Members of the Institute engage with the media considerably and are often called upon to provide expert advice and commentary on important issues affecting rural and regional Australia.
Engaging with the media also provides the opportunity for our researchers to engage with the wider community and to promote and publicise their research and findings.
All media releases involving ILWS researchers are issued as CSU Media Releases. Our researchers engage with both traditional media (print, radio and TV) as well as social and on-line media.
In the News 2018 is a compilation of media coverage received by ILWS members. (It has been prepared with the assistance of CSU Media and the news monitoring service, iSentia Pty Ltd.)
Our researchers also regularly write Opinion Pieces and Articles for on-line news services such as The Conversation.
Dr Lee Baumgartner and Professor Max Finlayson continue the Institute’s input into discussions around the fish kill in the Darling River and remind us the Native Fish Strategy lays out a plan for helping the basin’s fish communities recover from where they are now, at 10% of pre-European levels (0% in some parts), back to 60% over 50 years in The Conversation, January 21.
How do you measure the success of conservation efforts? Professor Dave Watson and 17 colleagues from a dozen Australian universities along with scientists and private researchers have created a metrics of progress to understand how to manage threats of different intensity and how well that management has been implemented, they describe their analysis of Australian birds in this new article in The Conversation, November 27.
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan’s analysis of the results of the Fijian election argues that restrictions on free speech mean that there is no way of testing popular Fijian opinion. He says “It may have been a free vote. But the conditions for an informed vote – scrutiny and robust debate - were not present” in his piece appearing in The Conversation, November 20.
Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan explores the issues as Fiji faces a general election on Wednesday, just as Australia’s main political parties devote more attention to the western Pacific, driven by worries about China’s growing influence in his opinion piece in The Conversation November 12.
In his recent article, Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan says “Sovereignty is the embodiment of real political power. People should not feel perpetually excluded from it and there are ways in which public authority can be distributed more fairly and to recognise Maori self-determination.” in the Discover Society, November 6.