Centre Interviews

Kathleen Burk on the US-UK relationship

17 July 2014

Centre guest Kathleen Burk is the professor emerita of modern and contemporary history at University College London. In this interview, she discusses the shared history of the United States and the United Kingdom, beginning by considering whether the relationship should be considered a special one. Watch online

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Heather Zichal on boosting energy productivity

9 April 2014

In this interview, Obama's former lead advisor on energy and climate change and Centre guest Heather Zichal discusses how shifting the focus to improving energy productivity can be a win-win for consumers and the environment. Zichal was in Australia for the 2XEP Forum on Doubling Energy Productivity. She begins by explaining the benefits of focusing on this new area. Watch online

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Dan Arvizu on generating renewable energy

9 April 2014

In this interview, chief executive of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Centre guest Dan Arvizu, discusses the future of renewable transportation fuels and the new push for energy productivity. Arvizu was in Australia for the 2XEP Forum on Doubling Energy Productivity. He begins by discussing what sets his organisation apart from other sustainability labs. Watch Online

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Tom Brunell on partisan redistricting in the US

25 March 2014

In this interview, professor of political science at the University of Texas at Dallas and 2014 Centre visiting fellow Tom Brunell discusses the challenges of and potential solutions to partisan redistricting in the US. He begins by explaining how gerrymandering has become synonymous with redistricting and the undefined legal status of the process. Watch online

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Sanford Schram on Social Impact Bonds

18 March 2014

In this interview, professor of political science and public policy at Hunter College at the City University of New York and 2014 Centre visiting fellow Sanford Schram, discusses an emerging funding model for social welfare policy known as Social Impact Bonds. He begins by describing how these public-private partnerships (PPPs) work and what they could mean for the future of social welfare. Watch online

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Carol Giacomo on US-Russian tensions over Ukraine

12 March 2014

In this interview, New York Times editorial board member Carol Giacomo discusses the Russian invasion of Ukraine and how it will impact the already strained relationship between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. She begins by discussing the importance of Crimea to both the Ukraine and Russia. Watch online

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Micol Seigel on America's transnational police force

11 March 2014

In this interview, associate professor of American Studies and History at Indiana University, Bloomington and Centre 2013-14 visiting fellow Micol Seigel discusses her upcoming book Beyond the Beat: Cold War Cops and the Nature of State Power. She begins by explaining how American cops who were sent overseas dramatically impacted domestic US policin when they returned home. Watch online

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Gordon Flake on the new Perth USAsia Centre

4 March 2014

In this interview, the new CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre at the University of Western Australia L. Gordon Flake outlines his vision of the newly established institution as well as the strategic importance of Perth and the role of the US Studies Centre. He begins by outlining the need for research into the US-Australia-Asia Pacific triangle.  Watch online

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Linda Jakobson on the US-China relationship

5 February 2014

Centre visiting professor Linda Jakobson explains why understanding the US–China relationship requires more than exploring the geopolitics, and discusses the course she's developing for the Centre. Watch online

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Sieglinde Lemke on poverty and inequality in America

5 February 2014

In this interview, professor of American and Cultural Studies at the University of Freiburg and 2013-14 Centre visiting fellow Sieglinde Lemke discusses the prevalence, politics and representaton of poverty in America. She begins by discussing her forthcoming book PrecarioUS, which she has been researching during her fellowship, and how the term can be applied to America's lower and middle classes. Watch online

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