18 November 2016
Making Policy Work
Issue No 239
Dear MPW Subscribers,

We aim to find some interesting career opportunities for you in this issue. We also keep relevant and available jobs from the last edition.

University of South Australia is looking for a Senior Research Policy Analyst in ACT. Property Council of Australia is hiring a Policy Advisor in Perth, SA. Environment Protection Authority is looking for a Senior Waste Policy Officer to work in Melbourne, VIC.

Marlborough District Council is looking for Policy Portfolio Manager in Marlborough, NZ. The National Partnership for Women & Families is hiring Workplace Programs Policy Research Internship in DC, USA. The Institute for Public Policy Research is hiring Research Fellow to work in London, UK.

For other general information relating to careers for current students, visit the University of Sydney Careers Centre.

Also please note that this is the final edition for the year, and we will recommence distribution at the beginning of 2017. Thank you for your interest in the newsletter, and we wish you a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Dr Betsi Beem 

Grace Zhang
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Senior Policy Analyst: Research

University of South Australia

LOCATION: ACT       SALARY: $90,543 – $102,365       CLOSING DATE: 2 December 2016


You will provide critical and strategic analysis of the national and international research policy environment and provide policy advice and recommendations to the Executive Director.  You will also coordinate strategic external projects, research and write submissions, and liaise with stakeholders both within and external to the ATN, to further the aims of the ATN.


You will have relevant postgraduate qualification or equivalent combination of education, knowledge, skills and experience at an appropriate level. You will also have proven experience in the effective synthesis and analysis of relevant information and data, including the evaluation of research outcomes and recommendations, together with highly developed oral communication, facilitation and negotiation skills.

Policy Advisor

Property Council of Australia

LOCATION: Perth, SA       SALARY: Unspecified      CLOSING DATE: Unspecified


The Property Council of Australia Ltd is the leading advocate and membership services provider to Australia's $670b property industry. Our membership base ranges from the leading institutional investors, superannuation funds, property trusts and financial suppliers, to private investors, developers and providers of professional services to the property industry.

We are recruiting a Policy Advisor with experience in public policy advocacy to join our WA team. Reporting to the WA Deputy Executive Director, you'll be part of a highly successful team that develops and advocates policy positions on behalf of one of the most important industries in WA.


This exciting opportunity will suit a talented individual with approximately two years' government relations or public policy experience within Government, a political office, or another industry association. You will have experience in preparing structured reports and policy development and possess strong research and analytical skills. Experience in property is not essential, however you will have a real passion for policy issues that relate to planning, urban development and economic growth.

You will have a good understanding of the political process in WA, strong writing skills, be an influential communicator, work well with stakeholders at all levels, and be comfortable in a fast paced, complex environment. You will possess the ability to learn quickly, while drawing on your experience and sound judgement to achieve successful outcomes. You must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously to meet competing deadlines. You will thrive in a small team environment and are self-motivated with a 'can do' attitude.

Relevant tertiary qualifications including in politics, communications, law, planning, architecture, property development, or economics will be looked upon favourably.

Senior Waste Policy Officer

Environment Protection Authority

LOCATION: Melbourne, VIC      SALARY: $89,327 - $108,078      CLOSING DATE: Unspecified

  • VPS5 $89,327 - $108,078 per annum plus superannuation (fixed term 2-year role)
  • Opportunity to lead the review of the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resources) Regulations and play an influential role within the environment portfolio, the wider government and industry
  • Carlton location

The role contributes to the research, development, stakeholder engagement, communication, implementation and evaluation of policy. It involves different aspects of policy development including: 
  • Problem identification and analysis
  • Option analysis
  • Solution design
  • Implementation planning and execution (e.g. translating policy into legislation, managing change internally,      coordinating with partners in other agencies)
  • Monitoring and evaluation of policy outcomes and objectives 
This role involves the leadership of the review project team and liaising at all levels across EPA, the environment portfolio, the Victorian government, business and community. This role will be expected to work with discretion and autonomy and to use initiative to seek direction and support from the team leader, manager, EPA executive and portfolio partners for policy decisions.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Centre for Public Service Research

University of New South Wales

LOCATION: ACT       SALARY: $70,381- $93,840      CLOSING DATE: 27 November 2016


The Centre for Public Service Research (CPSR) was established to partner with organisational clients to produce new insights into effective public service implementation and evaluation.  We perform timely, high-quality and reliable research into public policy implementation. We bring a breadth of knowledge and a depth of experience to our work, taking an inter-disciplinary and inter-methodological approach that recognises the complexity of contexts and plurality of interests involved in any policy implementation.


We are seeking to recruit two Postdoctoral Fellows. This position will sit within the new Centre and work to help build this in conjunction with existing faculty.

Applicants are expected to submit a two page proposal relating to one of the research themes of the Centre. The proposal should contain research questions and links to the relevant literature and a research methodology.

In your application you should systematically address the selection criteria outlined in the Position Description. In order to view the position description - please ensure that you allow pop-ups for the Jobs@UNSW Portal.

Policy Director


LOCATION: Sydney, NSW     SALARY: Unspecified     CLOSING DATE: Unspecified


Free TV is an industry body which represents Australia's commercial free-to-air television licensees. It provides a forum for discussion of industry matters and is the public voice of the industry on a wide range of issues.

  • Deep knowledge of broadcast media and telecommunications' regulatory and policy environment
  • Strong stakeholder and project management
  • Keen to be involved both in both development and implementation
Senior Policy Advisor

Australian Computer Society

LOCATION: Sydney, NSW     SALARY: Unspecified     CLOSING DATE: 14 December 2016


The ACS is the professional association for Australia's information and communications technology (ICT) sector.  We are committed to creating the environment and providing the opportunities for our members and partners to be recognised and succeed.  We are passionate about the ICT profession being recognised as a driver of innovation and business – able to deliver real, tangible outcomes. 

Our Senior Policy Advisor role exists to leverage the knowledge capital within ACS' membership base and to assure ACS' position as the trusted advisor to Government, Business and Academia on technology, innovation, and the skills required for a thriving IT profession.


This position holder is an outstanding communicator, both in person and in writing, with a keen eye for detail, and a deep desire to make a difference. The person we are seeking will be responsible for initial drafting of submissions in response to government inquiries, undertaking QA process with internal subject matter experts, developing key message brief for ACS spokespeople, developing positioning statements, fostering relationships with Government Policy advisers and senior bureaucrats. 

Job tasks and responsibilities
  • Proactively identifying areas of public policy failure or inefficiency, and to craft solutions that would support addressing these areas
  • Undertake research; creating a capability to scan for future technology trends and disruptors, including an ability to translate those trends into information that can be understood by decision makers in governments, business, education and other communities
  • Leverage ACS' knowledge capital across the 23,000 members to assure our insights are shared as a trusted authority
  • Drafting written responses to government inquiries, developing internal and external briefs, and drafting positioning statements
  • Relationship management of critical stakeholders across Government, Business and Academia
Skills and experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Willingness for regular travel
Desirable Requirements:
  • Strong preference for post graduate qualifications in economics, political science, public policy or communications
  • A strong preference for a background working with Federal government
Senior Policy Officer

Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR)

LOCATION: Adelaide, SA       SALARY: $121,979 plus 9.5% Super     CLOSING DATE: 28 November 2016


The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) is seeking an experienced candidate to fill the role of Senior Policy Officer.

ONRSR is an independent body corporate that facilitates the seamless and safe operation of rail transport and promotes rail safety and safety improvement across the country.


We are seeking an experienced Senior Policy Officer to undertake complex rail safety policy research, reviews and projects. The role is responsible for developing initiatives in accordance with national legislation and regulatory and strategic rail safety objectives, requiring strong interpersonal skills in order to deliver on a range of safety outcomes.

The role requires demonstrated experience in developing complex policy, analysis and research, preferably in transport safety, together with excellent knowledge of legislation and policies from a whole of government and cross jurisdictional perspective. 

Principal Policy Officer
Department of Premier & Cabinet

LOCATION: Melbourne, VIC     SALARY:  Unspecified    CLOSING DATE: 27 November 2016


The Economic Strategy Branch advises the Premier and Cabinet on current and future economic challenges and opportunities that affect Victorian's prosperity and liveability. We do this by understanding the whole of the Victorian economy and the cities and precincts within it.

We are seeking capable and motivated applicants at the VPS6 level for 6-month fixed term appointments in the Places Team.


Successful candidates will have advanced policy skills and be strong communicators, with strong understanding of both government and the economy. Your ability to build relationships and engage across multiple stakeholder groups will be critical to your success in this role.

Particular areas of need include those with skills or experience in:
  • Cities and places-related policy (including regional development and local government)
  • State budget processes
  • Data analysis or government accounting
Principal Advisor (Policy & Projects)

Department of Transport and Main Roads

LOCATION: Brisbane, QLD     SALARY: $100,939 to $108,231      CLOSING DATE: 25 November 2016


We are looking for a Principal Advisor to join our small Road Safety Policy team to contribute to a significant, interesting and challenging program of policy work and coordinate the delivery of priority projects to improve road safety in Queensland.


Accountabilities include:
  • Manage transport related projects effectively and efficiently
  • Manage various aspects of assigned projects
  • Develop project plans and monitor and report on progress
  • Conduct high level strategic policy research and development that reflects good practice nationally and internationally
  • Build and maintain effective relationships, including stakeholder consultation.
  • Oversee a small work team responsible for the preparation of correspondence (e.g. briefs, cabinet submissions, reports)

The information in this section outlines the basis of assessment of your suitability for the organisation and the role.
  • Focuses on performance
  • Displays rigour in analysis
  • Inspires individual and team commitment in the pursuit of results
  • Understands how their team's work aligns to organisational objectives
Health Policy Officer

Pinpoint Talent

LOCATION: Sydney, NSW       SALARY: Unspecified      CLOSING DATE: Unspecified


You will be responsible for undertaking programs and projects activities in public health organisations and related government agencies to support the achievement of NSW Health's mental health policy objectives.

Excellent opportunity to work with government organisation.

  • Demonstrated experience in the provision of policy advice in a complex and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications and /or demonstrated relevant, equivalent professional experience.
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Policy Portfolio Manager

Marlborough District Council

LOCATION: Marlborough, NZ        SALARY: Unspecified      CLOSING DATE: Unspecified


As a unitary authority, the Council is responsible for the integrated management of Marlborough's natural and physical resources. That covers a diverse range of issues, from managing the effects of activity in urban and rural environments to allocating water resources and coastal space to maintaining environmental quality.


The successful applicant will have a minimum of five years' experience preparing or administering regional or district plan provisions, possess a thorough understanding of relevant legislation, sound judgement and decision making skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Applicants with relevant tertiary qualifications and experience in planning, resource management or related experience are preferred.

Workplace Programs Policy Research Internship

The National Partnership for Women & Families

LOCATION: DC, USA      SALARY: Unspecified      CLOSING DATE: unpaid


The National Partnership for Women & Families promotes fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. We believe that actions speak louder than words, and for four decades we have fought for every major policy advance that has helped women and families. The Workplace Programs team at the National Partnership for Women & Families is looking for a policy research intern to help with our fast-paced growing campaigns to improve workplaces for workers and their families.


The intern will conduct research and work on policy papers, fact sheets and literature reviews; data collection; fact checking; designing charts, graphs and tables and provide general support to the Workplace team. Our Work/Family priorities include paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) enhancement, and workplace flexibility. Our Workplace Fairness priorities include equal pay, employment discrimination, and FMLA enforcement.

Qualifications include strong interpersonal, writing, and computer skills; the ability to manage multiple tasks and take initiative; ability to work independently and a significant degree of organization. Attention to detail and the ability to collect and manage information efficiently and accurately is a must. Quantitative analysis skills are particularly desirable, including the ability to extract information from large volumes of data in order to use it for analysis. Ideally, a candidate will have SAS, SPSS or STATA experience. A strong candidate will have experience with statistics, economics or social sciences through coursework. Preference will be given to applicants with experience and demonstrated interest or academic studies in political science, public policy and/or women's issues. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Research Fellow

The Institute for Public Policy Research

LOCATION: London, UK      SALARY: £27,021 - £34,993      CLOSING DATE: 13 December 2016


IPPR (The Institute for Public Policy Research) is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow to play a key role contributing to project work in its award winning Climate Change, Energy and Transport team. The Research Fellow’s responsibilities will include: conducting high quality research and analysis; identifying policy recommendations; managing projects and developing research proposals.


The successful candidate will have experience of working in policy, research or related fields; they will possess good research and analysis skills and a sound understanding of either climate change, energy or transport policies. They will also possess a good understanding of the government and the public policy making process with the ability to link research and analysis with current policy debates. Additionally they will have excellent written and verbal communication skills; project management skills and a commitment to the values and ethos of IPPR.

Public Policy Intern

The Drug Policy Alliance

LOCATION: Oakland, CA        SALARY: Unspecified     CLOSING DATE: Unspecified


The Office of Legal Affairs is looking for graduate public policy students who are interested in contributing to creating real alternatives to the war on drugs as part of a multi-disciplinary office team.  Projects might include: monitoring the implementation of legislation; program evaluation and data analysis projects; drafting op-eds and letters to the editor; drafting and editing public education and litigation materials; developing and collecting research to support pending legislation or ongoing litigation; writing press releases and assisting in media outreach; and creating and maintaining databases in public education and litigation projects.

  • Technical writing and experience producing documentation
  • Engaging with key senior stakeholders and subject matter experts
  • Analysis of current policy and process material
  • Knowledge of the machinery of government
  • Leadership of technical writing team
  • Proven ability to clearly present analysis and ideas on paper, to write succinctly and think strategically and critically about an issue
Science Policy Fellowship

Institute for Defense Analyses

LOCATION: Washington USA       SALARY: Unpaid       CLOSING DATE: 27 January 2017


The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a congressionally chartered, federally funded research and Development center operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).

STPI provides analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal departments and agencies on science, technology, and innovation policy issues. The STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program provides recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology (S&T) policy areas, including energy and the environment, space sciences innovation and competitiveness, evaluation, life sciences, information technologies, national security, and STEM education.


This program is only open to recent recipients of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Candidates with degrees higher than a master’s degree will not be considered.

Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree conferred between May 2015 and July 2017.

Candidates with degrees in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences or statistics, and learning sciences are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should possess a strong interest in science and technology policy, although previous policy experience is not required.

Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and will be asked to give a 30-minute presentation on a topic to be assigned during a group interview.

Ideal candidates are innovative, analytical, self-starting, and able to contribute to and support team efforts.

Candidates must complete a security investigation and meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Principal Advisor Policy

Christchurch City Council

LOCATION: Canterbury, NZ     SALARY: Unspecified    CLOSING DATE: 20 November 2016


Want to be involved in shaping your City? Here at the Council we know our strength comes from our people, working together as one team to create results. When you join us, you're getting involved first hand, and contributing to crafting the Christchurch community. We're diverse and dynamic - there's always new and interesting projects to get stuck into, and we love creating opportunities for our people to get involved in it all.


We are looking for a Principal Policy Advisor to help ensure that the Council's policy and strategy frameworks effectively support the transformation of the City.  As part of the Strategy and Transformation Group's multi-disciplinary team the position holder will provide advice to the Council and senior managers on strategic policy development and approaches, as well as ensuring analysis is carried out in a wide range of policy processes under both the Local Government Act and Resource Management Act.  Maintaining excellent relationships with local, regional and central partner's will be essential to ensure the Council's policy development takes place on the basis of a thorough understanding of the wider environment. 

You will have a post graduate qualification in a policy related discipline, significant experience in a policy role including successful strategic policy development in complex environments, and have good public sector awareness.

Health Care Program Policy Internship

The National Partnership for Women & Families

LOCATION: DC, USA      SALARY: Unspecified      CLOSING DATE: unpaid


The National Partnership for Women & Families promotes fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. We believe that actions speak louder than words, and for four decades we have fought for every major policy advance that has helped women and families.


The National Partnership seeks a Policy Intern to support our health policy programs. Our health policy team works closely with Congress and the Executive Branch to advance progressive health policy priorities, including Affordable Care Act implementation, insurance market reform, and promotion of new models of care delivery and health care financing.

The Policy Intern’s duties will include researching and analyzing current policy issues; drafting briefs/memoranda, reports, talking points, fact sheets, and other written materials; tracking federal legislation and regulatory actions; and attending meetings, hearings, and briefings. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend coalition meetings and briefings, hearings, and other events on Capitol Hill and in other venues around town.

Qualifications include excellent research, writing, communication, and interpersonal skills; the ability to manage multiple tasks and take initiative; and the ability to work independently.

Research Internship


London, UK    SALARY: £1,820    CLOSING DATE: Unspecified


NLGN is an independent think tank and collaborative network of local authorities and private sector thinkers. We connect members of the network to each other through our events programme and research work.


Ideally, we are looking for graduates with a background in, or demonstrable aptitude for, policy research and an interest in contributing to innovative policy solutions.

Skills and experience required:
  • A strong academic background and preferably a master’s degree
  • Knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Ability to work independently and in a fast-paced environment
  • Good attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Keen to help develop innovative public policy ideas and promote local democratic engagement
  • Interest in local government
EU Affairs Internship


LOCATION: Brussels, Belgium        SALARY: Unpaid      CLOSING DATE: 20 November 2016


UNRWA is the largest United Nations agency operating in the Middle East and provides education, health, social services, and humanitarian aid to some 5 million Palestine refugees living in West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The UNRWA Representative Office to the EU works at the cross roads of advocacy, communication and visibility. The small dynamic team wants to achieve a better understanding of the human development, humanitarian and protection needs of Palestine refugees within the EU. For this we work closely with the different EU institutions (the EU Council, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission services (NEAR, DEVCO and ECHO), as well as with EU member states.

To help us in this we are looking for two committed EU Affairs Interns to join our well-tuned Brussels Team for a challenging but exciting 6 month full-time voluntary internship.

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s desirable) in a relevant field such as European Studies, Political Science, International Relations (preferably with a focus on European Affairs and Palestinian/Middle Eastern issues).
  • Understanding of the EU decision-making processes and foreign policy and/or prior experience working on EU related matters.
  • Eligibility to reside and work in Belgium.
  • Immediate availability and commitment to a 6-month internship up to June/July 2017.
  • Excellent command of English; additional language(s) such as French, Dutch, German and Polish are an important asset.
  • Excellent communication (orally and in writing) and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent research and drafting skills.
  • Ability to work within a small multicultural team.
  • Ability to prioritize work and manage time effectively.
  • A quick learner with a positive and proactive approach to work.
  • Excellent knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications and databases.
Senior Policy Analyst

Momentum Consulting Group

LOCATION: Wellington, NZ       SALARY: Unspecified      CLOSING DATE: Unspecified


Due to growth, this organisation is looking for two Senior Policy Analysts with strong critical thinking, analysis and writing experience from broad policy agency backgrounds. You will be responsible for the delivery of strategic, operational and regulatory policy advice. These roles provide the opportunity to work collaboratively across central and local government on significant policy reforms.


These teams are highly engaged in diverse programmes of work leading critical pieces of legislation. The roles have a blend of strategic and operation policy that have short time frames with positive outcomes.

You will work across a broad range policy areas and be able to think about and apply innovative solutions to problems. You will demonstrate highly developed research and analysis skills, written and oral communication and relationship management skills.
You will have sound experience in the provision of high quality policy analysis, experience in writing ministerial and cabinet papers coupled with experience in working with Ministers and Select Committees.

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November edition out now
The SSPS Review showcases the latest achievements of our staff, students, and alumni. The November edition is full of research into predicting and preventing genocides around the world, ways to empower local coffee producers in an increasingly challenging and changing global coffee market, how to move beyond racial division and difference in Alice Springs, and a look at the ways in which our graduates and current students are making an impact on the world.
Sydney Research Accelerator Fellowships
The first cohort of Sydney Research Accelerator Fellowships for 2017 have been annouced.

The School has achieved outstandings results with four out of the five Fellowships in the Faculty going to our academics:
Anika Gauja (Government and International Relations)
Adam Kamradt-Scott (Government and International Relations/Centre for International Security Studies)
Karl Maton (Sociology and Social Policy/The LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building)
Susan Park (Government and International Relations)

Successful candidates are offered a two-year fellowship that will include additional funding to enhance and enable their research, an individual development plan and a structured mentoring program. The overarching goals of the SOAR program are to recognise, enable and motivate talented academics, establish a cohort of high-quality and high-potential researchers as future research leaders for the University, and add to our ability to retain and recruit outstanding academics.
Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship
A graduate of NYU, Sophie Hollingsworth is the 2016 recipient of the Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship, which brings her to Sydney in 2017 to commence the Master of Health Security, with a concentration in biodefense and biosafety.

As the Founder and Director of Operations of AquaAid International, Hollingsworth works with remote villages in Central American jungles to establish sustainable sources of clean drinking water and basic sanitation. One of Hollingsworth’s principal goals will be to acquire the knowledge and skill set to develop and implement international health security policy.

Read more about Sophie
Troy Henderson and Ainsley Elbra
Congratulations to Troy Henderson, who has been awarded the Faculty Teaching Fellowship for 2017. Troy will be working with colleagues in Political Economy, while also completing his PhD with the Department.

We'd also like to welcome Ainsley Elbra, our new Scholarly Teaching Fellow in Government and International Relations, who started with the School last week.

Cast your vote
Acknowledge the outstanding achievements of our graduates by nominating them for a 2017 Alumni Award. Nominations close 28 November.

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2016 Australian Anthropological Society conference
Registrations are now open for the 2016 Australian Anthropological Society Conference, taking place at the University of Sydney on 12-15 December 2016.

To secure your spot register before 4 December, 2016.

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Research day with Professor Michael Grenfell
Professor Michael Grenfell (University of Southampton), an international expert in Pierre Bourdieu and field theory, will host a day of lectures, discussions and workshops looking at Bourdieu and the practice of field theory in the 21st Century.

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Age of secession: The international and domestic determinants of state birth
The Centre for International Security Studies and the Department of Government and International Relations will be launching Age of Secession: The International and Domestic Determinants of State Birth, the latest book by Dr. Ryan Griffiths on secessionists movements between 1816 and 2011.

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The dreat depression in Latin America, 1930-1940
In this seminar, Prof Alan Knight (University of Oxford) will analyse the impact, character and consequences of the Great Depression of the 1930s in Latin America, and why it was such a positive and creative period for the nation, compared to other countries.

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Revolutionary Mexico : British commentary
In this Sydney Ideas lecture Professor Alan Knight (University of Oxford), will focus on the British view of the Mexican Revolution. He'll ask why they were so negative, what they objected to, and what all this tells us about the Mexican revolutionary project, and the interwar British society to which they belonged.

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Health security: Exploring health emergencies in the 21st century
Led by Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott, a panel of leading international experts will discuss health emergencies and what it means to manage these events successfully.

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SSPS Events Calendar 2016
For all SSPS 2016 events including department seminar series schedules visit the centralised events calendar.

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