The Rubik’s Cube of Economics

The Rubik’s Cube of Economics

Deciphering real world issues in economics is like solving a Rubik’s Cube, says SMU Assistant Professor Zhang Haiping. By Yamini Chinnuswamy “The job of an economist is to explain how the world economy works – from analysing economic data, conceptualising economic phenomena, forecasting economic trends to making policy suggestions,” says Assistant Professor Zhang Haiping from […]

Securing Renewable Energy in India

Securing Renewable Energy in India

How a Think Tank is Tackling India’s Energy Crisis India is the second most populous country in the world with 1.37 billion inhabitants and a population growth rate of 1.58%. By 2030, India is expected to add another 160 million people to the count. Simultaneously, the nation’s economy is growing so rapidly that it recently […]

Deforestation briefing: Palmed off – Rumble in the Jungle

Deforestation briefing: Palmed off – Rumble in the Jungle

By April Streeter Changes, or at least assurances of changes, are coming to the palm oil industry, a mega-business blamed for much of the deforestation in tropical nations Three of the largest palm oil producers and traders unveiled zero deforestation plans last year, affecting 60% of the global palm oil industry. Wilmar International, which has […]

Book Review:The Shape of the New

Book Review:The Shape of the New

Scott L Montgomery, Daniel Chirot Princeton University Press A broad survey of the ideas that have driven modern history since the 19th century—and on account of which millions of lives have been changed for good or ill. According to Montgomery (Does Science Need a Global Language?: English and the Future of Research, 2013, etc.) and […]

Book Review: Atmosphere of Hope

Book Review: Atmosphere of Hope

Tim Flannery, Text Publishing A decade ago, Tim Flannery’s #1 international bestseller, The Weather Makers, was one of the first books to break the topic of climate change out into the general conversation. Today, Earth’s climate system is fast approaching a crisis. Political leadership has not kept up, and public engagement with the issue of […]

Book Review: Two Futures – Australia at a Critical Moment

Book Review: Two Futures – Australia at a Critical Moment

Text Publishing What will Australia be like in 2047? Good question, who can possibly know? However Claire O’Neil federal Labor member for the seat of Hotham and Tim Watts federal member for the Labor seat of Gellibrand are doing some projecting  in their book Two Futures – Australian at a Critical Moment. How will society be? […]