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Explore and analyse all aspects of the human condition. Delve into stories about our culture and society.

  1. 12 October 2020 – Business, Business Lending, COVID-19, Entrepreneurs, Microfinance

    Could microfinance help rebuild Australia’s post-pandemic economy?

    A University of Melbourne expert says providing microfinance loans to good business ideas with no capital may offer a path to economic recovery after COVID-19.

  2. 9 October 2020 – COVID-19, Cemeteries, Death, Funerals, anthropology

    Bringing new life to cemeteries

    As Australians embrace new ways and technology to commemorate the dead, University of Melbourne researchers look at some potential repurposing of cemeteries

  3. 23 September 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, International Students, Universities, online learning

    The international students trying to understand Australia from afar

    A University of Melbourne student says remote learning means international students miss out on the chance to understand Australia as a country and a culture.

  4. 18 September 2020 – Black Death, Bubonic Plague, COVID-19, Natural Disasters, Volcanoes

    Other awful years in history

    COVID-19 has meant 2020 is terrible year for many of us, but there've been much worse years. Here University of Melbourne experts outline some other awful times

  5. 17 September 2020 – Corruption, Human rights, Malaysia, The Philippines, United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

    Principles aren’t enough when human rights meet business

    The United Nation’s principles on business and human rights struggling in the face of material interests of those in power University of Melbourne experts warn.

  6. 11 September 2020 – Ageing, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Elderly, Public Policy

    Living in the crosshairs of COVID-19

    It’s not a pleasant prospect to die from COVID-19, but a University of Melbourne expert ponders the State and Commonwealth decisions that may cost him his life.

  7. 11 September 2020 – Culture, Nothing, Shakespeare, Youth, creativity

    The something in nothing

    People have been suspicious of ‘nothing’ going back to the mathematical idea of 'zero', but a University of Melbourne expert says there is real value in nothing

  8. 7 September 2020 – Beauty Industry, Community, Mental Health, Social Work, Wellbeing

    Beyond beauty

    A University of Melbourne expert asks if we are undervaluing the role that beauty salon workers can play in reaching some of society’s most vulnerable members.

  9. 27 August 2020 – Australia, Football, Indigenous, Racism, Sport

    Reconciliation and the Anglo-Australian Football League

    A University of Melbourne expert says racism experienced by footballer Robert Muir highlights that the AFL's support of reconciliation remains a question mark.