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Links between R&D investment and governance performance

Lorrae’s Planet under Pressure presentation generated discusison on the links between science and governance – and whether they can be used together as a force for good…or evil.

Report from COP15

ANU’s Jasmin Logg-Scarvell tells us about COP15

movers and shakers in water policy

This Friday 5 March Dr. Sander Meijerink from Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands will share his insights into how individuals and collectives shape water policy reform.  Giving examples from 15 different case studies, he will describe how policy ‘entrepreneurs’ work strategically to build coalitions and manipulate decision making forums in order to guide water [...]

Swimming with Whale Sharks

This Friday the 8th of August, Wendy Rainbird (Nature and Society Forum) will be leading a discussion on “Swimming with Whale Sharks: the place of direct experience in valuing and understanding the natural world”. We will explore the issues for effective on-going conservation management, human interactions with and threats to the whale sharks, and the changes these bring to oceanic ecosystems, political processes and personal values.

Savannah Cats (review)

For this Forum, Penelope Marshall led us through a work in progress on the current troubled importation of the Savannah Cat into Australia. This involved stepping back from the controversy to look at how this case depicts tangled webs of failing governance and deliberation, alongside the problematic consequences of humanities project of modernity and ethical dilemmas at the heart of how we think the world should be.

From the Music of the Spheres … and Back Again (review)

‘From the Music of the Spheres to the Clatter of the Dice and Back Again’. Well, for this Forum John Schooneveldt lead us on one very stunning trip, covering 4 billion years, into some seriously big ideas and re-conceptualisations, and to which I can not do justice in a few paragraphs, but here is a shot at a slice of it.

A sense of urgency and peril?

This Friday the 1st of August, Desley Speck (PhD candidate, Fenner School, The ANU), will be leading a discussion on “A sense of urgency and peril? Australian perceptions of climate change and their political influences”.

The cat, the dog and the python: The proposed importation of savannah cats into Australia

This seminar will explore several aspects of the current construction of the savannah cat controversy. Firstly, it will reveal the competing discourses evident in the savannah cat case as complex; if not irreconcilable. Secondly, it will reveal the nomenclature relied on within these discourses as equally complex. Thirdly, it will highlight suggested changes to the existing administrative powers of the national Vertebrate Pest Committee as being neither transparent nor accountable and therefore of concern.

From the Music of the Spheres to the Clatter of the Dice and Back Again

The case for applying Darwinian principles to explain social and cultural change John Schooneveldt (Nature and Society Forum) Traditional wisdom has long recognised that societal arrangements, beliefs, languages and cultures evolve over time but they do so rather differently to the way living organisms have evolved. In other words, while Darwinian evolution is widely accepted [...]

The Price of pre-ecological policy inertia (review)

The title of David Eastburn’s Human Ecology forum discussion was The Price of pre-ecological policy inertia: 10,000 hectares of dead Red Gums? And what we got from David was an emphatic removal of the question mark in his title and, sadly, its replacement by an exclamation mark…The kernel of David’s story is this: on the [...]