Staff of the School of Government and International Relations excel in the discipline of Political Science. Our expertise encompasses many sub-disciplines within the field including International Relations, International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Australian Politics, Political Theory and Public Policy.
The School is consistently recognised for its research excellence. And we are immensely proud of our strong reputation for nurturing new and emerging scholars. Our staff are committed to examining, understanding and explaining the dynamics of the world in which we live and producing research outcomes that are policy-relevant. This approach ensures that our staff are regularly sought by media and government, nationally and internationally, for expert comment and advice.
The School works collaboratively with Griffith Research Centres. Our staff lead research into global health governance, policy and capacity, public integrity and anti-corruption, the international political economy, federalism, leadership and democratic governance, Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership, governance challenges, human security, and security dynamics.
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Dr Liz van Acker's new book, Marriage and Values in Public Policy: Conflicts in the UK, the US and Australia (Routledge, 2017), is the culmination of many years of research into the three highlighted governments' approaches to marriage policy. The book examines the political conflict surrounding marriage and the 'clash of values' between the respective governments and those with interests in either change or maintaining the status quo.
- Why is this area of research important? (MP4 548 MB)
- Contribution of this research to policy and practice (MP4 558.2 MB)
van Acker, E 2017, Marriage and Values in Public Policy: Conflicts in the UK, US and Australia, Routledge, New York.
Associate Professor Sara Davies, with colleague Professor Belinda Bennett (QUT) have been researching the influence and role of gender on the provision of health care in health emergencies. Their recent article, "A Gendered Human Rights Analysis of Ebola and Zika: Locating Gender in Global Health Emergencies" in the journal International Affairs, examines the national and international responses to those outbreaks and offers insights into managing future health emergencies differently.
- Responses to the Zika and Ebola outbreaks as a catalyst for the research (MP4 615.5 MB).
- The importance and contribution of this research to health policy and practice (MP4 1.05 GB).
Davies, S E and Bennett B 2016, 'A Gendered Human Rights Analysis of Ebola and Zika: Locating Gender in Global Health Emergencies', International Affairs. 92:5. pp 1041-1060. Read the article.