Jarrett Blaustein

Associate Professor Jarrett Blaustein

Jarrett Blaustein is an Associate Professor and the Director of Education at RegNet. His interdisciplinary research explores how and why societies govern and deliver security during or in anticipation of different types of crises. 

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Jarrett has also written extensively on the topic of global crime governance and his most recent book Unraveling the Crime Development Nexus (as lead author) explores how successive international attempts to govern crime through multilateral institutions and organisations have served to reproduce the interests of global capital since the 19th Century. He has also published in several leading journals including the British Journal of Criminology, the International Journal of Drug Policy, Policing & Society, and Theoretical Criminology.

Research Interests:

  • Policing
  • Resilience and climate adaptation
  • Global crime governance
  • Policy transfer/mobilities
  • Law and order politics
Christian Downie

Associate Professor Christian Downie

Christian Downie is an Associate Professor at RegNet. He holds an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship and was previously a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales.

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    Research interests

    • International Relations
    • Environmental Politics

    Available student projects

    I am always eager to hear from Masters and PhD students who have an interest in working on projects in the following areas:

    • Global energy policy
    • Global climate change policy
    • US energy policy
    • The G20
    • Business actors and clean energy transitions
    Image: Professor Sharon Friel (ANU, RegNet)
    Image: Professor Sharon Friel (ANU, RegNet)

    Professor Sharon Friel

    Professor Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at RegNet. She was Director of RegNet from 2014-2019. Sharon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

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    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.

    Sharon is Co-Director of the five year NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity and chief investigator on several other current major research collaborations in policy and governance issues associated with health inequities.

    In 2010 she was awarded an inaugural Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate the interface between climate change, social determinants and health equity. Between 2005 and 2008 she was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) of the World Health Organisation Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

    Research interests: Governance and regulation as it relates to health equity; social determinants of health; health inequalities; global health; food systems; climate change; and public policy processes and health equity

    Image: Associate Professor Forsyth Miranda (RegNet)
    Image: Associate Professor Forsyth Miranda (RegNet)

    Professor Miranda Forsyth

    Prior to coming to ANU, Miranda was a senior lecturer in criminal law at the law school of the University of the South Pacific, based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Miranda is the author of A Bird that Flies with Two Wings: Kastom and State Justice Systems in Vanuatu (2009) ANU ePress and co-author of Weaving Intellectual Property Policy in Small island Developing States, Intersentia 2015.

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    The central analytical question animating Miranda’s scholarship is how people’s diverse justice needs can best be met in contexts of multiple legal and normative orders. Her geographical focus has been primarily in the Pacific Islands region, particularly Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Previous projects include the relationships between state and customary justice in Vanuatu and a pluralistic approach to the regulation of intellectual property in the Pacific Islands.

    Current research projects focussing on the Pacific include the potential of Restorative Justice for the Pacific islands region, particularly in relation to gender based violence; the promise and challenges of Community Rule-Making as regulatory innovation; and a multi-year project on overcoming sorcery accusation related violence in Papua New Guinea. Miranda is also working on the development of a new agenda for Environmental Restorative Justice in both Australia and internationally.

    Miranda draws creatively upon theories and methodological approaches from the disciplines of law, anthropology and criminology to interrogate these issues, working in close partnerships with Pacific islands researchers and research institutions.

    Research interests

    • Legal pluralism
    • Law and society
    • Legal anthropology
    • Restorative justice
    • Crime and violence
    • Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
    • Intellectual property law
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    Professor Kathryn Henne

    Professor Kathryn (Kate) Henne is the Director of RegNet. An interdisciplinarily trained scholar, she has a PhD in Criminology, Law and Society with a specialisation in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science and Technology from the University of California, Irvine.

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    Before commencing as RegNet’s Director, she held the Canada Research Chair in Biogovernance, Law and Society at the University of Waterloo, where she was also a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

    Kate Henne’s research is concerned with the interface between inequality, technoscience and regulation. She has published widely on topics related to biometric surveillance, criminological knowledge production, human enhancement and wellbeing, regulatory science, and technologies of policing. She leads RegNet’s Justice and Technoscience Lab (JusTech), a collaboratory that brings together scholars from Australia and overseas to study and develop more equitable approaches to the governance of science and technology.

    Research interests

    • Crime, law and society
    • Critical health studies
    • Intersecting inequalities
    • Experiences of regulation and governance
    • Science and technology studies
    • Surveillance
    Professor Anthea Roberts. Photo: Jamie Kidston/ANU
    Professor Anthea Roberts. Photo: Jamie Kidston/ANU

    Professor Anthea Roberts

    Anthea Roberts is an interdisciplinary researcher and legal scholar who focuses on new ways of thinking about complex and evolving global fields. Her research areas include international law, trade and investment, the effect of geopolitical change on global governance, and understanding and navigating complex systems. Anthea is the Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice and chairs the ANU Working Group on Geoeconomics.

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    She is currently a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and formerly taught at the London School of Economics, Columbia Law School and Harvard Law School.

    In 2019, the League of Scholars named Anthea the world’s leading international law scholar and Australia’s leading law scholar. Her new book Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why it Matters (co-authored with Nicolas Lamp) with Harvard University Press was listed as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Financial Times and Fortune Magazine. Anthea’s first book Is International Law International? (2017) won numerous prizes, including the American Society of International Law’s Book Prize, and was Oxford University Press’s top-selling law monograph worldwide in 2017-2018.

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    Professor Susan Sell

    Susan Sell is a RegNet Professor. She earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of California – Berkeley. She taught at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate School before joining the George Washington University. There, she was a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. She served as Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington from 2007-2012.

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    She has published numerous articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of the Review of International Political Economy; the European Journal of International Relations, and Global Governance.

    She serves on the Board of Geneva-based IP-Watch, a reporting service targeted at under-resourced negotiating delegations. Professor Sell has been a consultant for the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the World Health Organization. In 2015-2016 she was appointed to the Expert Advisory Group for the United Nations Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Public Health and Access to Medicines.

    Research interests

    • International political economy
    • Trade
    • Economic development
    • Intellectual property
    • Investment

    She focuses on the politics of intellectual property, trade, investment and private power.

    Veronica Taylor

    Professor Veronica Taylor

    Veronica L. Taylor is an international lawyer and socio-legal scholar. Her work centres on regulatory intermediation and institutional reform. Within international law and justice norm-making, she analyzes the people and institutions that animate rule of law as foreign policy, commercial activity and a professional practice.

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    Within the field of Asian and Comparative law, her work on Japan and Indonesia includes empirical and comparative studies of contracts, competition and corporate governance. Her current work focuses on the actors shaping legal pluralism in the Philippines; the ways in which regulation and law are made in Myanmar; and how to improve Indonesia’s research competitiveness. She has written and consulted extensively on legal education reform and the regulation of the legal profession in Asia.

    Her work draws on more than 30 years’ professional experience as a designer and implementer of legal reform for international and bilateral aid programmes in 15 countries.

    Veronica Taylor is a Professor of Law and Regulation at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. Veronica has supervised more than 40 PhD, Masters and Honours-level research projects. In undergraduate education, she has been the lead national coach for Team Australia in the bilingual Intercollegiate Negotiation and Arbitration Competition held annually in Tokyo: https://www.teamaustralia-inc.net

    At ANU Veronica is an ANU Public Policy Fellow. Her external engagement includes co-convening the Australian Law and Justice Development Community of Practice, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is a member of the Executive of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee; a Director of the Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies; and a member of the Oceania Advisory Committee for the interdisciplinary, transregional project Meridian 180: https://meridian.northwestern.edu

    Veronica Taylor joined ANU in 2010 as Director of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) (2010-2014) (now the School of Regulation and Global Governance) and served as Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (2014-2016). She has served two terms as Director of the ANU Japan Institute. Prior to joining the ANU, she was Director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington, Seattle.

    Research interests:

    • Law and society in Asia
    • Regulation and global governance
    • Rule of law promotion
    • Law and justice practice
    • Policy design
    • Higher education reform and policy