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Progress in Political Economy blog wins Special Achievement award



10 April 2018

For the second year in a row, Professor Adam Morton and Dr Gareth Bryant from the Department of Political Economy take home the 'Duckie' award for the PPE blog
For the second year in a row, Professor Adam Morton and Dr Gareth Bryant from the Department of Political Economy take home the 'Duckie' award for the PPE blog


Congratulations to the Progress in Political Economy (PPE) blog, which has been awarded the 2018 Special Achievement in International Studies Online Media prize, by the Online Media Caucus of the esteemed International Studies Association (ISA).

Co-edited by Department of Political Economy’s Professor Adam Morton and Dr Gareth Bryant, this is the second year in a row that the award winners have taken home a “Duckie” for the PPE blog.

At its core, PPE is very much a collective effort; mobilising academics, students and activists to write articles that seek to introduce and engage audiences with their work, and reach not only academic circles but the general public and policy-making communities.

It’s this “thoughtful application of scholarly insights to current events and relevance to ongoing scholarly and policy debates”, that the award jury felt deserved the prize.

Since its inception in 2014, the blog has tackled a number of pressing social issues, such as Universal Basic Income, the housing affordability crisis, how we measure poverty, the “middle class” squeeze, capitalism and climate change, and the future of manufacturing both in Australia and internationally.

Professor Morton and Dr Bryant are currently piloting an important new blog series, the Five Minute Honours Theses, which gives Political Economy students a chance to publish their own work and engage with an online community that spans the globe. PPE uses social media to give students a platform to constructively contribute to the debate on current social and political issues, alongside academics and highly respected authors and journalists such as former BBC and Channel 4 News Economics Editor, Paul Mason or Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister for Greece.

“The purpose of the blog is to offer an alternative to the mainstream separation of politics, philosophy and economics - the standard “PPE” - shaping the academy and its relays with dominant policy frames”, said Professor Morton and Dr Bryant.