Business & Economics

What is Greenwashing Culture? 🔊

What is Greenwashing Culture? In his new book, Toby Miller argues that culture has become an enabler of environmental criminals to win over local, national, and international communities. Miller examines the complicity of culture with our environmental crisis with Maria Armoudian. 

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What Effect is the Private Military Industry Having on War? 🔊

Over the past decades, privatised military contracts have grown to unprecedented levels, a change that has challenged the standing ethical doctrine known as ‘Just War’ theory. How is the privatisation of military activities compromising international conduct in conflict? What does it mean for international law and ethics in conflict?

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Is NZ at the Head of the EU and UK Queue Again?

Steve Hoadley presents material from his recent book, New Zealand Trade Negotiations, touching on past trade access breakthroughs, current geopolitical-economic uncertainties, and future hopes with regard to free trade agreements (FTAs) between the EU and the UK post-Brexit.

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Is Big Money Influencing Science? 🔊

Raising big money is a relatively new phenomenon in academia. How did science, government, and industry become so entwined with one another and what has it meant for scholarly research? Big money has supported cross-institution collaborations researching both medicine and weaponry. Michael Hiltzik discusses big money and the birth of big science with Maria Armoudian.

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Is Our Economy Undermining the Green Revolution? 🔊

Are some green solutions unhelpful for the environment or, worse, do they actually harm it? In her book Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution, journalist Heather Rogers explores whether ‘green’ products such as carbon offsets, organic food, biofuels, and eco-friendly cars work in offsetting the effects of climate change.

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Are There Blood Minerals in Your Phone?

What is the relationship between minerals (such as oil, diamonds and gold) and conflict, authoritarianism and poverty? Scholars have spent years studying how the so-called extractive industries – mining and drilling – impact people’s lives, their governance, and the environment throughout the world. How can countries so rich in mineral wealth remain mired in so much poverty?

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What Is the Future of the University? Academic Capitalism and the Global Knowledge Economy ▶

The idea of ‘unbundling’ the university and forging a ‘triple helix’ of university-government-industry relations has become part of the new common sense that now drives government higher education policy. But how positive is this supposed symbiosis between universities and external financial interests? What are the costs of this collaboration? And what are the implications for the future of the public university?

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Should Corporations Have a Public Purpose? 🔊

Should corporations put public purpose before profit? Once upon a time, corporations were required to have a public purpose and once they fulfilled it, they were dissolved. How did we get to where we are today and what does it mean for democracy?

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