Reflections on Interdisciplinary Research

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 11 June 2019


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building #8, ANU
ANU Canberra




School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

In this panel leading scholars from the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) will reflect on the nature of interdisciplinary research. Bringing together insights from a plurality of methods applied across a range of important policy domains, including health, criminology and the environment, the panel will consider: What is interdisciplinary research? How do you do it? When does it work? And, when does it not?

About the speakers

Christian Downie is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2018-2021) in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. He was previously a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Christian has worked as a foreign policy advisor to the Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and a climate policy advisor to the Department of Climate Change. Christian holds a PhD in international relations and political science from the Australian National University, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in economics. He has spent time teaching or researching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Balsillie School of International Affairs among others, and he has worked in policy think tanks in Canberra and Washington D.C.

Ashley Schram is a Research Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). Prior to joining RegNet, Ashley completed her doctoral thesis in Population Health at the University of Ottawa on international trade and investment agreements and health, exploring the role of transnational corporations and international investment law. This work was grounded in theories of neoliberalism, the new constitutionalism, and the transnational capitalist class, to identify the ideas, institutions, and interests contributing to trade and investment policy development. Her work has investigated trade and investment agreements as macroeconomic policy drivers of noncommunicable diseases through pathways including diet, tobacco and alcohol use, access to medicines, and the broader social determinants of health. Ashley is currently working with Sharon Friel and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity testing the feasibility of different methodologies to evaluate the impact of multi-sectoral public policies on the social determinants of health and health equity outcomes

Mai Sato is a Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). Before joining RegNet in February 2019, Mai worked for the School of Law, University of Reading; the Centre for Criminology, the University of Oxford; and the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck, University of London. Mai research topics include the death penalty, miscarriages of justice, trafficking of goods, policing, and international human rights law. Mai’s research on the death penalty focuses on public attitudes to the death penalty around the world. She uses survey work, social experiments, and deliberative consultation as her methodology to determine the effect of information and deliberation on support for the death penalty. Her monograph ‘The Death Penalty in Japan: Will the Public Tolerate Abolition?’ (Springer, 2014) received the Young Criminologist Award 2014 from the Japanese Association of Sociological Criminology.

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