Events May 2019

01
May
2019

Australian aid: building a robust performance culture

Jim Adams

Join us on Wednesday 1 May as former World Bank Vice President Jim Adams will present his reflections on the performance of the Australian aid program.

01
May
2019

Jokowi's re-election: national and local dimensions

Marcus Mietzner, ANU and Edward Aspinall, ANU

While President Jokowi was re-elected on 17 April for a second term, and the national result looks similar to that of 2014, there have been important electoral shifts in the regions.

01
May
2019

Solving the Climate & Health Crisis

Various
The ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and the ANU Climate Change Institute (CCI) are joining forces to host this half day symposium to tackle the current climate and health crisis. Led by Professor Sharon Friel (Director, RegNet), the symposium will bring together experts from academia, civil society and government, with a focus on public health, climate science, regulatory governance, and public policy. The symposium will include a Radio National Big Ideas panel discussion hosted by Paul Barclay, and will conclude with a launch of Sharon Friel’s new book, Climate Change and the People’s Health (OUP), and networking drinks.
01
May
2019

Melbourne Launch — China’s rise: prosperity, power and pushback

Gareth Evans, Jane Golley, Ben Hillman, Beyongo Mukete Dynamic, Gloria Davies

The China Story Yearbook: Power Melbourne Launch features 'China’s rise: prosperity, power and pushback' panel discussion and the Yearbook will be launched by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor of The Au

01
May
2019

Beyond the Great Wall: China Secures for Buffers

Yu-Hua Chen
Annexing Taiwan, maintaining the existence of North Korea, and neutralizing Mongolia are policy goals China has been pursuing for decades, although the power distribution of Northeast Asia has changed many times in the past sixty years. How to explain this puzzling behavioural consistency of China? This talk will provide a geopolitical answer to this question.
02
May
2019

Finishing the job or mission creep? How American Presidents justify humanitarian intervention exit strategies

Anna Samson

Humanitarian interventions to stop mass atrocities are among America’s most controversial uses of military force overseas since the end of the Cold War.

02
May
2019

GIS Analysis for Research 2 (GIS102)

In this course you will learn the basics of suitability analyses using raster datasets. You will also begin to explore interpolation and how you can generate continuous surfaces from data points.
03
May
2019

The cost of price stability controls: water tariff design for multipurpose hydropower reservoirs

Paul Wyrwoll

Regulatory incentives are required for profit-motivated hydropower companies to provide water services.

03
May
2019

Islamophobia in Australia – A discussion forum

Associate Professor Greg Fealy, ANU Bell School; Dr Raihan Ismail, ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies; Moderated by Professor Edward Aspinall, ANU Indonesia Institute.
In this forum, we will discuss the origins, politics, nature and experience of Islamophobia in Australia.
06
May
2019

2019 ANU Super Scholarship Information Session

Find out all you need to know about applying for Australia's most sought-after postgraduate and research scholarships.

07
May
2019

Covert online "stings": What are the legal issues?

Gregor Urbas
This presentation explores the use of covert investigative techniques by law enforcement, principally in the area of online child sexual exploitation, as well as the legal position of service providers and individuals. How do online “sting” operations overcome legal restrictions? Can private actors use similar deceptive techniques? What role do service providers have, given increasing regulatory pressures to participate in the detection of harmful online content?
07
May
2019

Asia's economic outlook: what are the risks?

Various
Amid slowing global growth, weaker external demand and rising protectionism, the near-term prospects for the East Asian region are expected to be softer, while the longer term economic fundamentals remain intact. But risks are elevated.
07
May
2019

The 'remittance trap': should we be concerned for small Pacific Island countries?

Ron Duncan, Emeritus Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy

Cross-country research has shown that while remittances reduce poverty in migrant labour source countries through increased consumption and spending on housing and education, there is little contribution to investment and no—even negative—contribution

07
May
2019

ANU Election Panel Series: Australia's Place in the World

Dr Shiro Armstrong, Professor Sharon Bessell, Jacinta Carroll, Associate Professor Meg Keen, Anne McNaughton, Catherine McGrath
With globalisation fundamentally changing the way nations interrelate, we are more dependent on each other than at any other moment in history.
08
May
2019

Survey of recent developments: The growth of social protection in Indonesia

Anne Booth, SOAS University of London

This seminar will preview the forthcoming article co-authored by Anne Booth, Moh. Raden Purnagunawan and Elan Satriawan in the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies.

09
May
2019

Regime change in Malaysia - A year after GE14

Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, Kean Wong, Dr Amrita Malhi, and Dr John Funston; Chaired by Miles Kupa.
A panel of experts review changes and developments after Malaysia's 14th General Election in 2018.
10
May
2019

Natural resource prices and welfare: evidence from Indonesia’s coal and palm oil booms

Donny Pasaribu

This study measures the impact of coal and palm oil prices during Indonesia’s 2000s commodity boom on local poverty, household consumption, employment, and wages.

14
May
2019

Uncertainty and sign-dependent effects of oil market shocks

Tatsuyoshi Okimoto, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

This seminar investigates the oil market reaction to its fundamental shocks in different regimes characterised by uncertainty in the market.

14
May
2019

The effect of tax price on donations

Ross Hickey, Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

The study uses a large administrative dataset from Canada to estimate the tax price elasticity of donations. The estimation strategy uses instrumental variables with individual fixed effects.

14
May
2019

The New Geoeconomic World Order

Anthea Roberts
How are economics and security colliding in the US-China tech/trade war? How will this reshape the field of international economic law?
14
May
2019

Automation, inequality and macro policy

Yixiao Zhou, Crawford School of Public Policy, The ANU and Curtin University

The use of robots has been expanding rapidly. This development is associated with declines in low-skill labour shares and rises in inequality.

14
May
2019

Introducing more flexible modelling of regional household consumption and saving decisions into the dynamic GTAP model

Paul Gretton, The ANU

A dynamic version of the GTAP model of the global economy became available in 2012.

15
May
2019

Tipping, the optimal carbon price and weighing cows and coal

Tony Wiskich, PhD Student, CAMA

This seminar will cover two papers. The first paper is on the optimal carbon tax with an endogenous chance of a tipping climate. The paper describes an integrated assessment model with an unknown climate tipping temperature threshold.

15
May
2019

Does financial inclusion empower women in PNG? Evidence from two large-scale surveys

Rohan Fox

Many programs in Papua New Guinea (PNG) aim to achieve positive social and economic outcomes through women’s economic empowerment.

15
May
2019

From coups to crises: where next for Thailand?

Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Director of the Institute of Security and International Studies, and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
After a coup, a new constitution and a controversial election, Thailand’s political future remains as uncertain as ever.
 
16
May
2019

Regulating Chinese investments in Africa: Revisiting Host Country Agency in South–South Relations

Beyongo Mukete Dynamic

Over the past two decades, China has emerged as a key investor in Africa, a shift that has prompted widespread debate over whether Chinese investment has positively impacted African countries, or weakened local regulations and economies.

17
May
2019

Modeling the importance of financial liberalisation to Indonesia’s economic growth

Krisna Gupta, Crawford School of Public Policy

Indonesia has been struggling to return to its pre-Asian Financial Crisis growth rate. The latest development roadmap, dubbed “Making Indonesia 4.0”, aims to exploit high-tech manufacturing in order to pursue export-oriented growth.

20
May
2019

Postgraduate Information Evening

Representatives from Crawford School

Looking to enhance your career working in and with government?

20
May
2019

Practising Humanity amid Changing Conflict

Dr Hugo Slim (Head of Policy, ICRC), Prof Toni Erskine (Director, Coral Bell School), A/Prof Bina D'Costa (Coral Bell School), Leonard Blazeby (Head of Mission in Australia, ICRC), Prof Edward Aspinall (Coral Bell School), Dr Cecilia Jacob (Bell School)
20
May
2019

Harry Johnson’s ‘case for flexible exchange rates’ – 50 years on

Maurice Obstfeld, University of California – Berkeley

In 1969, Harry G.

21
May
2019

Sympathy for the devil: State collaboration with criminal organisations

Peter Grabosky
Governments have long relied on non-state entities to assist in the implementation of public policy. They have also engaged criminal actors to this end. This presentation will provide examples of such collaboration. It will discuss strategic considerations giving rise to these engagements, pitfalls that beset them, and ethical considerations that might inform the decision to form state-criminal partnerships.
21
May
2019

Getting the Australia-China relationship right

Various
There is no more important issue for Australia in its trade and foreign affairs than to get the relationship with China right.
21
May
2019

The puzzle of educated unemployment in West Africa

Esther Mirjam Girsberger, University of Technology Sydney

Unemployment rates in urban West Africa are increasing or hump-shaped in education. This is puzzling because educated workers could downgrade to self-employment to escape unemployment.

23
May
2019

Some effects of a decreasing elasticity of substitution between clean and dirty energy on optimal climate policy

Tony Wiskich, PhD Student, CAMA

Using a climate model with endogenous technology, this seminar investigates the implications of a decreasing elasticity of substitution between clean and dirty energy as the share of clean energy rises.

23
May
2019

Sincerity or Social Harmony? A Problem of Peer Disagreement in Ming Dynasty China

Dr Esther Klein
Sincere individual self-expression is often in tension with social harmony. A famous Ming dynasty exchange between Li Zhi (1527-1602) and his former friend Geng Dingxiang brings this tension into sharp relief. Li Zhi’s perspective in these letters, elaborated in his deliberately provocative A Book To Burn(1590) feels surprisingly modern; it is rare to find a premodern Chinese thinker who argues for gender equality and political liberalism. Geng’s side of the argument is harder to recover, partly because he left much of it implicit. I will argue that Geng endorses a species of perfectionism, albeit one that is more sensitive to individualist than the standard Confucian story. Geng's perfectionism, while less fashionable these days, has underappreciated resources with which to answer and critique Li Zhi. I will conclude by arguing that some of these resources can fruitfully be brought to bear on troubling contemporary versions of this debate, such as attacks on ‘political correctness’.
23
May
2019

Hobart launch — China’s rise: prosperity, power and pushback

Jane Golley, Mark Harrison, Ben Hillman, Linda Jaivin

In 2018, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was more powerful than at any other time in its modern history and one of the most powerful countries in the world.

24
May
2019

Complementarity of foreign direct investment and migration in the Asia-Pacific

Stewart Nixon

The Asia-Pacific region has been at the centre of increasingly globalised production in recent decades, with countries benefiting from the liberalising of capital and labour flows.

28
May
2019

Applying the social identity approach to understand social conflict: A wind energy case study

Rebecca Colvin
Social conflict about land use change is regularly dysfunctional; people focus on defeating their opponents at the expense of securing a workable solution to how we should manage our land. Wind energy development has been especially prone to dysfunctional social conflict. In this talk, we explore how social identity helps to explain dysfunctional social conflict and consider its promise as part of a solution.
28
May
2019

US-China rivalry: the macro policy choices

Rod Tyers, University of Western Australia and The ANU

Stylised representations of recent US and Chinese tax reforms, tariffs against imports, and alternative Chinese monetary targeting are examined using a calibrated global macro model that embodies both trade and financial interdependencies.

29
May
2019

Political animals: the qualities of successful aid policy entrepreneurs

Dr Benjamin S. Day

Why do states redirect their aid policy? And what factors are most important in driving such change?

29
May
2019

SDSC International Security Women Scholars and their Scholarship

Professor Joan Beaumont, Professor Evelyn Goh, Dr Aurore Chow, Dr Amy King, Dr Meighen McCrae and Dr Joanne Wallis
29
May
2019

Film screening | Occupation: Native

"The Aboriginal story is often buried deep beneath the accepted 247-year Australian historical narrative. It’s not that the Australian story is wrong, it’s just that it’s a wee bit one-sided."
 
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