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Flavio Macau

Associate Dean Teaching & Learning, Edith Cowan University
Associate Dean Teaching & Learning at the School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University. Chapter WA President and Board Member of the Australasian Supply Chain Institute. Associate Professor and researcher in Business Systems & Operations. In the past 10 years, supervised 20 research projects; lectured 70+ units to 2,500+ students; published one book, three case studies, and 10+ international peer-review articles in top academic journals; assisted 120+ short-term consulting projects.

Governments are pouring money into housing but materials, land and labour are still in short supply

Sep 20, 2023 23:30 pm UTC| Real Estate

As Australias housing affordability crisis worsens, governments are spending more on housing. Victorias Andrew government has announced a suite of reforms (such as boosting social housing and making planning processes...

Prices are up and the supply of things we need is in flux. How did we get here?

Aug 22, 2023 04:17 am UTC| Economy

Australia is in a cost-of-living crisis. We know that because the prices typical Australians pay for typical products have been climbing much faster than typical wages, as acknowledged in the standard briefing provided to...

Groceries delivered in 60 minutes: it's on the cards but just not yet

Nov 25, 2022 14:00 pm UTC| Technology

From the food replicator in Star Trek to Dumbledore summoning food in Hogwarts banquet hall, we love the idea of instant food on demand. This week, Australian supermarket giant Coles appealed to that love by announcing...

Floods, pandemics, wars and market forces: what's driving up the price of milk

Oct 24, 2022 17:24 pm UTC| Economy

At the end of 2021, the cost of a litre of home-brand milk in an Australian supermarket was about $1.30. Its now about $1.60. What will it cost at the end of 2022? That depends on the continued effect of flooding on...

Battered but not broken: how global trade is responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Mar 21, 2022 15:20 pm UTC| Economy

Russias first McDonalds store in opened in 1990, just months after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was a potent symbol that the Cold War was ending and a great ideological wound healing. Now every McDonalds in Russia is...

Supermarket shortages are different this time: how to respond and avoid panic

Jan 10, 2022 13:04 pm UTC| Economy

Australia has experienced plenty of supermarket shortages since the COVID pandemic began. The emerging crisis now is a bit different. In 2020 and 2021, empty shelves were due to spikes in demand, as shoppers responded...

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Economy

China’s doom loop: a dramatically smaller (and older) population could create a devastating global slowdown

China has announced that in 2023 its population declined from 1.4118 to 1.4097 billion people. Forecasting by the UN suggests Chinas population will dip to 1.313 billion by 2050 and then down to about 800 million by 2100....

The private sector housing experiment has failed: Ottawa must now step up on social housing

Politicians of all stripes say that housing affordability is a top priority. But few are saying much about social housing the kind thats needed for low-income households in greatest need of affordable rental...

Wholesale power prices are falling fast – but consumers will have to wait for relief. Here’s why

Wholesale power prices are falling steeply in Australia, following two years of surging prices after the Ukraine war triggered an energy crisis. New data shows annualised spot prices for power in Australias main grid fell...

Mortgage and inflation pain to ease, but only slowly: how 31 top economists see 2024

A panel of 31 leading economists assembled by The Conversation sees no cut in interest rates before the middle of this year, and only a slight cut by December, enough to trim just $55 per month off the cost of servicing a...

South Africa’s military is expected to do more than ever with tighter budgets: how the force has declined over 30 years

The South African National Defence Force marks 30 years this year, having been established on 27 April 1994. Its as old as the countrys constitutional democracy, the result of a negotiated political settlement that ended...

Politics

200 million voters, 820,000 polling stations and 10,000 candidates: Indonesia’s massive election, by the numbers

Indonesians are going to the polls to elect a new president today. There are three candidates running, alongside their vice presidential candidates. According to opinion polls, the favourite is Prabowo Subianto, leader...

How Muslim teachings support political dynasties in Indonesia

President Joko Jokowi Widodo is the latest high-profile political figure in Indonesia to attempt to build a political dynasty, loosely defined as a concentration of political power involving family members. Jokowis...

Russia’s next election is likely to put Putin in power for longer than anyone since Peter the Great

Presidential elections will be held in Russia in March. It is inevitable that the incumbent president, Vladimir Putin, will win. Putin has been in power (whether as president or as prime minister) since 2000. If he wins...

Rwanda deal: why the media should focus more on the policy and less on the politics of immigration

Heading into an election year, the governments handling of migration continues to dominate headlines. Much of the coverage has been about the plan to send those who enter the UK without legal paperwork to Rwanda. This...

Biden’s ‘hard look’ at liquefied natural gas exports raises a critical question: How does natural gas fit with US climate goals?

The Biden administration has frozen pending decisions on permit applications to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to countries other than U.S. free trade partners. During this pause, which will last for up to 15...

Science

The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. This is the story of scientists’ quest to decode it – and read people’s minds

In the middle of 2023, a study conducted by the HuthLab at the University of Texas sent shockwaves through the realms of neuroscience and technology. For the first time, the thoughts and impressions of people unable to...

Synthetic human embryos let researchers study early development while sidestepping ethical and logistical hurdles

Embryonic development, also known as embryogenesis, is a cornerstone in understanding the origins of life. But studying this marvel of intricate and layered biological processes in people faces considerable challenges....

Genetic diseases: How scientists are working to make DNA repair (almost) a piece of cake

I have always been fascinated by genetics, a branch of biology that helps explain everything from the striking resemblance between different members of a family to the fact that strawberry plants are frost-resistant. Its...

Orbital resonance − the striking gravitational dance done by planets with aligning orbits

Planets orbit their parent stars while separated by enormous distances in our solar system, planets are like grains of sand in a region the size of a football field. The time that planets take to orbit their suns have no...

Why now is the time to address humanity’s impact on the moon

Humans have always looked at the sky, using the stars as navigation guides or for spiritual storytelling. Every human civilization has looked to the stars and used celestial movements to measure time and find...

Technology

Nintendo Switch 2 to Debut in March 2025: Report

Nintendo will release the successor to its Switch console as early as March 2025, according to a report published on Monday by Nikkei. Nintendo Switch 2 Launch Delayed to 2025, Shares Dip Amidst Market...

Zuckerberg to Discuss Mixed Reality Headset with LG in South Korea Visit; Attends Indian Wedding Amid Asian Business Tour

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive officer of Meta, is set to visit South Korea and meet with LG Electronics boss, Cho Joo Wan. They are expected to discuss possible collaboration for developing advanced mixed-reality...

Lenovo Unveils Futuristic ThinkBook Laptop With See-Through Screen

Lenovo Group Limited, a technology company specializing in designing, manufacturing, and selling consumer electronics, is one of the participants at the Mobile World Congress 2024 (MWC), which is currently being held at...

AT&T Offers $5 Credit to Customers After Service Outage in Major US Cities

ATT telecommunications company said it will compensate its customers affected by last weeks service outage. It will offer a $5 credit to each of them, and thousands are expected to benefit. According to The New York...
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