Events February 2019

05
Feb
2019

“Being Affluent One Drinks Wine”: Wine counterfeiting in mainland China

Anqi Shen
In this seminar, Anqi Shen used wine counterfeiting in China as a case study to discuss: the definitional issue of product counterfeiting; the scope, scale and organisation of the counterfeiting business; and the policing of product piracy. Rather than focusing on the protection of intellectual property rights, there was emphasis placed on public health concerns with regard to dangerous counterfeit goods to attract public and law enforcement attention.
05
Feb
2019

Birth of a nation: the creation of the East Timorese economy

Fredrik Sjöholm, Lund University

The seminar introduces a new book on the economy of East Timor.

05
Feb
2019

ST Lee Lecture: Pacific challenges, Pacific solidarity

Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Pacific Community

Pacific Island nations are facing complex, interconnected challenges, but taking a regional approach to addressing these issues provides an opportunity to influence world policy and meet the region’s development challenges.

06
Feb
2019

Delivering democracy in India

Various

In the world’s biggest electoral exercise, Indians will vote for their 17th Lok Saba (Lower House of Parliament) in April/May this year.

07
Feb
2019

The constitution and institutions under Xi Jinping

Dr Ryan Manuel

This seminar will provide insights into Xi Jinping’s apparent new institutional turn. With all the focus on Xi’s removal of term limits in his constitutional change, the other forty-odd constitutional changes were ignored.

08
Feb
2019

Trade impediments in Indonesia

Barli Suryanta, PhD Scholar, Crawford School of Public Policy

This seminar will investigate the effect of different types of trade impediments on Indonesia’s trade flows.

08
Feb
2019

Willingness-to-pay for construction noise abatement in Singapore: evidence from a choice modelling survey

Chi Hoong Leong, PhD Scholar

Noise from construction activity can adversely affect the mental and physical health of city residents. In order to estimate the non-market benefits of construction noise abatement, a choice modelling survey was conducted in Singapore.

12
Feb
2019

Moving Out but Not Up: Health Consequences of Rural-urban Migration in China

Shi Xinjie
Using panel data from a survey conducted by the Research Centre for Rural Economy at the Ministry of Agriculture, this paper examines the impacts of rural-urban migration on the health status of migrants in China.
12
Feb
2019

Contagion and Containment of Violence: the Case of Sorcery Accusations and Related Violence in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea

Miranda Forsyth
How and why do particular forms of violence spread across populations during particular periods? This question is interrogated through an empirical account of the current epidemic of violence against individuals accused of practising sorcery in the Enga province of the Papua New Guinean Highlands.
12
Feb
2019

The effect of labour demand on women’s intra-household decision power: evidence from Indonesia

Sarah Xue Dong, Crawford School of Public Policy

The seminar presents a study contributing to the literature on household decisions and on women’s empowerment by looking at the relationship between labour market opportunities and women’s intra-household decision power in Indonesia.

13
Feb
2019

Indonesian regional music in commercial media: inclusion, fusion, exclusion

Philip Yampolsky

This talk will report on a fifteen-year project to research the representation of Indonesian regional music and theater on VCD (video compact discs, until recently the main commercial medium for music in Indonesia). Representation is a key term here.

14
Feb
2019

The World Bank in East Asia and the Pacific: accomplishments, prospects and challenges

Victoria Kwakwa

The developing countries of East Asia have seen more rapid growth over the past two decades than other developing regions around the world, and at the same time, poverty levels have been decreasing.

18
Feb
2019

2019 Australasian Aid Conference launch events

Various speakers

2019 Australasian Aid Conference launch events

18
Feb
2019

2019 Australasian Aid Conference

Various

The Australasian Aid Conference will be held on 18-20 February 2019, once again in partnership with The Asia Foundation.

18
Feb
2019

Hong Kong Under Pressure — Recent Developments

Professor Joseph Yu-shek CHENG
This is a discussion of the recent political developments in Hong Kong from the perspective of a pro-democracy activist. It will focus on the tightening of Beijing’s Hong Kong policy in recent years - its rationale, strategy and impact. The talk will also consider the difficulties and challenges facing the pro-democracy movement at this stage, as well as trends of public opinion in the territory.
18
Feb
2019

Promoting empowerment through aid for trade

Dr Bambang Susantono, Dr Cyn-Young Park, and Dr Shishir Priyadarshi

International trade has been instrumental to rapid economic growth and poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific, but its benefits are not always shared equitably amongst all segments of the economy.

19
Feb
2019

Productivity and development: Malthus was half right, Lewis half wrong, Schumpeter nailed it; as for Rodrik…

Ross McLeod, Crawford School of Public Policy, The ANU

The literature on development economics does not look good under the microscope. The fashionable focus on productivity mistakes a definition for a theoretical insight.

19
Feb
2019

Demystifying Facebook's news feed: algorithms, transparency and bubbles

Andy O'Connell, Head of Content Distribution & Algorithm Policy, Facebook

20
Feb
2019

Research Travel Grants recipients’ presentations

Masayoshi Ike (Swinburne University of Technology), Bronwyn Anne Beech Jones (University of Melbourne), Owen James (University of Sydney)

Sustainability practices of Japanese manufacturing multinational corporations (MNCs) in ASEAN Member States

Masayoshi Ike, Swinburne University of Technology

20
Feb
2019

No Easy Way Out: Deleveraging, Trump, and the Challenges of China’s Economic Slowdown

Dinny McMahon
Over the past four decades, China’s technocratic elite have acquired a reputation for having almost savant-like abilities to manage China’s economy. That reputation is being challenged like never before. A slowing economy has been compounded by an official deleveraging campaign and a trade war with Donald Trump’s America which both eats at exporters’ competitiveness and also targets Beijing’s efforts to transform China’s economy and extricate it from its overreliance on debt for growth. Dinny McMahon will look at how the current slowdown differs from the past, and how Beijing is trying to overhaul its economy.
21
Feb
2019

Upcoming CartoGIS training

CartoGIS Services is hosting a number of training programs for academic staff and higher degree research students this semester.
 
21
Feb
2019

Mapping in ArcGIS Pro (GIS100)

Learn to create well-designed maps at a variety of scales.
 
21
Feb
2019

Kickstart 2019 with our Alumni Network Evening

Associate Professor Matt Sussex, ANU NSC

Kickstart 2019 with our Alumni Network Evening. Catch up with all your colleagues from past courses at the National Security College with some sharp insights into democratic resilience from Associate Professor Matt Sussex.

22
Feb
2019

International dimensions of artificial intelligence

Various

How should the world approach the opportunities and risks of artificial intelligence?

26
Feb
2019

Taxing the return to savings: how does the Australian tax system compare with 'best practice'?

Dr Peter Varela

The paper, based on a forthcoming TTPI report, identifies best practice approaches to taxing savings, as identified by economists and public policy experts. It then compares these to the existing design of the Australian tax system.

26
Feb
2019

Why and how Mexico said no to shale gas development and Australia said yes? The implications and challenges moving forward

José Alberto Hernández Ibarzába
Mexico and Australia have, respectively, the sixth and seventh unproved technically recoverable wet shale gas resources. Thus, what happens with these resources matters for their societies. It is also relevant for regional trade. And from a global perspective considering the impact of shale resources development on global warming. Whereas Mexico has stopped fracking, Australia is poised for large scale development of shale gas. Why and how, and the implications and challenges, to be presented.
26
Feb
2019

Impact of the devolution of funds to India’s Nagarpalikas and Panchayats

Dr Kuntal Goswami

India’s local government are constitutional entities. However, across all states the local bodies are facing daunting challenges due to lack of genuine devolution of funds.

26
Feb
2019

Restoring confidence in consumer financial protection regulation in Australia: a Sisyphean task?

Andrew Schmulow, University of Wollongong

Consumer financial protection and the integrity of the financial system are critical to the Australian economy. This is especially the case in an environment where financial products have become more complex and difficult for consumers to understand.

27
Feb
2019

Global strategic trends: the future starts today

BRIG Ewen Murchison, DCDC, UK Ministry of Defence

Join us to hear the lead authors of the UK Government flagship futures paper, Global Strategic Trends, discuss the findings of their most recent report published in October 2018.

28
Feb
2019

Analysis of three Australian State-level Public Policies: Stakeholders’ Perspective

Kuntal Goswami
This research examines how various groups of stakeholders perceived Tasmania Together (TT), South Australia’s Strategic Plan (SASP), and Western Australia’s State Sustainability Strategy as an over-arching holistic sustainability public policy. It also investigates their opinions on the apparent political implications as well as the benefits of these policies.
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