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Pedagody in Practice: how we teach in Development Studies

Murdoch University, Friday 23 – Sunday 25 June 2018

Until the lion tells her own story, the hunter will always have the best part of the story
African proverb

Building on the success of the inaugural Rethinking Development Symposium at JCU that focused on ‘what’ we teach in Development Studies, the second symposium seeks to explore ‘how’ we teach Development Studies. CRCS seminar.jpg

Sisonke Msimang – Storytelling and action
The acts of storytelling and listening are key modalities in the oral history tradition for imparting knowledge. Storytelling is a universal human experience. Sharing stories can ignite possibilities, strengthen connections between people and give voice to the marginalised. Storytelling and listening are power tools for people to work collaboratively and inspire people to take action against social injustice. Sisonke is Program Director at the Centre for Stories.

You are invited to submit an abstract (word limit 500 words) for a 20-minute presentation that focuses on one or more of the three themes below. We especially encourage presentations that speak to teaching practices and or teaching for practice. Abstracts due April 13th, 2018.
1. Teaching practices in relation to experiential and practice-based learning. For example:
o How do we encourage our students’ in-class learning from their own life and work experiences, especially our students from developing countries?
o How do we encourage ‘place-based learning’ and what is its value?
o How do we best assist our students to obtain worthwhile, ethical ‘practical experience’ in development?

2. Alternative paradigms and cross-learnings: voice and knowledges. How do we use alternative or new paradigms in development teaching (planetary boundaries, doughnut economics, Southern theory, decolonising development curricula, etc.)? How do we bring the affective into our development curricula? How can Indigenous and Development Studies learn from each other?

3. The changing development landscape – how do we teach students to be adaptive and flexible practitioners to confront contemporary development challenges

o What does the changing global development landscape mean for how we teach?
o Given the rapid changing development landscape, how might we draw on one another’s specialisations to fill the gaps in our own development studies curricula?

Planned Panels:
• Teaching for Practice: Big employers speak. Our students want jobs, but do we know what big employers want? What the implications are for how we teach? What are the pathways into a career in international development?
• Teaching in Practice: International postgraduate students speak. What have our international students hoped for in their studies? What have been their experiences (honestly) and what did they value most?
• ACFID Information Panel

Planned Roundtables:
• Creating a community of teaching practice. For example, how might we share teaching resources and components across institutions, in Australia and into developing countries?
• FOR code for development studies, the development of an Antipodean Development Studies Association.
• Responding to the Teaching for Practice panels: is there a gap between what the development employers are seeking from development studies graduates and what the students are looking for in their degrees?

Dr Rochelle Spencer, Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability, Murdoch University
Dr Jane Hutchison, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University

Submissions due: Friday, 13 April 2018
Submissions to:
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On Saturday 3rd March between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. a Seminar will be held in the School of Business & Governance, Room 513 to discuss the background, existing challenges and emerging benefits of the tiny houses (on wheels) "THOW" social movement. Currently, tiny house enthusiasts face the dual challenges of lawfully staying put and legally building and locating tiny houses permanently on plots of land, as well as not being able to access loans or mortgages for tiny houses. Importantly, this movement seems likely to grow and may become a significant disruptive and transformational influence on Australia’s housing status quo – if not also contribute to re-generative sustainable communities in villages seeking alternatives to existing ways of life, lifestyles and livelihoods. More broadly, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2030) and related initiatives suggest connections could be made to attempted closures and re-settlement of WA’s small Aboriginal settlements as well as addressing the impending needs of small island states (such as Pacific and Indian Ocean countries) to re-locate populations as sea levels rise or more severe weather events impact their housing and ability to sustain conditions on their small islands.

Key issues being discussed in Seminar Workshops, after the initial presentation by Brent McKenna, will be:

1. Should laws, land access and loans regimes be challenged to create more affordable, accessible & sustainable housing?

2. Could all forms of support be improved and broadened by way of a "Sustainable (Tiny Homes) Villages Expo"?

3. How do we best organise around enthusiasms driving this Movement toward challenging the housing status quo?

MUSTies (Murdoch University Sustainability Team members) will be Workshop Leaders who will facilitate conversations, record details and report back to the whole seminar. You are encouraged to consider participating in this emerging enterprise aligned with general trends in higher education seeking to improve industry connections (e.g. via Expos) and create new enterprise initiatives (e.g. via NEIS) beyond the PhD “Apprenticeship Model” (as teaching and/or more higher research). If you wish to volunteer as a Workshop Leader (to be briefed 1 hour in advance of the Seminar), please contact the MUST President – Rosie via the MUST Facebook page; otherwise your attendance will be charged as a $2 entry fee (consistent with NEIS guidelines as an Australian Government Initiative) on Sat. 3rd March starting at 4:00 p.m.

Refreshments Sponsored by Murdoch University’s Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability

Responsible Leadership in Times of Transformation - The 8th International Conference on Sustainability & Responsibility

Cologne, Germany
14-16th November 2018

Organisers: The Center for Advanced Sustainable Management at Cologne Business School (Lead), Humboldt University of Berlin, Hamburg School of Business Administration

Call for contributions

Free public engagement forum: ‘African youth gangs’ in Australia? A critical analysis'

University of Western Australia, Perth
15 March 2018

Organisers: UWA, Organisation of African Communities in WA, and African Think Tank

We welcome your active participation in a free public forum on the so-called #AfricanGangs debate: the recent high-profile national political and media characterisation of crime and violence by youth in Victoria, where a community-led task force has been created. The interactive discussion will feature a panel of experts from Victoria and WA to discuss a range of issues including youth engagement, social integration, community leadership, policing, racism towards African-Australians, political agendas and media coverage.
Read more and register here.


Cali, Colombia
15-18 August 2018

We are pleased to inform you that the 7th International Conference of the Association of Ecology and Health, EcoHealth 2018, will be hosted by our colleagues at the University of Valle, Cali, Colombia. The overall theme of the Congress is “Environmental and Health Equity: Connecting local alternatives in a global World”. This theme emphasizes the need to connect local initiatives in a world with global drivers that threaten healthy ecosystems and populations, and makes a call to tackle these forces and pursue justice.
The call for abstracts has been announced and we encourage members to submit abstracts for consideration via this link below. The deadline for abstracts is January 31, 2018.
We also highly encourage members to attend this conference as this year the Association Board has been working on a new constitution for the organization which will be presented at the Conference for ratification. Thus, this will be a critical event for the International Association of Ecology and Health and an important opportunity for you to have an influence on the future direction of the Association.
More information about the Conference can be found here. Please visit the link regularly for updates.


CRCS Summer Writing Retreat Retreat 2018

Updated 24 December 2017


Each year the Centre hosts a summer Writing Retreat to foster a supportive culture of writing. The sequestered time allows us to engage more deeply with our emergent writing in ways that will sustain our writing and help to bring discrete writing projects to fruition. We will be subsidising 50% of the fee for 10 places this year bring the cost down to $172.50 for 3 nights including all meals. First in best dressed! The purpose of the Retreat is to begin to produce or endeavour to complete a piece of work. This may be an article ready for publication, a chapter towards a PhD or book, a paper for a conference or whatever goal you set for your three nights away. Each evening over a shared meal two people present work-in-progress to obtain constructive feedback on their research ideas and writing.

Retreat Dates:
12-15th February 2018
2.5 days of writing
(arrive 3pm Mon depart 1.30pm Thurs)

Registration Process
The CRCS summer writing retreats have been a great success.  To secure your place on the Retreat complete the application form and email it to Rochelle Spencer rochelle.spencer@murdoch.edu.au by 20 January 2018.

‘Women in Leadership: Australia-Africa Trade and Investment Forum’

Dr Rochelle Spencer, co-Director Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability and Senior Lecturer of Development Studies at the Murdoch School of Business and Governance, has been invited to speak at the ‘Women in Leadership: Australia-Africa Trade and Investment Forum’ as part of Australia-Africa Week 2017. Drawing on her research in Africa (Agroenterprise Africa), her address will speak to the design and implementation of participatory processes and their application in developing greater Australian investment and trade with Africa. On 5th September, Rochelle has been invited to Chair a session of the Africa Australia Research Forum, “How education can harness the energy of youth and the power of women to make growth inclusive”. This panel will include the VC University of Ghana, VC University of Nairobi, Lee-Anne de Bruin CFO Resolute. This panel will consider the kind of educational structures required to be in place to prepare graduates to work in extractives and associated industries in Africa. It will discuss the role of entrepreneurship for the creation of employment opportunities and the indirect economic activity around mining, barriers to women in mining and local engagement and commitment to inclusive growth both in terms of skills gaps and pathways for young folk.

The opposition

The Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability at Murdoch University is hosting the West Australian film premiere of the powerful an

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d important documentary film The Opposition in coordination with the 4th International Conference on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance.

Tickets free with conference registration or for sale to the public here:


Date: Wednesday 26th July 2017
Where: Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University (free parking, bus route 99 and 98, Murdoch train station)
Time: 8.30pm start with special introduction from the film producer Rebecca Barry
Cost: $15 (free to conference delegates)

TEDx Talk

Date: 1 May 2016

On April 2nd, Honorary Postdoctoral Associate and CRCS member, Neville Ellis, presented at TEDx Bunbury. The TEDx event was organised around the theme of ‘eudaimonia’, a term developed by Aristotle that broadly describes a state of ‘human flourishing’. Neville’s presentation entitled “How to Flourish on a Sick Planet” explored how our mental wellbeing is interconnected with the health and vigour of our home environments, as well as that of the planet as a whole. Drawing upon concepts such as ‘solastalgia’, ‘topophilia’ and ‘eutierria’, Neville introduces his audience to an emerging language that begins to give voice to the often overlooked but powerful emotional and psychological states produced by our interactions with our cherished home places. His talk can be viewed here:

Australian Aid and the new Global Goals - Being a Good Global Citizen

Date: 19 November 2015

Presenter: D’Arcy Lunn

I spend my time, energy and passion working towards a world without extreme poverty. I’m a teacher from Australia but for 15 years I have been a humanitarian, educator and mostly learner in over 80 countries.
From these experiences I have been absolutely privileged to learn from almost every kind of community and culture imaginable which has formed my never-ending thirst for sharing my experiences and offering opportunities to play an active role in equality, justice and global awareness.

It all began in 2000 when I was plucked early from university to go and teach in a remote Aboriginal school in the outback of Australia. Since then it has been my passion and quest to seek out the most different and diverse cultures in the world, learn from them and share my experiences, skills and perspectives.

Fast forward to 2015 I worked with UNICEF on polio eradication in South Sudan (Feb - June), similar to work in Pakistan and India (2012) and Uganda (2013), and Jul-Sept gave a worldwide Teaspoons of Change global awareness presentation tour and currently on an Australian tour.
CRCS to Host International CSR Conference in 2017

CRCS to Host International CSR Conference in 2017

Updated: 13 August 2015

The Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability has been successful in its bid to host the International CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance Conference under the auspices of the Global Corporate Governance Institute. The conference will cover aspects of CSR, sustainability, ethics and governance from across the field of business and beyond and will cater also for HDR students.

With the generous support from the Perth Convention Bureau Dr Martin Brueckner recently attended this year’s conference at Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, China. Beyond an academic paper presentation the visit served the purpose of promoting the Centre and thus the School and Murdoch University as conference host for the 2017 conference. The bid was supported by Prof Rene Schmidpeter from the Cologne Business School, who was a visiting fellow with the Centre in late July.

The Centre will also co-host the 2016 conference, which will be held at the Cologne Business School 1 - 3 August in 2016. Calls for papers will be sent out in due course.

CRCS Hosts Research Fellow

Updated: 19 June 2015

The Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability will host Prof Rene Schmidpeter from the CologCBS.jpgne Business School in July this year. Funding for the visiting research fellowship could be obtained under the School of Management and Governance Small Research Grant scheme. Prof Schmidpeter will speak at the School of Management and Governance Research Seminar, present guest lectures to students in units offered during Winter Term and collaborate with CRCS members on joint publications.

The visit by Prof Schmidpeter also serves the purpose of supporting the bid by the CRCS to host the International CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance Conference in 2017 (see Global Corporate Governance Institute). This annual conference will be held in Nanjing, China and Cologne, Germany in 2015 and 2016 respectively with the host country for 2017 yet to be decided.

Homeless Connect Perth Project

Updated: 17 June 2015
Homeless Connect Perth is a day held annually in Perth to reconnect individuals and families experiencing homelessness, as well as those at risk of homelessness, with government, non-profit and business services, personal care services and social opportunities. Now in its seventh year, a team from the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability in the School of Management and Governance have recently conducted an exploratory investigation to consider the future of Homeless Connect Perth, and its potential for expansion or extension.

Sally Paulin and Megan Paull, who have conducted evaluations of HCP in recent years, this year teamed up with Jo Kestel to carry out a Delphi Study with a range of experts. Jointly funded by the organisers of HCP and the School of Management and Governance 2014 Small Grants Program, the project outcomes were presented by Jo and Megan at the City of Perth on June 5th and will form part of the report to funders from organisers. Jo, Sally and Megan will now work with organisers to consider implementation of some of the findings.

CRCS Joins National Climate Change Research Network

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The Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability (CRCS) has become a member of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) network, focusing on the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change adaptation.

The network is funded by a $395,000 Commonwealth Government research grant over a period of two years and supported by a $100.000 top-up grant by USC. The network is convened by USC Sustainability Research Centre Director Professor Tim Smith.

In partnership with researchers from University of Sunshine Coast, University of Adelaide, University of Canberra, Murdoch University, Swinburne University of Technology and Girringun Aboriginal Corporation the network will maintain research in adaptation and strengthen the capacity of communities to use this research.

The network is divided into five themes with USC’s Dr Dana Thomsen leading the NGOs theme. Other theme leaders are: industry – Professor John Fien (Swinburne); government – Professor Barbara Norman (Canberra); Indigenous – Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray (Adelaide) and Phil Rist (Girringun Aboriginal Corporation); and governance integration – Dr Rochelle Spencer and Dr Martin Brueckner (Murdoch).

The consortium brings together representatives from the Regional Universities Network, Group of Eight, Innovative Research Universities, and Australian Technology Network, spanning Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Two of them, USC and Murdoch, are foundation partners in NCCARF.

The partners represent several fields of research that are relevant to the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change adaptation, including: human geography, planning, Indigenous studies, economics, business, social ecology, politics, anthropology, institutional analysis, and education.