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See details of our previous events, including seminars, workshops, roundtables and conferences.



When Speaker(s) Topic
26 March 2015 Dr. Anthoula Malkapoulou (University of Uppsala) and Prof. Lisa Hill (University of Adelaide) Competing Conceptions of Democracy
7 July 2015 Priya Chacko (Chair: University of Adelaide); Christophe Jaffrelot (CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS and King's India Institute-KCL); Marika Vicziany (Monash); Anthony D'Costa (University of Melbourne); Michael Gillan (University of Western Australia); Scott Fitzgerald (Curtin University); Peter May (University of Adelaide); Yamini Narayanan (Deakin University); Nisha Thapliyal (University of Newcastle); Alexander Davis (University of Adelaide); Irfan Ahmad (Australian Catholic University); Stuti Bhatnagar (University of Adelaide); Monika Barthwal-Datta (University of New South Wales); Arndt Michael (University of Freiburg) Acche din [Good Days]? Politics and Governance in India after One Year of the BJP



When Speaker(s) Topic
6 March 2014 Prof. TV Paul (McGill University) Soft Diplomacy
27 March 2014 Dr. Czezlaw Tubilewicz and Prof. Kanishka Jayasuriya (The University of Adelaide) Unpacking the Chinese State: State Transformation and the Subnational State
7 May 2014 Panellists: Priya Chacko, Georgina Drew, Purnendra Jain, Peter Mayer and Mandar Oak (The University of Adelaide); Pradeep Taneja (The University of Melbourne); Shamsul Khan (University of South Australia);Brian Hayes QC (SA Special Envoy to India); Rakesh Ahuja (former Australian deputy High Commissioner, India and currently Managing Associate, Axessindia Consultancy Group) India Decides
24 July 2014 Sarah Birch (The University of Glasgow) and Prof. Lisa Hill (the University of Adelaide)

Presented by the IPGRC and the Public Law and Policy Research Unit
Compulsory Voting



When Speaker(s) Topic
22 March 2013 Prof. Hidetaka Yoshimatu (College of Asia Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University) Regional Trade Politics in East Asia and the Indo-Pacific. The RCEP and TPP
May 2013 Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi (Panjab University) Geopolitics of "Climate Terror" in the Indo-Pacific: Border Orders and Others
20 May 2013 Prof. Swaran Singh (Jawaharlal Nehru University) Salience of China to Indo-Pacific debates: Perspectives from India
31 July 2013 Prof. Tim Lindsey (The University of Melbourne) The Non-Right to Religious Freedom in Indonesia
5 September 2013 Prof. Mark Beeson (Murdoch University) Middle Powers in the Asia-Pacific: Australia Considers its Options
13 September 2013 Mr Lou Chunhao and Ms Song Yinghui (The China Institute of Contemporary International Relations) Sino-Australia Relations and the Indo-Pacific
18 October 2013 Prof. Vedi Hadiz (Murdoch University) A New Islamic Populism and the Contradictions of Development

View video Old Legacies and New Promises: Indonesia Decides
24 October 2013 Dr. Arianto Patunru (Australian National University) Key Issues in Recent Indonesian Economic Development

Read background paper Recent Indonesian Economic Development and the Urgent Need to Remove Key Growth Obstacles
15 November 2013 Assoc. Prof. Marinella Marmo (Flinders University) and Dr. Rebecca La Forgia (the University of Adelaide) Legal and Illegal Female Migrants: Defining value and credibility through border control

See selected abstracts from the 2013 seminar series.



Speaker(s) Topic
Prof. Jacqui True (Monash University) The United Nations and Violence Against Women
Prof. Richard Robison (Murdoch University), Responses from Prof. Carol Johnson, Prof. Christopher Findlay and Prof. Greg McCarthy (The University of Adelaide) The Political Economy of the Patchwork Economy: who wins and who loses?
Speaker: Dr. Alexandra Guaqueta (Flinders University) United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Polycentric Governances: Assumptions and Challenges
Dr Chengxin Pan (Deakin University) Fears and Fantasies: A Bifocal Lens in Western Representations of China’s Rise
Prof. Jason Sharman (Griffith University) Shell Games, International Corruption and Money Laundering: A Field Experiment in Violating International Law
Prof. Taggart Murphy (Chair of the MBA Program in International Business at the Tokyo campus of the University of Tsukuba) The Dollar-Centered Floating Rate System in the Light of the Euroland Crisis
Dr Shahar Hameiri (Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University) Securitisation and the Governance of H5N1 Avian Influenza in Southeast Asia
Prof. David Arase (Pomona College & Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies) North Korea-China-Russia Economic Cooperation

See selected abstracts from the 2012 seminar series.

Other Events

  • Workshops & Roundtables

    From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific: Rising Powers, Emerging Regions and Transformations in Governance

    21 September 2012

    The workshop aims to initiate a new and innovative critical research agenda on the implications of the emergence of the Indo-Pacific region and the rise of the Indo-Pacific powers for three areas, in particular: regionalism, critical international political economy and critical geo-politics and geo-economics. Presented by the IPGRC in partnership with the Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne and with the support of the Australian Research Council, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Economics, the Confucius Institute and the Asian Studies Association

    Law and the Politics of Realising Human Rights in Developing Countries

    31 October 2012

    In recent years, rights based approaches have become increasingly central to international and national efforts to address a range of civil-political and socio-economic problems in developing countries including poverty, abuse of migrant workers, and gender-based violence. A key element of these approaches has been support for justiciable legal frameworks for human rights such as international treaties, constitutional Bills of Rights, or state laws. Indeed, Irene Khan (2009: 203), the former head of Amnesty International, has argued explicitly that such frameworks are a crucial element in the process of realizing rights: the law, she argues, 'can be a tremendous force for protecting the rights of those living in poverty to challenge and gain power' because it acts 'as a shield against the kinds of harm that cause or perpetuate poverty, and as a weapon for people to increase their freedom.'

    But do justiciable legal frameworks for human rights actually promote the realisation of rights? The purpose of this workshop was to explore this issue.

    Deep Internationalisation? Implications of the Asian Century White Paper for Australian Higher Education

    14 December 2012

    Higher education and engagement with Asia is a key component of the White Paper on Higher Education. The report suggests that the higher education sector should pursue deeper and more comprehensive international engagement with Asia through curricular reform, mobility and partnership. This workshop explored the assumptions and rationale behind this deeper engagement, possible strategies, and the implications of the shift of knowledge production to Asia.

    Roundtable Presentations and Notes:

    Australia in the Asian Century: Roundtable with Dr. Ken Henry

    14 February 2012

    On the 14th of February, the IPGRC hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr Ken Henry involving academics from Adelaide uni and Flinders and senior White Paper Task Force members.

    Key themes and issues discussed included:

    • Political, Demographic, and Environmental Challenges of the Asian Century and Implications for Australia.
    • Indo-Pacific Rising Powers and challenges to Regional/Global Governance and Security.
    • Economic and Political Challenges of the Asian Century, and Trends and Prospects for Aid Governance.
    • The Roundtable made a contribution towards the 'White Paper' and also served to underline Adelaide University’s considerable research strengths on the region.

    Key themes and papers:

    • Theme One: Political, Demographic, and Environmental Challenges of the Asian Century and Implications for Australia:
    • Prof. Graeme Hugo (University of Adelaide): What are some of the key demographic trends and challenges in the region? What are the implications for Australia?
    • Prof. Mobo Chang Fan Gao, Prof. Andrew Watson, A/Prof. Peter Mayer. What are the key drivers of inequality in Asia's rising powers and their social and political manifestations?
    • Dr. Melissa Nursey-Bray, Dr. Yan Tan. What are possible responses to climate change/ environmental degradation in the region and their implications for Australia? Read paper here.
    • Theme Two: Indo-Pacific Rising Powers and Challenges to Regional/ Global Governance and Security.
    • Prof. Tim Doyle, What are the emerging structures of Indian Ocean/ Indo-Pacific regionalism and its implications for Australian engagement with the region? See summary of presentation here.
    • Prof. Purnendra Jain, What are the possible directions of East Asian regionalism and Japan's role within a transforming regional environment? See summary of presentation here.
    • Prof. Malcolm Cook, What are the implications of the shift from multilateralism to minilateralism in regional economic governance?
    • Dr. Priya Chacko, What are the future directions of Indian foreign policy and their implications for Australia? See summary of presentation here.
    • Dr. Czez Tubilewicz, What are the future directions of Chinese foreign and strategic policy in the Indo-Pacific and their implications for Australia? See summary of presentation here.
    • Theme three: Economic and Political Challenges of the Asian Century, and Trends and Prospects for Aid Governance
    • A/ Prof. Mandar Oak, The Challenges and prospects of economic development in India.
    • A/Prof. Andrew Rosser, What are the future directions for Australian aid policy and effectiveness?
    • Dr. Gerry Groot, Australia-China relations - problems and prospects.
    • Prof. Carol Johnson, Prof. Greg McCarthy, Prof. Clem. Macintyre, Prof. Lisa Hill, Dr. Peter Burns, Australian Political Institutions and the new Asian Century. See summary of Carol Johnson presentation here.
  • Conferences

    Indo-Pacific Donors and New Contests Over Aid

    In recent years, a substantial literature has emerged on the rise of so-called ‘new donors’, in particular China and India. Much of this literature has been concerned with explaining the norms, modalities and motivations underpinning their development assistance and the challenge they pose to the existing international aid architecture established by so-called ‘traditional donors’ grouped in the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD.

    The purpose of this workshop is to extend this literature by exploring the contests and conflicts that have emerged over the allocation and utilisation of aid (including both development and humanitarian assistance) from Indo-Pacific donors, including not only those deemed ‘new’ but also more established donors such as Japan and Australia. In so doing, we aim to shift scholarly discussion away from a predominant concern with nature and pattern of aid from non-DAC donors to a concern with the domestic and international politics surrounding the growth and increasing prominence of this aid and the likely future trajectories of change.

    Key issues for analysis include:

    • What have been the key domestic drivers behind the aid policies of Indo-Pacific donors?
    • Why have some Indo-Pacific donors—e.g. China and India— invested more heavily in development cooperation than others—e.g. Singapore and Indonesia?
    • How do international and domestic politics interact within recipient and donor countries to reinforce or undermine dominant domestic social and political coalitions? Who is contesting or resisting Indo-Pacific aid, its modalities and conditionalities, and why?
    • In particular, is there resistance within Indo-Pacific donors themselves, aid recipient countries, and from OECD donors?
    • What are the likely outcomes given the relative strengths and weaknesses of the actors concerned?



When Speaker(s) Topic
4 March 2011 Dr Toby Carroll (National University of Singapore) Delusions of Development: the World Bank, Participation and the  post-Washington Consensus in  Southeast Asia
6 May 2011 Dr John Barry (Queen’s University Belfast) Life in a climate changed, carbon constrained world:towards a just transition, resilience and well-being beyond economic growth
6 May 2011 Prof Clem Macintyre (University of Adelaide) The Opposition in South Australia (or why Labor keeps winning)
5 August 2011 Dr Juanita Elias (Griffith University | Associate Member of the IPGRC) The Gender Politics of Economic Competitiveness in Malaysia's Transition to a Knowledge-Economy
19 August 2011 Dr Carlo Tognato (University of Adelaide) Stability Cultures: The Cultural Logic of Independent Central Banking
2 September 2011 Erin Zimmerman (University of Adelaide) Think Tanks and the Governance of Non-Traditional Security Issues in Southeast Asia
14 October 2011 Assoc. Prof. Andrew Rosser (University of Adelaide) Operationalising Political Economy Analysis for Development
19 October 2011 Prof Swaran Singh (Jawaharlal Nehru University) Multilateralizing China-India relations
28 October 2011 Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray (University of Adelaide) Partnerships and Ports: Negotiating novel urban climate governance regimes

See selected abstracts from the 2011 seminar series.

Other Events

  • Workshops

    Politics and the Two-Speed Economy: Transformation, Participation and Equality

    2 December 2011

    Keynote Speaker: Senator Penny Wong. Organised by the Managing Diversity and Social Inclusion in a Time of Change research cluster (Constellation SA), and the IPGRC.

    This workshop explored the political dimensions of Australia’s uneven economic development - the so-called two-speed or patchwork economy. With demand from the Indo-Pacific region expected to be the dominant feature of Australia’s economy for years to come, the challenges for those industries and regions left behind have been well canvassed. The way that national and state politics and policy may be transformed as a result has received less attention.

    Workforce participation and equality will be affected both in the boom areas and in the rest of the country. Federal-state financial relations are already under pressure, with a booming economy yet to bless the Commonwealth budget with the resources necessary to provide the education, skills training and infrastructure that will spread the benefits of the boom. Even those industries with access to regional markets, such as education and tourism are challenged by the strong currency. Meanwhile, all of these developments will affect Australia’s demography and political geography in the medium term.

    The workshop featured key researchers from the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and UniSA, along with participation by members of the South Australian Public Service and NGOs. The workshop was initiated by the Managing Diversity and Social Inclusion in a Time of Change research cluster (Constellation SA) in conjunction with the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre, University of Adelaide.

    The workshop was designed to encourage cross- university research collaboration in SA, links with the public service and NGOs and links with key national researchers, with a view to developing  longer term grant application and publication possibilities.

    See a report from the workshop.

Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre

The University of Adelaide