External Advisory Committee

In 2008 the Department created an External Advisory Committee to help it relate to its community partners and to respond to the challenges of the future.
Click here for the terms of reference.
Click here for its membership.
A report detailing the activities of the Committee is available here.

Community partners include the patrons who support student prizes and scholarships, the organizations and individuals that host placements for student interns, experts who contribute guest lectures to students, Honorary Associates and Emeriti, professionals who deliver units of study with a practitioner flavour, research associates, media contacts, and more generally the employers of graduates and the graduates themselves as alumni.

Best and the Brightest 2014

On Tuesday 13 May 2014 the Department of Government and International Relations presented the achievements of recent IVth honours graduates. The occasion was hosted by the President of the Legislative Council, the Honorable Mr Don Harwin, MLC, at the NSW Parliament House on Macquarie Street in the city. Ms.Cindy Chen from ADobe Australia who completed First class honours in Government and International Relation, chaired the proceedings. Mr. Michael Lambert closed the proceedings and invited guests to a reception in the lobby.

Best and The Brightest 2014 Finalist

Aishwarrya Balaji, Charles Cull, Dominic Jarkey, Cindy Chen, Luke Craven, and Christine Gallagher.

A panel of five recent graduates spoke about their research:

  1. Dominic Jarkey on Revolutionary Waves in the Arab Spring of 2011
  2. Christine Gallagher on Neo-Conservatism and Neo-Reaganism
  3. Luke Craven on Climate Change in Rural Vanuatu
  4. Aishwarrya Balaji, Movement Institutionalisation in India
  5. Charles Cull on Coal Seam Gas and Political Decision-Making in NSW
Audience at the 2014 Best and The Brightest event

Alumni and others attended. Current student staffed the welcome desk. There was a lively exchange of questions and answers during the session followed by a reception for further, informal discussion. The program published the abstracts of all theses from 2013.

The program for Best and Brightest with all theses abstracts is here.

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