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2022 Corden Public Lecture Series
Structural Transformation in Growing Open Economies: Australia’s Experience
Presented by Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson AC, University of Adelaide, and ANU
Structural transformations in growing economies, which have been analysed empirically for nearly a century, focus on sectoral shares of national GDP and employment but give little attention to exports. They note the decline of primary sectors as manufacturing expands, and then the relative decline also of manufacturing as services increasingly dominate each advanced economy’s GDP and employment as incomes rise. This lecture will compare and contrast evidence of trends in those sectoral shares in Australia over the past 180 years with those of other advanced economies.
Australia’s experience is unusual in several respects, explanations for which suggest both positive and negative lessons for less-advanced resource-rich economies. Part of its exceptionalism has to do with Australia’s trade policy choices, which encouraged manufacturing relative to primary production (especially mining) through much of the 20th century. The lecture will conclude by questioning how society’s evolving environmental objectives at home and abroad, and recent influences on globalization, might alter the structural transformation of Australia’s economy in coming decades.
We are pleased to announce that this lecture will be delivered in person. Join us for pre-lecture drinks from 5:30pm.
From the oxygen we breathe to the food we eat – plants are central to the survival of our species. Using plants to offset the impacts of climate change; modifying plants or soil microbes to increase nutrition; growing plants on our buildings and roofs, or on other planets – are these the next big chapters for the future of plants? Find out as our expert green thumbs get together and uncover the mysterious world of plants.
In our fourth Science at Melbourne public lecture for 2022, the Faculty of Science invites guests to hear a moderated discussion with our expert panel followed by an audience Q&A session broadcast live from our beautiful Burnley Campus.
- Host: Professor Moira O’Bryan, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne
- Moderator: Professor Kirsten Parris, Professor of urban ecology, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne
- Panellist: Professor Michelle Watt, Adrienne Clarke Professorial Chair of Botany, School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne
- Panellist: Dr Claire Farrell, Senior Lecturer (Green Infrastructure), School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne
- Panellist: Professor Stefan Arndt, Professor of Physiological and Ecosystem Ecology, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne
The Science at Melbourne Lecture series is the premier public event series from the Faculty of Science. The event program seeks to share our knowledge and love of science with the wider community, engaging them in current research and empowering them to ask questions and take actions for a better world. The series runs throughout the year covering scientific research, discoveries and theories that play exciting or unexpected roles in shaping and advancing our society.