The Nutritional and Socio-ecology of Crop-raiding Elephants in Tsavo, Kenya

The Royal Commonwealth Society’s ACT Branch has announced that Georgia Troup, a PhD student from the ANU Fenner School of Environment & Society, is to receive the 2018 Phyllis Montgomerie Commonwealth Prize of $5000.

Georgia is a PhD student studying human-elephant conflict in Tsavo, Kenya, which is becoming more important as droughts last longer. Human-elephant conflict, specifically crop-raiding, has become a significant conservation concern threatening the long-term survival of the African elephant. Working in collaboration with Save the Elephants, a Kenya-based NGO, she study focuses on African elephants as a priority conflict species to advance our present understanding of ‘risky’ behaviour developed in mammals living in close proximity to human settlements. Specifically, her research investigates the social dynamics of crop-raiding elephants and the potential nutritional motivation for crop-raiding by elephants in this semi-arid area of East Africa.



Next Australian Ambassador in Harare

On January 8th, 2018, the Minister for Foreign Affairs announced the appointment of Ms Bronte Moules as Australia’s next Ambassador to Zimbabwe, with non-resident accreditation to Malawi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and Zambia.

Ms Moules was most recently Deputy High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea.

With regards to Zimbabwe, the Minister stated that ‘We look forward to developing our economic engagement in response to strengthening of rule of law and a more open and market-based investment environment. ‘
With regards to all countries to which Ms Moules is accredited the Minister noted that ‘Our private sector engagement, especially in mining, is growing …. ‘

Ms Moules holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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“Development: towards 21st century approaches

2017 MITCHELL ORATION: “Development: towards 21st century approaches”.


Monday 04 December 2017 5.30PM–6.30PM

Molonglo Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

There will be a short reception following the lecture


Dr Okonjo-Iweala is a development economist has served as Board Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, since January 2016. She has twice served as Nigeria’s Finance Minister, most recently between 2011 and 2015. In 2006 she served as Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, and has also held several key positions at the World Bank, including as Managing Director.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will draw on more than 30 years of development and financial expertise to reflect on the need for a new way forward.
“Are our current approaches to development cooperation fit for purpose to address contemporary challenges? How should development practice evolve to reflect 21st century priorities and knowledge? And how can it bridge the traditional donor-recipient divide? Can aid donors and recipients meaningfully engage with the private sector, private philanthropy, and other new sources of financing?


The Mitchell Oration series, of which this is the fifth, has been created to provide a forum at which the most pressing development issues can be addressed by the best minds and most influential practitioners of our time.

This lecture is presented by the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, with generous support from the Harold Mitchell Foundation.



Enquiries to Shannon Young

Ph: +61 2 6125 7922


ANU’s ‘underground astronaut’ finds ancient bones in South Africa


Four years ago, Dr Elen Feuerriegel was in her first year of a PhD studying human anatomy under the ANU’s Professor Colin Groves, a world renowned paleoanthropologist at The Australian National University.

Trawling the internet she saw an ad. from Professor Berger, a US-born palaeoanthropologist based at the University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa.
It asked for three or four people for a short-term project, but they had to be skinny, preferably small, fit, have some caving experience, a good attitude and be a team player. They could not be claustrophobic.

After an interview on Skype Professor Berger concluded that Elen was a wonderful scientist. “She was doing her PhD in Australia, she had the right measure of risk taking versus safety, knowledge, and she had a great understanding of hominin morphology.”

Also “at only 160 centimetres tall, she was also the right size to squeeze through the tightest of the cracks in the cave.”

Two years later, Professor Berger held a press conference to announce that the team had discovered a new species of ancient human in the caves — Homo naledi, naledi being a star in the Sotho language.

After completing her PhD, which included her research on Homo naledi, Elen moved to University of Washington in Seattle.

Sudan Photos in the The Art of Anthropology Art Exhibition;

The Art of Anthropology Art Exhibition

The Gallery, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
2nd  Oct- 20th Oct, 9-5pm,

“The Art of Anthropology showcases the photographs of 31 ANU anthropologists taken during their research “in the field” in various places around the world. The exhibition is a
window into the beauty and dynamics of ethnographic inquiry, highlighting the multiplicity and diversity of research methodologies that anthropologists use in their work. It is a way for ANU anthropologists to communicate their research visually and an opportunity for those outside the discipline to gain an insight into the richness and diversity of the human experience.”

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Included is the work of Paul Hayes on Sudan

Fellow PhD candidate Paul Hayes’ research explores the migration patterns of the Nuba people of Sudan, who have been involved in protracted armed conflict with the north Sudanese regime. Seeking safety, many Nuba people have migrated to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

Paul says, however, that not all the Nuba in Khartoum are there to escape the effects of the war. Some are labour migrants who travel back and forth, and yet others have remained in the Nuba mountains.

“The situation in Sudan seemed to share similarities with a couple of other anthropological studies of wartime migration in Afghanistan and Mozambique, where it is difficult to distinguish between a labour migrant and a forcibly displaced person,” he says.

“Through interviews, and extensive participant observation in the Nuba community in Khartoum, I want to get a sense of the role migration plays in people’s lives, livelihoods and identities, how decisions are made about whether and when to migrate – in wartime and in peace.”

His photos were taken at a stadium in Khartoum, where the Nuba wrestle competitively. It’s a location Paul found to be a good field site.

“These weekly wrestling matches are kind of a convenient place for a foreigner to hang out and meet lots of people, because they’re open to the public



Intensive and extensive margins of mining and development: evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Intensive and extensive margins of mining and development: evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics
ACDE Trade & Development Seminars

Date & time
Tuesday 26 September 2017
Seminar Room C, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU

Sambit Bhattacharyya, Sussex University.

Ross McLeod

“What are the economic consequences of mining in Sub-Saharan Africa? Using a panel of 3,635 districts from 42 Sub-Saharan African countries for the period 1992 to 2012 we investigate the effects of mining on living standards measured by night-lights. Night-lights increase in mining districts when mineral production expands (intensive margin), but large effects approximately equivalent to 16 per cent increase in GDP are mainly associated with new discoveries and new production (extensive margin). We identify the effect by carefully choosing feasible but not yet mined districts as a control group. In addition, we exploit giant and major mineral discoveries as exogenous news shocks. In spite of the large within district effects, there is little evidence of significant spillovers to other districts reinforcing the enclave nature of mines in Africa. Furthermore, the local effects disappear after mining activities come to an end which is consistent with the ’resource curse’ view.”

The Francophone Africans: A Last Frontier for Australia

The Francophone Africans: A Last Frontier for Australia

DATE:Tue, 17 Oct 2017
18:00 – 19:00. Refreshments available from 5.30 pm.

VENUE:  AIIA (ACT Branch), Stephen House, 32 Thesiger Court, Deakin ACT


Mr William Fisher is the Special Envoy of the Australian Government for the Francophone States of Africa and La Francophonie. He is a former Australian senior diplomat. Mr Fisher is currently a Visiting Fellow at the College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University.


While Africa in general, and the French-speaking part of it in particular, may seem of distant interest to Australian preoccupations, there is an increasing number of issues where Australia will find it needs constructive partners in this region. The 24 Francophones constitute about half of the African bloc, and thus are an essential group in any contested UN vote, where they can act quite efficiently as a bloc. Each country is quite different, and state governance issues are often complicated. Terrorist threats can dominate in several, particularly the Sahel countries, while much of central and equatorial Africa suffers from years of often violent political instability and poor development outcomes. The Indian Ocean states, while not immune from political troubles of their own in the past, are generally now doing rather well. Australia has no assets in the region, and no resident Embassies other than, from just this month, Morocco.

COST: Free for AIIA members, $10 for non-members, $5 students. Payable at the door.


Mortality transition and associated socioeconomic differentials in Agincourt, rural South Africa, 1993-2013

Mortality transition and associated socioeconomic differentials in Agincourt, rural South Africa, 1993-2013: Findings from population surveillance
Date and time:
Fri, 22nd Sep 2017 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm
*****  Location: NOTE VENUE CHANGE


Chodziwadziwa Kabudula (Caldwell Fellow, see below) and Brian Houle (Lecturer in Demography)

Link to Flyer:


Understanding a population’s mortality burden and its variation by socioeconomic status (SES) is important for setting locally-relevant health and development priorities, identifying critical elements for strengthening of health systems, and determining the focus of health services and programmes. We examine changes in mortality levels, cause composition, and variation by socioeconomic status in Agincourt, rural South Africa over the period 1993-2013. The population experienced steady and substantial increases in overall and communicable disease related mortality from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, peaking around 2005-07 due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Overall mortality steadily declined afterwards following reduction in HIV/AIDS-related mortality due to the widespread introduction of free antiretroviral therapy (ART) available from public health facilities. By 2013, however, the cause of death distribution was yet to reach the levels it occupied in the early 1990s. Overall, the poorest individuals in the population experienced the highest mortality burden and HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis mortality persistently showed an inverse relation with SES throughout the period 2001-13. Although mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) increased over time in both sexes and injuries were a prominent cause of death in males, neither of these causes of death showed consistent, significant associations with household SES. These findings highlight the need for integrated health-care planning and programme delivery strategies to increase access to and uptake of HIV testing, linkage to care and ART, and prevention and treatment of NCDs to achieve further reduction in mortality. Greater attention is especially needed for the poorest individuals to reduce associated socioeconomic inequalities.

Chodziwadziwa (Cho) Whiteson Kabudula is a Data Scientist and Researcher at the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit (the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit) at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is the 2017 John C Caldwell Population, Health and Development Visiting at the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health and School of Demography at the Australian National University. His research focuses on integrating population-level socio-demographical, behavioural, disease and risk factor prevalence data from surveillance populations with clinical, treatment and laboratory data and applying demographic, statistical, computational and informatics techniques to study population-level morbidity, mortality and utilisation of health services.

Exhibiting Biskra: Art, Photography and Tourism in an Algerian Oasis

The exhibition Biskra: sortilèges d’un oasis has been sparked by responses of
cosmopolitan avant-gardists who visited around 1900, including the  André Gide, Henri Matisse and  Béla Bartók

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 4.30 – 6pm

This public lecture is co-presented by the ANU Centre for European Studies and the Humanities Research Centre, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences.

Enquiries: T 02 6125 9896 E

Professor Roger Benjamin
Professor of Art History
University of Sydney

Professor Benjamin is a Canberra-born art historian and curator who trained in Melbourne, Bryn Mawr and Paris. His work has focused on Matisse studies,contemporary Aboriginal art, and the social history of European Orientalist painting.

The Nye Hughes Room
ANU Centre for European Studies
The Australian National University
Building #67C, 1 Liversidge Street

Map reference

Registration required on Eventbrite

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Enquiries: T 02 6125 9896 E

Shared Experience and Learning from African Communities in Australia.

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia Winter (FECCA) publishes its national magazine, Australian Mosaic, three times a year.
Australian Mosaic is a plain English magazine, which discusses a wide range of contemporary issues associated with multiculturalism, social justice, community harmony, and cultural and faith pluralism in Australia.
Issue 46 (Winter 2017) is about Shared Experience and
Learning from African Communities in Australia.
The varied contents, which include articles on education, citizenship, sport, communication, and much more, can be found at