Presented by Andrea Rawluk. Amidst an increasingly complex, global environment of trade and travel, with heightened concerns for the accidental or deliberate spread of species and diseases, biosecurity has become a key policy goal in many parts of the world.
Troubling Policy Seminar Series
Biosecurity Governance: Enacting Shared Responsibility in Australia
Presented by Dr Andrea Rawluk
Walter Boas Building, 1pm
About the Event
Amidst an increasingly complex, global environment of trade and travel, with heightened concerns for the accidental or deliberate spread of species and diseases, biosecurity has become a key policy goal in many parts of the world. In Australia, there is particular concern with the entry, spread and establishment of those intruders (plants, animals and diseases) that threaten agricultural productivity, human health and biodiversity. Shared responsibility for biosecurity is a recent policy direction that has gained traction but requires improved conceptual and practical clarity. In this seminar, we interrogate the framing and enactment of shared responsibility for biosecurity and propose its reimagining, drawing on principles of adaptive governance. We explore this reimagining through community-based surveillance as a key feature of integrative biosecurity management and outline a three-part process for implementing shared responsibility. This seminar is based on a paper co-authored with Stephanie Lavau and Ruth Beilin.
Andrea Rawluk holds a PhD in environmental sociology and is a research fellow in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She interrogates spaces of power, memory, values and landscape perception in social-ecological contexts, such as rural transformation, bushfire, biosecurity, and water governance. Her work straddles conceptual and theoretical engagement alongside outcomes for government policy and practice.
About the Series
The ‘Troubling Policy’ seminar series asks difficult questions about controversial or intractable policy challenges, seeks to find new ways of looking at these, and embraces insights from across disciplines. The series aims to explore the societal and political context in which policy is developed, including the knowledge/s and expertise used, the technologies deployed, how these combine to shape regulation, the relationship between controversy and the policy process, and the effectiveness (or otherwise) of policy implementation. The series is hosted by the Melbourne School of Government.