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Global challenges, smart solutions

7th Annual Crawford PhD Conference

Tues, 22 November, 2016

9.15 am - 5 pm

Crawford School of Public Policy

The 2016 Crawford PhD conference focuses on the increasingly global nature of public policy challenges and the need for solutions to respond creatively and intelligently to this changing dynamic.

Climate change, growing economic and social inequalities, security threats, the movement of people, pandemics, and other major policy issues that the world faces all require understanding from a global perspective. This knowledge can help tailor institutional and policy reform at the global, regional, national, and local levels. In short, these globalchallenges require smart solutions.

The conference provides a forum for students, academics, business interests, and policymakers to consider the range of issues at play: What dynamics, constraints, and levers operate at the local, national, and regional levels to address the global characteristics of major challenges? How effective are the global networks and institutions which inhabit global public policy-making? How can global co-operation be enhanced in the face of increased security threats? What are the domestic and wider international implications for governments and for the non-government and private sectors in tackling, or failing to tackle, global challenges? How do national governments persuade electorates to vote in the global interest?

Keynote speaker

Jennifer Westacott.pngJennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia

Read the keynote speech
The Business Council of Australia is an association of chief executives from many of Australia’s leading companies. It was established in 1983 to research and promote economic growth policies for the benefit of the nation and all Australians.
Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors.

For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments. She was the Director of Housing and the Secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.

From 2005 to 2011 Jennifer was senior partner at KPMG, heading up the firm’s Sustainability, Climate Change and Water practice and its NSW State Government practice. Jennifer was also a board director for the firm. During her time at KPMG, Jennifer advised some of Australia’s major corporations on climate change and sustainability matters, and provided advice to governments around Australia on major reform priorities.

Jennifer facilitates the contribution of the Business Council of Australia’s CEO members across a policy agenda that includes economic policy and competitiveness; regulation; infrastructure and sustainable growth; labour market, skills and education; engagement with Indigenous Australians, global engagement; healthcare policy; and innovation.

Jennifer coordinated the development and release of the BCA’s landmark Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity in 2013, which is widely recognised as one of the most significant contributions to economic policy debate in Australia in recent years.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, where she is an Adjunct Professor at the City Futures Research Centre. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.

Jennifer is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and since 2013 has been a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited and Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia.


Global challenges, smart solutions: Priorities for policy, practice, and research

The aim of the panel discussion session is to build on the research and presentations during the day, and to invoke a robust discussion around the state of global issues and how these complex problems might be addressed at various scales. The PhD Conference Committee suggests the following as a guide to some of the topics that could be discussed:
  • Identifying major global challenges facing the world, particularly Australia and Asia-Pacific states which may concern the environment, economic and societal inequality, pandemics and issues of security.
  • Determining common principles, practices, and strategies that can be utilised in developing solutions.
  • In the context of evolving globalised policy-making, establishing a role for local, national, regional, and international actors and institutions in addressing such broad issues.
  • Finding opportunities for cross-sector, cross-issue collaboration between business, government, academia, and civil society organisations.

Stewart_E2A9186_1.jpgChair: Miranda Stewart, Director, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School, ANU

Professor Miranda Stewart is the Director of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at Crawford School, Australian National University in Canberra and is a Professor at the University of Melbourne Law School.

Professor Stewart is an international expert with more than 20 years’ experience working at the leading edge of tax law and policy research, design and development. Professor Stewart has published widely on taxation including on business tax law and policy, tax co-operation and globalization, avoidance and sham, institutions and processes of tax reform. She has previously worked at New York University School of Law in the United States, in major Australian law firms and at the Australian Taxation Office and has consulted for government on various tax and transfer policy issues.

external image Marie-Coleman-150x150.jpgMarie Coleman, Chair, Social Policy Committee, National Foundation for Australian Women

Awarded an AO for distinguished service to the advancement of women, Marie Coleman’s name has been synonymous with the women’s movement in Australia for the past 60 years. She maintains her indignation at the gender pay gap, and has championed everything from universal access to child care to paid maternity leave. ‘A lot of these issues take tremendous persistence’, she says. She was the first woman in Australia to head a statutory authority when she chaired the Whitlam Government’s Social Welfare Commission in 1973. She had a long and distinguished career in public service, being awarded a Public Service Medal in 1990 and a Centenary Medal in 2011. She was a founding member in 1989 of the NFAW and chairs the Social Policy Committee, which plays a leadership role for women’s organisations nationally in the research and analysis of the impacts of policies on woman. She is also a committee member for the Australian Woman’s Archives Project. She has been inducted into the Victorian Parliament’s Honour Roll of Women and the ACT Honour Roll of Women.

Mark Cully.pngMark Cully, Chief Economist, Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Mark Cully is Chief Economist for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
Mark has a first-class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide. From 1992-95 he was a British Council Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Warwick obtaining a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations, while working at the Warwick Business School. He has had a varied career in applied economic research at the intersection of government and academia. In 1995 he was appointed head of research on employment relations for the UK Government, where he ran what was the world's largest survey of working life. He returned to Australia in 1999 as Deputy Director of the National Institute of Labour Studies, and was then General Manager at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research for six years, running its statistical then research operations. In 2009 he was appointed inaugural Chief Economist at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and in that role chaired the OECD’s Working Party on Migration. He is a member of the CEDA Council on Economic Policy.

AMG high res.jpgAnne-Marie Grisogono, Adjunct Professor, Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century (Science21)

Anne-Marie Grisogono is an Adjunct Professor at Science21. She has over 30 years experience in applied research and development including 15 years as a Research Leader in the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group). Anne-Marie has worked with Army Headquarters to reframe the Army's approach to strategic planning in research and has held national and international leadership roles within DST Group in the fields of simulation, systems engineering and systems science, human sciences and complexity science. Anne-Marie's brings expertise in decision-making, problem-solving and the factors that influence these processes to the work of Science21. Anne-Marie is a member of the Australian Research Council's Engineering College of Experts and National Security College Visiting Fellow.

matt-sussex-200x200.jpgMatt Sussex, Director, Academic, National Security College, ANU

Associate Professor Matthew Sussex is the Academic Director at the National Security College. His main research specialisation is on Russian foreign and security policy, but his interests also cover: government and politics in Eurasia; strategic studies; terrorism and counter-terrorism; energy security; and Australian foreign policy. He is particularly interested in contemporary trends in violent conflict, especially in 'hybrid' warfare and in the evolution of propaganda. Prior to joining NSC Dr Sussex was Director of Politics and International Relations at the University of Tasmania. He has served on the National Executive of the Australian Institute for International Affairs and has been Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is also currently a Non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Dr Sussex's research has previously been awarded funding by the Australian Research Council (Discovery Projects), the Australia-US Fulbright Commission and the International Studies Association, amongst others. Dr Sussex's recent solo or collaborative book projects include Eurasian Integration, Central Asia and the New Geopolitics of Energy (Palgrave, 2015); Power, Politics and Confrontation in Eurasia (Palgrave, 2015); Violence and the State (Manchester University Press, 2015), and Conflict in the Former USSR (Cambridge University Press, 2012).


Prizes of $500 will be awarded each to the best IDEC, NSC, POGO, and RE&D presentations. A prize of $250 will be awarded to the best Economics discussant.


Attendance at the conference is free. Register via Eventbrite

The conference Twitter hashtag is #crawfconf

Call for abstracts

This conference provides a wonderful opportunity to present your work in an open and supportive academic environment which benefits your research. You should encourage your colleagues to attend and to share time to discuss and debate the high quality of research that takes place in the Crawford School.

We are seeking papers from post-first year Crawford PhD candidates in the following areas:
  • Economics/economic policy
  • National Security College
  • Public policy and governance
  • Environment and development and resource management

Papers will be selected via a competitive process. Your paper doesn't have to address the conference theme directly, but it will help your chances of its being selected if it does.

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View abstracts and presentations from 2013
View abstracts and presentations from 2012

Papers may discuss (but are not limited to) the following issues: trade, environment, economic growth, energy and resource management, international relations, social and political development, poverty, food and water security, climate change.

All post-first-year Crawford PhD students are invited to give presentations according to the following formats, which reflect the typical formats found in Crawford PhD seminars:
  • IDEC: 15-minute presentation, with 5 minutes discussant and 5 minutes of question time
  • NSC, POGO, and RE&D: 15-minute presentation with 10 minutes of question time

Information for presenters

Presentations must adhere to the following formats, which reflect the typical formats in Crawford PhD seminars:
  • IDEC: 15-minute presentation, with 5 minutes discussant and 5 minutes of question time
  • NSC, POGO, and RE&D: 15-minute presentation with 10 minutes of question time

Each session will have a facilitator and you will be kept strictly to time.

Coaching and feedback
Coaching will be available to help you plan and prepare your presentation. If you want content-based feedback on your abstract, please contact Megan <> and she will put you in touch with a committee member who will arrange this for you. If you want academic skills feedback on your abstract, please contact Megan <>. There will be an academic skills session on slideshows and presentation skills (see below).

This conference will provide valuable opportunities for your PhD research. Feedback for your presentation will come either from discussants (in the case of Economics papers) and/or from the questions received from the floor.

Paper guidelines/important dates
  1. Abstract Length: 150 words
  2. Abstract submission deadline: Mon 1 Aug, 12 noon
  3. Abstract acceptance notification: Mon 8 Aug, 12 noon
  4. Submission of paper (Economics only): Mon 3 Oct, 12 noon
  5. Discussant feedback (Economics only): before Mon 24 Oct, 12 noon
  6. Academic skills session on slideshows and presentation skills: Tues, 15 Nov, 3 - 4 pm, Seminar Room 1, TBC
  7. Submission of presentation slides (if you are using slides): Mon 21 Nov, 12 noon
  8. Conference: Tues 22 Nov

You can either use the ANU PowerPoint template for your slides or you may like to design your own.

All submissions must be sent to:

Prizes of $500 will be awarded each to the best POGO, IDEC, NSC, and RE&D presentations. A prize of $250 will be awarded to the best IDEC discussant.

About the Crawford School of Public Policy

Crawford School researchers have disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise in public policy, economics, development, political science and environmental management, and area expertise in the Pacific Island countries and Asia. In the past 30 years our research and advice has had a major policy impact by improving economic cooperation and performance, governance, and the environment within the Asia-Pacific region.

Our school’s academics are contributing strongly to public discussion on water management, climate change, international development, trade, biosecurity, democratic institutions and public sector benchmarking and public value. Large regional programs, particularly on Indonesia and China, have made recent influential contributions. Within Crawford School, academics cluster their research into organised research units to leverage research synergies and create opportunities to maximise the impact of research findings and policy recommendations on targeted audiences. These organised research units are funded independently through grants, consultancies or other contracts.

Organising committee members

  • President: Sue Regan
  • Papers Director: Mark Fabian
  • RE&D Papers Co-ordinator: Danny Kenny
  • IDEC Papers Co-ordinators: Bao Nguyen and Huong Tran
  • POGO Papers Co-ordinator: Nathan Attrill
  • NSC Papers Co-ordinator: Wayne McLean
  • Promotion and Marketing Director: Ian Chambers
  • Logistics Director: Adrianus Hendrawan

If you have any questions relating to the Conference, please email Megan ( and she will put you in touch with the relevant conference committee member.