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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
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
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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