1. Professor Penny Green SSPS

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  2. Like hospital design, the architecture of incarceration conveys clear messages about the individuals confined within and how they are expected to behave. Yet, while prisons and hospitals traditionally have shared an ethos of discipline and surveillance that dehumanises their occupants and instils feelings of fear and vulnerability, there has in very recent times emerged a different approach to designing and building such institutions – described by the architectural theorist behind Maggie’s Centres (a developing, global cancer care network), as the ‘architecture of hope’.

    So what can prison architects learn from the design of Maggie’s and why is it that, in some jurisdictions, discussions about custodial architecture and design is dominated by concerns about punishment, security, control and risk management, while in other countries, the emphasis is on ‘healing’ damaged individuals and preparing them to be good citizens when they return to society? Drawing on the findings of a three-year ESRC-funded research study that looks at the role of prison architects and the effects of carceral design, Professor Yvonne Jewkes will discuss the broad rationales behind the prison modernization programmes currently underway in the UK and parts of Europe, including the primary drivers behind design decisions and the extent to which top-level stakeholders are cognisant of the effects of their decisions on the everyday lives of prisoners and prison staff.

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  3. A functioning state capable of sound governance is key to providing citizens with security, effective public services, socioeconomic opportunity, and legitimate institutions.

    What works in reforming governance? Is there a balance between supply and demand? What lies beyond the pendulum trap? How can technical solutions on both the supply and demand sides take account of the role of politics? Where does individual agency, people’s personalities, motivations, capacities, and resources fit in pursuing governance reforms? What kinds of results are reasonable to expect from external support for reforms? These are some of the questions the presenters will reflect upon as they explore the dynamics of governance reform strategies, processes, and mechanisms, drawing upon their research and practical experience.

    Dr Jennifer Brinkerhoff is a Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, George Washington University.

    Dr Derick Brinkerhoff is Distinguished Fellow in International Public Management with RTI International, and Associate Faculty at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University.

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  4. This seminar considers ongoing research on historical institutional child sex abuse (ICSA) scandals. Its focus is the multi-institutional scandal triggered by sensational 2012 allegations that British television icon and ‘national treasure’ Sir Jimmy Savile was a ‘prolific sexual predator’ who abused hundreds of young people over six decades across Britain’s key institutions. First, Professor Greer will outline a model for researching ICSA scandals. Second, he will map the Savile Scandal against successive phases of the model and illustrate its continuing amplification as more individuals and institutions become implicated in the perpetration, facilitation, denial and/or cover-up of historical ICSA. Third, he will demonstrate how the Savile Scandal is being politicised in order to advance a variety of ideological and moral agendas, in turn further fuelling the scandal’s amplification. Finally, Professor Greer will ask ‘why now’?

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  5. 21st century capitalism has led to a growing concentration of economic power and political influence in the hands of small elites. Nowadays, economic elites control the bulk of income and wealth; reduce competition; worsen inequality; and make the democratic system very dependent on the corrosive power of money. At the same time, the middle class has become a fragmented and vulnerable segment in society and the traditional working class is largely marginalised. This system also has led to a growing frequency of financial crises followed by costly austerity policies in the global north, although the risks of crisis for the south have not disappeared.

    An alternative to the current travails is a new approach of economic democracy that seeks a better distribution of productive assets and opportunities among the population; restores financial and social stability; reduces the power of supra-national financial organisations; gives more voice and participation to the people in the design and monitoring of economic and social policies; and allow individuals, irrespective of their income level and social position, to exploit their talents, abilities and initiatives.

    Dr Andrés Solimano is founder and Chairman of the International Center for Globalization and Development, a Professor of Economics at the Economics and Business School at Universidad Mayor in Chile, and author of Economic Elites, Crises and Democracy.

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It is a pleasure to welcome you to our School which is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia. We have a team of dedicated academic and professional staff in the disciplines of Political Science, Criminology and…


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It is a pleasure to welcome you to our School which is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia. We have a team of dedicated academic and professional staff in the disciplines of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology as well as our allied research centres providing a dynamic and rewarding environment to further your studies.

The School offers a wide range of courses and programs in areas including criminology, international studies, political science, public and social policy, socio-legal studies and sociology. Our courses are concerned with how we make sense of the world in which we live, the current challenges we face and how both Australian and international political, legal and social institutions ought to respond to complex problems which face us in an era of globalization and rapid social change.

Our students move on to careers in a wide range of areas including local, state and federal government, non-governmental organizations, the media, education, justice, and further academic research. Whatever pathway students want to follow, we hope to provide a conducive environment where you will expand your knowledge and acquire many skills that will enable you to take advantage of your future opportunities.

We hope that you find your studies with the School enjoyable and intellectually rewarding.

To find out more about the School and its offering visit the website: ssps.unimelb.edu.au/

Professor Adrian Little
Head, School of Social and Political Sciences

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