October 2017

03
Oct
2017

Re-examining security-based approaches to countering violent extremism

Clarke Jones

Based on ethnographic research over the past two years, Clarke Jones argues that Western governments have made very little headway to address violent extremism because of the lack of genuine grassroots consultation with communities in the development and application of policy, strategies, and responses.

Illustration of toy figurine Islamists and security personnel in a circle, pointing guns at each other, in a cycle of violence

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05
Oct
2017

How could the ‘internet of things’ revolutionise environmental governance?

Chacko Thomas

Digital and sensor technologies promise the possibility of a new generation of evidence-based environmental regulation based on better, deeper and real-time environmental data. However, for this promise to be realised, some practical challenges have to be understood and overcome. This seminar will explore the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of environmental governance, regulation and big data, and discuss some solutions.

internet of things - multiple connected devices

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10
Oct
2017

Thesis Proposal Review Day 2017

Various

RegNet PhD scholars present their thesis proposals to their supervisors, peers and other RegNet scholars.

Light painting of the word 'Thesis'

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16
Oct
2017

The end of impunity: Why some states are so violent and how their societies can recover

Rachel Kleinfeld

In conversation with Dr.Rachel Kleinfeld, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Dr Kleinfeld will discuss how violence works to bound some democracies, how some succeeded in overcoming their fates, and what her research tells us about countries caught in the throes of violence today. We will then open up for questions tendered in advance, and then for general Q&A.

crack in brick wall

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17
Oct
2017

New directions for asylum seeker policies?

Tony Ward

Australian discussion of asylum seekers is polarised between slogans of ‘Stop the Boats’ and ‘Bring them here’. Both sides have good arguments – and both have their blind spots. This seminar explores how to bridge the two. Based on Tony Ward’s new book Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia and Asylum Seekers, the seminar draws on a wide range of evidence, focusing on key drivers of public attitudes and asylum seeker patterns – both key factors in developing comprehensive policy responses.

Protestors holding 'welcome refugees' banner

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19
Oct
2017

Gas security in the land of insecurity: Governance challenges of shale gas development in Mexico

José Alberto Hernández Ibarzábal

This qualitative case study is focused on practice and examines the governance challenges surrounding Mexico’s nascent shale gas development. Social, economic, political, geopolitical, technological, legal and environmental conditions influence the governance of shale gas development in Mexico, which has specific challenges. Shale gas development in Mexico is a “wicked” or “super wicked” issue.

Gas pipes

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24
Oct
2017

Civil-ising conflict through law?

Michelle Burgis-Kasthala

This talk will explore the origins, nature and effects of the war crimes investigative work of the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), set up in 2011 to build case files against alleged suspects in the Syrian civil war.

Artwork representing Syrian Civil War victims

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31
Oct
2017

Teaching machines to play fair

Daniel McNamara

Machine learning is increasingly used to make decisions about people’s lives, such as whether to give someone a loan or whether to interview someone for a job. This brings with it the risk of discrimination, particularly if the data used for training the machines contains bias. One strategy for ensuring such systems are fair is to modify the training data they learn from.

computer code

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