Public Engagement

Bringing academia to the public is a key component of my professional philosophy.  I am available to participate in events on topics related to my areas of professional expertise for businesses, schools, community groups and professional organisations.  These can be stand-alone presentations, interactive workshops or professional development seminars, depending on your needs.

Please contact me directly via email if you would like to discuss what I can do for your organisation.


Public Lectures and Workshops

Climate change in North Korea“, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), 10 March 2022.

CERES Community Environment Park, Winter Webinar #1: How to permaculture our way out of a crisis. 2 June 2020.

VCE Global Politics workshop for students from Reservoir College, Ava Maria College and Ivanhoe Girls Grammar – “Global politics exam workshop,” 15 November 2019.

Social Education Victoria: VCE Global Politics – “Global crises workshop,” 2 August 2019.

Social Education Victoria: VCE Teachers’ Conference – “Idealism and Pragmatism in International Relations: East Asia Case studies,” 15th March 2019.

VCE Global Politics workshop – “People movements,” La Trobe University, 27 February 2019.

University of the Third Age, Deepdene – “Social change in North Korea,” 29 October 2018.

Australian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria – “Pariah or Partner: The Korea Summit Explored,” 22 May 2018.

Social Education Victoria, VCE Teachers’ Conference – “Human Rights in North Korea,” 22 March 2018.

Discussion on environment and sustainability with delegation from the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, La Trobe University, 21 March 2018.

Sacred Heart College, Kyneton – Workshop with year 11 Global Politics students on “International Cooperation and Conflict: North Korea and Climate Change,” 15th September 2017.

United Nations Association of Australia, Victorian Division“Combating Climate Change: Committing to Global Action” Model UN conference, La Trobe University Bendigo, 12 May 2017.  See: WIN News Bendigo coverage of this event.

Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Korea Foundation – “Korea research workshop,” Korea-Oceania Next Generation Policy Expert Forum, Canberra, 27-28 April 2017.

La Trobe Asia seminar series – “Will China lead the world in global climate politics?” 24 March 2017.

Social Education Victoria: VCE Teachers’ Conference – “Climate Change: Global Crisis and International Cooperation,” 10 March 2017.

Equality, Sustainability and Peace Collective, La Trobe University – “Grassroots Community Networking Workshop,” 18 October 2016.

Catholic College Bendigo – “Expert Panel on VCE Global Politics Units 3-4: Global Actors and Global Challenges” with Nick Procter and Paige Winkel, 14 Octoboer 2016.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics Society, La Trobe University – “Gender and Climate Change” with Paige Winkel. 11 August 2016.

La Trobe University, Department of Politics and Philosophy – “Trump vs Clinton: The Future of American Foreign Policy” with Nick Bisley and Kumuda Simpson. 5 August 2016.

Star of the Sea College, Brighton – “Power in the Asia-Pacific: Seminar for VCE Global Politics students,” 11 May 2016.

Asia Education Foundation – “China panel for year ten students from Presbyterian Ladies College,” 18 March 2016.

Equality, Sustainability and Peace Collective, La Trobe University – “Alternative Economies,” 15 March 2016.

Australian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria – “North Korea in 2016: Social Swings and Nuclear Roundabouts,” 25 February 2016.

University of the Third Age, Albury-Wodonga – “Talking about the LTU China study tour,” 12 February 2016.

Social Education Victoria: Global Politics Planning Day – “Global Trends and Risk Analysis“, 18 November 2015, Graduate House, Melbourne University.

Blackburn High School, Sustainability and Regeneration Workshop with year 10 students, 30 July 2015.

Integrated Social Media as a Professional Engagement ToolASHM Leadership and Mentoring Program: A Collaboration for HIV Capacity Development, 26 July 2014. This workshop was affiliated with AIDS 2014: 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.

Nillumbik University of the Third Age – “Asylum seekers and refugees”, 8th May 2014.

Melbourne Free University, Asylum Seeker Program (March 2014 – ongoing)Lead facilitator, “Global Politics” course.

Montmorency Community Group – “Social Media as an Engagement Tool for Community Groups“, 2 May 2013.

Friends of Willow Park, Wodonga – “Social Media 101 for Community Groups”, 17th October 2012.

University of the Third Age Albury-Wodonga – “My field trip to North Korea”, 12th October 2012.

La Trobe University: Climate and Society Plennary Lecture – “North Korea and Climate Adaptation”, 6th August 2012.

Wodonga Council Youth Leadership Program – “Influencing large organisations as an outsider”, 29th August 2012.

Tenison Woods College, Mount Gambier – “Year 9 Languages Workshop: Why Learn a Second Language?” and “Year 11 History Workshop: The Israel-Palestine Conflict”, 20th July 2012.

La Trobe University – Wodonga Senior Secondary College: “Year 10 Refugee Workshop”, 11th May 2012.

WHK Albury-Wodonga: Leading Business Round Table – “Regional access to skilled labour”, 18th May 2012.

Albury Rotary Club – “My experiences peering into the Hermit Kingdom”, 7th March 2012.

Victory Lutheran College, Wodonga – VCE History: “Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party”, 1st March 2012.

La Trobe University Workshop: “Window into Contemporary Indian Society” with Dr Peter Friedlander and Simi Kaur, 16th September 2011.

La Trobe University – Wodonga Senior Secondary College: “Year 11 Social Movements Day”, 7th September 2011.

Table Top Community Forum – “The Carbon Tax”, 7th September 2011.

University of the Third Age Albury-Wodonga – “Middle East Politics”, 12th August 2011.

Border History Teachers Network – “Keynote Address: North Korea – Confucius, Communism and the Bomb”, 20th May 2011.

Expert panelist – Benambra Candidates Forum, 2011 Victorian state election, 22nd November 2011.

Tallangatta Secondary College – “VCE History Workshop: The Chinese Revolution”, August 2010.

“Living in China”: Briefing for members of the Australian Federal Police, Adelaide, August 2004.



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