Message from the Director
The shifting political and economic sands that prevail throughout the world provide an important window of opportunity to collectively change the status quo towards a society where communities are able to live with dignity, in good health and in balance with nature. Rebalancing the global system depends on a collective vision, the agency of concerned citizens, and the ability to reimagine the use of regulatory powers. In a hyper-connected world, there are many partners who can work together to create hope and change; this is what we care about at RegNet. We are a group of scholars and practitioners united by our concerns for social justice, environmental sustainability and human wellbeing through questions of regulation and governance. We come from many disciplines including anthropology, criminology, international relations, law, political science, psychology, public health, public policy, and sociology. Researching or studying at RegNet is an opportunity to think big, ask important social questions, broaden horizons and make connections.
2017 was another successful year for RegNet. We won four highly competitive Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and two grants from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), amongst other awards. Three of our PhD students were awarded Australian Government Endeavour scholarships to enrich their research by spending time at an acclaimed university overseas.
Thirteen of RegNet’s existing projects are supported through funding from the ARC and the NHMRC. This year also saw the continuation of our exciting collaborative projects with DFAT on law and justice in the Philippines, and overcoming sorcery accusation related violence in Papua New Guinea. We also commenced a new project with DFAT on negotiating and reforming investment treaties in the Asia Pacific region. We always welcome new opportunities to collaborate with government, business and non-governmental organisations – please do get in touch.
This year we were proud to publish our landmark book Regulatory theory: Foundations and applications and were joined by around 100 scholars and practitioners to launch the publication, along with a symposium touching on many of the key ideas in the book and an ABC Radio National Big Ideas panel discussion.
The book was born out of a desire to make RegNet’s work on regulation and governance accessible to students, as well as to regulatory practitioners and scholars across the world. Law and sociology scholars, criminologists, economists, political scientists, public health theorists, amongst others, will find it a comprehensive interdisciplinary resource on the themes of regulation, governance and globalisation.
Another exciting activity during the year was the showcasing of our interdisciplinary outlook with our popular weekly seminar series, and particularly with our flagship event Governance and the Power of Fear which brought together researchers and practitioners to explore the positive and negative manifestations of fear and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of a range of regulatory and governance approaches.
In 2017 we significantly expanded our educational offering. RegNet has a long-running PhD program which has been hugely successful and generated many accomplished academics and practitioners. Building upon this success, we are delighted to be offering two postgraduate degrees starting in 2018: the Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation and the Master of Public Policy in Regulation, both of which are taught in collaboration with experts from across ANU.
People come from all over the world to study and undertake research at RegNet. Our students will benefit from exposure to our many visiting scholars from renowned universities, and from visiting practitioners working in key government agencies, NGOs and civil society groups in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
Our 2017 Annual report also takes a quick tour through the enormous contributions our staff and students have made to the public debate around key policy and regulatory issues here in Australia, the Asia Pacific region and elsewhere.
Thank you for your ongoing interest in the work of RegNet.
Professor Sharon Friel
School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
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