Events August 2017

01
Aug
2017

Measuring economic progress: breastfeeding and lactation work, or the sex-and drug-trades as worldwide indicators of economic well-being

Julie Smith
This seminar addresses debates about future reform of the System of National Accounts (SNA), illustrating the implications of encompassing breastfeeding and human milk in the SNA and its economic statistics.
01
Aug
2017

On measuring social tension

Nanak Kakwani, University of New South Wales.

Social tension has many dimensions shaped by economic, social, and political factors. This paper provides a common methodology to model different sources of social tensions.

01
Aug
2017

Book Launch: Bearing Witness - Essays in honour of Brij V. Lal

Michael Wesley

Join CAP Dean Michael Wesley and contributing

02
Aug
2017

Welfare and inequality costs of inflation and financial innovation

Tim Kam, Research School of Economics, ANU.

About the speaker

Tim Kam, Research School of Economics, ANU.

Light lunch available.

02
Aug
2017

On the rice fracas in Indonesia

Arianto Patunru, ANU Indonesia Project.

There has been a wide, ongoing coverage in Indonesian media recently on the hiking rice prices, raids on storages, as well as debates on the accuracy of data on rice.

02
Aug
2017
03
Aug
2017

The Politics of Resentment in the Contemporary United States

Professor Katherine J. Cramer, University of Wisconsin–Madison

What is the nature of current right-wing populism in the United States?

03
Aug
2017

Diplomatic Cooperation: An Evolutionary Perspective

Professor Iver B. Neumann, LSE

Public Lecture co-hosted by the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University

03
Aug
2017

(State) crime and political party regulation

Aleksandar Marsavelski
This seminar presents a critique of the notion some of the most serious crimes that mankind could imagine were acts largely committed, instigated or condoned by ruling political parties. It argues that instead of state crime, we need to speak about regime crime.
03
Aug
2017

The wisdom of a confused crowd

George Mailath, ANU and University of Pennsylvania.

About the speaker

George Mailath, ANU and University of Pennsylvania.

Afternoon tea available.

03
Aug
2017

Zhou Fohai and the creation of the 'Peace Government' 1939–1940

Brian Martin
The focus of this seminar is Zhou Fohai. It analyses Zhou’s advocacy of a ‘peace government’ and his understanding that such a government needed to be seen as the legitimate extension of the Guomindang Party–State. Because of his forthright stand on the need to maintain the continuity of the Guomindang Party–State, Wang Jingwei designated Zhou as his main negotiator with the Japanese. Zhou also worked to set up a security service to protect members of the ‘peace movement’ from Chongqing’s security organisations. By 1940, Zhou had achieved victory for his view of the need for a strong ‘peace government’, which then took on the characteristics of an alternative Chinese Central Government.
04
Aug
2017

The export performance and characteristics of manufacturing firms in Laos

Buavanh Vilavong, PhD scholar, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

Firm heterogeneity theory provides a framework within which to explain how firms become involved in international trade. Export entry incurs a fixed cost and only firms that are highly productive can self-select into foreign markets.

04
Aug
2017

Risky Business? Creative Approaches to Research Engagement and Impact

Universities and funding bodies are increasingly giving more weight to research engagement and impact but what is that and how does one build it into research design and approaches?

04
Aug
2017

Fuel prices and road deaths in Australia

Dr Paul Burke, Crawford School, ANU.

After years of general progress in reducing Australia’s road death toll, road deaths increased in 2015 and 2016, returning to 1,300 per annum. These were also years of relatively cheap fuel.

04
Aug
2017

Three Tigers, One Mountain: China, Japan and the US in East Asia

Richard McGregor
Richard McGregor will speak about his forthcoming book, Asia’s Reckoning, an account of the widening geopolitical cracks in a region that has flourished under an American security umbrella for more than half a century. The toxic rivalry between China and Japan, two Asian giants consumed with endless history wars and ruled by entrenched political dynasties, is threatening to upend the peace underwritten by Pax Americana since World War II. Combined with Donald Trump’s disdain for America’s old alliances and China's own regional ambitions, East Asia is entering a new era of instability and conflict. If the United States laid the postwar foundations for modern Asia, now the anchor of the global economy, Asia’s Reckoning reveals how that structure is falling apart.
07
Aug
2017

Australian aid evaluations: basic education and pandemics

Staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Cardno, and The Australian National University.

This forum, which was jointly organised by the Development Policy Centre and the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE), was the latest in a series on the evaluation of Australian aid.

07
Aug
2017

Financing global education: challenges and opportunities

Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

Investing in equitable, quality education systems has a powerful positive impact on economies and societies, and in turn drives progress across the range of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

08
Aug
2017

Australia 360

Featuring keynote speaker Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

08
Aug
2017

Effective marginal tax rate trends and post-GST reforms in Australia

Ben Phillips, Centre for Social Research and Methods, ANU.

Since the introduction of the GST in 2000 Australia’s tax and transfer system has undergone incremental change across a wide range of social security payments and the personal income tax system.

08
Aug
2017

Self-Reflective Yoga: Practice-based Learning

Alan Goode

Taught by Alan Goode, Director of Yoga Mandir, this free workshop is the third of three workshops that will introduce you to key ideas about yoga and show you how to understand your experiences beyond your physical body.

08
Aug
2017

Facts alone are not enough

Heather Neil
The discussion in this Intersections seminar will explore the importance of facts, the hurdles we must overcome and the building blocks that can stimulate positive policy, behaviour and attitudinal change.
08
Aug
2017

How do policymakers update?

Eva Vivalt, ANU.

Evidence-based policy-making requires not only evidence, but also for policymakers to update appropriately based on that evidence.

09
Aug
2017

Stunted?: An Ethnography of Growth and Development

Dr Annie McCarthy

Globally one in four children or 159 million children are stunted.

09
Aug
2017

The samurai bond: credit supply and economic growth in pre-war Japan

Sergi Basco, Universidad Carlos III.

About the speaker

Sergi Basco, Universidad Carlos III.

Light lunch available.

09
Aug
2017

Does business-group affiliation affect a firm’s performance?

Rizal Shiddiq, Universiteit Leiden.

Membership in a business-group may affect a firm’s performance. Using the data of Indonesian manufacturing industry in 1996 and 2006, I find that being a member of a business group positively affected firms’ performance.

10
Aug
2017

Prospects for the Rules-Based Global Order

Dr Greg Raymond, ANU and Associate Professor Rob Mclaughlin, ANU

The two-decade period of United States post-Cold War predominance is now over, and an era of greater multipolarity has begun.

10
Aug
2017

How do the world’s Indigenous communities use law, culture and collective action to reduce alcohol-related harm?

Jan Muhunthan
Models of governance through which Indigenous communities design and implement public health law is explored, using recent work in Indigenous alcohol governance as a case study.
10
Aug
2017

CAP Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

An 80,000 word research project would take nine hours to present. Their time limit . . . three minutes!
10
Aug
2017

Capability and opportunism: evidence from city officials in China

Yao Yang, Peking University.

About the speaker

Yao Yang, Peking University.

Afternoon tea available.

11
Aug
2017

Thinking again about collaboration in public policy - Underexplored concepts and neglected elements

Professor Helen Sullivan, Director, Crawford School, ANU.

Collaboration is now ‘the new normal’ in public policy and practice.

14
Aug
2017

Mostly useless econometrics? Assessing the causal effect of econometric theory

John Rust, Georgetown University.

About the speaker

John Rust, Georgetown University.

14
Aug
2017

Local corporate income tax and employment for China

Lingyi Guo, Wuhan University, China.

About the speaker

Lingyi Guo, Wuhan University.

Light lunch available.

14
Aug
2017

Gail Kelly on life and leadership

Gail Kelly, Author of 'Live, Lead, Learn'; moderated by Professor Helen Sullivan, Director, Crawford School.

ANU/THE CANBERRA TIMES MEET THE AUTHOR EVENT

15
Aug
2017

“Ideas of India” – Seminar by Dipesh Chakrabarty

Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty

In 1997, fifty years after India and Pakistan were declared independent and sovereign nation-states, Sunil Khilnani wrote his book ‘The Idea of India’ in which he declared “Of the many possible ideas of India, The Idea of India makes the case for one i

15
Aug
2017

Cyber security and global trends: the threat landscape to 2020

Dr Gregory F Treverton, former Chairman of the US National Intelligence Council.

Technological development and deployment is increasing in pace as the tools and techniques become more widely accessible.

15
Aug
2017

Beyond demands for more transparency: the importance of scale in institutional information‎ practices

Mariana Valverde
A detailed study of how public-private infrastructure partnerships are governed and rendered visible, mainly in Canada, shows that the spatiotemporal scale of institutional information has important political as well as organizational effects.
15
Aug
2017

Bonus skills: examining the effect of an unconditional cash transfer on child human capital formation

Stephanie Schurer, Sydney University.

This paper evaluates the impact of the Australian Baby Bonus – a $3000 one-off cash transfer – on various aspects of child human capital development. Using high-quality

16
Aug
2017

Political settlements and their trajectories

Sue Ingram, Honorary Senior Policy Fellow, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia, ANU.

Over the last decade, international development policies, most notably in the UK, have advanced ‘political settlements’ as a framing concept to guide statebuilding practice in fragile and conflict-affected states.

16
Aug
2017

Do social health insurance programs secure household welfare? Empirical evidence from Indonesia

Budi Aji, Universitas Jenderal Soedirman (Jenderal Soedirman University), Indonesia.

The effort to ensure the provision of healthcare to all Indonesians through the national health insurance scheme (BPJS Kesehatan) has become a contentious issue in Indonesia.

16
Aug
2017

After governmentality: new questions and approaches - Valverde & O'Malley masterclass

Mariana Valverde, Pat O'Malley
The masterclass leaders will discuss how far and in what ways their own work has moved on from, or further developed legacy critical theories and frameworks, and what they may conclude about the current state of governmental analytics.
16
Aug
2017

'Being' a refugee in urban Kuala Lumpur: Performance, knowledge and the perception of others

Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter, Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Queensland

Presented by the ANU Malaysia Institute

17
Aug
2017

Japan Update 2017: Seeking new directions

Mr Toshitaka Sekine, Director-General of the Research and Statistics Department, Bank of Japan; Professor Fumiaki Kubo, University of Tokyo; Professor Reiko Aoki, Commissioner, Japan Fair Trade Commission; and many more

17
Aug
2017

Law, space, and time - workshop

Mariana Valverde, Margaret Davies, Fleur Johns, Desmond Manderson
Rethink the relationship between law, space, and time and analyse law as a phenomenon that interacts and intersects with a multiplicity of spatiotemporalities.
17
Aug
2017

Internal variation in Samoan and language diversification across the South Pacific

Hedvig Skirgard

This presentation is my Mid Term Review (MTR) for my PhD project on language diversification and variation in Samoan.

17
Aug
2017

Japan's Security Renaissance: New Directions in Regional and US-Japan Relations

Professor Andrew L. Oros

For decades after World War II, Japan chose to focus on soft power and economic diplomacy alongside a close alliance with the United States, eschewing a potential leadership role in regional and global security.

17
Aug
2017

Interactions between Kantian and Non-Kantian agents in games of contributions to public goods

Ngo Van Long, McGill University.

About the speaker

Ngo Van Long, McGill University.

17
Aug
2017

Renaissance Cultures as Counter-Revolutionary Weapons: Ceremonial Music in Taiwan’s Chinese Cultural Renaissance Movement

Tsai Tsan-Huang
Using interviews, recordings and official documents, this paper will examine the formulation of ceremonial music for state and communal rituals — specifically the reconstructed Confucian ceremony and “wedding ceremony,” — to contextualize how the KMT adopted certain music and rites, and trace the impact on contemporary Taiwan.
18
Aug
2017

Speaking for ourselves: Kwato perspectives on matriliny and missionisation

Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence
Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence is from the Milne Bay Province of PNG and belongs to two genealogies that were influential in the po
18
Aug
2017
18
Aug
2017

ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Research Showcase

Various

The College of Asia & the Pacific Research Showcase is an opportunity for you to learn more about the research that is being undertaken at the College across the areas of:

- Development

- Security 

- Governance 

18
Aug
2017

Mediating Global Conflict: An Insider’s Account of the United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts

Dr. Sakuntala Kadirgamar United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts (2015-2017)

In this Public Seminar Dr. Sakuntala Kadirgamar will take the audience inside the UN’s high-profile standby mediation team, which supports mediation processes around the globe. She will discuss:

21
Aug
2017

Digital Indonesia book launch

Ross Tapsell, ANU.

The Indonesia Update 2016 book, Digital Indonesia: connectivity and convergence (editors: Ross Tapsell and Edwin Jurriens, published by ISEAS Yusof-Ishak Institute in 2017), will be launched by His Excellency Mr Y Kristiarto Legowo, Indonesian

22
Aug
2017

The Law of the Sea in the Asia Pacific Region

Professor Wolff Heintschel Von Heinegg

ANU College of Law Event. Presented by Centre of Military & Security Law and the United Services Institute of the ACT

Opportunities, threats and challenges

22
Aug
2017

Why Asia needs to show the way on trade

Professor Peter Drysdale, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

Donald Trump’s election has drastically changed the international trade policy environment. Brexit adds to the uncertainty in international trade policy.

23
Aug
2017

The power to persuade symposium - Evidence-based policy in a post-truth environment

Professor Gillian Triggs, Australian Human Rights Commission; Tim Johnson, Department of Employment, Commonwealth Government; Professor Susan Ainsworth, University of Melbourne; Gerard Brody, ECO, Consumer Action Law Centre; plus many more.

The Power to Persuade symposium started with a simple idea: that the best way to start breaking down the barriers between the various groups involved in social policy was to put everyone in the same room.

23
Aug
2017

Australia’s foreign aid dilemma

Jack Corbett, Associate Professor, University of Southampton, UK.

The Australian aid program faces a fundamental dilemma: how, in the absence of deep popular support, should it generate the political legitimacy required to safeguard its budget and administering institutions?

23
Aug
2017

Fixing Indonesia’s infrastructure crisis

Nicholas Morris, University of New South Wales, and Tusk Advisory Indonesia.

Since the toppling of President Suharto in 1998, and subsequent decentralisation, Indonesia has struggled to invest in sufficient infrastructure to support its growing economy.

23
Aug
2017

Tracking Australia's greenhouse gas emissions: the science, challenges and opportunities

Rob Sturgiss, Assistant Secretary, Department of Environment and Energy; Professor Andrew Macintosh, ANU College of Law; and Professor Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute.

Australia has committed to reduce greenhouse emissions across the economy by 26-28% by 2030 (from 2005 levels), as part of the Paris Climate Agreement.

24
Aug
2017

International intervention and local politics

Shahar Hameiri, Associate Professor, University of Queensland; Fabio Scarpello, Consultant, VJW International; and Saku Akmeemana, Principal Specialist, Governance, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

International peace and statebuilding interventions have become ubiquitous since the 1990s.

24
Aug
2017

Marawi: behind the headlines

Ms Elin Anisha Guro, University of Melbourne; Dr Gregory Fealy, Dr Clarke Jones, and Dr Steven Rod, ANU; Moderated by Dr Björn Dressel, Crawford Schoo, ANU.

The Marawi crisis looms to be the biggest - and most problematic, armed incident in the history of the Mindanao conflict.

24
Aug
2017

I’m here for an argument: Why bipartisanship on security makes Australia less safe

Dr Andrew Carr, ANU

Australia’s politicians are expected to treat issues of national security and foreign and defence policy in a ‘bipartisan’ fashion. Doing so is believed to create good policy, ensure national unity and protect the military.

24
Aug
2017

The Human and the Geological: On Anthropocene Time

Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty

This lecture discusses how distinctly geological and sociological ideas undergo mutual translation in current debates on climate change, climate justice, and the idea of the Anthropocene.

24
Aug
2017

An Australia-US alliance for the 21st century

Dr Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair; Dr Amy Searight, Senior Adviser and Director, Southeast Asia Program; and Andrew Shearer, Senior Adviser on Asia Pacific Security and Director, Alliances and American Leadership Project.

For decades Australia’s alliance with the United States has been the cornerstone of the nation’s defence and security.

25
Aug
2017

The role of the media in shaping perceptions of inequality in Indonesia

Christopher Hoy, PhD Scholar, Crawford School, ANU.

This paper explores how the dissemination of information through the media shapes people’s perceptions of their consumption relative to others.

25
Aug
2017

Energy market reform and low-carbon policy, and the new Energy Transition Research Hub

Professor Frank Jotzo, Crawford School, ANU.

Australia’s electricity sector is on the cusp of major change which poses new questions for energy market design, regulation and policy. Ageing coal power plants will need to be replaced.

26
Aug
2017

Crawford at ANU Open Day

Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

On Saturday, 26 August from 9am to 4pm The Australian National University will open its doors to everyone and anyone interested in studying at Australia’s top ranked university, based in the nation’s capital.

26
Aug
2017

ANU Open Day

ANU Open Day is your opportunity to visit our campus, engage in thought provoking talks by academics and experience what ANU College of Asia & the Pacific has to offer you.

28
Aug
2017

Understanding electricity demand: behavioural aspects and policy interventions

Dr Joerg Lingens, University of Muenster.

Household electricity demand can be strongly affected by behavioural factors, including the billing structure for electricity. The predominant billing practice, ex-post bills, make electricity consumption an intertemporal problem.

29
Aug
2017

The debate about the sources of growth in East Asia after a quarter of a century: much ado about nothing

Jesus Felipe, Asian Development Bank.

This paper reviews what the profession has learned during the last 25 years about East Asia’s growth using growth accounting exercises and estimations of production functions.

31
Aug
2017

Clark Davis Ivins Memorial Endowment Event

Associate Professor Brendan Taylor, Profressor John Blaxland and Mr David Akers

Please join us and the family of Clark Davis Ivins as we award the 2017 Clark Davis Ivins Memoral Prize for First Year Security Students

31
Aug
2017

The corrupt cannot fight corruption

Sam Koim, Former Chairman, Investigation Task-Force Sweep, Papua New Guinea.

Corruption is a pernicious societal disease that has devastating consequences that can cripple a nation. Although corruption has become a global challenge, its scale and prevalence in any country depend on how it is being addressed.

31
Aug
2017

The Corrupt Cannot Fight Corruption

Sam Koim, Former Chairman, Investigation Task-Force Sweep, Papua New Guinea.
In this seminar, the speaker will draw from the literature on experiences of anti-corruption agencies and his own experience as the former head of Papua New Guinea’s anti-corruption Investigation Task-Force Sweep, to show how addressing police corrup
31
Aug
2017

China's War on the Past; Remembering Tiananmen in Xi Jinping's China

Louisa Lim
"History is the best textbook" is one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's favourite phrases, yet in recent years the Communist party have made efforts to tighten control over history. The struggle to control historical memory can be seen most recently in attempts to curb even private commemorations of the bloody crackdown of 1989 and silence public comment. Over time, the events of June 4 1989 have become more, not less, sensitive. By examining the example of an almost-forgotten crackdown in the city of Chengdu in 1989, we can see a case study of the state's ability to rewrite history.
31
Aug
2017

75th Anniversary of the battle for Milne Bay

Emeritus Professor David Horner

A special War Studies Seminar remembering the 75th Anniversary of the battle for Milne Bay. This special seminar coincides with the death of Private Clark Davis Ivins, who died of wounds received at the Battle of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea in 1942.

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