School of Social Sciences

  • Turnbull makes a good start on expenses, but needs to go further rackmultipart20141001-10556-1szfvhpColleen Lewis, Monash University It is regrettable that the path leading to the establishment of an independent body to oversee the work-related expenses of parliamentarians has been so tortuous. It is also regrettable that it took such an inordinate amount of time for a political leader to conclude that creating such a body was essential to ...
  • Five things to consider when designing a policy to measure research impact michael-mintrom-webAndrew Gunn, University of Leeds and Michael Mintrom, Monash University This year will see the Australian government pilot new ways to measure the impact of university research. As recommended by the Watt Review, the Engagement and Impact Assessment will encourage universities to ensure academic research produces wider economic and social benefits. This fits into the National Innovation and ...
  • Expenses reform is easy and essential – the only thing lacking is politicians’ resolve to do it rackmultipart20141001-10556-1szfvhpColleen Lewis, Monash University What is it that too many politicians don’t get about the inappropriate use of taxpayer-funded expenses and the need to reform federal political donations laws and establish a federal anti-corruption body? The answer to those questions may help explain why MPs continue to behave inappropriately in each area. This is important, as the ...
  • The smashed avo debate misses inequality within generations roberts-profile-photo-214x300Steven Roberts, Monash University and Alan France, University of Auckland There’s no doubt there are differences between the experiences and opportunities of young people compared to their parents. But when you enter the smashed avocado debate of baby boomers versus millennials, you overlook the inequality between members of the same generation. This also misses other ways ...
  • Women, Peace and Security in Asia Pacific: Emerging Issues in National Action Plans true_jacqui_01Monash GPS Director Professor Jacqui True has published a discussion paper for UN Women entitled, Women, Peace and Security in Asia Pacific: emerging issues in National Action Plans for Women, Peace and Security. The central theme of the discussion paper focusses on Women, Peace and Security National Action Plans in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, it ...
  • What is rumbling Australia’s economy ahead of MYEFO Remy DavisonRemy Davison, Monash University The Turnbull government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) takes place in a dramatically different environment from 2015-16. The dual shocks of Brexit, and the promulgation of a protectionist Trump administration in 2017, present major challenges to the global economy. In late 2015, few predicted either of these scenarios emerging. The US and ...
  • Dangerous Research: PhD candidate Maria Tanyag on field work and feminist research Photo: Maria in Bangkok in March 2016, at the ASEAN civil society consultations on the Regional Plans of Action (RPAs) on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children (EVAWC)Maria Tanyag is a PhD candidate in International Relations with the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre at Monash Arts. Her PhD research explores the sexual and reproductive rights of women in post-conflict and post-disaster settings in the Philippines, and has taken her to a number of remote communities where she tries to understand how people ...
  • Women as leaders and peacekeepers: Dr Lesley Pruitt Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)More than 118,000 peacekeepers – military, police and civilian – currently serve in 16 UN peace operations around the world. Currently 123 countries contribute military police and personnel but it’s not just the diversity of nationalities that is changing the face of UN peacekeeping – it’s also the more prominent presence of women. In 2000 ...
  • Parliament finishes for 2016, capping off a messy, turbulent year imgres-1Nick Economou, Monash University; Carol Johnson, University of Adelaide, and Natalie Mast, University of Western Australia Federal parliament has finished for 2016, capped off by a rush of deal-making on key government policies. Three of our experts look back on a messy, busy year of running the country. Nick Economou, Monash University This was the year in which ...
  • There is no female president this time, and women are divided about it true_jacqui_01 Jacqui True, Monash University and Aida Arfan Hozić, University of Florida This is what we learned on November 8th: a white pantsuit is not an antidote to global Trumpism. Here is why. Donald Trump’s victory is more than just an election of another American president, it is a regime change. This momentous event will affect the functioning ...
  • Trump can kill trade deals but he can’t kill globalisation remy-davisonRemy Davison, Monash University 2016 will go down as a watershed year for all the wrong reasons: Britain’s EU exit faces strong opposition; Syria remains plunged in civil war; and in the wake of the US election politics in the two major Anglosphere democracies are now deeply polarised. In Britain and the US, the majority of voters ...
  • Can private security companies improve responses to victims of family violence? kate-fitzgibbon-2016-webDiarmaid Harkin, Deakin University and Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University In an Australian first, the Salvation Army has partnered with a private security company, Protective Group, in a large-scale project to provide safety solutions to family violence victims. The Safer In The Home project launched in September 2016 operates in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. By 2017 and ...
  • How Jakarta’s first Chinese Indonesian governor became an easy target for radical Islamic groups RackMultipart20140721-28577-8fz9ygNoor Huda Ismail, Monash University Jakarta saw its biggest protest in years on Friday, prompting president Joko Widodo to cancel his planned visit to Australia. Some Western media report that the rally of some 200,000 people marching in protest against the Chinese-Christian Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, was a “show of strength” and ...
  • Protection, not public shaming, is the way forward for child offenders Kate-Fitz-Gibbonby Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University and Wendy O’Brien, Deakin University The Victorian opposition recently announced its intention to push for reform of legal responses to child offenders. Described as a “two-strike-style crackdown”, the proposed reforms include removing the protection of anonymity for repeat young offenders and removing the right to request bail. The opposition describes the weakening ...
  • Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon awarded CHASS Future Leaders award chass-award-photo-300x270Monash Criminology’s Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon has been awarded the Council of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) 2016 Future Leaders award. The Future Leader Award is given to an individual under 25 years of age who is demonstrating leadership skill and potential in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Dr Fitz-Gibbon was jointly awarded with Sarah Holland-Batt. Dr Fitz-Gibbon ...
  • Winner of asylum seeker bursary wants to make a contribution through human rights ali-khan-profile-768x552-300x216Undergraduate student Ali Khan is reaching the end of his first year of study at Monash, having been the recipient of an asylum seeker bursary awarded by the university. Associate Professor Leanne Weber bumped into Ali by chance at South East Community Links, where Ali is an active member of a youth leadership group, and ...
  • Sponsor Checks To Stop Family Violence For CALD Women Missing the Mark profile-photoMarie Segrave, DECRA Fellow and researcher with the Border Crossing Observatory and Monash Gender and Family Violence program has written an opinion piece published by New Matilda that details concerns regarding the proposed changes to the Migration Act. The opinion piece follows on from the submission Dr Segrave led, which brought together leading researchers at ...
  • UK experience of domestic violence disclosure schemes is a cautionary tale for Australia kate-fitzgibbon-2016-webKate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University and Sandra Walklate, University of Liverpool The 2009 murder of Clare Wood by her ex-partner led to the introduction of a national domestic violence disclosure scheme (known as “Clare’s Law”) in England and Wales. The scheme aims to prevent the perpetration and escalation of violence between intimate partners through the sharing of ...
  • New handbook links criminology and human rights handbook-cover-copyMonash’s Border Crossing Observatory criminologists have made significant contributions to a groundbreaking publication linking criminology and human rights. Co-edited by BOb co-Director, Leanne Weber (with Elaine Fishwick and Marinella Marmo) and featuring an original contribution from Monash’s Marie Segrave and Sharon Pickering, as well as Sanja Milivojevic, the Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights brings together a diverse ...
  • Monash researchers contribute to South Australian domestic violence consultation banner-01Members of the Monash Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention Research Focus Program have provided a submission to the South Australian Government’s consultation on domestic violence. As part of their ongoing commitment to improving responses to domestic violence in South Australia, the Government sought views on eight specific topics, including the state wide ...
  • The hard sell of stem cells: we need a better way to protect patients from harm alan-petersen-profileClaire Tanner, University of Melbourne; Alan Petersen, Monash University, and Megan Munsie, University of Melbourne As ABC’s 7.30 revealed last night, Australia has a flourishing stem cell treatment market. During these procedures, cells are taken from a patient and re-administered to them. These “therapies” are being sold to patients with a wide range of debilitating and chronic ...
  • Turnbull will not succeed as prime minister unless he unites his party kdzvwfae-1 Nick Economou, Monash University When he displaced Tony Abbott as Liberal Party leader, Malcolm Turnbull ascended to what has traditionally been thought of as a position of some power within the party. The Liberal Party is something of a top-down organisation in which the parliamentary leader forms the ministry and defines the party’s policy agenda. The party ...
  • Paul Strangio at the Australian Senate Occasional Lecture Series austalian-senate-occasional-lecture-series  Monash Art’s Associate Professor Paul Strangio will be giving a lecture in Canberra this week as part of the Australian Senate Occasional Lecture Series entitled “The Australian Prime Ministership–Origins and Evolution“. In contemporary Australia the prime ministership is indisputably the most closely observed and fiercely contested office in the land, yet very little has been written about its origins and evolution. Paul Strangio’s lecture ...
  • 2016 Postgraduate Publication Prize Honour-Board-11-604x250The 2016 Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Publication Prize has been awarded to Dr Ben Rich and Ms. Dara Conduit from the Social and Political Science HDR program.
  • Criminology Professor Jude McCulloch appointed to Victoria’s Prevention of Family Violence Standing Committee jude_mcculloch-profile1Professor Jude McCulloch has been appointed to Victoria’s Prevention of Family Violence Standing Committee, chaired by Fiona Richardson, the Minister for Women and Minister for Prevention of Family Violence.  The purpose of the committee is to be the overarching forum for advice to the Family Violence Steering Committee on primary prevention principles, directions and outcomes. ...
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