2022 Conversations - Regulatory futures (Panel 1: Disruptions)

Event details

Panel Discussion

Date & time

Tuesday 11 October 2022


Seminar Room 1.04 Coombs Extension Building #8 Fellows Road ANU



This is the first panel in the 2022 Conversations - Regulatory futures: disruptions, resistance and opportunities seminar series.

Panel 1 - Disruptions

Tuesday 11 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm | In-person seminar

Disruptive processes such as climate change highlight the need to change old ways of doing things. Climate change, for example, has created urgency for a transition away from fossil fuelled electricity. But what will these transformations and transitions look like, who will be driving them, and how will they change people’s lives? In this panel, RegNet experts explore the positives and negatives of changes in response to disruptive processes across areas ranging from health, to energy, to migration.


(Facilitator) Alan Gamlen is an expert on human migration and mobility. Alan has previously held appointments at Oxford University, Stanford University, the Max Planck Society, the Japan Centre for Area Studies, Monash University and Wellington University in his homeland, New Zealand. In 2010-2020 he was Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies (Oxford University Press), and in 2016-17 he was Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre. Alan’s research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the Royal Society of New Zealand, the UK Leverhulme Trust, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the New Zealand Bright Futures Fund, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Rebecca Byrnes commenced her PhD at RegNet in 2021. Prior to RegNet Rebecca has worked in climate and energy policy at all levels from the international to subnational, with a particular focus on the social and political dimensions of the global energy transition. In her current role with the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, she engages with civil society and country governments on questions relating to the governance of fossil fuel production in the multilateral arena, and how this translates to domestic policy. Her research will build on these experiences, exploring the barriers to economic diversification away from fossil fuels within fossil fuel dependent developing countries in the Asia Pacific.

Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). She was Director of RegNet from 2014-2019. Sharon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. She is considered one of the foremost researchers internationally in the social determinants of health, and was nominated in 2014 by her international peers as one of the world’s most influential female leaders in global health. Sharon’s interests are in the governance and regulatory processes related to the structural factors affecting health inequities, including trade and investment; urbanisation; food systems and climate change.

Lakshmin Mudaliar is a Fijian PhD scholar with roots in New Zealand. Her research project titled, Environmental Migration, Disaster Displacement and Planned Relocation Governance in the Pacific, examines the geographical patterns of policy convergence and divergence in managing human mobility caused by environmental stressors across the region. It focuses on the role of policy actors in shaping and transferring policies and/or ideas to manage population movements induced by climate change, disasters and environmental degradation. Prior to joining ANU RegNet, Lakshmin was pursuing her doctoral studies at Monash University. During this time, she interned with the Fiji Mission in Geneva and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for the Pacific in Fiji, working on climate displacement and human rights.

Lee White is a Research Fellow with the Zero Carbon Energy in the Asia Pacific Grand Challenge program. She earned her PhD at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, examining the impact of particular policy designs in terms of equity and the role that urban policy can play in supporting energy transition. Her research relates to understanding how systems can be changed to increase clean technology adoption, including policies that can make distributed generation more accessible to individuals. She has published in areas including drivers of residential solar adoption, predictors of intent to adopt electric vehicles, and household response to demand management rates to shift timing of electricity use.

Other events in the 2021 Conversations seminar series:

Panel 2 - Resistance

Tuesday 18 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm
View event details and register here

Panel 3 - Opportunities

Tuesday 25 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm
View event details and register here


Conversations 2022 is an in-person event only. The seminar series will be a public event and will be recorded. The recording will be made available after the event through the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) website.

COVID protocols

  • Please do not attend this event if you feel unwell, are awaiting the results of a test or are required to self-isolate/quarantine. The ANU’s COVID Safety advice can be accessed here.
  • The ANU will continue to require that masks be worn indoors for the foreseeable future, except when eating or drinking.
  • Attendees are encouraged to use hand sanitiser and the Check in CBR app at the entrance to the building.
  • Please maintain good social hygiene by staying 1.5m apart from others and coughing/sneezing into elbows.

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