UOW experts available for comment this week (13 - 17 September)
UOW academics provide expert commentary, opinion and analysis on a range of ongoing and breaking news stories
Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Professor Greg Melleuish can provide commentary on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the future of the Royal Family. Professor Melleuish believes remaining a constitutional monarchy is the best path for Australia. He says:
"Going forward, the Royal Family will continue to have a symbolic role and be important at a cultural level. It will need to avoid scandal and to play an exemplary role as a good example. Being a royal involves discipline; despite the glamour, it is a lifestyle which is much more difficult to live than appears on the surface."
Professor Melleuish is a lecturer and researcher with expertise in political theory, Australian politics, ancient history and world history. He is from the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry.
Associate Professor Phil Orchard can discuss the developing humanitarian response in Pakistan due to recent floods. He says there will be long term issues and significant internal displacement given over a million homes have been destroyed. Associate Professor Orchard is an expert on international refugee matters and humanitarian efforts. His research focuses on the international response to refugees, forced migrants, and war-affected civilians. Professor Orchard is from the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry.
Historian Dr Stephen Brown can provide commentary on the Russia-Ukraine war, which has now been going on for over 200 days. The Russian history expert says Putin has thrown out his own playbook with this conflict. Dr Brown is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry.
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (16 September)
Dr Melinda Waterman is available to interview about the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on Friday 16 September. Dr Waterman is an Antarctic moss scientist who researches mosses and their responses to changing climates. She says moss beds have been rapidly drying over the past few decades in East Antarctica due to ozone depletion. Dr Waterman is a Research Fellow in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences.
UOW academics exercise academic freedom by providing expert commentary, opinion and analysis on a range of ongoing social issues and current affairs. This expert commentary reflects the views of those individual academics and does not necessarily reflect the views or policy positions of the University of Wollongong.