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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
    Alan Gamlen

    Professor Alan Gamlen

    Alan Gamlen is the Director of the Migration Hub and a Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at ANU. He has worked on human migration and mobility research for two decades and held related appointments at Oxford University (where he received his doctorate), Stanford University, the Max Planck Society, the Japan Centre for Area Studies, Monash University and Wellington University in his homeland, New Zealand.

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    In 2010-2020 he was Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies (Oxford University Press). In 2016-17 he was Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre. He advises many migration-related international organizations, governments, service providers, and NGOs. He is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and a member of the ARC College of Experts.

    Research interests:

    • Human migration and mobility



      Geopolitics, economics and security


      Global governance and regulatory institutions


      Health equity and well-being


      Climate change and energy transitions


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    Professor Kathryn Henne

    Professor Kathryn (Kate) Henne is the Director of RegNet and leads RegNet’s Justice and Technoscience Lab (JusTech). Working across disciplines, she studies how science and technology are contributing to changes in the governance of health, safety and well-being.

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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. Her research spans diverse areas, including automated decision-making, criminalisation, data governance, gender-specific regulation, human enhancement, injury, regulatory science and surveillance.

    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.

    Image: Ashley Schram (ANU, RegNet)
    Image: Ashley Schram (ANU, RegNet)

    Associate Professor Ashley Schram

    Ashley Schram is an Associate Professor in RegNet, Associate Dean of Higher Degree Research in CAP, and Deputy Director of the Australian Research Centre for Health Equity (ARCHE). Her research explores governance of the social and commercial determinants of health and examines impacts on social stratification, human health, and health equity. Her substantive areas of specialisation include trade and investment policy and food systems.

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    Her programme of work is focused on qualitative enquiry into how actors, ideas, rules, norms, and power dynamics shape public policy and private actor practices in ways that stratify society and produce health inequities. Her research also has a substantial focus on advancing theory-informed, critical public policy evaluation.

    Available student projects

    Ashely is always eager to hear from potential  PhD students who have an interest in working on projects in the following areas:

    • the production of structural inequities and the maldistribution of socioeconomic advantage;
    • food systems governance (e.g., finance, investment, AgTech);
    • investment policy and practice in Australia and the Asia-Pacific;
    • impact investment and other social financing (e.g., social impact bonds)