• Business

    Business and social change


    Andrew Gaines |  August 11, 2020


    Solving the environmental problems faced by society today will require a new order of collaboration between business, government, and civil society which transcends traditional politics.


  • Education

    Supporting STEM skills amid COVID-19


    Cathy Foley |  August 11, 2020


    We can’t let our future STEM skills become a casualty of COVID-19, or we will pay for it in decades to come.


  • Environment

    A return to the wild for better immune systems


    Open Forum |  August 11, 2020


    A research team led by the University of Adelaide has found that revegetation of green spaces within cities can improve soil microbiota diversity towards a more natural, biodiverse state, which has been linked to human health benefits.


Latest Story

  • The emotional toll of COVID-19 among early childhood educators

    Melissa Barnes     |      August 10, 2020

    Despite growing concerns over school teachers’ mental health as they tackled remote learning, little attention has been given to the experiences of ECEC educators.

  • A golden opportunity to repurpose old mines

    Mohan Yellishetty     |      August 10, 2020

    Abandoned mines litter Australia, but these sites can be turned from environmental problems into new opportunities for water storage, landfill and other useful purposes.

  • Diplomacy at a distance

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      August 10, 2020

    Australia’s diplomats are doing important work during the COVID-19 pandemic in the face of department cuts, as they help to ensure the safety and security of many Australians.

  • Global value chains in the post-COVID economy

    Satoshi Inomata     |      August 9, 2020

    COVID-19 is likely to accelerate the move toward ‘peer value chains’ among countries with similar institutional arrangements.

  • Contrasting Australian and German public policy

    Dawn Lo     |      August 9, 2020

    The average Australian household is wealthier yet more indebted than the average German household, partly due to tax and retirement income policies.

  • Is COVID changing our personalities?

    Open Forum     |      August 9, 2020

    Our personalities have been known to change during unusually distressing times, such as a global pandemic locking us all away in our homes, but researchers from the US say that so far the COVID-19 pandemic has had very little effect on the “Big Five” personality traits.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: Less than 90 days to the election

    James Arvanitakis     |      August 8, 2020

    We are now less than 90 days away from the USA Presidential elections. Given the pandemic, associated economic downturn and continuing civil strife, the next three months are likely to get even more interesting.

  • Tackling the stigma around public housing

    Alistair Sisson     |      August 8, 2020

    To destigmatise public housing, fundamental changes in our housing system are needed. Better design, maintenance and stories are helpful, but can only do so much.

  • How COVID-19 changed the way we work

    Richard Holden     |      August 8, 2020

    Employers have long feared that working from home makes employees less productive. An analysis of 3 million workers in 16 cities during lockdowns suggests the opposite.

  • Small business at the front line of cyber-security

    Alison Howe     |      August 7, 2020

    The Federal government’s new cybersecurity strategy includes welcome enhancements to the recognition of the vulnerability of the SME sector and a range of new initiatives.

  • Was Sweden right to eschew COVID lockdowns?

    Andreas Ortmann     |      August 7, 2020

    A full accounting of how Sweden’s non-lockdown approach to COVID-19 has fared compared to other country’s will take time, and will involve trading off health, economic, educational and other outcomes.

  • How social media bots seed social discord

    Elise Thomas     |      August 7, 2020

    The widespread proliferation of low-quality, unsophisticated but persistent disinformation and political influence efforts on social media can crowd out genuine information.