Value Capture as a Method of Funding

14 August 2014

Local government councils throughout Australia are struggling to pay for the increasing demands for services, maintenance and renewal of existing facilities, and new infrastructure investments required to keep their cities productive and attractive places to live, work and play. In order to address this issue, a number of state and local government agencies are investigating the application of value capture methods to help fill the rising funding gaps in their transport infrastructure and urban renewal programs.

Read More

The coming technology revolutions in Asia from Silicon Valley

6 August 2014

In this public forum The Honourable Jeffrey Bleich, former US Ambassador to Australia, will talk about how the rising middle classes in Asia will have the opportunity to take advantage of certain new disruptive technologies that could give them tremendous economic power. Drawing from Silicon Valley examples, he will discuss how technology might fundamentally change the trajectory of the region as well as challenge certain cultural norms.

Read More

Pop West

24 July 2014 - 25 July 2014

Most of us have a sense of belonging to a region or nation that’s physically beyond our capacity to experience it firsthand. Yet, as Benedict Anderson describes in Imagined Communities, a host of media creations and communication technologies overcome that distance and integrate us into a coherent political entity like a nation. The Pop West research project will analyse a range of popular media–film, music, radio, television, storytelling, maps and novels–to explore how different political formations come to popularise and understand their own wests.

Read More

The Anglo-American special relationship since 1945

17 July 2014

In 1940, Winston Churchill called for a special relationship between the United States and the British Empire and Commonwealth. He called for one again whilst speaking in Fulton, Missouri on the 5th of March 1946, the same speech in which he described the ‘iron curtain’ dividing Europe. Has there in fact been an Anglo-American special relationship since 1945? If so, what is it? Has it benefitted either country? And if it exists, will it continue to do so? Join Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at University College London Kathleen Burk for a discussion on the Anglo-American special relationship.

Read More

Can you create liveable cities without planning controls? Lessons from Denver, Colorado

24 June 2014

Planning reform is a key part of making New South Wales number one. Strategic, integrated, and effective urban planning is a critical part of the state's economy, society, and environment. As we seek to improve the integrity and performance of the planning system in NSW, it is worthwhile to consider lessons from our Trans-Pacific neighbour. Join us for this public forum where you will hear from American urban design and planning expert, Peter Park.

Read More

The Moment of Inequality: Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century and Global Political Culture

21 May 2014

Since its English translation in March, French economist Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century has become a global phenomenon. Not in decades has an academic book had such immediate and wide-ranging attention and effect. This event, held in partnership with the University of Sydney's Laureate Research Program in International History, brings together a variety of scholars to discuss the book, its findings, and the question of why global attention is now turning to economic inequality.

Read More

Obama's Sixth Year: Leader or Lame Duck?

14 May 2014

The enduring idea that the US president is all-powerful is directly at odds with the facts. The reality is that the nature of the US system of government makes it very difficult for any president to pass domestic reforms. Our expert panel of US Studies Centre academics will discuss the Affordable Health-Care Act and Obama’s attempts to address the issue of inequality in the US. The event will also be an information session for those interested in postgraduate study, with academics, alumni and current students on hand to answer questions about our innvotive and internationally focused program.

Read More

Of trials and trains: New work in police and justice studies

9 May 2014

The US Studies Centre is hosting a panel presentation Of Trials and Trains: New Work in Police and Justice Studies, with panelists Mark Finnane, Professor of History in the School of Humanities at Griffith University; Dr Amanda Kaladelfos, Research Fellow at Griffith University, Ethan Blue, Associate Professor of History at the University of Western Australia; and Micol Seigel, Associate Professor of American Studies and History at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Read More

US Expectations for the G-20

7 May 2014

William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at Centre for Strategic and International Studies Matthew P. Goodman discusses the outlook for the G-20 Summit in Brisbane in mid-November and U.S. expectations for the forum more broadly.

Read More

Transit oriented development

29 April 2014

The Future Cities Collaborative welcomes Californian urban development expert, Michael Dieden, to the United States Studies Centre on 29 April. Michael, founder and president of Creative Housing Associates, has extensive experience in Transit Oriented Development and will bring his expertise and advice to the Collaborative members.

Read More

Next »


Bates Gill

China–US relations strained by jet encounter

CEO Bates Gill discusses the growing rift between China and the US sparked by a close encounter between American surveillance planes and Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea.

Russell Trood

US marines in Australia spark debate

With the latest AUSMIN talks cementing an agreement to base 2,500 US marines in Darwin by 2017, Australia's north has become the focus of a debate around defence spending and priorities. Adjunct professor with the Centre's Defence and Security Program Russell Trood joins an expert panel to discuss the issue.

Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook fan Watch us on YouTube See us on Flickr Watch us on Vimeo RSS