Events August 2016

01
Aug
2016

The Australian minimum wage and the needs of a family – 100 years of change, the institutions and outcomes

Rob Bray, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

About the speaker

Rob Bray, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Light lunch available.

01
Aug
2016

Coffee, market economy and informality in late colonial Papua New Guinea

John Conroy, Visiting Fellow, Crawford School, ANU.

Set in Goroka in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) where coffee became the staple export crop after the second world war, this paper explores how a variant of Keith Hart’s informal economy emerged among indigenous Gorokans.

02
Aug
2016

Regulating capitalism's processes of destruction

Peter Drahos
Can regulatory capitalism adapt to meet the challenges set by the processes of destruction that it has released?
02
Aug
2016

Realising a Green Economy: the opportunities and complexities of policy reform in Aceh

Luke Swainson, ANU.

A green economy approach is touted as the next big thing for achieving sustainable development. But questions remain concerning its viability, especially in terms of the realities of translating its ideas and strategies into practice.

02
Aug
2016

Film screening: 'Prison Songs' and panel discussion

Indigenous Health staff, Rural Clinical School at the ANU Medical School.

Aboriginal citizens make up 30 per cent of the Northern Territory’s population but in its largest prison, over 80 per cent of the inmates are Indigenous.

03
Aug
2016

The effect of credit and secondary markets on inflation before and during the great moderation

Dr Begona Dominquez, University of Queensland.

About the speaker:

Dr Begona Dominquez, University of Queensland.

Light lunch available.

03
Aug
2016

Pacific possible: labour mobility

Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School, ANU; and Jesse Doyle, Social Protection Economist, World Bank

Labour mobility is increasingly recognised as critical for the Pacific island region.

04
Aug
2016

Hidden power: the strategic logic of organised crime

James Cockayne, Rod Broadhurst and Ramesh Thakur
This new book by James Cockayne reveals criminal mafias determining political outcomes to suit their own agendas, and explores how they do it – by influencing elections, changing constitutions, fomenting terrorism, waging war, negotiating peace deals and working behind the scenes in pivotal historical moments such as the Second World War and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
04
Aug
2016

Climate change and the humanities

Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago.

While the phenomenon of planetary climate change is defined primarily by natural scientists and is often addressed, in practical terms, by the policy sciences, this lecture asks: What can the more humanist disciplines - or the humanities, as a branch o

04
Aug
2016

An experimental investigation of distinct motives for charitable giving

Associate Professor Gigi Foster, The University of New South Wales.

About the speaker

Associate Professor Gigi Foster, The University of New South Wales.

04
Aug
2016

Conceptualising Government-Organised Non-Governmental Organisations Across Contexts

Jennifer Hsu
In this seminar, Jennifer Hsu will discuss how government-organised non-governmental organisations' (GONGO) activities fit within mainstream civil society theories and traditions, and suggest the emergence of what we call a ‘Xi-st’ tradition (a la China’s current political leader, Xi Jinping), rivalling the religious, Duntatist and Wilsonian NGO traditions. Furthermore, she will contrast GONGOs and NGOs in terms of their sources of power, main functions and strategies for execution, and dilemmas. Finally, she will theorise the effects, and implications the growth of GONGOs have on state and society relations globally.
08
Aug
2016

Best in class regulation workshop

Neil Gunningham, John Braithwaite, Val Braithwaite, Sharon Friel, Jeroen van der Heijden
This half-day workshop for policymakers, regulators and civil society actors will focus on practical paths to regulatory excellence and innovation and include discussions with key academics who have a track record of working with policymakers to develop best in class regulation.
08
Aug
2016

US foreign policy under the next presidency

Richard Fontaine, President, Center for a New American Security.

Come November 2016, the United States will elect its 45th President.

09
Aug
2016

Unions, efficiency and bargaining when workers have heterogeneous productivity

Patrick Hamshere, PhD candidate, Research School of Economics, ANU.

About the speaker

Patrick Hamshere, PhD candidate, Research School of Economics, ANU

Light lunch available.

09
Aug
2016

Energy governance in China's SOEs: a city level look at how massive refineries and petrochemical plants respond to regulation in energy efficiency

Nima Masroori
This PhD project is a city level study of regulation looking at the regulation of energy efficiency in giant Chinese state-owned enterprises operating in refining and petrochemicals.
09
Aug
2016

Commitment to pay taxes: a field experiment on the importance of promise

Professor Benno Torgler, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.

The ability of a tax authority to successfully collect taxes depends critically on both its relationship with the taxpayers and how strongly these taxpayers are committed to contributing to the common good.

09
Aug
2016

Technical and policy issues in the integration of renewable energy technologies to the electricity grid in the Asia-Pacific countries

Dr Arif Syed, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

This presentation discusses technical and policy issues related to the integration of renewable electricity generation into existing electricity networks in China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea and, in particular, Australia and India.

10
Aug
2016

Policy uncertainty and cost of delaying reform: a case of ageing Japan

Sagiri Kitao, Keio University, Japan.

About the speaker

Sagiri Kitao, Keio University, Japan

10
Aug
2016

Days of Being Wild 阿飛正傳

In 1960s Hong Kong, a wily playboy longs to find his birthmother; he travels to meet her in the Philippines, but she rebuffs him. This simple story is made unforgettable under Wong’s subtle direction, and the sensual lens of Christopher Doyle.
11
Aug
2016
11
Aug
2016

Half sky over China: women’s political participation and sex imbalances in the Mao Era

Professor Yang Yao, Peking University.

About the speaker

Professor Yang Yao, Peking Univerity

Afternoon tea available.

11
Aug
2016

China’s Urban Frontiers: the City as Borderland

Timothy Oakes
This paper will explore urban space as a borderland in China. While China’s borders are typically conceived as the hard edges that bound the territorial state, many cities throughout China have historically been important frontier spaces in which empire and nation encounter the non-Chinese world.
12
Aug
2016

Labour Econometrics Workshop

Bhash Mazumder, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

The Labour Econometrics Workshop (LEW) is an annual meeting hosted by a different university in Australasia each year. This year marks the 19th consecutive meeting.

12
Aug
2016

Nickel and dimed in the Lao PDR: a political ecology of ‘Best Practice’ hydropower resettlement

Dr Keith Barney, Crawford School, ANU.

Rural Lao PDR is being rapidly transformed through a variety of large infrastructure projects.

12
Aug
2016

Launch of the Young Australians Plan for the Planet program

Youth perspectives across Australia, chaired by ABC presenter, Lish Fejer.

On Friday, 12 August 2016, as part of the United Nations International Youth Day, the Young Australians Plan for the Planet program will be launched at Questacon, Canberra in a Q&A style event from 5pm to 8pm.

15
Aug
2016

Pacific Small Scale Fisheries – Empowering Communities to Strengthen Sustainability, Food Security and Livelihoods

Quentin Hanich

The Pacific Islands region encompasses 14 Pacific island States and 8 territories that include some of the world’s smallest countries surrounded by a vast maritime estate.

15
Aug
2016

Australia-China Joint Economic Report launch

Various speakers

The East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER) will launch the Australia-China Joint Economic Report (ACJER) at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.

16
Aug
2016

The vengeful state: responses by democratic governments to unauthorized public disclosure of national security information

Peter Grabosky
The responses of democratic states to the unauthorised public disclosure of national security information is compared. Was information appropriately withheld from the citizenry in the first place and what harm to national security resulted from the disclosures?
16
Aug
2016

Thailand’s automotive manufacturing corridor

Peter Warr, Emeritus Professor, ANU.

Automotive manufacturing has moved away from Japan, Europe and the US towards lower-cost locations. Several Southeast Asian countries have benefited from this relocation, but Thailand stands out.

16
Aug
2016

Who Shapes the European Union’s China Policy?

Rebecca Fabrizi and HE Mr Sem Fabrizi
Over the past decade, the European Union has developed a number of significant mechanisms for managing its foreign, economic and security policy towards China. But the EU’s policies are complicated by internal and external factors. EU member states have their own China policies, which they pursue as actively as they can. The United States takes intermittent and disruptive interest in EU China policy, in particular where it sees divergence from US parameters. China has continued to turn to member states bilaterally or in small or large groups to make policy progress, regardless of the view from Brussels. So who is in the driving seat when it comes to the European Union’s China policy?
17
Aug
2016

United we stand: Pribumi politics in an Indonesian provincial town

Amalinda Savirani, Gadjah Mada University.

The last half century has seen dramatic changes in the place of native (pribumi) entrepreneurs in Indonesia’s political economy.

17
Aug
2016

Mortality and urbanisation: SSA paradox

Professor Markus Brueckner, ANU Research School of Economics.

Professor Markus Brueckner of the ANU Research School of Economics will deliver his CBE Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday 17 August.

The lecture is titled Mortality and Urbanisation: SSA Paradox.

18
Aug
2016

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Information Session: Graduate Studies in China

Lauren Szymanski, Deputy Director, Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office

Lauren will present the Graduate Studies in China scholarships and programs offered by Hopkins-Nanjing Center. The intended audience for the information session would be students who are currently enrolled in intermediate to advanced level Chinese lang

18
Aug
2016

The Public Life of History

Prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty in conversation with Dr Meera Ashar and Dr Frank Bongiorno

Dipesh Chakrabarty in conversation with Meera Ashar and Frank Bongiorno, reflecting on the public life of history in Asia and Australia and how historians participate in debates about the past.

18
Aug
2016

The China-Pakistan axis: Asia’s new geopolitics

Andrew Small, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

In this public seminar, Andrew Small will explain the ramifications of Sino-Pakistani ties for the West, for India, for Afghanistan and for Asia as a whole.

19
Aug
2016

The power of institutions: the importance of effective governments for electricity use in developing countries

Rohan Best, PhD Candidate, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School.

Electricity is a vital factor underlying modern living standards, but there is relatively little systematic evidence on what contributes to electricity sector development.

19
Aug
2016

Conversations across the Creek series

Professor Marcus Hutter, and Associate Professor Lexing Xie, ANU Research School of Computer Science; Dr Adam Henschke, National Security College, ANU Crawford School; and Dr Emmeline Taylor, ANU School of Sociology.

Conversations across the Creek is an initiative under the auspices of the Head of the Humanities Research Centre (HRC) and the Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) to provide a space for continuing dialo

23
Aug
2016

The commitment to sustainable development in three Australian states

Kuntal Goswami
The political and economic context and the process of adoption of a sustainable development based strategic plan during the first half of the 2000’s in three Australian states - Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia - is investigated.
23
Aug
2016

The Malthusian paradox: declining food prices in the very long run

Harry Bloch, Curtin Business School.

More than two centuries ago Thomas Malthus issued his dire prediction that mankind was doomed to survival at subsistence level, but the concept of population expanding to absorb the available food supply has been contradicted by history, thanks partly

24
Aug
2016

Natural resources and crony capitalism in India

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

There has been considerable controversy in India over the manner in which natural resources like telecommunications spectrum, coal, iron ore, natural gas and land have been allocated and priced.

25
Aug
2016

World-making and the environment in the Asia-Pacific region

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Dipesh Chakrabarty, and others

Considerations of the relationship between the “local” and global have taken on a new a sense of urgency today.

25
Aug
2016

Achieving Regulatory Excellence

Cary Coglianese
What makes a regulator excellent at its work?
25
Aug
2016

Robust incentive contracting

Gabriel Carroll, Stanford University.

About the speaker

Gabriel Carroll, Stanford University.

Afternoon tea available.

25
Aug
2016

China as Crypto-Colony: A Critical Approach to ‘National Culture’

Michael Herzfeld
Using examples drawn from the fields of religion and heritage studies and also from his recent encounters with Chinese academia, the speaker will ask to what extent it is useful to include China in a discussion of “crypto-colonialism” – a phenomenon that, he has argued, fits Thailand and Greece (as well as Afghanistan, Iran, and Nepal) particularly well, but that may have heuristic potential for understanding the cultural politics of the most powerful East Asian country in the world today. He will offer some examples of how crypto-colonialism operates in Greece and Thailand in order to ask whether and how such a comparative approach can be illuminating for China scholars.
26
Aug
2016

Alternative livelihoods for household food security: evidence from a small-island fishing community in Indonesia

Rus'an Nasrudin, PhD scholar, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School, ANU.

Does having an alternative livelihood improve household food security in the short run? This study employs a field experiment to address this question in the context of fishing communities in Kei Island, Indonesia.

26
Aug
2016

Fire, flood and asbestos: financing disaster recovery with income and equity contingent loans

Dr Leo Dobes, Crawford School, ANU.

Considerable work has been done by Professor Bruce Chapman (Crawford School) and others to popularise income contingent loans, particularly in the area of higher education.

26
Aug
2016

语言与语境 / Text and Context

Zhang Peili 张培力

Zhang Peili, widely regarded as the father of video art in China, is one of the most eminent artists to emerge in the 1980s.

27
Aug
2016

ANU Open Day 2016

Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

Looking to enhance your public policy career with a postgraduate qualification?

27
Aug
2016

Zhang Peili: from Painting to Video / 张培力:从绘画到录像

​Exhibition dates: 27 August–15 November 2016
Gallery hours: 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday
29
Aug
2016

Climate Café: how climate change threatens our security

Admiral Professor Chris Barrie.

Climate change is exacerbating tensions in areas with existing global instability, increasing the risk and changing the nature of conflict.

30
Aug
2016

Is International Law International?

Anthea Roberts
Patterns of difference and dominance characterize the field of international law. This seminar examines the construction of international law as a transnational legal field, focusing in particular on the role of international law academics and international law textbooks.
30
Aug
2016

New technologies and earnings structure: productivity impact of computers at work

T Yudo Wicaksono, SurveyMETER.

Since persistent earnings inequality occurred at the same time as the widespread adoption of computers, many have argued that the diffusion of computers is the driving force behind increasing inequality.

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