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Understanding international governance in Antarctica through cooperative game theory

Antarctica is governed by a coalition of 29 countries ('consultative parties') who must agree unanimously before a law can be passed. This project will apply theories from social network analysis and cooperative game theory to map relationships between the different parties, and to predict their behaviour on a series of important environmental issues.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for the Environment

Dynamics of partisanship and polarisation in online public debate

Polarisation presents an urgent challenge. It intensifies social conflicts, threatens economic prosperity, undermines public trust, and ultimately destabilises societies. Such instability can be exploited by domestic extremists or foreign influence campaigns to weaken sovereign states. Distracted by polarisation at home, nations also lose their influence in the international community. While Australia has been less affected, so far, than other leading democracies, our society is not immune to creeping polarisation, and we must understand the threats we face.This $3.5million, five-year ARC …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Communication
Research centre(s)
Digital Media Research Centre

Digital media, location awareness, and the politics of geodata

This project critically examines the increasingly pervasive role of location metadata (or geodata) in Australian smartphone practices and cultures and the implications this has for users, industry, and public administration.With near-ubiquitous levels of smartphone use in Australia, digital media have become integrated within everyday lives. These services, however, rely on access to an individual's location, raising privacy and cybersecurity concerns over this sensitive datapoint.This project adopts design research to develop design artefacts to enhance public understanding of geodata and privacy, …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Design
Research centre(s)
Digital Media Research Centre
Design Lab

International Environmental Law and Politics

Many environmental issues are globally significant problems and countries have to engage and interact with each other to resolve them despite having different domestic priorities. Current challenges around climate, land degradation, biodiversity loss, and plastics are just some of the issues that are influenced by international standards, agreements and institutions.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

Financial accountability and political spending after elections

This project aims to improve the transparency and integrity of government spending decisions. During elections, political parties make election promises to spend billions of taxpayer dollars but we rarely question if and how that money is spent. This project aims to map the Queensland government's election commitments to the annual budget and announced projects and create a user friendly spending 'dashboard' that makes it easy for taxpayers to monitor the financial decisions of government.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Accountancy

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