Jean Monnet SDG Network Graduate and ECR Workshop

Jean Monnet SDG Network Graduate and ECR Workshop

The EU Centre at RMIT invites graduate students and early career researchers to be part of the Jean Monnet SDG Network Graduate and ECR Workshop.

Workshop details:

Wednesday 27th January 2021, 1-5pm AEST (10am-2pm Singapore) 

Global Governance for Transformation 

In 2015, the United Nations unanimously adopted the 2030 Global Transformation Agenda, 17 Sustainable Development Goals to shape international efforts to promote a sustainable, peaceful and equitable world. Six years later, the United Nations and the European Union in particular remain committed to the 2030 Agenda, regarding it as critical not only to global recovery, but to rebuilding a greener and more equal world for all.  

Recently, questions about the capacity, ability and willingness of global institutions to implement the Agenda have taken on a renewed urgency. The Covid-19 pandemic in particular has shifted conversations about governance structures and democratic renewal. In Australia, for example, it is the states, and not the national government, that have led the response. In the process they have come up against new questions about public health, policing, border enforcement, economic capacity, and renewal.  

This workshop aims to highlight and interrogate questions of global governance for transformation. Leading researchers will discuss the capacities and relevance of global governance in an era of intersecting and compounding crises, focusing on questions of climate, values, and democracy, at the global, regional, national and local levels. 


Professor Ben Cashore is the Li Ka Shing Professor in Public Management in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Ben will discuss his work on the moral foundations of approaches to ‘good’ global environmental governance. 

Dr Lay Hwee Yeo is the Director of the European Union Centre at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Lay Hwee will discuss the role of regional organisations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and transformative global governance between Asia and Europe. 

Professor Bruce Wilson is the Director of the European Union Centre of Excellence in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University. Bruce will discuss governance structures in the European Union and their global reach and influence.

Dr Chloe Ward is a Research Fellow at the European Union Centre of Excellence in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University. Chloe will discuss governance of the European Green Deal, and the transformational potential of foundational economy. 

This workshop is open to all graduate students and early career researchers (broadly defined). Those who wish to participate should email their name, a short biography and description of their research interests to Emma Shortis ( by Monday 25 January. For those unable to attend, the presentations will be recorded.

18 January 2021


18 January 2021


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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.