2016 Seminars Semester 2 - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

2016 Seminars - Semester 2

SEMESTER 2

Friday,

15 July 2016

Solidarnosc Room,

Logie 104

Solutions to Europe's Critical Issues Seminar Series

Speaker: European Union’s Chargé d'Affaires to New Zealand, Mr Michalis Rokas.

Title: Solutions to Europe’s Critical Issues

Bio: Prior to arriving in New Zealand, Michalis Rokas was the Acting Head of Division for China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Mongolia at the European External Action Service. He has also been Head of the Trade and Economic Section of the European Commission’s Office in Hong Kong and to Macau, and Administrator in the External Relations Directorate of the EU Headquarters in Brussels, responsible for relations with the European Parliament and other institutions. He joined the EU in 1994 and has a Masters in European Economy from Université Libre de Bruxelles. Michalis was born in 1964, is of Greek nationality and speaks also English, French, and German fluently. He has published several articles and essays. He is a keen sportsman, playing tennis, golf and basketball.

Friday,

22 July 2016

Undercroft 101

Speakers: Alifah Zainuddin & Carmen Siew

Title:                    “Islamic Revivalism in Southeast Asia: Implications toward ASEAN” & “Europe Against ISIS: Intergovernmentalism vs Supranational”

Abstract: “Europe Against ISIS: Intergovernmentalism vs Supranational”
With the recent attacks of ISIS in several places within Europe, several decision-making approaches and measures have been taken up by Europe in tackling ISIS both intergovernmentally and supranationally. This paper will discuss and analyse the impact of the different measures taken to combat the problem of ISIS and to determine which approaches will best address the situation in Europe.

“Islamic Revivalism in Southeast Asia: Implications toward ASEAN”
Since the 1970s, Southeast Asia has been experiencing a phenomenon which has been broadly termed as a “revival” or “resurgence” of Islam. This renewed assertion of the Islamic tenet among Muslims in both Muslim majority and minority countries in ASEAN has inspired and contested national policy agendas and developments in these states. With about 240 million Muslims making up 42 per cent of the total Southeast Asian population and 25 per cent of the total Muslim population, Islam’s influence in the region is irrefutable. This study aims to identify and analyse the contextual links between the existing phenomenon with contemporary developments in ASEAN.

 

Bio:

Carmen Siew:
Carmen Siew is currently pursuing her degree of International Masters in Regional Integration (IMRI) at Asia-Europe Institute of University Malaya (UM) in Malaysia. Her area of research focuses on the role of regional structures in addressing security issues in European Union. Previously, she has also completed her degree in UM in the field of education, specializing in English language.

Alifah Zainuddin:
Alifah Zainuddin is a postgraduate student at the Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), University of Malaya in Malaysia where she specialises in ASEAN Studies. Her research focuses on the resurgence of Islam in the Southeast Asian context and its impact towards ASEAN as a regional bloc. Prior to this, Alifah studied English Language and Literature and Islamic Studies at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. She was born in Selangor, Malaysia, in 1992.

 

Friday,

29 July 2016

Undercroft 101

Speaker:              Mr Russell Taylor

Title:                    “We Need the Poor to Stay Poor”.

Abstract

Neoliberal economics suggests that human well-being can be best advanced by: liberating the market, increasing private property rights and increasing free trade. However, in reality this model appears to lead to benefits for the few at the expense of the rest. I suggest that under the current neoliberal model that seems to be driving the economies of the majority of developed nations there is no desire on the part of the few beneficiaries for the poor nations to achieve equality. That is not to say that the general public within the rich nations are not compassionate nor desire equality for those less well off. However, as the state becomes less influential and corporations and individuals acquire greater powers the general public’s ability to influence decision making is diminished. Our consumption of goods is one of the essential components to the success of the neoliberal model, yet consumption requires production and production requires cheap and easily accessible resources including human resources. Once consumed the old items are discarded often in poor nations for processing or our environment. Equality will likely mean that someone else may benefit from those same products, there will be loss of access to resources and waste disposal to name but a few reasons to retain in-equality and poverty.

 Biography

My name is Russell Taylor and I recently completed a PhD with NCRE titled “Development Funding and Policy: Information as a Key to Sustainable Development”.

Since beginning my university studies I have focussed primarily on the biological sciences and ecology specifically, until 2005 when I founded EcoCARE Pacific Trust (a New Zealand registered charitable trust) that participates in aid and development programmes for under-developed Small Island States. EcoCAREs programmes focus on health, education and environmental issues and we utilize renewable energy facilitated ICTs and expertise to build capacity in communities and nations. My development activities apply basic ecological principles which suggest that organisms exist in their environment if they are able to identify and sustainably utilize their available resources.

Over time I have generated my own development philosophy and in 2010 I took up doctoral research on development policy and funding. My development philosophy is called Enpovigo, a word borrowed from Esperanto which translates as meaning empowerment. I have been responsible for designing and implanting projects as diverse as: establishing a national high school science competition in 2007 in Tonga that runs each year since its inception, funded research into invasive mosquitoes and mosquito borne disease, established solar photo-votaic power generation systems into schools and hospitals, utilization of high data transfer, low frequency, line of site wireless communications systems for audio/video communications into schools and hospitals, establishing scholarship programmes for students to study environmental sciences and renewable energies at university and so on.

Friday,

5 August 2016

Solidarnosc Room,

Logie 104

Speaker:              Mr Thomas Gillman  

Title:                    “A Climate Fund of a Different Nature, financing sustainable development”.

Abstract
This presentation will be based around a discussion as to the nature of aid funding in the Pacific and ways in which aid funding could be implemented in a different manner in order to increase the effectiveness of the aid. It will hypothesise that a new climate fund could be created that would be backed by a key donor. It would be directly linked with the communities in need and could only be called upon in a post disaster situation. The main aim of the proposed climate fund would be to reduce the amounts of bureaucracy that clog up aid actions and to ensure that the end-users have the main say as to how the funding is spent. The fund would also have a number of other functions such as a capacity building centre, which will be explored in this presentation.

Biography
Thomas Gillman is in the first year of his PhD here at the NCRE. His research focusses on sustainable development within the Pacific and attempting to generate new and innovative methods of potentially achieving this. Thomas has previously lived and worked in Samoa for the United Nations Development Progamme (UND) as an intern for the Governance and Poverty Reduction Unit. Thomas is also the General Manager for Pole to Paris Inc., a global NGO that focusses on raising awareness of climate change.

Friday,

12 August 2016

Undercroft 101

Speaker:              H. E. Jonathan Sinclair LVO, British High Commissioner to New Zealand.

Title:                     Global Britain: the UK post-Brexit referendum. 

Abstract:

Jonathan Sinclair will share his views on what the result of the British referendum on its membership of the EU means for the UK, its place in the world, and what it means for UK-NZ.

 

Biography:

Jonathan Sinclair joined the UK Foreign Office in 1996 after completing a Masters in International Relations and short stints in media and tourism. He has previously served in India, the USA and in London. He has performed a wide range of roles where foreign and domestic policies and politics intersect, including on Europe, national security, and trade and investment. Prior this post, Mr Sinclair was a National Policy Adviser, UK Trade and Investment.

Friday,

19 August 2016

Solidarnosc Room,

Logie 104

Speaker:              Mr Jeff Willis 

Title:                    “Climate Change Narratives in the Pacific”.   

Abstract
The Pacific Island states of Kiribati and Tuvalu have both received global attention due to their status as 'front-line' states with regards to climate change. Yet, although the biophysical impacts of climate change will be largely similar in each state, the way that the Governments of Kiribati and Tuvalu have narrated their climate change experiences and potential responses has been hugely divergent. Kiribati has frequently framed the issue of climate change as one which will necessitate an eventual mass migration, Tuvalu has stated that even considering migration is irresponsible. This research traces historical policy narratives in each state, from independence in the late 1970s through the present day, arguing that climate change narratives cannot be viewed in isolation and must be thought of as part of an ongoing process of 'narrating identity' in each state. 

 Biography
Jeff Willis is a PhD Candidate at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He previously completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Maine at Farmington in the United States, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and a BA (Hons) degree at the University of Canterbury, graduating with First Class Honours. In recent years he has been involved in climate change activism, holding the position of Social Media Director for the global climate awareness campaign Pole to Paris, and acting as Associate Producer for the documentary film Thirty Million, which examines impacts of climate change in Bangladesh 

Friday,

9 September 2016

Solidarnosc Room,

Logie 104

Speaker:              Mr Hugh Munro 

Title:                     International Development.

Abstract:

My research looks at international development through the lens of international relations scholarship, defending the primacy of language and discourse in shaping international politics as it is reflected in the ability of actors conceptions of the international system to shape and inform the logic of the international development agenda. I will cover the theoretical basis of my research, arguing that the ‘philosophical baggage’ of debates in international relations creates room for discursive and narrative contestation at the political level. I suggest that the logics implicated in the three pillars of IR theory can each be significant at various times in shaping political action, and that this is evident in the way the EU has participated in the international development agenda. The aim of my research is to offer a more philosophically situated examination of international development by commenting on it’s relationship with both political power and normative social change. 

 Biography:

I have a BA in Philosophy and a BA (Hons) in International Relations from Canterbury University and I am currently completing my Masters with the National Centre for Research on Europe.

Friday,

16 September 2016

Solidarnosc Room,

Logie 104

Speaker:              Mrs Ying Yuan 

Title:                     Chinese Military Reforms.

Abstract:

China is engaging the most wide-ranging military reform since its foundation. The presentation will talk about following questions: Why do China begin to reform its army in this moment?  What are the objectives of the reform? What are the changes of PLA in organization and structure? What will be the implementations of Chinese military reform?

Biography:

Yuan Ying is a PhD Candidate at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She previously completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Foreign Languages at Luoyang in China, graduating in French language. Then she continued her study and worked in Academy of Military Science – a think-tank of Chinese Army till 2013. Her thesis topic is “Europe-China Security Relations in the Context of the EU-China Strategic Partnership”.

Friday,

23 September 2016

Solidarnosc Room,

Logie 104

Speaker:    Associate Professor Annick Masselot.

Title:         The impact of a social investment strategy on gender equality: A critical review of the case of childcare in the European Union.

Abstract:

The importance of accessible, affordable, flexible and high quality childcare facilities is acknowledged by the European Union (EU) as an essential element to achieving gender equality and full employment for parents. Legal and policy development in this area has been slow and without coherence. Against expectation the EU has been active in developing childcare policy in the years following the 2008 financial crisis. However, the rationale for intervention on childcare appears to have shifted from gender equality to economic imperatives.
This paper focuses specifically on the impact of Social Investment Package (2013) as a distinctive welfare policy strategy on the gender equality agenda. It argues that although social investment strategies have contributed to raise gender equality awareness, a critical inspection of the policies on childcare in the EU reveals that gender equality concerns are in fact none-inexistent. The independently valuable goal of gender equality is being hijacked to become an instrument designed to realise economic and demographic aims. The focus on children is moreover furthering a narrow concept of motherhood, which limits possibilities for gender equality. 

 Biography:

Annick Masselot is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Her area of expertise focuses on gender equality and equal treatment, social and employment law, reconciliation between work and family life, pregnancy and maternity rights in a comparative context.

Annick is the author of Reconciling Work and Family Life in EU Law and Policy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) with E. Caracciolo di Torella. She has recently co-edited Importing EU Norms? Conceptual Framework and Empirical Findings (Springer 2015). She is also guest co-editor of the 2015 Special Issue Asia-Europe Journal: 'Rising' Asia and 'Normative Power Europe': New Perspectives in the Dialogue on Norms and Values. 

Annick has submitted her PhD thesis in June 2016 on ‘The Emerging Childcare Strategy in European Union Law: The Struggle between Care, Gender Equality and the Market’

Friday,

30 September 2016

Solidarnosc Room,

Logie 104

Speaker:             H. E. Dr. Damir Kusen, Croatian Ambassador to New Zealand and Australia

Title:                    EU Enlargement: Driver of European (in)stability?

Abstract:

“EU Enlargement: Driver of European (in)stability?” –  with the main message that the process of further enlargement gives the clear purpose to the EU, by promoting democratic reforms in candidate countries, the rule of law, and expanding the are of peace and stability. How the result of the Brexit referendum, and introduction of the possible reverse process could impact the further EU enlargement policy?  Would this new political EU context tend to slowdown or to facilitate the further process of the EU enlargement?

 Biography:

Ambassador Kusen has served as the Ambassador to New Zealand and Australia since 2013. Prior to this he was the Ambassador of Croatia to Finland and Estonia from 2007 - 2012. During this time he was decorated with the 'Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland', granted from the President of the Republic of Finland. He has also completed a PhD in International Relations at the University of London, Kings College, with his special fields of interest being EU- Enlargement and Post-conflict transition and crises and conflict management. 

Friday,

7 October 2016

Solidarnosc Room,

Logie 104

tbc
Friday,

14 October 2016

Solidarnosc Room,

Logie 104

Speaker:             Ms Katharina Leisen 

Title:                    The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU’s policies

                                                          

Abstract:
In September 2015, the international community including the European Union has adopted the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By this means, a shift in the international community’s approach to sustainable development and poverty eradication has occurred. The EU has engaged in designing the UN 2030 Agenda including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a key driver. That is why, the expectations of the EU’s implementation of the Agenda are high. The current question is: How are the SDGs as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda going to affect the EU’s policies?

Biography:
Katharina Leisen is a MA Student at the Universities of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg and Kehl, Germany. She previously completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies at the University of Passau, Germany. Currently, she is doing a three-month internship at the NCRE at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand as part of her Master Program European Public Administration. Her research topic refers to the EU’s implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

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