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“It is truly fascinating how regulation and governance impacts our lives in a huge number of big and small ways. We often don’t even think about it,” says Aleks, who recently joined RegNet as a research fellow and convenor of two of RegNet’s research-led educational programs, the Graduate Certificate and Master of Regulation and Governance.
Aleks’ current research explores the implications of artificial intelligence for governance and civil society, anticipatory governance and public sector innovation, and discourses surrounding technology and technological futures.
“I think the motivation to research these areas stems from my childhood obsession with science-fiction. It is embarrassing how much I devoured not only speculative sci-fi but also scientifically grounded books on space, robots, and the future,” Aleks recounts.
“However, since my brain short-circuits whenever numbers appear, I couldn’t cut it as an astronomer, engineer or physicist, so I pivoted quite early towards social science and utilising ‘words good’!”
Academically, Aleks comes from an international relations background but has taught research design in politics and IR, gender studies, ‘big issues’ in international relations, and on migration governance. He is an advocate of active and experiential learning and has considerable experience in the development of learning pedagogy and graduate student experiences.
“I try and make classes as interactive and engaging as possible. I especially like devising new ways to think about the material, utilising different teaching tools, coming up with interesting activities, and just generally learning from my students and figuring out what I could do to maximise their learning and ensure their success.
“Oh, and humour,” he adds, “dad jokes, pop culture references, pies in the face, you just never know what you’re going to get. Keeps everyone on their toes.”
As convenor of the Graduate Certificate and Master of Regulation and Governance programs, Aleks will play an integral role working alongside Professor Kate Henne, the School’s Director and other academics to further enhance the student learning environment at RegNet and act as one of the first points of contact for prospective students interested in the program.
“Students will benefit from the amazing academic and professional staff here at RegNet.
“We have the benefit of Kate’s incredible leadership and a diverse group of highly prolific academics that are world-renowned for their research.
“Everyone here is dedicated to ensuring our students get the most out of the program and their classes and work tirelessly to find ways of ensuring our graduate cohorts’ success, whether they are looking to pursue a PhD or a professional career in the public, private or non-profit sectors.
“We really benefit from having a smaller program which allows us to get to know our students’ needs better.
“I encourage those interested in the programs to come have a chat with me. We can discuss if this is the right path forward for you.”