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Griffith’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy is an outstanding intellectual environment for world-class research engaging international scholars and government and policy communities. We examine and critique the capacity, accountability and sustainability of the public service and government, providing insights into improved management structures. By working closely with governmental and non-governmental partners, we are making a tangible mark on governance research. Our outstanding scholarship has seen the Centre awarded numerous grants, including more than 40 ARC Discovery/DECRA grants between 2000-2017, and publication of more than 100 books in the past decade.

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Congratulations to Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh and Professor Thierry Rodon (Laval University in Quebec) who have received $110,000 in funding to carry out their research on implementation of agreements between Indigenous people and industry.The grant received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, via its Knowledge Network on Mining Encounters and Indigenous Sustainable Livelihoods, will fund Ciaran and Thierry's research project 'Realising Indigenous rights: Effective implementation of agreements between Indigenous Peoples and the extractive industry'. The project is supported by Indigenous organisations including Ely Mine Beneficiaries Trust, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Conseil de la Nation Innu de Matimekush-Lac John. These organisations will provide access to research data and sites, and will make immediate and practical use of the research team's findings


Professor AJ Brown has recently announced the first Asia-Pacific Integrity School which will run from 19-26 March 2020 at Griffith University’s South Bank campus in Brisbane, opening with a special symposium on the future of anti-corruption in the Asia-Pacific region.

Two world-leading figures in anti-corruption will join Griffith University as speakers and instructors in the inaugural Asia-Pacific Integrity School.  We welcome Dr Delia Rubio, Chair of Transparency International and His Excellency J C Weliamuna PC.

The Integrity School is a 5-7-day intensive program operating thanks to a partnership between Transparency International Australia and Griffith University’s Graduate Certificate in Integrity & Anti-Corruption program. The new program will equip professionals and young people with advanced policy and analytical skills to undertake effective integrity and anti-corruption measures. For more details and to register interest in the program follow the link below.

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The Gender Equality Research Network has released a series of 6 podcasts on gender issues from academic experts across the University.  Imagine for a moment if you will, what the world would look like if all genders were equal. What would that mean for society, for work, and play, and for women’s place in those structures? That’s what this podcast, The Gender Card, is all about.  In the first episode of The Gender Card, we find out why and how women win or lose in big transitional periods, both on a global scale, and in their own personal lives. And we discover what brought together our esteemed experts Griffith Law School Associate Professor Dr Susan Harris-Rimmer, and Griffith Business School Associate Professor Dr Sara Davies, to start a radical research network for gender equity at university level.

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Dr Caitlin Mollica recently hosted a panel discussion, 'Agents of Change: What can youth offer peace and security?' at the Ship Inn on our South Bank campus.

Youth are central to global peace and security challenges.  In countries and regions most affected by conflict, forced displacement, risk of radicalisation and the increasingly urgent consequences of climate change, young people make up a significant portion of the population  The panel asked how and what youth can contribute to peace and security, in the broader context of established attention to gender, securitisation of peace, and young people's already existing activism.

Caitlin was joined by fellow panellists: Betty Barkha (Monash Gender, Peace and Security), Helen Berents (Queensland University of Technology), David Duriesmith (University of Queensland) and Jacqui True (Monday University).


On Saturday, 26 October, Professor A.J. Brown delivered the 2019 Henry Parkes Oration in Tenterfield, NSW. On the 130th anniversary of Parkes' Tenterfield Address, Professor AJ Brown presents a seven point plan for restoring public confidence in Commonwealth whistleblower protection.

Delivering his address on 'Safeguarding our Democracy'. "With recent events revealing confused and inconsistent policy and lawmaking in this area, we must act to strengthen Australia’s national systems of public integrity and accountability. This is not simply for the sake of press freedom, nor even for the sake of justice for everyday workers and officials. It is vital to safeguarding the future of Australian democracy." AJ's speech is available here.

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Congratulations to all our Centre members who have published this year.  We were honoured to have Vice Chancellor Professor Carolyn Evans officiate at the Book Launch. We acknowledged and celebrated the release of 9 books on a variety of subjects within the political science discipline.

Centre authors included: Duncan McDonnell; Tu Nguyen; Sara Davies; Huiyun Feng and Kai He; Xu Yi-chong; Luis Cabrera; Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh; Liz van Acker and Giorel Curran.

To find out more about our members recent publications please go to the Publications page below.

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Working closely with Griffith Athena Swan, the Gender Equality Research Network comprises outstanding early to mid-career research scholars in the Arts, Education and Law, and Griffith Business School disciplines.

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The Centre for Governance and Public Policy hosts visiting scholars from across Australia and the world for its seminar series, with current issues addressed and dissected.

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