School of Social Sciences

  • Monash Criminology at the European Society of Criminology conference 2014 document_iconThe 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology was held in Prague (Czech Republic), from 10-13 September 2014. Monash Criminology’s Dr Asher Flynn attended to present a co-authored paper (with Professor Mark Halsey, Flinders University and Associate Professor Murray Lee, University of Sydney) on Alcohol-Fuelled Assaults: Violence as Emblematic. The conference brought together delegates ...
  • Airstrikes on IS in Syria’s backyard are high-risk if Assad objects Ben Richby Ben Rich The expansion of airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) into Syria announced by US President Barrack Obama marks a predictable, if necessary, escalation of coalition operations against the Jihadist insurgent group. Debates over the wisdom of the operation aside, any military campaign aiming to cripple IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) as an ...
  • What raising Australia’s terrorism alert to high would mean for you 919962d600897ef7692d2991a6ee99ff_nby Greg Barton The National Terrorism Public Alert System is a way of communicating to the public what the current risk of terrorism is to Australia. It has four levels: low: a terrorist attack is not expected medium: a terrorist attack could occur high: a terrorist attack is likely extreme: a terrorist attack is imminent or has occurred. Before 2003, we ...
  • Internship Opportunity: Australian Embassy in Berlin admin-ajaxThe Australian Embassy in Berlin is calling for applications from undergraduate students, postgraduate students or recent graduates expressing an interest in undertaking an internship at the Embassy.  The Internship will cover the period January – March 2015.  Applications for this period close on Sunday, 14 September 2014. A copy of the Embassy’s announcement may be accessed ...
  • Trans-Asia as method seminar series: Rise of anti-migration movements, jingoism and racism in Asia AntiRacismWe have been observing the rise of anti-migration sentiment, jingoism and racist   attacks in many parts of the world. Asia is no exception. Many citizens actively   protest against such movements, but how to tackle with them is rather an  imperative matter. Examining the cases in Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, this   brainstorming seminar will discuss this emerging trans-Asian phenomenon and   explore the possibility of organizing a collaborative research project. Speakers:  Prof. Greg Barton (Herb Feith Research ...
  • Social scientist set to shape global agenda 2a997849fa1cb4a9711ac3f7f4cfdbec_nA Monash University social scientist has been selected as a World Social Science Fellow for early career researchers. Dr Briony Rogers from the School of Social Sciences has been selected by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) to be one of 20 ‘World Social Science Fellows’ in the area of sustainable urbanisation. The World Social Science Fellows program seeks ...
  • School chaplaincy debate ignores what ‘secular’ actually is 815f45115559f9d1bec384754fb9fede_nby Audrey Statham Despite recent calls for its elimination and the High Court (again) finding that it was funded unconstitutionally, the Abbott government announced last week that it would continue its school chaplaincy program by funnelling money to the states. However, debate about the school chaplaincy program has missed the mark. It has been informed by deficient understandings of what “secular” means, both ...
  • James Foley, Islamic State and the media’s treatment of terrorism Greg BartonThe US government has confirmed the veracity of a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State (IS) militants. US president Barack Obama condemned the act overnight,saying that IS: … has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. Meanwhile, a storm has erupted after some newspapers, including the New ...
  • Monash Researcher Selected as a World Social Science Fellow document_iconDr Briony Rogers, a research in Sociology at Monash, has just been selected by the International Social Science Council to be one of 20 ‘World Social Science Fellows’ in the area of sustainable urbanisation. This is a very competitive program of distinction. Dr Rogers is one of twenty early career researchers in the social sciences selected from around the ...
  • Abbott’s haste to tackle home-grown terrorists carries grave risks f1ce000f36f983b0f4eb5c649af739fe_nby Andrew Zammit The threat posed by Australians in extremist groups in Syria and Iraq is being used to justify dramatic changes to national security legislation. The threat is very much real, but that does not make all the proposed new laws necessary or justified. Attorney-General George Brandis recently described the terrorist threat resulting from the conflicts ...
  • Ten things you should know about Indonesia’s new president Greg Bartonby Greg Barton 1. Joko Widodo, or ‘Jokowi’ as he is popularly known, has been elected in one of the most remarkable exercises in democracy in modern times. In the world’s largest archipelagic nation more voters cast their vote on a single day than any other nation at any time in history. India, the world’s largest democracy, ...
  • Ten job seekers per vacancy: a reality check on welfare overhaul 0ddce2148300e40a81cc9ae9011fa01b_nby Veronica Sheen It turns out that the policies for under 30s in the federal budget in May were a precursor to a much wider set of changes affecting unemployed people across the board. These are just now coming to light. While people aged 30 and over won’t have to face a potential six-month wait to receive payments, nevertheless the Newstart ...
  • Monash Staff Media Commentary roundup: MH17 and the War in Eastern Ukraine Melbourne's Ukrainian community mourns the victims of the MH17 disasterSince early 2014, several events at Monash University and at other universities with the involvement of Monash staff and visitors to Monash have sought to clarify the situation in Ukraine on the eve of, and after, the fall of the Yanukovych regime. The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 18 July focussed unprecedented international attention ...
  • Q&A: Flight MH17 and the spiralling conflict in Ukraine Greg BartonThe shooting down of flight MH17 has thrust the separatist conflict in Ukraine back into the international spotlight. The Ukrainian government and Russian-backed rebels have been locked in a military and propaganda battle since March, but the downing of a civilian aircraft could be a game-changer. While the facts are still being established, both sides are ...
  • Ukrainian rebels gain firepower but may have blown their cause Ben Richby Ben Rich The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine represents considerable escalation of the military capabilities of the insurgency based around the “Donetsk People’s Republic”. Although this group has previously brought down a number of military fixed-wing androtary-wing aircraft, these have been achieved through the use of short-range, low-altitude, shoulder-launched missiles, commonly known as MANPADS (man-portable air defence systems). Where ...
  • The B20, job creation and the importance of being human 54f52a167c90fa6581dcee58c14d2aa9_n (1)by Veronica Sheen The B20 business leaders meeting this week in advance of November’s G20 summit play an important role in advising on what to do about those intractable global issues of economic growth and job creation. The B20 especially focuses onthe recipe for “doing business”: improving financial systems and access to business credit, promoting investment in infrastructure, and reducing trade barriers. One ...
  • As crisis grips Iraq, could a Kurdish state be in the offing? William Gourlayby William Gourlay Without the bloodshed anddestruction associated with the Islamic state jihadis, one of Iraq’s constituent pieces is moving quietly towards establishing itself as a free-standing political entity.Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), has asked the Kurdish parliament in Erbil to prepare for an independence referendum. The idea of a referendum was proposed after the Kurds ...
  • Alcohol backing raises risk of athletes drinking more Researchers have found sportspeople receiving alcohol sponsorship consumed more and had higher odds of hazardous drinking. Photo: iStockAlcohol sponsorship and hazardous drinking in UK athletes are linked, a new study has found. The research, led by Monash University and the University of Manchester, is the first to examine alcohol sponsorship of athletes in the UK, and comes at a time when there are calls in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, and South Africa ...
  • Welfare review fails to understand Australia’s labour market Welfare review fails to understand Australias labour marketThe interim report of the Review of Australia’s Welfare System, led by former Mission Australia CEO Patrick McClure, is a vexed piece of work.
  • CALL FOR PAPERS DUE DATE EXTENDED -Interactive Futures: Young People’s Mediated Lives in the Asia Pacific and Beyond Three fasionable young Japanese ladies at the parkURGENT – PLEASE NOTE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED TO 27th JUNE Interactive Futures: Young People’s Mediated Lives in the Asia Pacific and Beyond Call for Papers A conference hosted by the Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture, Sociology, Monash University, the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, Griffith University and support  from the Monash Asia Institute This conference explores young people’s engagement with new ...
  • Internship Opportunity: Australian Institute of International Affairs AIIA-logo-miniThe Australian Institute of International Affairs is now calling for applications for their second Programme Internship. The role of the Programme Intern is to support our Council members who are responsible for the Programme, in researching, organising and running our presentations and providing an ongoing plan for future speakers.  Our events are a unique opportunity for the public ...
  • Kurds find a way forward through the chaos of a fracturing Iraq William Gourlayby William Gourlay The Kurds have no friends but the mountains, runs the adage. Marginalised, dispossessed and oppressed in their historic homelands, Kurds have long lamented a lack of powerful allies willing and able to take their side in the cut and thrust of geopolitics. After last week’s stunning capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, by the forces ...
  • Five weeks on, deal-breaker for voters has shades of ‘93 budget Shaun Carneyby Shaun Carney Five weeks after its release, treasurer Joe Hockey’s first federal budget is proving to be a remarkably durable political and media commodity, and not in ways that portend well for the Abbott government. Of the many unique or unusual aspects of our political culture – the voting systems we use and their compulsory nature, ...
  • Global youth reshape the boundaries youth imageCultural diversity is the norm for young people today: this may not always translate into easy living but neither does research support the common view of big ethnic groups clashing with each other. Monash University sociologist Associate Professor Anita Harris, who is studying how young people deal with cultural diversity and manage conflict and change, said those ...
  • Dispelling Four Myths about Sexual Violence in Conflict timetoactBy Sara Davies and Jacqui True At the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London this week a number of myths about sexual violence have been debated and dispelled. Asia Pacific – the single largest global region – has been on the margins of this debate with the evidence base largely focusing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Syria, Central African Republic and Central America.  However, this ...
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