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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


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.


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’.


Prepared for the Public Sector Innovation Network's 2020 Innovation Month event in July, 'Delivering Differently', this new podcast explores the rapid adaptation of Australia’s federal system to deliver differently in the wake of COVID-19.

Professor A.J. Brown (School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University), Jennifer Menzies (Policy Innovation Hub, Griffith University) and Dr Jacob Deem (School of Business and Law, Central Queensland University) discuss how Australia’s federal system managed and adapted in the early stage of the COVID crisis, what worked well, and whether elements should remain as part of our federal structure when the crisis diminishes.

Listen to the podcast here


In February 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was becoming clear, a small group of academics came together from public health, international relations, public policy and development economics to analyse and address the gendered effects of COVID-19 and government responses to the outbreak. After publishing a highly influential commentary on COVID-19 in The Lancet, the team expanded to become an international gender and COVID-19 working group, which now has more than 300 expert members.

In this episode of The Gender Card, presenter Nance Haxton speaks to three esteemed members of this working group: Professor Sara Davies, Dr Julia Smith,  and Dr Clare Wenham about how this research is informing global public health response to the pandemic.

Listen to the latest episode with The Gender Card below

Listen to the podcast here


Professor John Kane, an expert in political leadership and US Foreign Policy, has written on current events in the US, the political environment, and the impact on the upcoming US election.

To read his piece, for the Policy Innovation Hub, Griffith University's Machinery of Government Blog - 'Perversive Leadership and Hyperpartisan Politics: What fate awaits America?'

Read John's article here


The global impact of COVID-19 on women’s wellbeing has been highlighted in a new UN Women report co-authored by Professor Sara Davies. Women’s access to education and health services has already been compromised by the pandemic, according to the report Spotlight on Gender, COVID-19 and the SDGs: Will the pandemic derail hard-won progress on gender equality? COVID-19 does not discriminate, but it’s spreading through societies that do.

This report showcases the latest evidence on the gendered impact of the pandemic, highlights potential and emerging trends, and reflects on the long-term impact of the crisis on the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Follow the link below to the full report and the journal article discussing findings in Nature.

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Dr Tracey Arklay has recently written a piece for the Machinery of Government Blog by the Policy Innovation Hub at Griffith University.  Tracey's piece on Managing the Australian Federation beyond Covid-19 - How to achieve long-lasting intergovernmental reform looks at the establishment of the National Cabinet and it's use going forward. The National Cabinet has brought decision makers together in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation to tackle a sudden and devastating health and economic crisis. Its success, according to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been due to the lack of ‘theatre’ and politics that were a common feature of COAG meetings. Tracey explores ideas for achieving reform on Federalism going forward.

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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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