Enhancing growth and development: Water governance in Laos

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is one of the least developed nations in South-East Asia and inhabits nearly 7 million people with the mighty Mekong River playing a central part in people’s lives. Over the next few years, the Lao PDR will face many challenges with its economic adjustment, and the water sector will play a key role to support the growth of agriculture and natural resources.

Funded by a DFAT Australian Awards Fellowship, Dr Tapan Sarker and Dr Andrea Haefner are facilitating a program to develop good practices in the transfer of knowledge to professionals from Laos in the area of water governance.

Global governance revisited via three levels of analysis

The Centre for Global Cooperation Research (Duisburg, Germany) appointed Larry Crump as a Senior Fellow based on his proposal: Global governance revisited via three levels of analysis: Global, regional and bilateral. The global focus of this fellowship was on the G20. The regional focus was aimed at the factors that support and inhibit policy coordination in regional associations. The bilateral focus was on developing a theoretical framework that can help explain closure (the end game) in bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations.

Human organ trafficking

The conventional narrative in organ trafficking portrays the rich buyer exploiting the poor seller. In reality, both buyer and seller may become victims, and are both exploited by the organ traffickers and their brokers. Sellers are trafficked and buyers are smuggled into hospitals for the transplant procedure. Both are in vulnerable positions and both are recruited by predatory means.

Dr Campbell Fraser is investigating appropriate solutions to the “dark web” aspect of organ trafficking.

China’s renewable energy policy and its impact on the Australian economy

China’s leading role at COP21 in Paris reflected a domestic push to transform their economy to a focus on ‘green’ energy.  China is by far the largest export market for Australia, representing around 30 percent of our total merchandise exports. Therefore, any change to China’s needs, particularly in terms of mineral resources, may have huge implications for the Australian economy.

Dr Paul Howard is investigating the impact this will have on Australia's economic and strategic interests.

Implications and policy direction for international trade in health services in the Philippines

There has been a growing attention on trade in health services in South East Asian region, but little is known in the Philippines. While it can bring potential economic gain, it has social, ethical, and legal implications like exploiting the poor.

PhD candidate, Maria Antonio (supervised by Professor Cordia Chu and Dr Larry Crump) is examining the implications of trade in health services sought by foreigners in the Philippines to provide recommendations for future policy direction.

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