Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne
Denis Muller was born in New Zealand in 1948 and emigrated to Australia in 1969. He was educated at Rosmini College, Auckland, and at the University of Melbourne.
After three years on suburban newspapers in Auckland, he joined The Sydney Morning Herald as a sub-editor in 1969. In 1978 he joined The Times, London, also as a sub-editor, before returning to take up the position of Chief Sub-editor of the Herald in 1980.
He subsequently held the positions of Night Editor, News Editor and Assistant Editor (Investigations) at that newspaper, until joining The Age, Melbourne, as Associate Editor in 1986.
At both newspapers, his responsibilities including representing the papers as an advocate before the Australian Press Council.
From 1984 until he left newspapers in 1993, he worked closely with Irving Saulwick, one of Australia's leading public opinion pollsters, in the management and writing of the Saulwick Poll which was published in The Age as AgePoll and in the Herald as HeraldSurvey.
In 1990 he was accepted as a mature-age student into the Public Policy program at the University of Melbourne. He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in 1992 and a Master's degree in 1994.
In 1993 he left The Age to take up a position as Group Manager, Communications, at the Board of Studies, Victoria.
In 1995 he established the research consultancy Denis Muller & Associates, and was appointed a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne.
In 2006 he completed a doctoral thesis on media ethics and accountability, and was appointed a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy, where he has taught in the Public Policy program since 1997.
He has also taught research methodology at RMIT University, and teaches defamation law to practising journalists through the Communication Law Centre.
Professorial Fellow in Human Security, La Trobe University
Dennis Altman is a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972.
This book, which has often been compared to Greer’s Female Eunuch and Singer’s Animal Liberation was the first serious analysis to emerge from the gay liberation movement, and was published in seven countries, with a readership which continues today.
Since then Altman has written eleven books, exploring sexuality, politics and their inter-relationship in Australia, the United States and now globally. These include The Homosexualization of America; AIDS and the New Puritanism; Rehearsals for Change, a novel (The Comfort of Men) and memoirs (Defying Gravity). His book, Global Sex (Chicago U.P, 2001), has been translated into five languages, including Spanish, Turkish and Korean. In July 2013 UQP will publish his latest book, The End of the Homosexual?
Most recently he published Gore Vidal’s America (Polity) and Fifty First State? (Scribe).
Altman was Professor of Politics and Director of the Institute for Human Security at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, and is now a Professorial Fellow at La Trobe. He was President of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (2001-5), and a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society [2004-12].
In 2005 he was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard, and was a Board member of Oxfam Australia. In 2007 he was made a member of the Order of Australia.
Research Fellow, Faculty of Law/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney
I have a law degree from UQ and a PhD in media studies from QUT. Previous positions include Executive Director of the Australian Press Council, Manager at the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and Director of the Communications Law Centre at UNSW.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin
Prior to commencing her PhD under the supervision of Professor Robbie Gilligan at Trinity College Dublin's School of Social Work and Social Policy, Derina spent three years living on the Thailand-Myanmar border. There she collaborated with refugee and migrant groups on culturally appropriate and sustainable psychosocial care programmes for children and youth. Prior to this Derina ran her own play therapy practice in Dublin. Derina obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from University College Dublin, and studied Play Therapy and Psychotherapy at the Children’s Therapy Centre with Eileen Prendiville.
Derina's PhD research explored the lives of young people growing up in legal and social marginalisation on the Thailand-Myanmar border. Drawing from 11 months' fieldwork, the research provides a glimpse into the realities of growing up in displacement and lack of documentation; as an “illegal migrant”, facing restricted mobility, limited access to education and other essential services, narrow migrant labour market demands, and everyday vulnerability to exploitation and poverty.
The research revealed nuanced insights into the legal and social precarity which characterises the young people's lifeworlds and ways of being in the world, and the normalisation of suffering and struggle in the quest to create a better future for them and their families. Within this extreme adversity, optimism and pragmatism, resistance and endurance, determination and flexibility emerged as key facets of the young people’s engagement in their worlds, as well as their agency and resilience in the face of certain uncertainty.,
Derina continues to work at Trinity College Dublin, as a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Medicine (Paediatrics) and Trinity Research in Childhood Centre, and as project manager of the Horizon 2020 funded energy efficiency socio-economic research project CONSEED.
Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London
Des Freedman is interested in the relationship between media and power together with the political and economic contexts of media policymaking and regulation. He is an editor of the Sage journal 'Global Media and Communication' and was previously on the management committee of the COST programme A20, 'The Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe'. He was awarded an ESRC grant in 2005 to examine the dynamics of media policy-making in the UK and US. Des received an AHRC research leave award in 2006 to complete The Politics of Media Policy for Polity Press. He was a participant in the 'Spaces of the News' project in the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, co-editor of the 'Unversities and Capitalism' section of openDemocracy, a member of the National Council of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and is the current chair of the Media Reform Coalition. He is currently writing a book on The Contradictions of Media Power for Bloomsbury (due 2014).
Visiting Researcher in International Political Economy, University of the Witwatersrand
Dr Desné Masie is visiting researcher at the Wits School of Governance in international political economy. Her research programme is primarily in international economics, covering financialisation, poverty and inequality, and African geopolitical economy. She is the co-host of the African Arguments podcast, an economics contributor to The Times, and an associate of the Democracy Works Foundation. She was a capital markets editor at the Financial Mail in Johannesburg, and the corporate relationship manager of the Royal African Society in London. She has had invited speaking engagements at the Frontline Club and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London. She holds a PhD in Finance (Edinburgh), MSc Finance & Financial Law (London), BA Hons (Unisa) and BA (Wits).
Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford
Diarmaid MacCulloch holds a Cambridge doctorate in History, an Oxford Postgraduate Diploma in Theology and an Oxford Doctorate of Divinity. He is a Fellow and current Vice-President of the British Academy. His new book All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation is being published in July.
He has written extensively on Tudor England; his biography Thomas Cranmer: a Life (Yale UP, 1996) won the Whitbread Biography, Duff Cooper and James Tait Black Prizes. More recent publications from Penguin/Allen Lane have included Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700 (appearing in the USA as The Reformation: a History), and A History of Christianity: the First Three Thousand Years (in the USA, Christianity: the First Three Thousand Years), which won the 2010 Cundill Prize; his latest book is Silence: a Christian History.
He was the presenter on BBC4 and BBC2 of "A History of Christianity - the first 3,000 years", which won the Radio Times Listeners' Award in 2010, "How God made the English" (BBC2, 2012) and "Henry VIII's fixer: the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell" (BBC2, 2013); his BBC2 series Sex and the West aired in spring 2015.
He received a knighthood in January 2012 for services to scholarship.
Diatyka is a lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia. She is also an executive secretary and a research associate at Center for Sociological Studies, University of Indonesia. Her current research project is on young precarious workers who join vigilante groups in urban Jakarta.
Dinesh Sharma is an author, consultant, and social scientist with a doctorate in psychology and human development from Harvard University. He is an Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, SUNY Binghamton, where he teaches in Harpur College, Psychology and the Department of Human Development. His current teaching work is focused on Human Rights, Globalization, Leadership and the United Nations.
Sharma also teaches about global leadership and the UN at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.
He is the author of "Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President"and "The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century." He is currently editing a book on Hillary Clinton’s global image, "The Global Hillary: Women's Political Development in Cultural Contexts," due out in June 2016.
Dr Dionysios Demetis is a Lecturer in Management Systems at the Hull University Business School. He holds a PhD on Anti-Money Laundering and Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he taught classes on Information Systems Management, IS Security and Research Methods. While at the LSE, he contributed widely to a number of research deliverables for the European Union, but most importantly to the domain of Anti-Money Laundering for the Spotlight EU project, as well as the GATE EU Project targeting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. His research on the Risk-Based Approach to Anti-Money Laundering and the 3rd EU Directive has been featured in the IMOLIN select bibliography of the United Nations while his research on ‘Data Growth and the Consequences to Anti-Money Laundering’ has won the Emerald Highly Commended Award from the Journal of Money Laundering Control. For his teaching at the London School of Economics, he was awarded the departmental Teaching Assistant award for Outstanding Contribution based on peer review and student feedback from the Information Systems Department in 2006. During his PhD, he secured three consecutive research scholarships from the LSE.
His book on AML entitled ‘Technology and Anti-Money Laundering’ and published by Edward Elgar is the first book to provide a coherent theoretical structure for Anti-Money Laundering research and practice, based on Systems Theory, and the first book to provide an Information Systems perspective on Anti-Money Laundering. With LSE Professor Ian Angell, he co-authored another book that applies second-order cybernetics to uncover deep-seated epistemological paradoxes in science. The book is entitled ‘Science’s First Mistake’, and it is published worldwide by Bloomsbury.
Dr Demetis has a background in Physics from the University of Crete, as well as an MSc from the London School of Economics on the Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems. Prior to this academic post he was an Adjunct Professor for the California based Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL), where he lectured on the International Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering courses for the university’s online program for about three years. He has also been lecturing for TJSL on Qualitative Research Methodology for both MSc-level and PhD-level students, while advising a number of students in their research. He has given a large number of talks in conferences, and is a regular speaker at Cambridge University at the Annual Economic Crime Symposium.
PhD candidate in Japanese studies, University of Sheffield
I received a BA in Asian and African Studies from Russia's Institute of Practical Oriental Studies in 2012 and a MA in Japanese Studies from the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield in 2015. In 2010-2011, I spent a year at Hosei University in Tokyo as an exchange student. I am currently conducting PhD research on the transformation of Japan's grand strategy towards China and contemporary US-China-Japan trilateral security relations. My articles on Japan's history and foreign policy have been published in Russian and English.
Senior Lecturer, Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University
Domenik is senior lecturer at the Curtin University in Perth, coordinating the undergrad and postgrad units of hydrogeology and engineering geology as well as environmental geoscience. He moved to Australia coming from the University of Iceland where from 2007 to 2011 he was the Project Director of the Icelandic partner of the international Carbfix consortium. The Carbfix project is about capture of CO2 from geothermal activities and subsequent sequestration into basaltic terrain (www.carbfix.com). Among his responsibilities there was the set-up and direction of a high P/T lab for the execution of experiments related to water-rock interactions in the presence of CO2. Prior to that position he was a Research Scientist at UC Riverside and UC Merced in the US studying the CO2 drawdown capacity of the Higher Himalayas and the biogeochemistry of uranium. Domenik started his career with a PhD in environmental geochemistry from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in 1997.
Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research; Adjunct Professor, School of Social Science, UNSW Australia
Don Weatherburn has been Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research since 1988. He was awarded a Public Service Medal in January 1998, an Alumni Award for Community Service by the University of Sydney in 2000 and made a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2006. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Science at the University of New South Wales and is the author of three books and more than 200 articles, reports, and book chapters on crime and criminal justice.
Donald E. Heller is Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and a professor of education at the University of San Francisco. He is responsible for the university’s five schools, libraries, academic affairs, student life, enrollment management, online programs, international relations, and diversity and community outreach for the university’s 10,800 students,1,200 faculty, and 1,000 staff.
His teaching and research is in the areas of educational economics, public policy, and finance, with a primary focus on issues of college access, choice, and success for low-income and minority students. He has consulted on higher education policy issues with university systems and policymaking organizations in California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Washington, Washington DC, and West Virginia, and has testified in front of Congressional committees, state legislatures, and in federal court cases as an expert witness.
Prior to his appointment in January 2016, he was Dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University. Earlier appointments included Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education and professor of education and senior scientist at The Pennsylvania State University, and assistant professor of Education at the University of Michigan. Before his academic career, he spent a decade as an information technology manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Donald is a former journalist and international policy consultant, who was Poverty Adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for the ten years prior to joining CRSP in 2008. He played a central role in establishing A Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom, CRSP's ongoing research programme showing what incomes households need for an acceptable standard of living as agreed by members of the public.
Donald is the Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy. He leads that programme and associated projects studying income, and plays a prominent national role in commenting on the adequacy of the public welfare system and on poverty trends.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Binghamton University, State University of New York
Donald G. Nieman, a historian whose specialty is law and race relations and civil rights in the United States, became dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences in 2008, after serving as dean of arts and sciences at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for eight years. An Iowa native, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Drake University. He earned his PhD at Rice University, where he developed a passion for teaching and research and a deep commitment to balancing discovery and mentoring.
Nieman taught at Kansas State University, Hunter College, Brooklyn College and Clemson University before becoming professor and chair of the History Department at Bowling Green in 1994. He was promoted to dean there in 2000.
He has authored two books and edited four others. In 1991, Oxford University Press published his book Promises to Keep: African-Americans and the Constitutional Order, 1776 to the Present, which has been called the first Afrocentric history of the U.S. Constitution.
Professor Dorrik Stow FRSE: Director, Institute of Petroleum Engineering; Director, Centre for Energy Economics Research & Policy; Professor of Petroleum Geoscience, Heriot-Watt University.
He is an internationally renowned geologist and oceanographer with an extensive record of scientific publications, including over 300 scientific papers, numerous books and edited volumes. He specialises in the deep sea and its sedimentary record – modern, ancient and subsurface. In pursuing this scientific quest he has sailed on all the world’s major oceans, and visited, lectured or worked in more than 50 countries. He has worked in and with the oil industry, particularly in their on-going quest for deep-sea oil and gas and on new and tight reservoir targets, and has led major international missions for scientific drilling into the deep Indian Ocean seafloor and the Gulf of Cadiz, as well as many other expeditions on land and at sea. He also maintains a strong interest in the field of geoscience, development and capacity building, especially concerning hazard mitigation, geoscience education and marine management. He is enthusiastic to popularise ocean and earth sciences through lectures, writing and broadcast.
Acting Director, Astronomy and Space Science, CSIRO
Dr Bock has made the focus of his career the design, construction, and operation of radio telescopes.
Australia Telescope National Facility
Drew Shindell is a Professor of Climate Sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. From 1995 to 2014 he was a scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. Dr. Shindell taught atmospheric chemistry at Columbia University for more than a decade. He earned his Bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley and his PhD at Stony Brook University, both in Physics. His research concerns natural and human drivers of climate change, linkages between air quality and climate change, and the interface between climate change science and policy. He has been an author on >175 peer-reviewed publications, received awards from Scientific American, NASA, the NSF and the EPA. He has testified before both houses of Congress (at the request of both parties). He chaired the 2011 UNEP/WMO Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone and was a Coordinating Lead Author on the 2013 IPCC Assessment. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Panel to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition of nations and organizations.
Teaching Fellow in Finance and Economics, Durham University
Duncan joined Durham University Business School in October 2013. His early career was quite varied; after working in the family wine business since an early age, Duncan went to the University of Manchester to as a mature student and worked in finance (all this with a side-line in Rugby League) until his just before his thirtieth birthday, when he was injured undertaking training for the RAF reserves and decided to pursue an academic career.
Since then, Duncan completed a PhD in Economic History at the University of Glasgow and has worked in research and lecturing positions at the University of Cambridge, Coventry University and the University of Buckingham.
He specialises in the finance and economics of heavy industry with a focus on shipbuilding, nuclear power and the aviation industries.
Professor of Public Policy and Management, Glasgow Caledonian University
Professor McTavish has held senior positions in public and private sector organisations; he has operated as a consultant and adviser to business, third sector and public organisations. His background includes senior academic positions in a number of UK universities, working both in the UK and internationally.
Duncan publishes extensively in leading journals, authors and edits books individually and collaboratively. He is editor of the journal Public Policy and Administration and serves on a number of journal editorial boards. Duncan peer reviews for major grant awarding bodies and has managed major research projects supported by UK governments and the EU.
Duncan is a member of a number of professional-academic and scholarly bodies. He is also a non executive director with Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector in which capacity he operates at the community-public service-government policy interface.
Visiting Researcher, University of Huddersfield
My PhD examined the historical, sociological and cultural machinations of cricket in southern England, with a particular emphasis upon the philosophical origins of amateurism, how amateurism was used as a means of class distinction and the influence this had upon the development of regional identities.
My post-doctoral work aims to investigate (amongst other things) the links between social class, the suburbanisation process and cultural change. I am also writing a social history of English cricket, with a particular emphasis upon amateur cricket – the game as played and watched by the vast majority of the sport's followers – and the relationship this level of cricket had with the so-called 'first class' game.
Ph.D. student, Systems and Security, University of Michigan
I'm interested in Internet of Things security, with a focus on smart homes. Previously, I've done research on Smartphone Security (Android, Windows Phone), and Operating Systems Security. I like building secure systems. My advisor is Prof. Atul Prakash.
Associate professor of climate science , University of Reading
Ed Hawkins is a climate scientist in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) at the University of Reading. Current research interests are in decadal variability and predictability of climate. He runs the Climate Lab Book blog and was an author on the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report.
Eduardo Velloso is a Research Fellow at the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Eduardo holds a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. His research aims at creating future social user experiences combining novel input modalities such as gaze, body movement, touch gestures, etc. His latest work has investigated eye-based interaction with smart watches, multimodal combinations of gaze, and eye control of video games.
Fellow, Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University, Ontario
I have an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Journalism degree from the University of Western Ontario. I am currently a fellow at Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University. I have held that position since 2011.
I have been awarded three year-long fellowships: the Southam Fellowship at Massey College at the University of Toronto in 1986-87;the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT and Harvard in 1996-1997, and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy in 2006. This award is a collaborative project of the Atkinson Foundation, the Honderich Family and Toronto Star. The focus of my fellowship was a series of articles on how climate change is reshaping the Arctic.
Since 2009, I have been a contributing writer for Yale Environment 360, an international online journal offering opinion, analysis, reporting, and debate on global environmental issues by scientists, journalists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, and business people. Yale 360 is published by Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. To view my articles, go to: http://e360.yale.edu/authors/ed-struzik
Since 2016 I have been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, a citizens' organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well-being of northern Canada and its peoples. CARC has been a major voice on Arctic issues for the past 40 years.
I have written five books, four of them on the Arctic. Future Arctic, Fields Notes From A World on the Edge was published by Island Press in Washington D.C. in 2015. I have also contributed chapters to several other books. Two of the most recent are: Reflections of Canada, Illuminating Our Opportunities and Challenges at 150 years, (Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia, 2017) and It’s All Happening So Fast, which was published in 2017 by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
I have played the role of advisor for the World Wildlife Fund of Canada’s Arctic Program. I was also on one of the selection committees for the International Polar Year conference that was held in Montreal in 2012. The IPY From Knowledge to Action Conference was one of the largest and most important scientific conferences for polar science and climate change, impacts and adaptation. Keynote presentations, thought-provoking panel discussions and workshops involved hundreds of scientists from around the world.
My long list of awards includes the U.S.-based Grantham Prize for environmental writing, the Michener Deacon Fellowship in Public Policy and the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal, which goes to one person each year who has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of science in Canada.
My articles on the Arctic have appeared in journals such as Foreign Policy Review, Arctic, Conservation Biology, The World Policy Institute’s Arctic-in-Context and Conservation Biology, to name just a few
Director of University of Kent's Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research www.cybersec.kent.ac.uk. Research in formal methods (new book: Refinement in Z and Object Z 2nd edition, Springer 2014).
Associate Professor Efrem Castelnuovo joined the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in 2014.
Prior to joining the Melbourne Institute, Efrem has held positions at the University of Padova, and has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Bologna, Brescia, Rome Tor Vergata, and the Halle Institute for Economic Research.
Efrem earned a PhD in Economics from the Bocconi University (2004), and has been Associated Editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics since 2013. His research agenda centres on the role of nonlinearities for the transmission of structural shocks, the identification of common factors across countries, and the empirical validation of structural DSGE models.
He has published his research in a number of international journals, including the Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Economic Journal, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Journal of International Money and Finance, and Economics Letters.
Senior Lecturer in Law, Anglia Ruskin University
Dr Dagilyte is an expert in European Union (EU) constitutional, human rights, and internal market law. Educated in Lithuania, Sweden and the United Kingdom, she has also trained at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. Dr Dagilyte's research focuses in particular on European solidarity, EU citizenship and human rights, free movement of persons and welfare state. She has given conference papers and published in these areas internationally.
Besides EU law, Dr Dagilyte is also interested in legal education, in particular using technology for teaching, learning and assessment. She develops her interest in legal education as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Law Teachers. In 2015, Jisc listed Dr Dagilyte among Top 50 UK higher education social media influencers.
Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Elek Pafka is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the relationship between material density, urban form and the intensity of urban life, as well as methods of mapping the 'pulse' of the city. He has participated in research on transit orientated development, functional mix and high-density living.
Eli Dourado is a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program. He specializes in Internet governance, intellectual property, cryptocurrency, Internet security, and the economics of technology. His popular writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Ars Technica, and Wired, among other outlets.
Dourado is a member of the State Department’s International Telecommunication Advisory Committee and has served on several U.S. delegations to UN treaty and policy conferences. In 2013, he won an IP3 award from Public Knowledge for the creation of WCITLeaks.org, a transparency website focused on the UN’s International Telecommunication Union.
Research Associate, University of Texas at Austin
Elisa V. Borah, MSW, PhD is a research associate at The University of Texas School of Social Work at Austin within the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health. She is currently principal investigator of an Engagement Award from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute to develop a network of veteran spouses that facilitates their involvement in research related to veteran families. In 2015, Borah served as the lead evaluator of Texas' statewide veterans’ mental health services, specifically examining the Texas Military Veteran Peer Network. Borah co-chairs the annual Military Social Work conference at The University of Texas at Austin. From 2010-2014, Borah served as director of research at the Fort Hood clinic of the Department of Defense-funded STRONG STAR PSD Research Consortium, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Borah continues to study how to improve veterans and their families' access to evidence-based behavioral health treatments in community mental health settings.
Dr. Elizabeth Basha, a graduate of both Pacific and MIT, joined the Pacific faculty in Fall 2010. Professor Basha recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award for a project in collaboration with the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The three-year grant will investigate the use of aerial robotics to wirelessly transfer power to maintain sensor network systems. This project builds the power transfer system, develops algorithms for selecting nodes to recharge on both the UAV and sensor network side, and extends power management solutions on the sensor networks.UAV - Bridge
This research introduces novel recharging systems and algorithms to supplement existing systems and lead to autonomous, sustainable energy management on sensor networks. Applications such as bridge fault detection that rely on sensor networks operating away from buildings often lack energy for long-term monitoring. In these scenarios, traditional recharging methods (e.g. solar panels) are unavailable or cannot provide sufficient energy (e.g. at night).
Dr. Basha has also created a new graduate course in robotics that began in Spring 2013, along with an undergraduate version that launched in Spring 2014. This three-year grant has also supported our Masters Program with MSES students contributing to the research as well as completing thesis on this project. Interested undergraduate students have also been able to contribute to the research on this project.
Professor Beth Webster is the Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. Her area of study is the economics of how knowledge is created and diffuses through the economy. On these topics alone she has authored over 100 articles in outlets such as RAND Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Law & Economics and Cambridge Journal of Economics. She has been appointed to a number of committees including the Lomax-Smith Base funding Review; CEDA Advisory Council; the Bracks Automotive review; the Advisory Council for Intellectual Property; the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association; the Economic Society of Victoria and the Asia Pacific Innovation Conference. She is also holds honorary research positions at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford and Tasmania.
She has a PhD (economics) from the University of Cambridge and economics degrees from Monash University.
I am interested in how political parties and voters adapt to new situations, in particular how parties and voters have responded to devolution in the UK and beyond. I have conducted research on party organisational changes in Spain and Britain, investigating and codifying the relationship between the central level of statewide parties and their ‘regional’ branches. In the context of devolution, I am increasingly interested in the issue of citizens’ response to devolution and citizens’ understanding of devolution, and what they mean for democratic accountability.
In addition, I have recently developed an interest in ‘unusual’ voting situations such as external voting (expatriate vote in national elections) and the vote of non-national EU citizens in the local, devolved and European elections (EU citizens voting in a country other than their own).
Finally, I remain interested in French politics. I have become country co-ordinator (France) for the Political Party Database Working Group, a research network that studies and gathers comparative quantitative data on the organisation of political parties across 19 countries.
I am the co-convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism and book review editor for Regional and Federal Studies. I am also on the editorial board of the journal Fédéralisme et Régionalisme.