International Advisory Board

  • Thangavelu Vasantha Kumaran, University of Madras, India.
  • Koteswara Prasad, University of Madras, India.
  • Paul James, Director, Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Mary Kalantzis, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • John Fien, Innovation Professor of Sustainability, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dr Dang Van Bai, Director, Department of National Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Information, Vietnam.
  • Manfred Steger, Professor of Politics and Government, Illinois State University, and Academic Director, The Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Helena Norberg-Hodge, Founder and Director, The International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC).
  • John Dryzek, Professor of Social and Political Theory/Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
  • Robyn Eckersley, Department of Political Science, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Judy Spokes, Director, Cultural Development Network, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Amareswar Galla,The University of Queensland and Director, Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development.
  • Peter Phipps, Researcher, Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Richard M. Clugston, Center for the Respect of Life and the Environment, and University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, Washington DC, USA.
  • Lyuba Zarsky, Globalism Institute, RMIT, Australia, and Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, United States.
  • Diane Bell, Director, Women's Studies Program and Professor, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA.
  • Lily Kong, Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Steven Engelsman, Directeur, Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, The Netherlands.
  • Bill Cope, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA; Director, Common Ground.
  • David Wood, University of Waterloo, Canada.
  • Steve Hamnett, University of South Australia, Australia.
  • Jim McAllister, Central Queensland University, Australia.


  • The Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

    The Globalism Institute is the public face of a university-wide research strength in globalisation and cultural diversity at RMIT University. The Institute undertakes engaged research into globalisation, transnationalism, nationalism and cultural diversity. It seeks to understand and critically evaluate current directions of global change, with an emphasis on the cultural implications of political and economic transformation. The role of the Institute is to initiate and manage research and community projects involving consortia of academics, researchers and consultants from diverse backgrounds. These collaborative projects draw on expertise from across the university and beyond, in fields such as global politics, international relations, community studies, cross-cultural communication, international education, international trade, productive diversity, global English and media studies. For further information, visit our website, or contact us by email.

  • The Hawke Research Institute

    The Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies is one of six research institutes (and the first in the humanities and social sciences) at the University of South Australia. Named after a prominent social democratic Australian Prime Minister, R.J. Hawke, the Institute promotes research into ways of fostering inclusive, sustainable, and connected democratic communities in an ecologically balanced world.

Conference Organisers

  • Common Ground