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Expert opinion and analysis on government, power, policy and people and how it shapes our world.

  1. Podcast20 October 2017 – Cities, Economy, Industry, Innovation, Urban Planning

    What are the keys to a successful urban innovation district?

    Urban thinker Julie Wagner on how city innovation districts grow, and how their reliance on the physical and the local serves to foster creative industries.

  2. 16 October 2017 – Catalonia, Europe, Independence, Politics, Spain

    What history tells us about Catalonian independence

    As Spain's Catalonia region prepares to respond to an deadline on independence, a University of Melbourne expert looks back at the history of the region.

  3. 5 October 2017 – Catalonia, Constitution, European Union, Independence, Spain

    Unified no more: Spain spirals towards constitutional crisis

    With Catalonia's leaders set to declare independence from Spain, the country is heading for a major constitutional crisis says a University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 25 September 2017 – 2017 German Federal Election, Europe, European Union, Politics, Populism

    Far right are the ‘real’ winners in the German election

    The far-right AfD is the real winner in the 2017 German election and Angela Merkel has been weakened, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  5. Podcast22 September 2017 – Crime, Criminology, Government, Policing, Public Policy

    The rise and reach of transnational policing

    Criminologist Ben Bowling on how policing is increasingly crossing national borders, raising serious questions about governance and public accountability.

  6. 14 September 2017 – 2017 German Federal Election, Angela Merkel, Australian-German Climate and Energy College, Europe, Politics

    Four things you need to know about the German election

    The minor parties will likely shape the final government that emerges from the 2017 German election. A University of Melbourne expert look at the possibilities

  7. 4 September 2017 – 2017 German Federal Election, Angela Merkel, Climate Change, European Union, Politics

    Why action on climate change isn’t an issue for Germans

    Chancellor Merkel's emissions reductions policies enjoy broad support in Germany because climate science is widely accepted, says University of Melbourne expert

  8. 29 August 2017 – China, North Korea, Nuclear Missiles, United States, Wars

    North Korea: The ‘threat that leaves something to chance’

    Following North Korea's missile test over Japan, a University of Melbourne expert looks at whether a nuclear crisis involving the US could spiral out of control

  9. 29 August 2017 – Asia, Asialink, Australia, China, South East Asia

    Is Australia becoming the ‘lonely’ country?

    Australia's US focus is putting it out of step with an Asia recognising China's growing leadership, says a new survey by University of Melbourne's Asialink

  10. 24 August 2017 – 2017 German Federal Election, Angela Merkel, Asylum Seekers, Election Watch, Refugees

    Merkel’s refugee stance paying off ahead of German election

    Chancellor Angela Merkel is successfully weathering the politics of refugees and should win a fourth term in German election says University of Melbourne expert