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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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INDO-PACIFIC RESEARCH STUDY

Prof. Sara Davies and her team of in-country partners have been awarded a Grant of $200, 000 from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research to conduct research on the ‘COVID-19 gendered risks, impact & response in the Indo-Pacific: Rapid research and policy guidance'. The research team that Sara will be leading as Chief Investigator will examine food insecurity experiences and the economic impacts on women in three countries during the pandemic: Myanmar, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The in-country partners include YWCA - Myanmar, the University of Philippines - Visayas, and the HausKuk Initiative in Papua New Guinea. The research project is a collaboration with the Gender and COVID-19 Working Group Project facilitated by the Gates Foundation.

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AGENTS OF RESISTANCE AND REVIVAL? LOCAL ELECTION MONITORS AND DEMOCRATIC FORTUNES IN ASIA

Max Grömping has recently published a piece in the Democratization journal titled Agents of resistance and revival? Local election monitors and democratic fortunes in Asia. The article explores cultural and political economy theories linking a vibrant civil society to democratic outcomes expect domestic election monitors to provide a vaccine against democratic backsliding. His findings highlight the empirical track record of such groups is mixed. Max draws from theories of interest representation and social movement research to study the effect of observer groups.

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AUSTRALIA'S NATIONAL INTEGRITY SYSTEM: A BLUEPRINT FOR ACTION

Australia's National Integrity System: A Blueprint for Action was launched at this online event from Parliament House, Canberra on 30th November 2020. Griffith University and Transparency International Australia have been lead partners in this Australian Research Council-funded assessment. It outlines 10 actions in five focus areas for Australia’s governments and the wider community.

National Integrity System: A Blueprint for Action Report - full report available here.

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WE COMPARE THE LANGUAGE OF POPULIST LEADERS - THE RESULTS ARE UNEXPECTED

Professor Duncan McDonnell and his colleague Associate Professor Stefano Ondelli from University of Trieste wrote a piece for The Conversation on comparing the language of populist leaders. Whilst it is a common belief that populist leaders use overly simplistic language to appeal to their base, new research from McDonnell and Ondelli surprisingly, does not support this. In this piece they examine why populist leaders use complex language.

They have also published an article The Language of Right Wing Populist Leaders: Not so simple in Cambridge Core. Read the  journal article here.

Read The Conversation piece here

RUNNING LOCAL ELECTIONS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma's recently released a piece for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and Electoral Management.
Ferran's case study, 'Running Local Elections During the COVID-19 Crisis: Queensland, Australia', will be influential as we head towards the Queensland State election on 31 October and provides an interesting insight as to the future of elections going forward. This is an issue that will have an affect around the globe.

Read Ferran's case study here

2020 PAT WELLER PRIZE WINNER

Lachlan Bourke is this year’s recipient of the Pat Weller Prize. This prize is awarded to the highest grade in the first year Trimester one course, Introduction to Politics within the Bachelor of Government and International Relations.

The Pat Weller Prize was established in 2014 in honour of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy founding Director Emeritus Professor Patrick Weller. The award is presented annually to encourage and recognise students’ academic excellence. Lachlan says "I found over the last few years during my economics studies that macro-level interactions between states are not only an area of great interest to me, but are also the determining factor in shaping the world we live in. Domestic forces from within a state have the ability to heavily influence these macro-level interactions".

Lachlan says this course provided an opportunity to further explore these domestic inputs and cultural debates. He adds "I chose to write my major essay on whether revolution has the ability to bring about positive political change, arguing in the affirmative. Therefore, I believe this course actively invites students to think openly and critically about international relations, without taking any of the theoretical ‘lenses’, so-to-speak, for granted". Congratulations Lachlan.

RESEARCH COLLABORATION FORMALISED WITH ABORIGINAL PARTNERS

On 21 July 2020 the Ely Bauxite Mine Beneficiaries Trust signed a Research Agreement with Centre member Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh to formalise collaboration on a research project designed to find more effective ways of implementing agreements between Aboriginal peoples and mining companies.

The research will be funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and in addition to the Ely Trust and Griffith University will include Laval University in Quebec, the Old Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation, the Bendigo-based Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, and Conseil de la Nation Innu de Matimekush-Lac John, a First Nation located in northern Quebec.

‘Griffith University is delighted to be working with the Ely Trust and our other Aboriginal partners to find better ways of implementing agreements’, said Professor O’Faircheallaigh. ‘Their cooperation is essential so that researchers can get access to current and accurate information, and to make sure that their research findings are used in practical ways to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal peoples affected by mining projects’.

GENDER EQUALITY RESEARCH NETWORK

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.

Research degrees

Find out about our PhD and research degree opportunities with the Centre for Governance and Public Policy.

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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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