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Meet The Professors: Professor Gavin Schwarz and Professor Anthony Burke

Mon 16 Sep 2019, 3:30pm - 4:30pm TYPE - Lecture

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Mon 16 Sep 2019, 3:30pm - 4:30pm


UNSW GATE 9, The Chancellery - Council Chambers, Kensington
Sydney, NSW 2052

The 2019 Meet the Professors series is a wonderful chance for students and staff to celebrate the careers and achievements of our newly promoted and recruited professors. Our speakers will share their specialist knowledge and provide insights into ‘what’ and ‘who’ influenced their lives and careers.

Professor Gavin Schwarz, School of Management, UNSW Business School 

Lecture: When Organisations Fail to Change (Redux)

Let’s embrace failure! In the spirit of the provocation that has marked much of my work, in this talk I will take you on a journey on (my) failure and how I have spent time translating what organizations do badly, yet still doing that same thing. My research investigates how and why organizations do not change despite adopting structures and processes specifically focused on improvement, and even though they end up with effective and successful outcomes. With my focus on understanding how planned, intentional change does not occur, I debate the challenges of failing to change. As part of this reflection I will also provide observations about the pitfalls of building knowledge in this same way. 

Please see Professor Gavin Schwarz webpage HERE

Professor Anthony Burke, School of Humanities and Social Sciences UNSW Canberra

Lecture: How will we govern extinction? New law and politics to thwart the ecological emergency

Will we merely govern extinction, or cooperate to prevent it? As our nations swelter through heatwaves and fires, ice caps melt, and international scientific bodies warn of five degrees of global warming and a million species extinctions this century, our politics and global governance seems ill-equipped to the task. Yet as a legion of striking schoolchildren are telling us, resignation is not an acceptable response. Building on my research in international security studies and environmental politics, I will use this talk to introduce new proposals to revitalise global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change and protect the Earth’s precious biodiversity: a Coal Elimination Treaty, and a new statute of Crimes Against Biodiversity. These proposals have the potential to cut through the weaknesses of international environmental law, while building on the inspiring efforts of diplomats, citizens and indigenous peoples around the world to preserve and cherish our "pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known".

Please see Professor Anthony Burke webpage HERE

Register now to guarantee your place. We look forward to seeing you.