Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2013

APSA Conference 2013 will be held over three days and is hosted by Murdoch University, Perth Western Australia.

30 September – 2 October 2013
Perth, Western Australia

Call for Papers

The conference organisers wish to now invite submissions for papers and panel proposals to be included in the APSA 2013 program. Proposals falling within any area or subfield within the discipline of political science broadly defined are welcome. Proposals are sought for both standalone papers, as well as proposals for special panels in which three to five papers address a common theme.

Guidelines & Deadlines

Deadline: 31 May, 2013

Papers will be organised into seven broad streams. Authors will be required to nominate one or two relevant streams when submitting paper and panel abstracts.

  1. International Relations
  2. Public Policy
  3. Australian Politics
  4. Political Theory
  5. Asian Politics
  6. Comparative Politics
  7. Natural Resources and Politics

Submission of papers for peer-review opening Monday, 13 May 2013

Submission of papers for peer-review closing Wedneday, 31 July 2013


In the early years of the 21st century, natural resources have become entrenched in both national and international political agendas.

Due to rapid growth and industrialisation in a range of developing countries, global demand for and consumption of natural resources – food, minerals, energy, water and environmental goods – has surged. Intensifying patterns of resource consumption have stoked concerns about energy and food security; ecological and social sustainability; and relations between countries that are resource-rich and those that aren’t.

Ranging across each of these are questions over the governance of natural resources at the local, national and international scales. How are the governance arrangements for natural resources – shaping patterns of ownership, extraction, consumption and control – constructed? What are their distributional impacts for how resource wealth (and poverty) is divided within and between societies? Are these governance systems sustainable? And how is political conflict over distributional and sustainability issues recasting resource governance arrangements in today’s world?

We encourage submission of panels and abstracts that relate to the conference theme. Particular areas that may be explored include:

  • Resources and development.
  • Resources and the environment.
  • Resources and international affairs.
  • Resources and Asia.
  • Resources and Australia.


Professor Shaun Breslin, Director, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick.

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Shaun Breslin is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick where, as Director for the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, he is currently managing a large EU funded project on the EU and the Multipolar Global Order.

His research primarily addresses the political economy of contemporary China, with a second strand focussing on comparative studies of regionalism. He is also co-editor of the Pacific Review, and Associate Fellow of the Chatham House Asia Programme.

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: Politics and Science in the Anthropocene

Stephanie Lawson: Professor of Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University

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There has been a growing conviction that the effects of large-scale industrial activity on the planet requires reconceptualizing the present epoch as the Anthropocene. This term places humans front and centre of the changing dynamics of the entire physical planetary system, of which climate change now appears to be the most significant. The idea of the Anthropocene rests on an overwhelming scientific consensus concerning a certain objective reality. This presents challenges to some quite different groups, each of which may be described in one way or another as anti-science.

First, and most obviously, are the climate change skeptics who reject the strong consensus among scientists and who often purvey what can only be called ‘bad science’. Then there are those, committed to certain ideas (for example, those associated with deep ecology and romantic biology), who accept the scientific consensus on climate change on the one hand, but who reject an equally strong scientific consensus on other aspects of anthropogenic change, most notably in the field of transgenic engineering (genetic modification), on the other.

A third, quite different groups consists of social theorists (political theorists among them) whose epistemological position rejects the notion of a real world ‘out there’ that exists and operates independently of our subjective beliefs.  These varying forms of anti-science align with a particular political orientation. Using these groups as key reference points, this paper addresses the relationship between politics and science in the context of the greatest scientific and political challenge of our time – the Anthropocene – and how this relationship plays out in issues of theory, norms and methods in our discipline.

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Governing the Resource Boom

The global resources boom of the early 21st century is proving a vexatious challenge for policymakers, businesses and civil society. Surging international prices for energy, food and minerals, intensifying consumption driven by fast-growing developing economies, and emerging concerns about scarcity and ecological sustainability have driven a renewed interest in the governance of natural resources.

All resource governance systems carry distributional impacts – determining how the benefits and costs of resource extraction and consumption are shared in the global economy – and the resource boom has seen these governance systems become increasingly contested.

How, therefore, is resource governance being reconstituted in the contemporary world? What political actors are involved in contests over resource governance, what are the key issues at stake in governance contests, and how are have their resolution benefited certain interest groups and not others?

This roundtable will explore how key actors in resource governance, including governments, businesses and civil society groups, are attempting to reshape governance systems in the wake of the resources boom.

Speakers will address issues including the resources-development nexus, environmental politics, the role of business and NGOs, and the international dimensions of resource governance systems.


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Professor Shaun Breslin, Warwick University


Professor Ronnie Lipschutz, University of California, Santa Cruz

Ronnie D. Lipschutz is Professor of Politics and Provost of College Eight at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lipschutz received his PhD. in Energy and Resources from UC-Berkeley in 1987 and an SM in Physics from MIT in 1978. He has been a faculty member at UCSC since 1990.

Lipschutz’s most recent books are Political Economy, Capitalism and Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), The Constitution of Imperium (Paradigm, 2008) and Globalization, Governmentality and Global Politics: Regulation for the Rest of Us? (Routledge, 2005).

Ronnie Lipschutz’s participation in APSA 2013 is generously funded by an American government Cultural Grant, through the US Embassy in Canberra and the US Consulate in Perth.

Ms Serena Lillywhite, Oxfam Australia

Serena Lillywhite is the Mining Advocacy Coordinator with Oxfam Australia. She has extensive expertise and experience in labour rights, supply chain management and business and human rights.

Serena is Australia’s leading expert in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. She is a regular speaker at the OECD, UN and ILO, and other international CSR platforms.

Serena holds a Masters in International Business from the University of Melbourne. She has lived and worked in China, and as a member of the OECD Watch network and Coordinating Committee, has delivered training and capacity building in Ghana (extractive sector), India (garment sector) and Thailand (business and human rights).

Professor Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg

Peter Vale is an academic, public intellectual and journalist. He is Professor of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg, the Nelson Mandela Chair of Politics Emeritus, Rhodes University.

Vale is Member of Editorial Boards of academic journals in Argentina, Bangladesh, Britain, Lesotho, Portugal, Spain and South Africa. He was elected Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is author of numerous books and articles on Southern African regional security and development.


Sarah Hooper, The Chamber of Minerals and Energy

Sarah oversees the portfolio areas of Economics and Tax, People Strategies and the Resources Industry Training Council, Media and Membership. Sarah also has responsibility for the Eastern, North Eastern, South West and Mid West regional operations.

Sarah Hooper is an experienced Australian diplomat and foreign policy bureaucrat who has worked across a range of high profile bilateral relationships and multilateral foreign and strategic policy concerns. She has worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the International Division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and in the Office of National Assessments.

Sarah has represented the Australian Government with postings in Indonesia and in India and earlier worked within the Government of Brunei on an official exchange program. Prior to joining CME in February 2013, Sarah headed the Political and Economic Section of the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, India.

Resources and energy have been dominant themes throughout her career to date, and were a major component of her work most recently in India as Australia strengthened its partnership with India and built a more central role for Australia in India’s energy security strategies.

Sarah has an Asian Studies degree from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade, also from the ANU.


Dr Jeffrey Wilson, Murdoch University

Jeffrey Wilson is a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre and Lecturer in Politics and International Studies in the School of Management and Governance. He received his PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University in 2011.

In 2012 he was awarded the inaugural Boyer Prize by the Australian Institute of International Affairs. He has published widely on the political economy of resource security in Asia, and is the author of Governing Global Production: Resource Networks in the Asia-Pacific Steel Industry (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).



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Annual Conference 2013
30 September – 2 October 2013
Perth, Western Australia

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