Janin is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney, Australia and holds an Australian Postgraduate Award. Her research is looking at the transformation processes of Higher Education Systems between Australia, Germany and Sweden and the impact of these changes on academic labour.
Before commencing her PhD, Janin worked as a project manager for a German Trade Union and a NGO. More recently she worked as a research assistant and tutor. She completed a double Master degree in European Studies (University of Hamburg, Germany) and International Relations (Macquarie University).
Elizabeth Humphrys is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Economy and holds an Australian Postgraduate Award. Her research is on the ACTU and ALP Prices and Incomes Accord, focussing on the question of the state and neoliberalism. She is particularly interested in the conceptual work of Antonio Gramsci. Elizabeth is a founding editor of Interface: A journal for and about social movements, and is the co-editor (with Tad Tietze & Guy Rundle) of On Utøya: Anders Breivik, right terror, racism and Europe. She has also written on politics and economics for ABC’s The Drum, Jacobin and Overland Journal.
Before commencing her PhD Elizabeth worked for the NSW Ombudsman as an investigator, and more recently oversaw student complaints and misconduct at UNSW. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Social Inquiry and a Masters of Arts (Research) at UTS, part-time while working. Her Masters research was on the impact of the 9/11 terror attacks on the Global Justice Movement in Australia.
Matthew Stephen is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the unit on Global Governance at the WZB Berlin Social Research Center. He received his doctoral degree (summa cum laude) in July 2013 from the Free University of Berlin. His research concerns the role of rising powers and resistance in global governance. Currently he is working on a collaborative research project ‘Contested World Orders’ involving the WZB Berlin Social Research Center, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg, and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. He is a WZB Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the University of Sydney from September to November 2013.