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Research Themes

Our research covers a broad range of themes from governance and social policy to gender and development.

  • Governing development: Institutional Reform and New Forms of Aid Governance

    Research Leaders: Dr Jayne Curnow and A/Prof Andrew Rosser

    Analyses the political economy of new modes of aid governance, and the associated politics of institutional reform in the Indo-Pacific.

  • New Forms of Participation, Accountability and Development

    Research Leaders: Dr Susan Hemer and A/Prof Andrew Rosser

    Explores the political and social forces behind new patterns and forms of participation and accountability in the delivery of public goods and regulations.

  • Global Inequalities: Migration, Social Policy and Representation

    Research Leaders: Dr Tiziana Torressi , Prof Lisa Hill and Prof Kanishka Jayasuriya

    Examines how global processes including migration, has shaped the emerging world of welfare and modes and political representations.

    Contemporary political, social, and economic conditions, characterized by an increased degree of interdependency and interconnectedness at the global level brings into focus not just issues of global inequality but the globalization of ‘national’ inequality creating new processes, manifestations, and representations of inequality. The complex global interaction of many actors makes new inequalities possible, as individuals find themselves subjected to institutional structures other than, and beyond, their state. This research strand explores how global structures and processes shape the expression and political responses to inequalities in ways that problematizes the bifurcation of inequalities into a simplistic national or global frame. At the normative level, the  theoretical tradition that liberal political theorists had developed to make sense of liberal democratic politics was, by definition, bounded by the borders of the liberal democratic (and national) state. This stimulates a profound rethinking of all of our political and normative theorizing on justice.

    We are interested in such question as: What global processes drive the transformation of the representation and expression of inequality? How do we theorize justice at the global level? What forms of representation are required and justified globally? What kinds of new inequalities are created by migration? How does the emerging political economy of care, gender, and migration shape patterns and responses to inequality? How do we theorize justice at the global level? What forms of representation are required and justified globally

  • The Politics of Environmental Governance and Human Security

    Research Leaders: Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray, Dr Thomas Wanner and Prof Tim Doyle

    Identifies and analyses the actors, networks spaces, and instruments of environmental governance in the Indo-Pacific.

    The global scope of environmental issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, food and energy security, and water scarcity present environmental governance challenges on an unprecedented scale. As such they also pose serious threats to human security. Research in this theme examines the relationship between dominant neoliberal rubrics for governance and human security, with a view to get more detailed understanding of the institutional and conceptual blocks to implementing environmental governance at local through to regional and international levels. Research will investigate how equity, social justice and resilience can be built into environmental governance regimes and highlight how human security can be protected in so doing. Specifically, research will focus on how to build environmental governance frameworks that will also address human and environmental security issues in the Indo-Pacific regions.

  • Rising Powers and New Architectures of Global and Regional Governance

    Research Leaders: Dr Priya Chacko, Prof Tim Doyle and Dr Czes Tubilewicz

    Analyses the impact of rising Indo Pacific powers – China, India, South Korea, and Indonesia – on new and existing modes of regional and global institutions and regulatory regimes.

    The rapid economic growth of India and China is reshaping Asia and leading to shifts in global power dynamics. The region which was once dominant in trade and investment flows, the Asia-Pacific, is beginning to be eclipsed by an Indo-Pacific realm which encompasses not only the rising powers of India and China but also Indonesia and South Korea. This research theme focuses on the development of these major Indo-Pacific states into powers with global ambitions and their impact on the architecture of regional and global governance. Members of this research theme are especially interested in finding new and innovative ways of analysing the nature and implications of power transitions. They seek to examine the emergence and consolidation of Indo-Pacific regional institutions and regulatory regimes, to investigate the ways in which the rising Indo-Pacific powers engage with global norms, issues and institutions and to analyse the development of new patterns of rivalry, competition and cooperation.

  • Communication and Complex Emergencies: From Fragile States to Post-Conflict Governance

    Research Leaders: A/Prof. Andrew Skuse and Dr. Dianne Rodger

    The role that media and communication have played in the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings that have occurred over the past two years reveals an important transformation in the way that people and organisations in conflict-affected contexts communicate, organise themselves and link to the wider world. There is strong international interest in understanding the role and potential of communication (social media included) in the context of conflict, humanitarian emergencies, disaster-risk reduction, stabilization interventions, post-conflict recovery, civic education and transitions to good governance. Building on work supported by AusAID (2011-12) on the role of communication for development (C4D) in fragile states this research theme will seek to draw in partners, such as AusAID, Australian Civil Military Centre and ABC International Development (ABC ID) to ensure that its outputs inform both policy and practice. Initial work around this theme includes the development of:
    (i) A practical handbook on the role of media and communication in complex emergencies that outlines the range of options that program implementers face in various contexts, i.e. latent, open and post-conflict scenarios, in addition to rapid onset natural disasters;
    (ii) A review of social media and complex emergencies and practice recommendations - this output will involve a systematic literature search on the role and use of social media in complex emergencies, the collation and analysis of findings and the development of a review document that outlines ‘what we know’ about social media and ‘what still needs to understood’.

  • Australian Governance

    Research Leaders: Dr Wayne Errington, Prof Carol Johnson, Prof Clem Macintyre, Prof Greg McCarthy, Prof Lisa Hill and Prof Kanishka Jayasuriya

    Explores broad issues of Australian governance, political economy and leadership, with a particular interest in the way in which Australia's relationship with the Indo-Pacific region is helping to transform Australian domestic politics.

  • Gender and Development

    Research Leaders: Dr Tatyana Chesnokova, Dr Alison Dundon, A/Prof Andrew Rosser and Prof Lisa Hill

    The link between gender equality and development is well established. 

    Improving the economic and educational opportunities for women and empowering them to exert greater control over the social, health and reproductive aspects of their lives is one of the surest routes to economic development in general. This research stream is concerned to develop innovative projects that enhance our understanding of development via reductions in gender inequality. It enlists the expertise of economists, anthropologists and political scientists to do so.

Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre

The University of Adelaide