School of Social Sciences

  • Seeing borders from the perspectives of criminology and visual arts mumaAssociate Professor Leanne Weber joined visual artists and curators to discuss contemporary borders at a public seminar held at the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). The event was associated with a stunning exhibition on Borders, Barriers, Walls, curated by Francis Parker. In the words of MUMA director Charlotte Day, the exhibition “explores physical and psychic barriers, between ...
  • BOb at the launch of the OSCE Gender Equality Platform for Border Security and Management Border Observatory Rebecca PowellRebecca Powell,  Managing-Director of Monash’s Border Crossing Observatory, attended and presented at the Launch Meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Gender Equality Platform for Border Security and Management in Helsinki, Finland last week. The launch was held at the Finnish Customs School, bringing together representatives from across the OSCE region to discuss ...
  • New report on legal responses to intimate partner homicide out-of-character-300x214Dr Debbie Kirkwood and Dr Danielle Tyson, both research fellows in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash, have recently co-authored a discussion paper (with Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor and Mandy McKenzie) ‘Out of Character? Legal responses to intimate partner homicides by men in Victoria 2005-2014’ for the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria. The ...
  • Indigenous reconciliation is hard, it re-opens wounds to heal them One of the first questions to emerge in every site of settler-colonial reconciliation concerns history: what is it we need to reconcile about? andy solo/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDPaul Muldoon, Monash University Australia is being held back by its unresolved relationship with its Indigenous population. Drawing on attempts at reconciliation overseas, this series of articles explores different ways of resolving this unfinished business. We begin today by looking at the significance of reconciliation. A lot has been invested in the idea of reconciliation, but rarely ...
  • Experience and Di Natale position the Greens as a formidable election force Australia has seen significant cases of far-right extremist violence.Narelle Miragliotta, Monash University Late last year, federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale expressed his enthusiasm at the prospect of serving in a federal Labor-Green coalition government. This suggestion has, however, been firmly rejected in recent days by Labor leader Bill Shorten. But is Shorten unwise to rule out forming a coalition government with the Greens so ...
  • Monash Gender Peace and Security secures Linkage Grant imageIn a success for Monash Arts research, the Gender, Peace and Security Initiative has recently secured a major ARC Linkage Grant. The three year project, “Towards Inclusive Peace: Monitoring Gender Provisions of Peace Agreements”, will investigate how peace agreements can advance women’s rights and participation after post-conflict and political transitions. The project team, led by Professor Jacqui True, includes Dr Nicole George; Dr Katrina Lee-Koo; Dr ...
  • More federal funding for national security than for women’s security Crim-thumbnailToday the Age published an opinion piece by the Gender and Family Violence team about the imbalance in federal funding directed at  national security compared to family violence. The article, by Kate-Fitz-Gibbon, Jude McCulloch and JaneMaree Maher, makes the  point that the risks of a woman being killed in her family in  Australia are significantly higher than the risk ...
  • Federal budget fails Australian women and children by neglecting family violence Kate-Fitz-GibbonAs Dr Kate Fitzgibbon explains in her latest piece in The Conversation, the 2016 Federal Budget is further confirmation that the Commonwealth Government is more concerned with threats abroad and public violence than the scourge of family violence permeating every corner of the Australian community. Of the $450.5 billion allocated as part of the Federal budget, there ...
  • Survey to shape Victoria’s response to family violence CRAF SurveyMonash University is urging professionals across the state to help shape the way Victoria responds to family violence. The University was commissioned by the Victorian Government to review the state’s Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework, also known as the common risk assessment framework (CRAF). Professor Jude McCulloch, who leads the research team, said ...
  • Morrison’s message is light on ideology and strong on soothing ahead of the election Shaun CarneyShaun Carney, Monash University Who among us, watching Joe Hockey deliver his “lifters and leaners” budget speech just one year, 11 months and 21 days ago, would have thought that this first-term Coalition government would so proudly hand down a budget so light on ideology? There is ideology in the 2016-17 budget, to be sure. Perhaps the ...
  • State by state, it’s still Malcolm Turnbull’s election to lose Nick EconomouNick Economou, Monash University Even though it is not yet official, the 2016 election is all but set for July 2. The election will be a double-dissolution poll on the basis of the Senate’s refusal to pass the government’s bill to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is clearly of the view ...
  • What we know and suspect about the causes of Parkinson’s disease 95e778a98d8592287659a77a6af07b9a_nDr Narelle Warren from Monash Arts School of Social Sciences is part of a team of health researchers and scientists who are looking at the causes of Parkinson’s disease
  • Monash Arts welcomes the first Monash Asylum Seeker Bursary recipient Ali-Khan-ProfileAli Khan, a new member of the Monash Arts student family, came to Australia from Afghanistan, via Pakistan. He is a member of the Hazara community, a persecuted minority group in West Asia. This year, Ali took up the Monash Asylum Seeker Bursary and started his Bachelor of Arts at Caulfield. “I didn’t speak much ...
  • Explainer: the road to a July 2 double-dissolution election Dr Zareh Ghazarianby Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University Australia appears set for a double-dissolution federal election on July 2 after the government’s bill to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission failed to pass the Senate – again. How double dissolutions work Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears to have built his government’s electoral strategy on contesting a double-dissolution election. Section 57 ...
  • Social Sciences grad Lucie Cadzow heads to Oxford on Clarendon Scholarship Lucie Cadzow (left) with her supervisor, Dr. Remy Davison.A Monash Social Sciences graduate has won a scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. Lucie Cadzow, an Honours graduate in Politics & International Relations, has been awarded a prestigious Clarendon Scholarship to study a M.Phil, leading to D.Phil research at Oxford. Clarendon Scholarships are awarded to academically excellent students with the best proven and future ...
  • Criminology Public Panel: New and Persistent Challenges in Sexual Violence Criminological HorizensOn Wednesday 6 April 2016, the Monash Criminological Horizons Annual Public Lecture was held at the Village Roadshow Theatrette, Victoria State Library before a packed crowd of 200 researchers, students, members of various academic institutions, legal practitioners, police, government department representatives and victim advocacy and support workers. The anticipation surrounding this year’s panel – Sexual ...
  • New Report on Restrictive and Coercive Interventions in Disability and Mental Health Care claire-spivakovsky-smMonash criminologist, Dr Claire Spivakovsky has released a short Reportdetailing findings from a state-wide consultation into the current landscape of research, policy and practice in disability and mental health care. The Report is based on a number of interviews Claire recently conducted with key stakeholders in policy, service provision, advocacy and practice-based research across the ...
  • Homicide, Gender and Responsibility Edited Collection published Kate-front-cover-image-200x300Monash criminologists Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Professor Sandra Walklate have edited a new book examining the relationship between homicide, gender and responsibility. Homicide, Gender and Responsibility: An International Perspective brings together a range of leading international  criminology and legal scholars to provide a unique contribution to the academic and policy engagement with the crime of homicide. ...
  • Millennials v baby boomers: a battle we could have done without Roberts-profile-photo-smallBy Steven Roberts, Monash University and Kim Allen, University of Leeds The generation of young people who came of age during the new millennium – “millennials”, as they’re commonly known – has divided opinion like no other. Some have deemed them a self-pitying and entitled bunch; lazy, deluded and narcissistic. Others take a more sympathetic view, raising ...
  • Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence Report Royal Commission into Family ViolenceRoyal Commission calls for complete overhaul of Victoria’s family violence services and responses Monash Criminologist Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon has published an article on The Conversationproviding an overview of the Report and Recommendations released today by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Commission’s Report contained 227 recommendations to transform the family violence system in Victoria. Kate’s article ...
  • ‘Silent victims’: royal commission recommends better protections for child victims of family violence Kate-Fitz-GibbonBy Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University and Wendy O’Brien, Deakin University Among the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence’s most important recommendations is the powerful acknowledgement that family violence has devastating effects on children. Commissioner Marcia Neave described children as the “silent victims” of family violence. This important emphasis has been a long time coming. The commission noted that children have conventionally been ...
  • Royal commission calls for complete overhaul of Victoria’s family violence services and responses Kate-Fitz-GibbonKate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University The Royal Commission into Family Violence’s final report, containing 227 recommendations, recommends drastic and much-needed change to Victoria’s responses to, and prevention of, family violence. The seven-volume report and recommendations follow 13 months of evidence-gathering. The commission received more than 1,000 written submissions, held 44 group sessions attended by around 850 people, and ...
  • A long election campaign is not necessarily a big risk for Turnbull Nick EconomouBy Nick Economou There is a saying in boxing that you should never telegraph your punches if you can help it. Former prime minister Tony Abbott was a boxer in his youth, but it appears that current leader Malcolm Turnbull never pulled on the gloves because, if he had, he might be more alert to the ...
  • The boats may have ‘stopped’, but more refugees are stuck in limbo in Indonesia Antje MissbachBy Antje Missbach, Monash University and Tom Brown, University of Adelaide Ahead of a regional forum to combat people smuggling this week, Indonesia has requested that Australia accept more of the growing number of refugees stuck there in transit. Since Australia enacted its controversial Operation Sovereign Borders policy in September 2013, more and more refugees are spending longer periods ...
  • Challenging nuclear norms: A conversation with International Relations lecturer Dr Maria Rost Rublee Maria-University-Peace-croppedEver wondered why some countries build a nuclear arsenal, while others choose not to? Is it economics, power, security strategies, or something else? Dr Maria Rost Rublee is a senior lecturer in International Relations at Monash’s School of Social Sciences. She spends her day (when she isn’t teaching International Relations theory and inspiring students to ...
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