2022 Conversations - Regulatory futures (Panel 2: Resistance)

Event details

Panel Discussion

Date & time

Tuesday 18 October 2022


Seminar Room 1.04 Coombs Extension Building #8 Fellows Road ANU



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

Panel 2 - Resistance

Tuesday 18 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm | In-person seminar

Resistance is a normal and healthy part of politics and social life. Most commonly resistance is the way in which groups negotiate their role in society, making demands for voice and respect to attain equality. Resistance takes a different turn, however, when its goal is domination. In this panel speakers will discuss what happens when calls for social justice trigger resistance to change that may involve preserving old status systems or disabling mechanisms of accountability.


(Facilitator) Valerie Braithwaite is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a disciplinary background in psychology. She has taught in social and clinical psychology programs at undergraduate and graduate level, and has held research appointments in gerontology in the NH&MRC Social Psychiatry Research Unit and in the Administration, Compliance and Governability Project in the Research School of Social Sciences at ANU. In 1988-89, she was Associate Director in the Research School of Social Sciences, from 1989-2005 Director of the Centre for Tax System Integrity, and from 2006-2008 Head of the Regulatory Institutions Network, now RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance, in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

PhD candidate Derek Futaiasi worked as the Deputy Secretary to Prime Minister and Assistant Secretary to Prime Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Solomon Islands prior to joining The Australian National University . He served under the leadership of three Prime Ministers from 2013 to 2017. It was during this period that he developed his interest in Constituency Development Funds and its related nexus to issues pertaining to separations of power, among other issues. In Solomon Islands, Derek was also the focal point for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and represented Solomon Islands in various international meetings pertaining to the UNCAC. Derek holds a LLB, Professional Diploma in Legal Practice and LLM from The University of the South Pacific.

Peter Grabosky holds a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University, and has written extensively on crime control and public policy. His current interests focus on excesses of the state in regulation, crime control, and national security.More generally, he has worked on computer crime, policing, regulatory failure, and how non-governmental institutions may be harnessed in furtherance of public policy. He was the 2006 winner of the Sellin-Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology for contributions to comparative and international criminology, and the 2011 recipient of the Prix Hermann Mannheim, awarded by the International Centre of Comparative Criminology at the University of Montreal. He is a past president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, a former Deputy Secretary General of the International Society of Criminology, and was a Vice President of the Asian Criminological Society.

Ibolya (Ibi) Losoncz is a Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. Her research on the relationship between individuals and institutions examines how policies and institutional processes that are unresponsive to human needs can lead to defiance, rebellion and a breakdown of social bonds between the people and the state. Ibi published in a range of international journals, including Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Social Alternatives, and The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. Her recent book Institutional Disrespect explores the destructive consequences of democracies relying on institutional processes that are deaf to human needs.

Other events in the 2021 Conversations seminar series:

Panel 1 - Disruptions

Tuesday 11 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.
  • Masks are no longer required indoors at ANU except in teaching and clinical settings. Please be mindful of members in our community who are vulnerable. We strongly encourage you to keep a mask with you at all times, and be respectful of colleagues, students and visitors who may wish to continue to wear one, or if other COVID-19 safe behaviours are not practicable.
  • 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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