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‘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.