ANU Public Policy 2013 to tackle the big issues

30 May 2013

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Professor Tom Kompas is Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy. He is also the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Biosecurity and Environmental Economics (AC BEE). He currently teaches the course Masters Microeconomics (IDEC8064).

Some of the key challenges facing policymakers and society will be tackled head-on at ANU Public Policy 2013, which begins at Crawford School on 5 June.

This flagship event brings together many of the University’s most influential academics, senior public servants and influential business leaders for three days of analysis, ideas and solutions. Across the three days, two major themes will be confronted: complexity, imperfection and the future of public policy; and opportunity and disadvantage.

The event will also include the launch of the new Social Policy Institute, to be led by Crawford School’s Professor Peter Whiteford, and the new Food Policy Institute, to be headed up by Crawford School Director Professor Tom Kompas.

Across the three days, more than 40 speakers from academia and government will share their expertise in sessions that are all free and open to the public.

This is the second year the University has run the event and Professor Kompas said this year’s event builds on last year’s successes.

“With the first ANU Public Policy Week we began the journey of rebalancing and strengthening the connections between the people and institutions that together have the powerful potential to produce fully-informed public discourse and policy,” he said.

“In our second year, we explore the boundaries and ambiguities of collaboration and engagement; openly celebrate the linkages between the sanctuary of research and real-world policy processes; and transparently examine the fundamentals that shape thought, insight, debate and ultimately the substance of our social and economic world.”

Early booking is advised for events to avoid disappointment: http://crawford.anu.edu.au/policyweek

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