Refugees: a new era of forced displacement

78425b60d9b911e5be3097772db5a502_inset_imageOn Monday 8 September 2014, the Melbourne School of Government and Melbourne Law School hosted a discussion of the current global displacement situation, the changing humanitarian landscape confronting the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the international community, as well as the operational challenges and dilemmas facing humanitarian actors today. The forum explored the shared responsibility to respond to the crises around the world – including large-scale displacement crises in Syria, Iraq and Central Africa. Also discussed was the UNHCR’s key operations in the Asia Pacific region, such as in Myanmar (Burma) and Sri Lanka.

We were privileged to host an esteemed panel of presenters: Janet Lim, Assistant High Commissioner Operations, UNHCR Geneva; Daisy Dell, Director, Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNHCR Geneva; and Thomas Albrecht, Regional Representative, UNHCR Canberra.

The event was chaired by former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection and current Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Erika Feller.

View the lecture online.

G20 2014: how will it affect Australia?

54992d10d9b911e5b3896b9634fe0bf7_inset_imageIn the lead up to the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November, the Melbourne School of Government is hosting a number of G20 related activities.

On Friday 5 September 2014 the School hosted a forum addressing what Australia is seeking to achieve in its G20 host year and how the outcomes of the G20 Summit will impact Australian policy and regulation, and therefore our business and community sectors.

Guest speakers included Australia’s G20 Sherpa, Dr Heather Smith; Senior Adviser at UBS and B20 Sherpa for Australia, Robert Milliner; Chair of the C20 and Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, Tim Costello plus Josh Frydenberg, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. The esteemed panel explored the likely domestic impacts of this meeting of world leaders.

David Speers, Political Editor of Sky News Australia, served as moderator and facilitated a lively and informative discussion.

This event was sponsored by our G20 partners, CPA Australia.

The John Button Lecture 2014: David Marr

209a52f0d9b911e5b3aa1f9889fd5cda_inset_imageThe John Button Lecture is an annual lecture given by the winner of the John Button Prize for writing on policy and politics in Australia. The current winner is David Marr for his ‘Quarterly Essay’ Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott.

Views about freedom of expression, free markets, free will, civil liberty, rights and self-determination underpin the economic and social policies our governments decide and enforce. Discussions about freedom, therefore, are fundamental to a full examination of public policy options and decision-making.

In light recent controversies about auditing the ABC, sponsorship of the Sydney Biennale and plans to change the Racial Discrimination Act, David Marr’s address explored the question ‘what type of “freedom” is the Abbott government pursuing?’

David Marr is a journalist and broadcaster who writes for ‘Guardian Australia’ and ‘The Saturday Paper’ and appears on ‘Insiders’ and ‘Q&A’. He once wrote for ‘The Age’ and ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ and is author of numerous biographies and books on Australian politics.

View the lecture online. An extended version of David’s lecture was published in the September edition of ‘The Monthly’ magazine.

Professor Helen Sullivan delivers keynote address at policy and politics conference, bristol, uk .

052ce180d9ba11e5ad60b53274d7a8b4_inset_imageProfessor Helen Sullivan delivered a keynote address at this year’s Policy and Politics Conference, Bristol, UK (16-17th Sept). Helen spoke on the theme of Collaboration as ‘the new normal’ – Global trends, public policy and everyday practices. Her lecture offered a different perspective on the role of collaboration in public governance and public management, emphasising the necessity of thinking more expansively about the places and spaces of collaboration to build new knowledge. She argued for the need to develop better frameworks for understanding collaboration, focusing on the political, material and culture spheres of collaboration, and the significance of a number of undermined elements including ethics, emotions, expertise and practices. The lecture concluded by identifying a range of challenges arising for policy makers, policy analysts and practitioners of working in this way. Watch Professor Helen Sullivan’s keynote address on the Policy and Politics Journal Blog.

G20 Watch

4f37eaf0d9b911e5af1af5882f5de9c5_inset_imageThe G20 is the premier forum for international economic cooperation and decision-making. The world’s most powerful leaders attend: 19 countries and the EU. This year Australia is the host.

G20 Watch: information, opinion and analysis from experts in public policy, international relations, economics, business and law from:

  • Academics from the University of Melbourne
  • Business, government & community leaders

Read more on the G20 Watch website Supported by: 2301b600d9b911e5b3aa1f9889fd5cda_inset_image

LSE-University of Melbourne public lecture

0656bb80d9ba11e5977177527b345482_inset_imageOn Thursday 9 October, the University of Melbourne’s Professor Garnaut will present a lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on where the global economy is headed, considering a diverse range of nation-states including Australia, China, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea as examples. The challenges that fertility rates and climate change pose for the global economy will also be addressed.

Ross Garnaut is an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. He has held senior roles in universities, business, government and other Australian and international institutions. He is a professorial research fellow in economics at The University of Melbourne.

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern will Chair the event. Professor Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, chair of the Grantham Research Institute and chair of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the LSE.

To follow and participate in this event on Twitter: #LSEGarnaut. Read more about this event on the Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in the Twenty First Century web page.

New home for the Australian journal of Public Administration

Journal to be housed in the Melbourne School of Government from 2015

1d4e3530d9b911e5b3aa1f9889fd5cda_inset_imageThe Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) has announced the Australian Journal of Public Administration (AJPA) will be housed in the Melbourne School of Government from 2015.

Academics from the Melbourne School of Government will lead the AJPA’s new editorial team, which comprises of Professor Janine O’FlynnAssociate Professor Helen DickinsonProfessor Adrian KayMs Maria Katsonis and Associate Professor Anne Tiernan.

The AJPA is the premier public administration journal in Australasia and is committed to the study and practice of public administration, public management and policy making. First published in 1937, the AJPA has influenced the theory and practice of public administration by publishing a range of perspectives and creating a rich archive of knowledge and debate. AJPA publishes four issues a year with a total volume of 512 pages spread over the four issues. The journal is published by Wiley. The new team will begin editing the AJPA from the March 2015 issue.

Dr Mark Triffitt in the Australian book review

 The Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis, opening the forum.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis,
opening the forum.

Dr Mark Triffitt, lecturer in public policy at MSoG, has written the lead article in this month’s edition of the Australian Book Review – a review of French economist’s Thomas Piketty’s ground-breaking treatise on inequality, Capital in the 21st CenturyABR subscribers can read the article on the ABR Piketty-land web page.

The book was also the subject of a public forum organised by the University of Melbourne and Australian Book Review on 19 August, with leading economist Professor Ross Garnaut, Oxfam Australia’s chief executive Dr Helen Szoke and Dr Triffitt as speakers.


Melbourne School of Government academics among 2013’s most cited

06550dd0d9ba11e5ad60b53274d7a8b4_inset_imageProfessor Helen Sullivan and Professor Jenny Lewis are both among the 10 most cited authors for 2013 in the highly ranked journal Policy & Politics.

Their two most cited papers are:

‘Truth’ junkies: using evaluation in UK public policy by Professor Helen Sullivan.
This article explores the relationships of policy makers and academic evaluators with each other and with evaluation over the life of the United Kingdom’s (UK) New Labour focusing on the way in which ideas about ‘truth’ shaped those relationships and ultimately perpetuated the disconnect between ‘evidence’ and ‘argument’ in the policy process. Research funding systems in Australia, New Zealand and the UK: policy settings and perceived effects by Professor Jenny Lewis and Dr Sandy Ross.
Research policy is increasingly based on linking funding to ‘excellence’ in universities. This article examines the perceived effects of this on academics at universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and shows significant differences across universities, but surprisingly little variance between the humanities, science and social science disciplines. The 10 most cited articles are currently available free of charge.

International funding success researching governance under austerity

Professor Helen Sullivan
Professor Helen Sullivan

Professor Helen Sullivan, Melbourne School of Government Director, is part of an international team that has won funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council to research city governance responses to austerity.

The two and a half year project is a comparative study of collaborative relationships between government, business and civil society actors navigating austerity in the cities of Athens, Baltimore, Barcelona, Dublin, Leicester, Melbourne, Montreal and Nantes.

The study will generate insights for policy makers, citizen-activists and scholars about the efficacy of collaboration in governing and contesting austerity. It will contribute to theory by exploring patterns of continuity and change in collaborative urban governance, in different austerity conditions. The project is led by urban scholar Professor Jonathan Davies from De Montfort University in the UK, and the Melbourne team includes Professor Brendan Gleeson from the Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute.

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