Disruption in the Public Interest

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Even before Covid-19, climate change, inequality and poor health outcomes related to non-communicable diseases shone a light on major ruptures evident within society – in Australia, across the Asia Pacific region and globally. The seismic shifts that are now occurring as a consequence of Covid-19 - in politics, economics, business, livelihoods, and societal ways of being - provide an important entry point to collectively and systematically inform and guide the emerging ‘system’ to achieve positive environmental, social and health outcomes.

Working towards a collective positive future requires understanding the disruptions that have happened, and the recapture of these disruptions by some interests to ‘snap back’ to the way it was before. The aim of this project is to create a repository of Covid-19 provoked disruptions in public policy, business and among civil society, in Australia and countries across the Asia-Pacific region. It will focus on four sectors – economic, social, energy, and health and assess the disruptions for their ability to enable positive societal change including better health, social and environmental outcomes.

The current APIP project is part of an emerging ambitious, long-term program of work - the ANU Governing Disruption Initiative (GDI) which focuses on the unfolding disruption we now face, hoping to use our scholarship to reimagine and shape a fairer, more sustainable, healthier future.

Funding Agency: Asia-Pacific Innovation Program (APIP)

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Professor Sharon Friel

Professor 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...

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Society, safety and health

The Society, Safety and Health cluster has four research themes:

  • Policy processes and the social determinants of health inequities
  • Governance for health equity
  • Food systems, nutrition and climate change
  • Regulation and governance of health care systems

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