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This post continues a series of blogs reporting on the final research outcomes of the EU Centre for Global Affairs Annual Grant Program with the final grant reports of the 2016 allocation round received from the following grant recipients.

Dr Allan O’Connor, Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, The University of Adelaide completed the final report of his work on “Cluster Evaluation Methods” project. The observations and contributions passed onto the The Competitiveness Institute (TCI) Cluster Evaluation Working Group team to conclude the trial task of survey methodology adjustment for practical application are available HERE. Also as another research outcome of working with the TCI survey methodology data analysis and final reporting to the South Australian Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) was concluded in January 2017. An article in SA Defence Business (the official publication of the DTC) following the engagement with DTC that acknowledges this work is available HERE.

Dr Tiziana Torresi, Department of Politics & International Studies, The University of Adelaide presented a paper with a panel at the Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference 2016, 1-3 July, Queen’s University, Belfast as part of the ongoing analysis of regional migration governance including a comparative perspective. The panel’s conversation and research convergence of the participants resulted in the creation of a permanent, informal research group, consisting of:

  • Professor Christine Straehle, The University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy.
  • Associate Professor Valeria Ottonelli, The University of Genoa, Department of Antiquity, Philosophy and History.
  • Assistant Professor Eszter Kollar, The University of Leuven, Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy.
  • Dr Alasia Nuti, The University of York, Department of Politics.
  • Dr Tizina Torresi, The University of Adelaide, Department of Politics & International Studies.

A remainder of the grant was used to organise a workshop in Genova, on the topic of “Vulnerability, Rights and Agency in Labour Migration” Department of Antiquity, Philosophy and History, University of Genova, on 5 December 2016 with the research group. Dr Torresi’s presentation is available HERE. The workshop resulted in a special issue on the same topic which is currently under review with the Journal of Applied Philosophy (six papers), including “Temporary migration projects, special rights and social dumping” paper by Dr Torresi.

Dr Mehdi Jafarian, School of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Adelaide visited the University of ETH Zurich in Switzerland and the University of Naples Federico II in Italy as part of his “The Novel Concept of Liquid Chemical Looping Air Separation” project. The visit to the University of ETH Zurich has led to drafting a joint journal paper and also resulted in strengthening the collaboration between the University of Adelaide and ETH Zurich through investigation of new research fields for further collaboration, such as development of a novel concepts like solar bubble receiver, developed at the University of Adelaide. Dr Jafarian had several meetings with the below ETH Zurich, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering personnel, especially early carrier researchers:

  • Professor Aldo Steinfeld, Chair of Renewable Energy Carriers.
  • Dr Andreas Haselbacher, Senior Research Associate.
  • Dr Philip Furler, Research Associate/Pioneer Fellow.
  • Dr Stefan Strohle, Post-doctoral researcher.
  • Dr Emilano Casati, Post-doctoral researcher.

A paper is in preparation with a full draft scheduled for February 2018. Planned title of the paper is Mehdi Jafarian, Woei Saw, Andreas Haselbacher, Aldo Steinfeld, Graham Nathan, “Techno-economic assessments of a mid-temperature hybrid solar process”. The aim, objectives and methodology of the paper have been discussed and finalised. The manuscript has been discussed in several meetings with ETH Zurich personnel and the development of the process configuration and logic control strategy are in the progress. The manuscript is in progress with a full draft to be submitted to the Journal of Solar Energy. A second paper is envisaged following the first paper.

The visit to the University of Naples Federico II was also very productive and fruitful and has led to establishment of a collaboration between the institutions, so that further discussions is in progress to plan the visit of a researcher from the University of Naples Federico II to the University of Adelaide in July 2018. The visit is planned to assess the performance of a first-of-a-kind indirectly heated solar receiver. Professional research contacts during the visit include:

  • Professor Piero Salatino, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chairman – School of Polytechnic and Basic Sciences.
  • Roberto Solimene, Senior Researcher, Institute for Research on Combustion (IRC-CNR).
  • Dr Maurizio Troiano, Research Fellow, School of Polytechnic and Basic Sciences.
  • Dr Claudio Tregambi, Research Fellow. School of Polytechnic and Basic Sciences.


The EU Centre for Global Affairs expects two more final grant report of the 2016 allocation round from:

  • Associate Professor Alan Gamlen, Director, Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research, The University of Adelaide.
  • Matt Lady, Doctoral student / Research assistant, the Adelaide Law School.
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The School of Economics & the Economic Society of Australia (SA) invites you to a lecture presented by Professor Klaus Zimmerman.

Professor ZimmermanProf. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann is a Visiting Professor and Eminent Scholar of Melbourne University and Macquarie University, Co-Director POP at UNU-MERIT, Professor of Economics at Bonn University and President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). Since 2001 Honorary Professor of the Free University Berlin, since 2006 Honorary Professor of the Renmin University of China in Beijing and since 2016 Honorary Professor of Maastricht University. He is a member of the Leopoldina (the German Academy of Sciences), the Academia Europaea (the European Academy of Sciences) and the Regional Science Academy. Since 1988 Zimmermann is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics.

“The European Migration Challenge”

While globalization and migration is largely beneficial, concerns in the public are rising. The large differences between the perceptions of society and research evidence needs to be reflected and understood. Europe is a relevant case study also of interest for the US and Australia. Facing an aging and shrinking population, European labour markets could benefit from regulated global mobility. The debate, however, is currently dominated by refugee issues. While the current refugee flow to Europe is still small and manageable, the political institutions seem to be unable to cope with the current and future challenges. The lecture reviews these issues and discusses policy strategies to balance economic needs and constraints with humanitarian obligations. The key issue suggested is the proper integration of labour migrants and refugees into the labour markets. This requires active recruitment strategies of labour migrants and early integration of asylum seekers into the workforce.

Date: Tuesday 28 November, 2017

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm (including question time)

Venue: Room G03, Napier Building, North Terrace, The University of Adelaide

For more information please contact or Litsa Morris

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This post starts a series of blogs reporting on the final research outcomes of the EU Centre for Global Affairs Annual Grant Program. The research funds were allocated for research activities which have a bearing on the EU-Australia relationship on the basis of a competitive application process throughout three rounds in 2015, 2016 and 2017 years.

The final grant reports of the 2015 allocation round were received from the following grant recipients.

Professor Kym Anderson AC, George Gollin Professor of Economics at The University of Adelaide and Professor of Economics at The Australian National University submitted his book “Wine Globalization: A New Comparative History” to Cambridge University Press earlier this year and it is expected to be published in February 2018.

The book flyer can be downloaded HERE. The results of this research project were presented at various conferences throughout 2017, including a seminar at Chatham House, UK on “Global Wine Markets and Brexit” and a joint EU Centres Conference in Melbourne. Additionally to the above book a statistical compendium eBook “Anderson, K., S. Nelgen and V. Pinilla (2017), Global Wine Markets, 1860 to 2015: A Statistical Compendium, University of Adelaide Press” will be available later this year.

Another book by Professor Kym Anderson “Agricultural Trade, Policy Reforms, and Global Food Security” was published at the end of 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan. The book flyer can be downloaded HERE. The results of this research project were also presented on several occasions at:

  • The 27th Commonwealth Agricultural Conference in Singapore, 2-4 November 2016.
  • The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) Trustee event in Adelaide, 21 February 2017.
  • The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) 2017 Outlook conference in Canberra, 7-8 March 2017.
  • The Third GlobalFood Symposium in Goettingen, Germany, 28-29 April 2017.
  • The EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges Conference “Rethinking governance in an era of global insecurities, regional tensions and rising nationalism” in Melbourne, 17-19 July 2017.

A side product of the research project is a study commissioned by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Unfinished Farm Policy Reform. As a result the “Finishing Global Farm Trade Reform: Implications for Developing Countries” book was published by the University of Adelaide Press in 2017 and is freely available on the Press’s website as an eBook HERE.

Associate Professor Carolin Plewa, Deputy Director, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialisation Centre and Associate Professor in Marketing at the University of Adelaide completed the final report “Qualitative and Quantitative Insights – Project Phases 1 & 2” for “The Future of University-Business Cooperation” project.

A full text of the publication is available HERE. The results of this research project were presented in June 2017 at the University-Industry Engagement International Asia-Pacific Conference in Adelaide and the University-Industry Interaction Conference “The Future of University-Business Cooperation: The emerging trends and issues for UBC policy, practice and academic work” in Dublin. The final research report was briefly noted at the South Australian Science Council Meeting.

Professor Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics and Jean Monnet Chair on the Economics of European Integration at The University of Adelaide published three papers as a result of his research project on the analysis of the changes to the geographical composition of the EU, and how this has effected the level, direction and composition of Australian trade with EU member states:

Professor Pomfret also drew on the analysis results and wrote a brief report “Australia as an EU Partner”, showCASE No. 51, 6.11.2017, 1-2 for the weekly newsletter of the Center for Social and Economic Research in Warsaw, Poland.


The EU Centre for Global Affairs expects two more final grant reports of the 2015 allocation round from:

  • Dr William Skinner, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, The University of Adelaide and
  • Dr Joanna Howe, Associate Professor in Law, the Adelaide Law School.
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The EU Centre for Global Affairs is delighted to present three more prizes to students who entered a film competition involving extending cultural understandings by investigating connections between Europe and Australia. The judges were pleased to see the Netherlands featured in this film from Year 4 students Rudy, Huon and Louie at Goulburn Street Primary School, Tasmania, interviewing their […]

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With the two-day conference entitled “Fulfilling the Vision: European Union Futures?” coming to a close on the morning of Wednesday 18th October, the event shifted from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University campus to the University of South Australia campus for its final event, entitled “The Future of the EU Summit” organised by the Hawke […]

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Roderick Abbott and Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) co-authored Chapter on “EU and Australia: Europe’s Challenges and Policy Options for Future Trade” for Section 3 in a recently published book “Australia, the European Union and the New Trade Agenda” by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for European Studies. The book is […]

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The EU Centre for Global Affairs Annual Grant Program recipient Professor Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics and Jean Monnet Chair on the Economics of European Integration at The University of Adelaide, wrote a brief report “Australia as an EU Partner” for a weekly newsletter showCASE of the Center for Social and Economic Research in Warsaw, Poland. A full text […]

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The European initiative EPIC aims to strengthen the ties between Europe and Australia, Singapore & New Zealand through academic, industrial and political partnership. To investigate joint RTDI (Research, Technology Development & Innovation) collaboration potential in topical ICT fields, EPIC is co-funding expert visits either from the EU to one of the partner countries in the Asia-Pacific […]

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On 16-18 October 2017 the European Union Centres in Australia and New Zealand jointly convened a Conference “Fulfilling the Vision: European Union Futures” hosted by the European Union Centre at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne. The Conference brought together 150+ participants from 14 countries including 3 Ambassadors form EU Member States, Australian, New Zealand, European […]

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Thursday 28 September 2017 By Robert Monterosso and Benjamin Pascoe-Purvis The 10th day of the EU Centre for Global Affairs’ Study Tour marked the student group’s final day in Paris, beginning at OECD headquarters. The first meeting was with John Drummond, who is Head of the Trade in Services Division, and has extensive experience working for the […]

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