A generative year for the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

RegNet Annual Report 2023 cover

We are excited to announce the release of the RegNet Annual Report 2023! Explore our inspiring success stories, latest research, engaging initiatives, new educational offerings and other innovative contributions enabled by our dynamic intellectual community. This report encapsulates our dedication to excellence, impactful research and collaborative efforts. Join us in celebrating the milestones!

View the online report or download your copy here.

Director’s note

The events of 2023 were important reminders that we live in uncertain times. RegNet scholars have retained their firm commitment to understanding major societal challenges, producing research to support more equitable and just approaches to regulation and governance.

This annual report documents a generative year for RegNet: we saw programs come to fruition and welcomed new colleagues to the School.

In 2023, we launched initiatives designed to foster meaningful research impact. Professor Sharon Friel and her Laureate team held a policy symposium addressing three interconnected concerns: climate change, social inequality and premature death and disease. They also hosted the inaugural cohort of the Planetary Health Equity Future Leaders Program for two weeks, delivering a curriculum of hands-on workshops and masterclasses. Professor Alan Gamlen spearheaded the establishment of the ANU Migration Hub, which aims to build knowledge about population movement and translate research for better migration policies and outcomes.The Hub’s 2023 Update highlighted the latest research and policy priorities surrounding human migration and mobility at the local, national and global levels.

Of course, we can’t discuss impact without acknowledging Distinguished Professor Hilary Charlesworth’s recent re-election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a nine-year term. As a School, we are thrilled to know she will continue to bring her exceptional expertise to the Court.

We celebrated many research achievements this year. Professor Miranda Forsyth became RegNet’s third Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow in three years – a testament to her important work on violence and peacebuilding and a remarkable outcome for the School. One of our new research fellows, Dr John Noel Viaña, received an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for an innovative program of work that seeks to develop frameworks for racial justice in brain and mental health practice and research.

RegNet is now engaged in its first ARC-funded Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) through Professor Veronica Taylor’s involvement in the new ANU Centre for Radiation Innovation. We have also secured international grants and philanthropic funding for the activities of our transdisciplinary collaboratories, the Governing Energy Transitions (GET) Lab and Justice and Technoscience Lab (JusTech).

The School’s research-led educational offerings have flourished under the leadership of Associate Professor Jarrett Blaustein. In addition to our existing postgraduate degrees, which focus on Regulation and Governance and Technology Governance, we have introduced a Graduate Certificate in Crime, Risk and Resilience – an offering that equips graduates with the skills to analyse and address the increased complexity of contemporary criminological challenges.

The RegNet community continued to grow in 2023. We welcomed four new research fellows: Dr Anurug Chakma, Binota Dharmai, Jenna Imad Harb and Dr John Noel Viaña. Their work covers a range of important issues related to the pursuit of conflict resolution, equity, human rights and inclusion, all of which are detailed in in the pages that follow.

We are excited to share what the School has done over the last year. This annual report captures some of the many contributions made by our dynamic researchers and students, all of which are made possible by our supportive professional team.

We also invite you to look at our plans for the coming years. You can stay up to date in real time by joining our mailing list, following us on LinkedIn or visiting us in person. Thank you for your ongoing interest in the work of RegNet. We wish you well in the year ahead.

Professor Kathryn (Kate) Henne

Director, RegNet