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Oct 3 2023

BGL Professorial Lecture: Longevity of marital relationships and problem gambling in Australia

BGL's next Professorial Lecture is scheduled for October 3 (1A21, 4-6 pm). Professor Xiaodong Gong will be speaking on the topic of "Longevity of marital relationships and problem gambling in Australia". The marital relationship plays a central role in our society. Its stability affects the wellbeing of individuals and has profound implications for the society. In this talk, I will shed some light on some of the important determining factors of marriage longevity including personality traits, (non-)cognitive skills, and addictive behaviour by the partners such as problem gambling. I will show that, among other things, individuals’ noncognitive skills are important for such relationships to sustain. But more importantly, compatibility in the noncognitive skills, personality, and the characteristics of the couples such as ethnicity, education, and age can significantly affect the duration of relationships. This may be because more compatible couples could achieve higher productivities in household production, higher utility from household production, or bear lower management costs of maintaining marital relationships. In addition, I will show how individuals’ gambling behaviours are affected by their (non-)cognitive skills, before quantifying the detrimental effects of partner’s problem gambling behaviour on their marital relationships.Xiaodong Gong is a professor at Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society of University of Canberra BGL. Prior to joining the University of Canberra, Xiaodong worked at the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) in Germany, The Australian National University, and the Australian Treasury. He is a Fellow of the IZA. His research interests are on modelling individual and household socio-economic behaviours including labour supply, tax and transfer policy, childcare, labour mobility, child development and education, household consumption, gambling behaviour, and so on. His work has been published in reputable journals such as Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Annals of Applied Statistics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and the Economic Record.

16:00 - 18:00
Oct 13 2023

Culture and Creativity seminar – Hong Kong Gastronomic Interiors

Culture and Creativity seminar – Hong Kong Gastronomic Interiors  Speaker: Gerhard Bruyns Date\Time: Friday 13 October2023, 12:30-14:00Location: Building 2 Level A Room 2A12, University of Canberra (; or Zoom  AbstractLearning from, and within, specific environments raises important questions about digital and analogue technology and their integration with (online) project-based learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the 'technology-rich versus studio-poor experiences' of design pedagogies and their immediate realignment for the sake of becoming techno-driven. This seminar reflects on the processes, usefulness and outcomes of spatial scanning applications for analysing the physical environment that cannot be assessed by traditional methods (site, spatial measurability, and behavioural research). Presenting the collective effort of an environmental design programme, the Vertical Studio Hong Kong Gastronomic Interiors exhibition will be used as backdrop to interpret the crossover between the digital and the analogue as a response to a variety of technological, societal and heritage challenges. Gerhard Bruyns is an architect and urbanist. He is an associate professor of Environment and Interior Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's School of Design in Hong Kong. He is the PhD coordinator, the Deputy Specialisation Leader of Transition Environments Design, and the Discipline Leader of Environmental and Interior Design. He holds a PhD and MSc from TU Delft, the Netherlands. His research deals with the aspects of spatial forms and how typologies of use impact behaviour through the formal expression of space. This relates to the societal conditions of cities whose landscapes are compressed by speculation and excess. He has published research in journals, conferences, and edited volumes, with the most recent being a Springer-published editorial collection on Design Commons.  Culture and Creativity Seminar Series is hosted by the Centre for Cultural and Creative Research (CCCR), Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra. To discover upcoming seminars, please follow us on Facebook @uccccr, or Instagram and Twitter @uc_cccr. Alternatively, join our mailing list by emailing Any questions and accessibility requests please contact:

12:30 - 14:00
Oct 26 2023

Didirri @ UC Hub

Didirri and his phenomenal live band are set to ignite the Australian music scene with their highly anticipated debut album tour in October 2023Didirri and his phenomenal live band are set to ignite the Australian music scene with their highly anticipated debut album tour in October 2023. Spanning across Melbourne, Sydney Newcastle,Brisbane the Sunshine Coast, Belgrave, Anglesea and Castlemaine the tour promises an exhilarating journey through Didirri's musical landscape. With the soulful strains of his debut album 'Caught in the Act,' featuring the mesmerizing singles 'Begin Again' and 'Often Broken,' Didirri aims to captivate audiences with his raw talent and heartfelt lyrics. Didirri and his band have consistently delivered an unmissable live experience. Don't miss the chance to witness this unique songwriter and his incredible ensemble as they embark on their Australian ‘Caught in the Act’ tour.Caught In The Act is out now via Liberation.Win a meet n greet with Didirri and access to soundcheck!Add Didirri’s new albumCaught In The Actto your cart as either a digital download for only $4 or a signed red vinyl for $60 (including local postage), and automatically go into the draw for the chance to meet Didirri and watch soundcheck at your closest show. 1x winner per show with guest!TO ENTER: Simply add an album (either a digital download for only $4 or a red vinyl LP for $60) to your ticket purchase and you'll automatically go into the draw to meet Didirri and watch soundcheck at your closest show! Ensure you've purchased tickets +Caught In The Actin one transaction. FULL T&Cs HERE:By purchasingCaught In The Actviadigital download or red vinyl, customers provide consent for their contact details to be provided to Mushroom Group (on behalf of Liberation Music Pty Ltd) to distribute the album. Customers will receive their digital album on album release, August 4. Vinyl albums will be posted on album release and likely received the following week. All bundle purchases are final, Mushroom Group (on behalf of Liberation Music Pty Ltd) are unable to provide refunds. 

19:00 - 23:00
Nov 9 2023

Arch Ball 2023

Arch Ball is back for 2023! What to expect: This year we are having a cocktail event in the Oak Room at The Duxton, kicking off at 7 pm. This will be an awesome event to meet new students studying at UC and celebrate finishing your studies for the year. There will be a photo booth and a photographer to capture the memories of this event, and a DJ to keep the tunes going throughout the night! Tickets are open to anyone over the age of 18, all attendees must purchase a ticket and will have their names marked off at the door. There will be a drinks package that includes beer, wine and soft drinks until 10 pm, which is included with your ticket. Spirits and cocktails will also be available for an extra cost on the night. For food, a variety of canapes and grazing plates will be available. Please include any dietary requirements you might have so we can ensure there is food for everyone. Purchase your tickets by clicking here. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to us via the social media link at the bottom of the page, or you can email us at This event has been fully organised by the UCAS committee which is run by students who are studying architecture. Tickets have been kept at cost price, and any profits will go towards running UCAS events in the future. If you are interested in finding out about our future events, follow us on social media and sign up to join our society! See you there!

19:00 - 23:00
Nov 25 2023


DAMAGE INC: The Australian Metallica Tribute Show Announces Celebratory Tour of ClassicAlbums "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride the Lightning"DAMAGE INC, Australia's premier Metallica tribute show, is set to embark on an electrifying tour celebrating the iconic Metallica albums "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride the Lightning."Known for their unparalleled dedication to delivering the true essence of Metallica's legendary sound, DAMAGE INC promises an unforgettable experience for both metal enthusiasts and Metallica fans alike.With meticulous attention to detail and an unparalleled stage presence, DAMAGE INC has earned a reputation as the Southern Hemisphere's foremost tribute to the mighty Metallica. Audiences can expect a thunderous performance that pays homage to the pioneers of thrash metal, capturing the raw energy and intensity that defined an era.Having honed their craft over almost twenty years, DAMAGE INC has recently earned the highest praise and acknowledgment possible for a tribute show with none other than Metallica themselves recognising and speaking about the band on the Howard Stern show, solidifying their status as the only tribute show in the Southern Hemisphere to receive this prestigious endorsement."We are beyond thrilled to be embarking on this journey celebrating the monumental albums 'Kill 'Em All' and 'Ride the Lightning,'" says frontman Clint Lovering. "These albums are not only iconic in Metallica's discography, but they hold a special place in the hearts of metal heads worldwide. We've poured our hearts and souls into recreating the authentic experience of these albums, and we can't wait to share it with all Metallica fans."Known for their monster value packed sets, the band will not only be celebrating the first two Metallica albums, fans can also expect an array of Metallica hits, deep cuts and fan faves including tracks from the latest Metallica album, “72 Seasons”.Joining the band on their tour are thrash band, PANIK who have solidified themselves as one of Australia’s rising bands having won the support of metal heads and rock fans alike with their highly energetic live show, consistent releases throughout 2022/3, and on their recent support slot with international heavyweights, Stryper.The tour promises to be a sonic onslaught, with DAMAGE INC delivering every riff, every thunderous drumbeat, and every piercing scream with an authenticity that will transport audiences back to the golden age of metal.

19:00 - 23:30
Jan 16 2024

The Acacia Strain (USA) @ UC Hub

East Coast metalcore ensemble The Acacia Strain utilize a bone-crushing rhythm section, apocalyptic samples, and a unique triple-guitar assault to deliver their signature blend of hardcore, noise, and death and doom metal. Emerging in the early 2000s, the band found success in 2008 with their fourth full-length effort, Continent, which soared to the top of Billboard's U.S. Heatseekers chart. Subsequent efforts like Death Is the Only Mortal (2012), Coma Witch (2014), and the horror-themed semi-concept LP It Comes in Waves (2019) continued to snap necks in the metal community with brutal efficacy. The Acacia Strain signed to Rise Records in 2012, releasing Death Is the Only Mortal by year's end. Longtime member Laskiewitz left the band in 2013, and was replaced by Devin Shidaker and Rich Gomez, both of whom contributed guitar to The Acacia Strain's seventh full-length album, 2014's Coma Witch. In early 2017, the group issued "Bitter Pill," the first single from their eighth studio long-player, Gravebloom, which arrived later that June. In late 2019, the band released It Comes in Waves, a doomy, taut, and atmospheric seven-song set with single-word song titles that, when put together, construct the sentence "Our only sin was giving them names." The following year saw The Acacia Strain issue a series of pummeling 7" releases (A, C, E, D, Y) that went on to form (and spell) the full-length Slow Decay, which arrived that summer.

19:00 - 23:00
Feb 7 2024

CFP: Deliberative Democracy Summer School 2024

6TH DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY SUMMER SCHOOL7-9 February 2024Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of CanberraWe live in a time of global challenges including the climate emergency, pandemics and populism. Deliberative democracy leads the way towards mending and transforming societies. It inspires us to listen to fellow citizens and to nature. Deliberative transformations build the path towards democratic and sustainable futures.The 6th Deliberative Democracy Summer School brings together postgraduate students and early career researchers with leading scholars in the field. It provides a unique opportunity to discuss emerging themes, empirical findings and methodological innovations in deliberative democracy research. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work on a wide range of topics including – but not limited to – deliberative systems, mini-publics, social movements, transnational deliberation, non-human deliberation and feminist and decolonial deliberation.Participation is free of charge. Limited financial support for overseas travel is available.Deadline for applications is 30 June 2023. SPEAKERSMelissa Williams | University of TorontoYves Sintomer | Paris 8 UniversityAndré Bächtiger | University of StuttgartCarolyn Hendriks | Australia National UniversityMarina Lindell | Åbo AkademiMaija Setälä | University of TurkuHans Asenbaum, Nicole Curato, John Dryzek, Selen A Ercan, Jordan McSwiney, Simon Niemeyer, and Adele Webb | University of Canberra  

08:00 - 18:00 2 more dates available

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