2020 Conversations Series - Critical junctures: Reimagining regulatory governance (Webinar 4: Complexity)

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Date & time

Tuesday 27 October 2020


Online Event


Professor Anthea Roberts, Professor Gabriele Bammer, Dr Virginia Marshall, Associate Professor Miranda Forsyth


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

This is the fourth and final webinar in the 2020 Conversations- Critical junctures: Reimagining regulatory governance webinar series.

Event 4 - Complexity

Tuesday 27 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Data, Virus, Corporation: These are 21st century problems that find commonality in their enormous complexity. They involve a vast number of interconnected actors and variables and the behaviours these interdependencies give rise to are not necessarily linear and cannot be fully predicted ahead of time. Crucially, it is not possible to isolate one part of the puzzle – the health crisis, the economic crisis, market concentration, technological disruption, or individual rights – and analyse it while holding all else constant. And no single discipline or method can capture the full complexity of these problems. Recognising this reality gives rise to several questions. How should we as social scientists approach the analysis of complex 21st century problems? What sort of adaptive governance approaches might guide our attempts to intervene in different systems, including complex and chaotic ones? And what might we have to learn from other ways of thinking, like Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, about taking a more holistic and relational approach to these issues?


Anthea Roberts is a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) who specialises in public international law, international economic law, comparative international law, and the effect of geopolitical change on global governance. Anthea chairs the ANU Working Group on Geoeconomics and is currently writing a book with Professor Nicolas Lamp called Winners and Losers: Narratives About Economic Globalisation (2021 Harvard University Press). Prior to joining ANU, Anthea was an Associate or Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, Columbia Law School and Harvard Law School. In 2019, Anthea was named the world’s leading international law scholar and Australia’s leading law scholar based on the quality of her publications and the quantity of citations they had received. Her last book Is International Law International? (2017) won numerous prizes, including the American Society of International Law’s Book Prize, and was Oxford University Press’s top-selling law monograph worldwide in 2017-2018.

Gabriele Bammer is developing the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S) to improve research strengths for tackling complex real-world problems and she curates the popular Integration and Implementation Insights blog. She is a professor in the Research School of Population Health at The Australian National University (ANU). She is an ANU Public Policy Fellow, an inaugural Fulbright New Century Scholar alumna and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2001-14), the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland (2015-2018) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany (2019-2020), along with short-term appointments at ETH-Zurich and the Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur in Vienna. She co-convenes (with Michael Smithson) an edX Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on ‘Ignorance!’. Her books include Disciplining Interdisciplinarity: Integration and Implementation Sciences for Researching Complex Real-World Problems (author, 2013), Change! Combining analytic approaches with street wisdom (editor, 2015), Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods (co-author, 2009), and Uncertainty and Risk: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (co-editor, 2008).

Virginia Marshall is a Wiradjuri Nyemba woman, practising solicitor and the leading legal scholar on Indigenous Australian water rights. She is the Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University, with the School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) and Fenner School of Environment and Society and Distinguished Women Scholar (University of Victoria BC).Virginia is the author of the award winning seminal book Overturning Aqua Nullius (2017). She is a committee member of the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee, Board member of the ANUAustralian Studies Institute and judge to the Jessup International Law Moot Competition & the Law Society of NSW Mock Trial

(Chair) Miranda Forsyth is an Associate Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in the College of Asia and Pacific at ANU. Prior to coming to ANU, she was a senior lecturer in criminal law at the law school of the University of the South Pacific, based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Miranda is the author of A Bird that Flies with Two Wings: Kastom and State Justice Systems in Vanuatu (2009) ANUePress and co-author of Weaving Intellectual Property Policy in Small island Developing States, Intersentia 2015. Miranda draws creatively upon theories and methodological approaches from the disciplines of law, anthropology and criminology to interrogate these issues, working in close partnerships with Pacific Islands researchers and research institutions.

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