School of Social Sciences

  • Questions And Mourning After Sydney Cafe Siege peter_lentini-profile1 Associate Professor Pete Lentini, director of the Global Terrorism Research Center at Monash University, joined Robin Young, host of the radio show Here & Now, to discuss the siege carried out in Sydney this week and its implications for security in Australia.
  • Monash graduate named CEO of the year Karl RedenbachMonash alumni Karl Redenbach (BA 1999, LLB 2000), currently head of a global technology company LiveTiles, has been named 2014 CEO of the Year by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). The award, announced at the AHRI annual dinner in December, recognises the CEO who has most convincingly achieved success for their business through best practice people management. Mr ...
  • Monash-Warwick links: Criminology academic’s fellowship posting asher-flynnDr Asher Flynn, a Monash academic in Criminology, has been appointed a Research Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Warwick for three years. As part of the Fellowship, Dr Flynn will spend two months visiting the School of Law in 2015, where she will contribute to teaching, research and postgraduate development. The Fellowship ...
  • Mad, weak and alone, but still a threat Greg Bartonby Greg Barton The dark day that we have feared for so long has come. Little by little our lucky country has come to feel less safe and certain in this age of terror. The first turning point came in the dreadful hours of the morning of October 13 2002, waking up to the reality of an ...
  • Abbott should dump, not ‘refine’, his paid parental leave scheme 59726a555f18d10cb44e40fc702a13c2_nBy Veronica Sheen Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed over the weekend that he will use the parliamentary summer break to review his paid parental leave (PPL) scheme, which has so far proven to be a large political liability. However, Abbott shouldn’t waste his time and taxpayers’ money on a review. His PPL idea doesn’t need reviewing. It needs ...
  • Victorian election: Labor triumph or Coalition disaster – or neither? Nick Economouby Nick Economou After Daniel Andrews and Labor’s decisive victory in the Victorian state election at the weekend, there has been – not unexpectedly – a welter of post-election opinion trying to account for the rather unusual outcome in which a government was tipped from office after only one term. In these analyses, the federal government has loomed ...
  • Political rhythms of modern Victoria favour Labor fb90190e40c2c52707b903727effe069_nBy Paul Strangio Saturday’s election result confirms that among the Australian states Victoria moves to the beat of its own political drum. More specifically, it affords further proof that the political rhythms of modern Victoria favour the Labor Party. The outcomes of electoral contests over an extended period emphatically illustrate this point. In the 13 federal elections ...
  • The noodle-bowl effect: Australian trade is increasingly complex Remy DavisonBy Rémy Davison Fact: over 585 regional trade agreements have been signed.Almost 400 are already operating. Australia is a signatory to at least 12 of them. An intricate web of cross-cutting free trade agreements (FTAs) forms the basis of Australia’s trade and investment partnerships throughout the Asia-Pacific region. There will be more. At the Brisbane G20 an Australia-India ...
  • A space for feminist international relations: Professor Ann Tickner visits Monash soss-evening-featureThis month, Monash is hosting distinguished International Relations academic, Professor Ann Tickner. Professor Tickner said she has been greatly impressed by the conversation and academic rigour of colleagues here at Monash, the inclusion of feminism, gender perspectives and post-colonialism in the body of research Monash academics are undertaking. Professor Ann Tickner is a pioneer in bringing ...
  • Policy Impact: SoSS’s Jo Lindsay contributes to work and care policy lindsay-macklinThe honourable Jenny Macklin MP invited Jo Lindsay to participate in a policy development Roundtable in Brisbane with leaders from academia, the not for profit sector, and business to discuss current and emerging social policy issues in Australia. The roundtable assisted in developing and prioritising a set of policies that will help Australians better manage their ...
  • Five days out, Victorians look set to elect unlikely premier no. 3 Assoc Prof Shaun Carneyby Shaun Carney Anyone in search of a prime example of the dictum that a functioning democracy is nothing short of a minor miracle need look no further than the state of Victoria. In the past 15 years, what has been the nation’s most vibrant state in the 21st century has twice elected unlikely – some ...
  • Monash Criminology and Sociology at the International Symposia on Migration symposia-posterThe School of Social Science, particularly sociology and criminology, contributed significantly to the recent International Symposia on Migration held at Deakin University. Dr Marie Segrave along with Assoc Professor Anita Harris and Emeritus Prof Gary Bouma were invited to present at the two Symposia co-hosted by the UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, TASA and ...
  • A modern water conundrum Photo: 123RF.comA project that unites civil engineering and the social sciences is showing how developing countries can benefit from tailored solutions rather than an unthinking uptake of advanced technology. Faced with rising populations and rapid urbanisation, developing nations such as Vanuatu are often keen to acquire first-world water-management systems. But that can mean buying into costly mistakes. The ...
  • Support for new parents is just a click away Photo: ThinkstockNew parents and their partners have a new online resource to help them feel less isolated and alone. Covering topics from IVF to work-life balance in early parenthood and everything in between, and illustrated by film and audio clips from interviews with parents from varied backgrounds and family types, the website aims to inform and support ...
  • There’s plenty to like in President Joko Widodo’s cabinet 919962d600897ef7692d2991a6ee99ff_nby Greg Barton With this week’s swearing in of President Joko Widodo’s cabinet we can finally begin to get the measure of Indonesia’s new Government. The fact that it took a solid week of negotiations following the inauguration of the President on October 20 speaks to the difficulties facing the new President in putting together a cabinet ...
  • Monash Academics Lunch with US Ambassador John Berry Photo: Dr Zareh Ghazarian (Lecturer in Politics), Ambassador John Berry and Dr David Holmes (Senior Lecturer in Communications and Media, Monash University)The Alliance with the United States has been the cornerstone of Australia’s defence and foreign policy for more than 60 years. But with new partnerships growing in the Asia-Pacific region and new challenges emerging in the region and beyond, how will the relationship change? On 29 October 2014, Dr Zareh Ghazarian and Dr David Holmes attended ...
  • Trust me, I’m a politician. No thanks Colleen Lewisby Colleen Lewis Dear MPs, I have been giving considerable thought to our fractured relationship of late, trying to work out why we have reached a situation where my trust in you has completely broken down and is being replaced by a set of emotions that could permanently destroy our relationship. If this happens, not only will ...
  • ‘No Prime Minister changed Australia more than Gough Whitlam’ Gough-Whitlamby Jenny Hocking ‘The importance of an historical event lies not in what happened but in what later ­generations believe to have happened’. – Gough Whitlam, speech at the Unveiling of the Eureka Flag, 1973. A controversial political life never rests. From the moment Gough Whitlam left the parliament, the impact and legacy, even the basic facts of his life, ...
  • Whitlam made the case for reform: an enduring economic legacy Remy DavisonBy Rémy Davison “Men make history,” Karl Marx wrote in 1859 in his Critique of Political Economy, “but not always in circumstances of their own choosing”. Whitlam himself would have chosen a different year to be his time. Had DLP preferences not returned John Gorton’s Liberal-Country coalition in the 1969 election, the ALP would have swept to ...
  • Study Overseas: South Africa and Rwanda 2015 Information Session Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHDo you want to find out more about the Arts International Study Program ‘Seeking Justice: South Africa and Rwanda’ scheduled to take place 5-19 July 2015? Come to the information session: Time/Date: 5pm-6pm Tuesday 21 October 2014 Location: Theatre H238, Building H, Caulfield campus Go to the Arts Outbound Programs Events Booking System to register to attend. Find out more: Study Overseas ...
  • Government may be learning from mistakes, except for slow learners Assoc Prof Shaun Carneyby Shaun Carney A few days ago in a tutorial on political leadership, a student asked me, given my past professional contact with Tony Abbott, if the prime minister has what it takes to be a long-term success in the job. My answer was that after observing Abbott’s first year as the nation’s leader it’s too early to ...
  • Record number of micro-parties to have say in Victorian election Dr Zareh Ghazarianby Zareh Ghazarian It appears that there’s never been a better time to be a minor party in Australia. From a time when parliaments were the domain of only the major parties, small parties have gradually made inroads into the nations’ legislatures. With seven weeks to go until the Victorian state election, are the new minor parties, also ...
  • Celebrating 25 Years of the Parliamentary Internship Program parliament-2014Did you complete an Internship at the Victorian Parliament during your undergraduate degree? The Parliament of Victoria is proud to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Victorian Parliamentary Internship program next year. Since the inaugural intake in 1990, over 1000 interns have been hosted from Monash University, the University of Melbourne and Victoria University. In order ...
  • Spotlight on: Mental Health and Monash Criminology Image Author: http://www.mentalhealthvic.org.auIt is Mental Health Awareness week across Australia and an important time to consider how mental health issues impact the community and individuals in myriad ways. Monash Criminologists are contributing important research to enable more informed criminal justice policy and process in areas where mental health and criminal justice intersect. Our work includes the following: Examining ...
  • Research Strength in the School of Social Sciences: Our Future Fellows School of Social Sciences ARC Future Fellows: Professor Sharon Pickering, ARC Future Fellow and Head of School, centre front rowThe School of Social Sciences (SoSS), led by Professor Sharon Pickering, now houses six Social Sciences ARC Future Fellows. This cluster success in the social sciences is not replicated at any other university in the country and is testament to the excellence, innovation and national relevance of social science research at Monash. Pictured are the Future Fellow ...
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