Business & Economics
The COVID-19 pandemic in America has exposed distinct economic divides throughout the country. But much of the issue of poverty in the US is based on public images rather than empirical evidence.
New Zealand has its own world expert on the economics of happiness. Professor Robert MacCulloch says the pandemic is an opportunity to show how we could do a lot better.
“We have been shocked by Facebook’s Australian news ban because we have been labouring under a misapprehension: We thought it was a public utility.”
International business expert Christina Stringer has lifted the lid on migrant workers facing serious exploitation in New Zealand.
Social media as it exists currently is an oligopoly, with a handful of private companies controlling the structure and use of the platforms which mediate our communication not only with one another but also with the public sphere.
How to cut emissions from transport: ban fossil fuel cars, electrify transport and get people walking and cycling according to Robert McLachlan.
COVID-19 and climate change are two sides of the same coin. To overcome both we must confront their root cause: an economic system that is killing the planet.
The United States takes great pride in its history as a technology leader globally. However, in the race for the autonomous car, China appears to be winning. What is the current status of this race?
Median housing prices across New Zealand increased by 19.8% year-on-year (YOY) in October 2020. It is one of the largest price surges in the world despite a global COVID recession.
“Regular meal subscription services such as My Food Bag and Hello Fresh market themselves as a convenient alternative to supermarket shopping to consumers with a large focus on sustainability. But is it actually transformational change or too little, too late.”
Closures, cuts, revival and rebirth: how COVID-19 reshaped the NZ media landscape in 2020.
“COVID-19’s message is clear: we need to move forward, quickly, into a very different future.”
Tech giants rule the world, making billions of dollars from our personal data. Could the ordinary Googling individual get a share of that?
Part two of this two-part series looks at some of the areas where there are concerns about the impact of the proposed new RMA plans.
This two-part series will look first at the demise of the RMA and its review before turning to what issues might arise in its replacement.
There’s been dramatic progress in learning skills, such as object recognition, translation and speech, and in difficult but uncomplicated tasks like playing chess, Go and video games.
“The textile and clothing manufacturing industry comes with a heavy price including environmental pollution and the well-publicised issues around the income and working conditions for workers.”
The technology behind cryptocurrency is going to change the way the world handles information.
In this webinar hosted by the University of Auckland Law School, four experts discuss the future of law in a COVID world.
In recent months, international media have reported dark ships fishing in North Korean waters.
The recent announcement by the Green Party of a proposed wealth tax raises many important questions about the taxation system in New Zealand.
Has the COVID-19 crisis pushed solidarity in the European Union? Stefano Riela explores.
“The Labour Party promises to make all tertiary education free by 2024; and this is an admirable goal; but unless it is accompanied by a serious re-thinking of the nature, purpose, and funding base of our universities it will only lead to further decline.”
“The only thing clear is that as technology accelerates, the lack of guidelines and clear accountability may chill autonomous driving commercialisation.”
Lauren Ensor looks into the rise and fall of the Boeing 737 MAX.
“The tourism rebuild must involve all measures being taken to create a high-value, low-leakage and low-emissions tourism future.”
Covid-19 will continue to change and challenge our economy, culture and society for years to come. But New Zealand has some real advantages as we move beyond the initial disruption and fallout from the pandemic.
Can we grow organisations and work that support a sustainable world? The answer comes from understanding our deepest psychological drivers according to Niki Harre.
A general purpose AI is inevitable and New Zealand could lead the way as the nature of work is transformed.
Rich and poor don’t recover equally from epidemics. Rebuilding fairly will be a global challenge.
Change is happening quickly in the New Zealand media sphere as companies try to adapt to a new world post-COVID.
Looming economic problems have not prevented Ankara from showcasing its soft power and engaging in “corona diplomacy.”
“There is an emerging dichotomy in the attitude of governments on either side of the Tasman toward social media companies. New Zealand treats these transnationals with kid gloves while Australia is pulling on the boxing gloves.”
The lockdown, introduced at the beginning of March to contain the spread of Covid-19, has been an economic nightmare for the country.
People and governments have the chance to learn from Covid-19, and build a new sustainable climate future with a watchful eye on our Sustainable Development Goals, writes Professor Ralph Cooney.
“The creation of urban forests will make cities worth living in, able to function and support their populations.”
New Zealand is currently in the middle of a lockdown as the country attempts to eliminate COVID-19. With this, only essential services are operating.
The United States has fast become the most affected country by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from the hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 cases, the pandemic has also led to mass unemployment and widespread strike action by workers.
The world before this coronavirus and after cannot be the same according to Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah.
Stefano Riela looks at whether Covid-19 will change access to essential goods globally.
Having agreed to restrict production in recent years, it appears that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation have been racing to outdo the other in crashing the price of oil.
New Zealand has a dirty rivers problem. In 2017, two-thirds of the country’s rivers were deemed too polluted to swim in. Given this, research is being carried out to find ways in which the country can attempt to clean up its rivers.
A new bill surrounding organic farming in New Zealand as well as imports and exports is currently going through parliament. The bill outlines plans to get stricter on what is defined as Organic and what is not.
There is no overarching consensus on what is defined as organic internationally.
Last week an announcement was made by the government surrounding changes to default KiwiSaver funds. In a bid to align with the zero-carbon bill, in 2021 when the terms of default KiwiSaver end, they will no longer be able to invest in fossil fuels or illegal weaponry.
Some of the world’s most powerful companies are being sued on behalf of child labourers either maimed or killed while mining for cobalt, bringing attention to the methods by which the valuable mineral is extracted for global consumption.
Why do sustainable business initiatives so often fail? What fundamental changes do we need from societies and the economic system to stem a climate change-induced collapsed? What economic systems might work on a planet with a finite capacity to sustain life?
Ben Goldson explores whether renewable co-operatives are the solution to climate change.
Gilbert Wong looks at the forces shaping the future of food and how research is contributing to what’s likely to be on our plates in 2030.
New research conducted by AUT’s New Zealand Work Research Institute has found that more than 50,000 working households are living in poverty across New Zealand.
E-scooters and human rights: What are the ethical dilemmas in their supply chain and in consumers’ wellbeing?
E-scooters have taken off. But what are the ethical dilemmas in their supply chain and in consumers’ wellbeing?
The New Zealand Government is considering significant changes to the configuration of public service media in New Zealand.
As California burns, oceans rise, storms intensify, and Greenland’s glaciers melt, the world continues to try to identify solutions to the ongoing climate crisis.
Is the government to blame if Mediaworks’ TV3 shuts down? Peter Thompson looks into the crisis at the struggling network.
Trackless trams v light rail? It’s not a contest as both can improve our cities says Peter Newman.
Grant Galbreath looks at whether New Zealand can transition to a plant-based future?
As new technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence continue to grow in influence the very nature of what work means and how it is organised in the future will be radically reconfigured.
In a lecture given at the University of Auckland, Professor Judith Bessant speaks about her work looking at techno-human futures and how this could affect work cultures moving forward.
New Zealand is the second most overvalued housing market in the world, with Auckland its most unaffordable city, writes Dr. Michael Rehm.
Over the past few decades Auckland University has been monitoring their carbon emissions and rates of sustainability to reduce the environmental impact of both the university and New Zealand. Has it been working?
What does the election of Johnson mean for Brexit and a polarized British public? What is the future of the British economy? What will the UK look like in 2024?
Sam Smith explores how the growth in music streaming has impacted the music industry.
New Zealand is enduring a housing crisis. The chance of buying a home is out of reach for many, while at the same time rents remain high. Gautami Sithambaram spoke with Dr. Campbell Jones about the state of housing in New Zealand and what initiatives young people can take to get into the property market.
In New Zealand, recent policy plans by the government show the first steps towards zero-carbon emissions.
The U.S. economy is growing at the fastest pace in five years, and unemployment is at the lowest level in almost half a century. So why are Wall Street and some economists suddenly worried about a recession?
Fewer crops are feeding more people worldwide and that is not good according to Karl Zimmerer.
The United States and China have been embroiled in a trade war with each country continuing to raise tariffs placed on goods traded between the two nations.
Seven academics discuss Brexit. What is in the deal? And what does it mean?
Marco Springmann explores the benefits of implementing a tax on meat.
Is Auckland’s food security under threat from urban sprawl? Alexander Louis explores.
World hunger has risen for three straight years, and climate change is a cause according to Jessica Eise and Kenneth Foster.
Clean green beef no longer on our menu? How feedlots are changing the face of the New Zealand agri-food system
Madeline Shelling outlines how feedlots have changed the face of the New Zealand agri-food system.
The internet has done a lot, but so far little for economic growth as Chris Doucouliagos and Tom Stanley explain.
How wholesome is your local wholefoods store? Morgan Renata investigates.
With more scientists saying we should give up meat for the sake of the environment, are insects the answer to food insecurity?
2017 saw the highest international tourism numbers in seven years. However, there is a cost as Archana Chand explains.
Paul Griffin explores whether taxing carbon would work as a policy to combat fossil fuel emissions.
In 2015 tourism overtook dairying to become New Zealand’s largest export earner. Harvey Perkins and Christopher Rosin discuss how the tourism industry has made money off the land.
In an extract from the new book “The New Biological Economy: How New Zealanders are Creating Value from the Land,” Richard Le Heron brings into question the future of dairying in New Zealand.
What next for space travel? Joel Wooten investigates.
Amanda M. Countryman explains how the “new” NAFTA is different from the old one.
What does it mean to be responsible? And how has neoliberalism changed our conception of personal responsibility?
While historically financiers have funded some of the worse of human rights abuses, finances also enabled great human leaps. David Kinley argues that it is time to alter the financial system for the good of humanity.
The recent US Open women’s tennis final was overshadowed by controversy around sexism in sport. Are there double standards at play and why are women not treated equally?
Can immigration lead to greater democratization in the world? It depends where the migrants go says, Margaret Peters.
Marc Jacobson has been working to take the world to 100% renewable energy by 2050 which he argues can slow down climate change and reverse some of the damage.
Is China worsening the developing world’s environmental crisis? Jonas Gamso explores.
Is the world facing a major chocolate crisis? Jovana Stanisljevic finds out.
Yadira Ixchel Martínez Pantoja investigates whether New Zealand’s relationship with Mexico has been neglected.
Emre Tarim investigates what is behind Turkey’s tumbling economy.
Jeffrey Kucik looks into how Trump’s trade war could affect working-class Americans.
Claudia Russell looks into why Facebook is not cool anymore.
With the rise in ‘greening’ activities, so too the public debate about the notion of ‘greenwashing’ is on the increase. Joya Kemper looks at this growing global issue.
David Cortright argues why new economic sanctions on Russia and Iran will not work.
Climate change, pesticide contamination, soil-depletion, loss of land, power politics, mass pollinator die-offs, and a host of big business practices threaten the long-term availability of healthy food. In part two of this symposium on the future of food, Maria Armoudian speaks with a panel of experts about the possible solutions to the food crisis the world faces.
As the effects of human activity on the environment become more widely felt, people are turning to crowdfunding campaigns to help conserve the Earth’s environment. But are they effective?
Adam Triggs investigates why the world’s economic crisis-fighting mechanisms are dangerously inadequate and whether the IMF is failing.
Refugees can actually create jobs for locals in growing cities if given the chance according to Aisling O’Loghlen.
How did corporations get civil rights? Adam Winkler retraces the history of corporations and their quest for rights with Maria Armoudian.
How did Netflix become the world’s biggest online TV network? Nicola Shepheard speaks with business graduate Paul Rataul and University of Auckland lecturers Dan Tisch and Peter Zamborsky about the success of Netflix.
Will cryptocurrency profoundly alter the monetary system? What is the future of cryptocurrency? What are the pros and cons? And what do they mean for economics, for power, and for society?
Honorary academic Ken Jackson explores whether food security is currently in a state of flux.
Terrence Leahy discusses issues of food security and farming in rural Africa and how to address them.
Between 2001 and 2011 the number of non-profit charities increased by 25 percent. $316 billion was given away in 2012 in the United States alone. Yet inequality has grown, and nations are struggling to deal with a refugee and migration crisis. This is part of what Peter Buffett calls the “charitable-industrial complex.”
Do free markets camouflage their real cost to our society? Blinded by prices and the so-called free market, Raj Patel says market theory has not only failed, but has also acted as a camouflage for activities that are not about markets at all, and that prices have little correspondence with their value or even their cost.
How do most of what we buy and consume help create wars as well as prop up dictatorships and systems of oppression? How can we change this?
What are the battles and the changes arriving from the so-called disrupters such as Uber, Lift, and Airbnb? Maria Armoudian talks to Sarah Kaine who has been studying the so-called sharing economy and its effects.
What technological changes will be needed to power the renewable revolution? Sung-Young Kim has been studying the political economy of the new clean energy revolution. Maria Armoudian sat down with him to discuss his research and what needs to happen as we move towards renewables.
What does the future hold for universities and why does this matter for the rest of society? Cris Shore is co-editor of a new book entitled Death of the Public University? Uncertain Futures for Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy. In this episode of What IF? He discusses his hopes and fears for universities and their role in society over the coming decades.
Are Google and Facebook increasing economic inequality? Harming the arts? Damaging democracy? Jonathan Taplin says yes. Maria Armoudian sits down with Taplin to discuss the impact of these internet giants.
University research is generally funded from the public purse. The results, however, are published in peer-reviewed academic journals, many of which charge subscription fees as Mark Wilson explains.
Saru Jayaraman and Raj Patel have studied the food system and what it means to have an equitable and sustainable system. What are the problems in the system and what are the solutions? Maria Armoudian discusses the food system with them.
Why is it so hard to track and prosecute money laundering? How does it finance terrorism? Maria Armoudian discusses the many faces to money laundering with Moyara Ruehsen and Richard Gordan.
James Roberts believes that digital networks open up possibilities for radically transforming our financial and economic systems. We asked him to discuss some of his ideas about intelligent economic planning in a post-capitalist future.
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.
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?
In this lecture, 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 between the EU and the UK post-Brexit.
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?
Are some green solutions unhelpful for the environment or, worse, do they actually harm it? Heather Rogers explores whether ‘green’ products such as carbon offsets work in offsetting the effects of climate change.
Given the number of free trade agreements that New Zealand has concluded during the past decade, from China to Taiwan to the Pacific Islands to the Middle East, one might suppose negotiating new ones will get easier. Not so as Stephen Hoadley explains.
What is the relationship between minerals, conflict, authoritarianism, and poverty? How can countries so rich in mineral wealth remain mired in so much poverty?
Maria Armoudian talks to Jessica Gordon Nembhard about worker-owned cooperatives and whether they can transform workers’ lives and livelihoods.
How positive is the supposed symbiosis between universities and external financial interests? What are the costs of this collaboration? What are the implications for the future of the public university?
What is the celebrity industrial complex? How does it impact our democracies, our culture and our society?
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?
What is the Code Economy and what does it have to do with the future of work? Some people argue that machines will take over jobs, while others argue that humanity will reinvent work in a way that’s more aligned with what it means to be human.