2022 Conversations - Regulatory futures (Panel 3: Opportunities)

Event details

Panel Discussion

Date & time

Tuesday 25 October 2022


Seminar Room 1.04 Coombs Extension Building #8 Fellows Road ANU



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

Panel 3 - Opportunities

Tuesday 25 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm | In-person seminar

In the context of disruptive processes and resistance, what possibilities exist for transformative change that holds social justice, environment and equity at the centre? And how might adversarial or asymmetrical relationships be transformed? In this Panel, speakers will explore opportunities and strategies for transformative change across areas ranging from Australia-Pacific relationships, the bilateral Australia-China relationship, the international crime policy agenda, and Indigenous water governance.


(Facilitator) Lia Kent is a Senior Fellow/Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU. An interdisciplinary peace and conflict studies scholar, she completed her PhD in socio-legal studies at the University of Melbourne in 2010. Lia is the author of The Dynamics of Transitional Justice: International Models and Local Realities in East Timor (Routledge 2012). Lia’s research is concerned with the myriad ways in which individuals and communities make sense of legacies of state violence and protracted conflict. She has examined these themes through long-term ethnographic research in Timor-Leste (since 2004) and more recent research in Aceh (Indonesia) and Sri Lanka. Lia is especially interested in vernacular practices of memory and social repair, including how they intersect with – and potentially reshape – global peacebuilding discourses and states’ regulatory and governance practices.

Jarrett Blaustein is the Director of Education in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU. His interdisciplinary research explores how and why societies govern and deliver security during or in anticipation of different types of crises. Much of his work to date is anchored in the idea that policing is best conceptualised and studied as networks or webs of actors whose interactions collectively serve to advance or reproduce particular versions of social order. Much of his research builds on the tradition of ‘nodal governance’ scholarship (pioneered at RegNet nearly two decades ago) by illuminating how global forces and transnational linkages shape the governance and delivery of security in different contexts. His current work draws on these ideas to explore how different policing networks and actors around the world are adapting to risks, harms and crises associated with climate change.

Benjamin Herscovitch is a Research Fellow at the ANU’s School of Regulation and Global Governance, where he focuses on China’s economic statecraft and Australia-China relations. He is a member of the ANU Working Group on Geoeconomics. Prior to joining RegNet, Benjamin was an analyst and policy officer in the Department of Defence, specialising in China’s external policy and Australia’s defence diplomacy. He was previously a researcher for Beijing-based thank-tanks and consultancies. Benjamin holds a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of New South Wales (1st Class Honours and the University Medal) and a PhD in political theory from the University of Sydney.

Virginia Marshall is the Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow with the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society. She is a practising lawyer and duty solicitor, a former associate & researcher with the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney and professional member of the NSW Law Society and Women Lawyers Association of NSW. Former Senior Legal Officer of the Australian Law Reform Commission and inquiry into ‘Family Violence & Commonwealth Laws: Improving Legal Frameworks’ (ALRC 117), Executive Officer of the NSW Government’s ‘Aboriginal Water Trust’ and criminal defence lawyer with NSW Legal Aid. Virginia is the winner of the WEH Stanner Award for the best thesis by an Indigenous author, titled, ‘A web of Aboriginal water rights: Examining the competing Aboriginal claim for water property rights and interests in Australia’.

Nayahamui Rooney is a lecturer (Pacific Studies) with School of Culture, History and Language, ANU. Her research focusses on urban Papua New Guinea and explores the intersections between and different scales of migration, land, gender, gendered violence, livelihoods, and social safety. Her methodological approaches include explorations of creative methods such as ethnographic poetry and the analysis of oral traditions and material culture as integral to the research process. Her previous roles include holding a research fellow position with Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funded partnership project between the ANU and University of PNG. Prior to beginning her academic career as an ANU PhD student in 2012, She lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, holding positions as a national officer in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank in Papua New Guinea. She briefly worked in the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in 2005-2006.

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 2 - Resistance

Tuesday 18 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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