders in environmental flows and water governance

Going beyond crisis management: a workshop to develop new tools to build long-term legitimacy for environmental flows programs by bringing together researchers, practitioners and community organizations. This workshop will draw on multi-disciplinary research to identify a new set of tools and metrics to actively support participation and deep engagement, and build and maintain trust between […]

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Women’s empowerment, microfinance and aid in the Asia Pacific: a workshop of policy relevant findings and innovative methods

This workshop of academics and practitioners will discuss and analyse poverty reduction microfinance programs as a strategy for improving the lives of women in the Asia Pacific. Workshop participants will present their experience and knowledge and discuss ways to increase the potential of these programs for the personal, social and economic empowerment of women in […]

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Theorising the dynamics of social service markets: risk, regulation and rent-seeking

Australian governments have marketised publicly-funded social services in the hope of reducing costs, increasing diversity and empowering consumers, but the result has been fragile and fragmented service systems, in which risks of rent-seeking, resource leakage and regulatory capture are high. This workshop will identify risk factors for failure in social service markets, to inform service […]

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