My work is focused on the whole-of-organization challenge of making schools and universities better at learning and teaching. I have been engaged in the design and/or leadership of major organizational change projects in Asia, the Americas, and Australia. My approach has attracted grants, contracts and direct funding for software system development, transforming learning spaces, human resource models, curriculum innovation, and comprehensive organizational design.
My books include Transforming the Measurement of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Routledge (Bain & Drengenberg, 2016); Rising to the Challenge of Transforming Higher Education. Springer (Bain & Zundans-Fraser, 2016); The Learning Edge: What technology can do to educate all children. Teachers College Press (Bain & Weston, 2011); The Self-Organizing School. Rowman & Littlefield (Bain, 2007). I am currently co-writing the higher education sequel to the Self-Organizing School, The Self-Organizing University (Bain & Zundans-Fraser, forthcoming 2017).
Professor of Economics, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Alan Bollard is a Professor of Practice at the School of Government, Wellington School of Business and Government, and inaugural holder of the Chair for Pacific Region Business. The Chair is intended to help the Business School focus on Asia-Pacific economies.
In addition, he is Chair of the newly-formed Infrastructure Commission, Chair of the cross-university Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence, and Chair of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. He is NZ Governor of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia.
From 2012 - 2018 Alan was the Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore, the world’s largest regional body that promotes trade, investment and sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific. In 2021 APEC will be hosted by New Zealand.
Prior to joining APEC, Dr Bollard was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2002 to 2012. In that position, he was responsible for monetary policy and bank regulations, helping steer New Zealand through the global financial crisis.
From 1998 to 2002, Dr Bollard was the Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury. As the government’s principal economic adviser, he managed the Crown’s finances and helped guide economic policy. He has served as New Zealand’s Alternate Governor to the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.
From 1994 – 2008, he was the Chairman of the New Zealand Commerce Commission. Prior to this from 1987 to 1994 he was Director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland.
Dr Bollard has helped rebuild the famous MONIAC hydraulic model of the British economy. He has also designed a computer simulation game called OIKONOMOS where you play at being Minister of Finance.
He wrote a best-selling account of the GFC called Crisis: One Central Bank Governor and the Global Financial Collapse. He has published several novels: The Rough Mechanical and The Code-cracker and the Tai Chi Dancer. He has also written a biography of famous economist Bill Phillips, and a popular economics book Economists at War.
In 2012 he was honoured as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He is a Fellow of the NZ Royal Society. He also has honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Auckland and Massey University.
Associate Professor and Head of School, Arts, University of New England
I am a career academic with training in musicology. Most of my early research was on portraits of musicians, then music and visual culture more generally. Most recently I am working in neuroaesthetics, brain cognition and music.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University
Alan Dorin is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Here he leads the Computational and Collective Intelligence group in the Department of Data Science and AI. His research covers Artificial Life and spans ecological and biological simulation, artificial chemistry and biologically-inspired electronic media art. Alan also studies the history of science, technology, art and philosophy, especially as these pertain to Artificial Life. He is (co) editor-in-chief of the journal, Artificial Life (MIT Press).
Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology
I'm a theoretical astrophysicist and cosmologist, investigating how galaxies form, the nature of dark matter and the large scale properties of the Universe.
To study the evolution of galaxies and their interaction with dark matter, I create billion-particle model universes on supercomputers around the world.
This has resulted in numerous refereed research articles, public interviews and presentations at both Universities/Conferences and public outreach events ranging from planetarium shows to pubs.
I am particularly excited by spreading the latest discoveries to as wide an audience as possible.
Alan Gregory is a Professor of Corporate Finance. Prior to taking up this position, he held professorial positions at both the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the University of Glasgow. In addition to his position at Exeter, he was a full panel member of the Competition Commission for two successive for year terms until September 2009 and is now External Advisor to the Commission‘s Finance and Regulation Group.
His consulting experience includes acting as advisor to one of the largest accounting firms on a number of issues, advising HM Treasury, and consulting for fund managers on investment strategies and asset allocation strategies. His work at the Competition Commission involved being a panel member on a number of inquiries, including a regulatory inquiry into airport pricing, market inquiries into domestic bulk liquid petroleum gas and the UK grocery market, and merger inquiries relating to the GUS / Littlewoods mail order operations and the takeover bids for the London Stock Exchange by Euronext and Deutsche Börse. In addition, he has acted as a consultant to other inquiries including the mobile phone and storecards inquiries. He has also undertaken expert witness work for the Treasury Solicitors’ Department, and in connection with Australian Gas Distribution pricing cases.
My current research interests are as follows:
The general area of market-based empirical research, particularly with regard to the robustness of conclusions that can be drawn from such studies in the light of documented risk factors. At present, this interest principally focuses upon the areas of take-overs and mergers together with returns to, and valuation of, corporate social responsibility agendae. Related work has focused on market reaction to directors’ trading activity, and the success of initial public offerings. A Leverhulme research grant of approximately £78k funding work on directors’ dealing around takeovers has recently been completed.
The empirical estimation of cost of capital, which has included the award of a an ESRC Grant of approximately £300k (started in December 2012). Outputs to date include a recent JBFA paper the empirical testing of the Fama-French and Carhart models in the UK, and a working paper to be presented to the BAFA Conference later in 2016 on beta estimation. Both these papers are with Dr Rajesh Tharyan and Dr Shan Hua, with whom I provide downloadable data on Fama-French style portfolios and factors for the UK and the ESRC grant is, inter alia, to to support the regular updating of these data for benefit of UK academic researchers via the Xfi website. I am lead researcher on the grant with three other co-reaserachers at Exeter.
My interest in CSR has included two studies of the performance of ethical and non-ethical UK unit trusts which were published in the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting (JBFA). Current work is investigating the returns to, and market valuation of, CSR in relation to the US and two papers have been published in Journal of Business Ethics on this theme. A final paper on eranings persistence and firm value is forthcoming in JBFA.
I have had a long standing interest in the long run returns to UK acquirers. This led to me being invited to give a keynote paper at the 2015 ICAEW “Better Markets” Conference. The paper, “How far does financial reporting allow us to judge whether M&A activity is successful?” is forthcoming in Accounting and Business Research.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
I’m a cognitive scientist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. I use computational models and behavioral experiments to study how people think and reason. My primary research interest is social cognition: how people think about other people. I am also interested in how people learn and use concepts, and how people revise their beliefs after seeing new evidence.
Lecturer in Management, Federation University Australia
Alan Labas is a management lecturer in the Global Professional School, Federation University Australia. Alan’s research focuses on knowledge management with an emphasis on regional business advisory knowledge transmission. Specifically, he has examined the relationship between professional business advisor (PBA) knowledge and the knowledge transmission actions undertaken by such advisors when addressing the knowledge requirements of businesses. He has also collaborated on research in tourism, marketing, event management and circular economy solutions. Alan undertakes a practical application of the Critical Realist research paradigm to explain how human agency, social structures, and mechanisms interact in the process of causing an event.
Alan Lester's first degree was from the University of Cambridge and his PhD from the University of London. He has been at the University of Sussex since 2000, becoming Professor of Historical Geography in 2006 and the University's first Director of Interdisciplinary Research in 2013. He has held visiting lectureships at Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare, an Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury and an inaugural fellowship in humanities at La Trobe University
His role is as director of Interdisciplinary Research, Professor of Historical Geography, and co-director of the Colonial and Postcolonial Studies Network
He has have facilitated projects in collaboration with Kew Gardens, the British Library, the National History Museum, the Met Office and various humanitarian and global health-oriented NGOs. As director of Interdisciplinary Research he is now engaged in a wide range of such collaborations.
His is also international partner on the Australian Research Council-funded project, 'Minutes of Evidence', based at the University of Melbourne. Working with a number of state and Aboriginal organisations, this has seen a performance of the play Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country in a number of venues including the Sydney Opera House. The play is a verbatim re-enactment of a nineteenth century colonial commission of inquiry into an Aboriginal reserve and it lays at the heart of new teaching materials and approaches in Victoria.
Professor of Welsh, Swansea University
Alan Llwyd is one of Wales’ most prominent poets for generations. In 2023, he won the Chair in the Llŷn and Eifionydd Eisteddfod. Previously, he managed to win the 'double', namely the Chair and the Crown in the same year - twice - in 1973 and 1976. He is the first poet since the relaxation of the ‘twice only’ rule to win the Chair for the third time.
Alan lives in Morriston, Swansea and was born in Dolgellau in 1948. He lived in the village of Llan Ffestiniog in Meirionnydd until 1953, and from the age of five he grew up on a farm in Llŷn. He spent the rest of his childhood as well as his adolescence in Llŷn. He was a pupil at Ysgol Botwnnog until 1967, when he went to the Bangor University to study Welsh.
He graduated in 1970, after which he worked in the Awen Meirion bookshop in Bala for two years, before moving to Swansea in 1976 to work as an editor for Gwasg Christopher Davies. Between 1980 and 1982 he worked for the Welsh Joint Education Committee in Cardiff, and from 1982, he worked full-time for Cymdeithas Barddas.
He worked for Barddas for almost thirty years, promoting poetry, and editing the Society's magazine and publications. He published more than 300 books during his periods as publisher and editor for various organisations. Alan Llwyd, together with the late Penri Jones, founded Llanw Llŷn, Pen Llŷn's local paper.
As a poet and writer, he has published more than 80 books, including three complete collections of poems. It won the Nonfiction-Creative Book of the Year category in 2013 and 2020, and the Poetry Book of the Year category in 2019. In 2018, it won the Cwlwm Cyhoeddwyr Cymru Award for a special contribution to the publishing world. He has won over 50 literary awards so far.
In 1993, he won the BAFTA Cymru award for Best Film Script in Welsh, namely the script of the film Hedd Wyn, which was nominated for an Oscar.
Professor of Human Resource Management, Newcastle University
Alan was awarded his DPhil from Nuffield College, Oxford University in 1986. His thesis was about how management strategies, power and skill played out in Clydeside shipyards and factories between the wars. The politics of skill remains one of his key interests, both historically and in the contemporary world of work.
Over the years Alan has researched and written about historical and contemporary management strategy and practices; unionisation; and new forms of work and organisation. He has examined these issues in many settings, from a Motorola factory making mobile phones, to Ford car factories and television studios. In the last five years Alan has published articles in Business History: Protestantism and the rise of capitalism; writing gender into business history; competitive capabilities in jute; and management development in Tata after 1947. He has also published book chapters and articles on governmentality and strategy, accounting and management, and networks and project organising in British television production. His most recent book is a political biography, Jimmy Reid: A Clyde built man, which was published by Liverpool University Press in September 2019.
Chair, APEC Study Centre, expertise international trade law, economics, Asian regional development, RMIT University
Analyst of International Trade and Foreign Policy
Former Diplomat (postings in Singapore, UN New York and Ambassador, GATT Geneva
Director of Masters in International Trade course at RMIT University
Author "The Challenge of Free Trade" 1990 and "Seize the Future" 2000
Alan Shipman is a lecturer in economics at the Open University.
Personal finance, currently focusing on the disintegration of insurance pools and the disincentives to household saving. Other active interests in: Chinese multinational business; impact of ‘academisation’ on knowledge; social economics; foundations of the market economy.
Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Surrey
Alan began as a physicist. However, he developed an interest in computing early on through signal processing for gamma ray burst detectors, and so switched to engineering after his BSc. His post graduate research at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton, was in adaptive filtering, and novel methods of recovering corrupted signals. Alan also worked on novel methods of noise cancellation, both passive and active.
After leaving the ISVR Alan worked for the UK government for many years and subsequently provided advice for some years. He has particular expertise in, and continues to conduct research into, cyber security, covert communications, forensic computing and image/signal processing. Alan has been involved in some of the most significant advances in computer technology which have seen him elected as a Fellow and chartered member of the British Computer Society, Institute of Physics and the Royal Statistical Society.
In addition to his academic and government work, Alan has run businesses focussed on various aspects of Information Technology (IT). In 2000 Alan was pivotal in the flotation of Charteris plc on the London Stock Exchange. He remained a director until 2008 at which point he began to focus back on his academic interests. Alan continues to be a director on businesses involved in IT.
Although Alan has been at the leading edge of technology development for many years, he is primarily a particularly good communicator. He is known for his ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple, yet passionate manner. He not only publishes in the academic and trade journals but has articles in the national press and comments on TV and radio. Despite the length of his experience, his hands-on ability with emerging technologies contributes significantly to the respect he is repeatedly shown when he leads teams where technology is involved.
Graduate Student, International Centre for Olympic Studies, Western University
Alan Oldham completed his undergraduate degree at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in 2007 and attended teacher's college at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2009. Since then he has worked in sport as a professional coach and also in communications as a regular contributor of content for World Rowing. In 2021 Alan began graduate school in philosophy of sport (focusing on sport ethics) under the supervision of Dr. Angela Schneider at Western University, London, Canada. He has a keen interest both professionally and academically in international and Olympic sport, the obligations of athletes, coaches and administrators, and the ethics of sport categorization.
Senior Lecturer in Sport Management, La Trobe University
Dr Alana Thomson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe Business School.
Alana has previously held academic appointments at Federation University and Griffith University.
Alana received her doctorate from the University of Technology Sydney in 2015, with her thesis entitled The Influence of an Interorganisational Network Associated with a Large-Scale Sport Event on Sport Development Legacies: A Case Study of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games.
Alana’s research interests include sport event legacies and women’s participation in sport. Her research has been published in leading sport management journals including European Sport Management Quarterly, Sport Management Review and the Journal of Sport Management.
Alana has also developed an impressive learning and teaching portfolio in both teaching and curriculum design with a keen focus on authentic pedagogies and digital literacy. Alana also has a strong track record of industry engagement in both teaching and research.
Alana is a current Board Member of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ).
Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Reading
I am a Lecturer in Social Anthropology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading. My research looks at the politics and aesthetics of material culture in Mexico and the United Kingdom, especially the topics of art production, cultural tourism and religious heritage. I completed my PhD at the London School of Economics in 2012, after which I held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Oslo and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship at the University of Kent, as well as visiting teaching positions at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Cambridge.
Professor of Political Theory, University of Sheffield
Alasdair Cochrane’s main research interests include: contemporary political theory, rights theory, human rights, environmental ethics, animal ethics and bioethics.
PhD Candidate, Sociology, Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
My PhD is entitled, A Gradual Farewell with Music. I will marry sociological and musicological paradigms to explore the embodied experience of music in people’s experiences of loss. To capture the dynamic role of music in bereaved people’s ongoing lives, I will focus on their interactions with music both during the dying process of their loved one and post loss. Drawing on the theory of ‘musicking’, I will explore how individuals both actively and passively draw on music to (re)shape themselves in facing loss and how a ‘music literacy’ may help better support individual’s experiences of bereavement. I will employ a qualitative approach, conducting interviews to capture unique perspectives little represented in the current literature.
Professor Architectural Theory, University of Manchester
Albena Yaneva is Professor of Architectural Theory and Director of the Manchester Architecture Research Group (MARG) at the Manchester Urban Institute. She holds a DEA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and a PhD from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (2001). She has been Visiting Professor at Princeton School of Architecture (2013), Parsons, New School (2015) and Politecnico di Turino (2018). She held the prestigious Lise Meitner Visiting Chair in Architecture at the University of Lund, Sweden (2017-2019).
Her research is intrinsically transdisciplinary and crosses the boundaries of science studies, cognitive anthropology, architectural theory and political philosophy. She is the author of seven monographs: The Making of a Building (Peter Lang 2009), Made by the OMA: An Ethnography of Design (010 Publishers 2009), Mapping Controversies in Architecture (Routledge 2012), Five Ways to Make Architecture Political. An Introduction to the Politics of Design Practice (Bloomsbury 2017), Crafting History: Archiving and the Quest for Architectural Legacy (Cornell University Press 2020), Latour for Architects (Routledge 2022), Architecture After Covid (Bloomsbury 2023). She co-authored The New Architecture of Science: Learning from Graphene (World Scientific Publishing 2020) with the Nobel Laureate in Physics Sir Kostya S. Novoselov. She is also the editor of What is Cosmopolitical Design? (Routledge 2015, with Alejandro Zaera-Polo).
Her work has been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai, Polish, Turkish and Japanese. Yaneva has delivered more than 147 invited lectures at prestigious universities including in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Irland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysa, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA. 42 of these were keynote addresses at major conferences. She is the recipient of the RIBA President’s award for outstanding university-based research (2010).
She is also the recipient of academic grants of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago (2003), the British Academy (2008), the EU (2008-2010), the Swedish Research Council (2019-2021) and the ESRC (2021-2022). She was a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economy and Society Research Council in the UK and serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundations of USA, Switzerland, Austria, Irland and the Netherlands. Yaneva was a judge for the 2017 RIBA President's Medals in the Silver Medal category, RIBA London and a panel member (output assessor) for REF2021 - sub-panels C13 and D32.
Lecturer in Global Agri-food Supply Chains, Newcastle University
I am food and agricultural economist with an interest in food choice, carbon and animal welfare.
I studied agriculture (agricultural economics major) at the University of Ghana in Accra. I moved to Saskatoon, Canada to study for an Msc degree at the University of Saskatchewan before joining the PhD program at the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology (REES), University of Alberta (U of A), in Edmonton. While at the U of A, I was an inaugural Teaching Fellow at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College.
From Alberta, I moved down south to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as Assistant Professor in 2017. In 2023, I joined the Applied Social Science Group at the Centre Of Rural Economy, Newcastle University, England as Lecturer (US- assistant professor rank) in global agri-food supply chains. My research focuses on understanding stakeholder incentives in the uptake of sustainable innovations in food supply chains, consumer decision-making pertaining to ethical food attributes and the design of emerging carbon offset schemes.
I enjoy teaching and learning, and have designed and taught courses in leadership, food marketing, agribusiness management, trade and supply chains, and natural resource economics.
Associate researcher, University of Antwerp
I am Dean of the Faculty of Political Science at the Catholic University of Congo and an Associate Researcher at the University of Antwerp. My research focuses on urban governance, police sector reform and informal economy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My research can be accessed here: https://repository.uantwerpen.be/desktop/irua
Elder and research partner
Investigador en Astrofísica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Associate Professor of Social Psychology, University of Palermo
Alberto Mirisola is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Palermo. His current research focuses on political ideologies and worldviews as external sources of compensatory control, social cognition, and the social and psychological consequences of criminal organizations’ influence.
Alberto Molina Pérez es investigador postdoctoral en el Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA-CSIC). Anteriormente, fue investigador "Juan de la Cierva Formación" en la Universidad de Granada. Se doctoró en 2017 en Filosofía por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Realizó estancias de investigación en las universidades de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Francia) y de Lausanne (Suiza). Sus principales áreas de investigación son los modelos de consentimiento para la donación de órganos cadavéricos y los criterios de determinación de la muerte. En el primer caso, se trata de entender cómo funcionan los modelos de consentimiento tanto en la ley como en la práctica, especialmente cuando se tienen en cuenta los deseos de los familiares, y de explorar el conocimiento y las actitudes del público hacia dichos modelos. En el segundo caso, se trata de analizar los criterios médicos y legales de determinación de la muerte desde una perspectiva epistemológica y, en particular, de analizar el uso del concepto de función en dichos criterios.
Professor of Nonlinear Structural Mechanics, University of Bristol
Alberto Pirrera is an Associate Professor of Nonlinear Structural Mechanics at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the University of Bristol, where he has been a faculty member since 2013, holding an EPSRC Early Career Research Fellowship (2015-2020), and where he completed his PhD in 2011. Before that, Alberto obtained his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from Università degli Studi di Palermo, in Italy. His academic home is the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS), where he is a co-director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing. A modeller and a theoretician specialising in engineering science, Alberto’s research interests lie in the area of structural analysis, design and optimisation. In recent years, he has focused on well-behaved nonlinear structures, on morphing, adaptive and shape changing devices and on wind turbine blades.
Research Interests & Expertise:
• Structural & Solid Mechanics,
• Nonlinear Mechanics,
• Structural Stability,
• Computational Mechanics,
• Morphing and Adaptive Structures,
• Composite Structures,
• Wind Turbine Blade Structures.
Assistant professor, UCL
Alberto Prati is an assistant professor in economics at the University College London, where he teaches economic psychology. He also serves as a research fellow at the University of Oxford and as an associate researcher at the London School of Economics.
He works on interdisciplinary issues related to improving wellbeing measurement, understanding how people form opinions, and promoting sustainability.
Professor of Social Psychology, University of Portsmouth
My main research interest is deception, resulting in more than 600 publications and more than 30,000 citations (H-factor 87). I received grants from British Research Councils, Trusts and Foundations, Insurers, Federal Bureau of Investigation and American, British, Dutch, and Singapore Governments, totalling > $11,500,000. An overview article of 100 years deception research published in Applied Cognitive Psychology in 2022 (doi: 10.1002/acp.3971) showed that I have the most publications and the most citations in the field.
I work closely with practitioners (police, security services and insurers) in terms of conducting research and disseminating its findings. My book Detecting Lies and Deceit: Pitfalls and Opportunities (published by Wiley) is a comprehensive overview of research into (non)verbal and physiological deception and lie detection.
In 2016 I received the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iiiRG) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of my significant contribution to investigative interviewing.
I was awarded my PhD in 1991 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and came to the UK in 1994, when I joined the Psychology Department as a Senior Lecturer. In 1996 I was promoted to Reader and in 2000 to my current position: Professor of Applied Social Psychology.
Professor of Management and Economics, Brandeis University
Aldo Musacchio is a Professor of Management and Economics at the Brandeis International Business School and a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Prior to joining Brandeis he was an Associate Professor and Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He is currently a lead economic consultant on state-owned enterprises on several projects at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. His current work focuses on tracking and facilitating the energy transition in large state-owned enterprises.
Currently Senior Lecturer in International Law at Anglia Ruskin University. My areas of specialization include Public International Law and International Criminal Law.
Assistant Professor and a faculty in the Center for Comparative Education and Policy Studies, Addis Ababa University
lebachew Kemisso Haybano is an Assistant Professor and a faculty in the Center for Comparative Education and Policy Studies (CCEPS) at Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia. He has got PhD in International and Comparative Education from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. His research focuses on how national education systems deal with issues of identity development and the integration/inclusion of refugees. He has consulted with various organizations including Danish Refugee Council, Jesuit Refugee Service, UNICEF, Education International, and UNHCR, among others, on studies related to refugees in across sub-Saharan Africa. Alebachew has extensive experience working with refugees in the camps and urban areas of Ethiopia, and excellent insider knowledge of the refugee operation and refugee management systems in Ethiopia. Alebachew’s postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for African Studies focuses on studying the promises of Ethiopia’s new policy for inclusion of refugees into national education systems and the challenges of its local implementation using evidences from the Gambella region in the Western border of Ethiopia. His research project aims to explain how historical experiences of refugee inclusion/integration inform the implementation of the new policy; understand how diverse meanings of inclusion and different approaches for inclusion affect the implementation of the new policy; analyze hopes and fears of refugees and host communities related to the implementation of the new policy; and investigate existing capacities and incentives in the Ethiopian education system that can facilitate or hinder implementation of the new policy for inclusion of refugees into national education system.
Associate Professor, School of Economics and Public Policy, University of Adelaide
A/Prof. Alec Zuo is an applied economist specialising in agricultural, environmental, and resource economics. Alec’s research has addressed issues and questions that are fundamental to UN World Development Goals and Australian National Research Priorities. His research has contributed significantly to understanding the impact of climate change and resources on irrigation farming, farmer adaptation strategies, and market-based instruments for water resource management. His research has been published in leading international journals (e.g., Global Environment Change, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Energy Economics, etc.) and he has collaboration with researchers from over 20 organisations worldwide on agricultural, resource, environment and development issues across 11 countries in four continents. Alec has substantial experience in initiating and managing large research projects. His research has been funded by the Australian Research Council (currently an ARC Future Fellow), the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, the federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the Australian Consumer & Competition Commission, and the Murray Darling Basin Authority.
Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney
Dr Alecia Simmonds is an inter-disciplinary scholar in law and history. She has published in national and international journals on the relationship between intimacy, imperialism and law in Australia and the Pacific. Her current postdoctoral research at UTS examines the legal regulation of love through the lens of breach of promise of marriage cases from 1824 to 1975. Dr Simmonds also writes columns and articles for the popular press, including Fairfax Digital and her book Wild Man: A True Story of a Police Killing Mental Illness and the Law won the 2016 Davitt prize for best crime non-fiction.
PhD (City University London), M.A. (University of Lancaster), M.Sc. (FLACSO Argentina), M.Eng. (ITBA)