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Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions will provide an opportunity for interactive discussion. Participants are invited to actively participate in the discussion with video and audio, or to contribute comments or questions through the chat.​

How far have we come? In conversation with
Jane McAdam and Maryanne Loughry

19 Oct 2021, 10.35-11.30am

Two trailblazers in the field, Kaldor Centre Director Professor Jane McAdam AO and Advisory Committee member Dr Maryanne Loughry AM, reflect on changes in scholarship, law, policy and their own thinking over the past 15 years. Join this ​revealing conversation about problems and progress, with the opportunity to ask your own questions about addressing mobility in the context of climate change.



Jane McAdam AO (Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law)

Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. She publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on climate change, disasters and displacement. She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field. She serves on a number of international committees, including the International Law Association’s Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise (as Co-Rapporteur until 2018); the Advisory Committee of the Platform on Disaster Displacement; the Technical Advisory Group for the Pacific Climate Change Migration and Human Security Programme; and the Advisory Council of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. In 2017, she received the Calouste Gulbenkian Prize for Human Rights for her work on refugees and forced migration. In 2021, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 'for distinguished service to international refugee law, particularly to climate change and the displacement of people'.

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Maryanne Loughry AM (Advisory Committee member, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law)

Maryanne Loughry is a Sister of Mercy and a consultant to Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). She has been associated with JRS since 1986, working as a psychologist and trainer in refugee camps in Southeast Asia, Pedro Arrupe Tutor at the Refugee Studies Centre at University of Oxford and Associate Director of JRS Australia. She is a Research Professor at the School of Social Work, Boston College, USA and a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She has conducted research, program evaluations and humanitarian training in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, South East Asia and the UK. She has served as a member of the Australian Government’s Minister of Immigration’s Advisory Council on Asylum-seekers and Detention (MCASD). She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for her service to refugees and is a member of the Kaldor Centre's Advisory Committee.

Making a difference: Emerging scholars in climate change, migration and displacement

20 Oct 2021, 10.35-11.30am

Join the next-generation of scholars – working with urgency in a too-rapidly warming world – for a frank discussion about researching climate change and mobility and how to connect research to policy and advocacy work.



Claire Higgins (Senior Research Fellow, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law)

Claire Higgins is Senior Research Fellow at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and an Affiliate Scholar at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of International Migration in Washington D.C. She is the recipient of an Australian Research Council DECRA fellowship (2020-22) to continue her historical research on protected entry procedures. She has held visiting fellowships at UCLA's Luskin Center for History & Policy in Los Angeles and the European University Institute, and was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar at Georgetown University undertaking comparative research in alternative pathways for safe and orderly access to humanitarian resettlement. She completed her doctorate in history at the University of Oxford examined on the development of Australian refugee policy. Her first book is Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia’s refugee policy (NewSouth 2017). She has also written for The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and Forbes. She founded and convenes the Kaldor Centre’s Emerging Scholars Network.

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Tamara Wood (Visiting Fellow, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law)

Tamara Wood is a Visiting Fellow at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and a Postdoctoral Researcher (external) at the RefMig project, Hertie School, Berlin. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Platform on Disaster Displacement, Coordinating Case Law Editor for the International Journal of Refugee Law, Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, Visiting Researcher at the University of Tasmania, and a former Visiting Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She researches in the fields of international refugee law, regional refugee law (with a focus on Africa), free movement agreements, complementary pathways to protection, and displacement in the context of natural hazards, disasters and climate change. She has published widely on refugee protection and forced migration, including in leading international law journals. She has acted as a consultant to UNHCR, the Platform on Disaster Displacement, the Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement, Institute for Security Studies Africa and the World Bank.

Side event

Ecological threats towards 2050:
Understanding ecological threats, resilience and peace

21 Oct 2021, 12.30-1.30pm

In this side event, co-hosted by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and the Australian Intercultural Society, explore the findings from the IEP's newly released Ecological Threat Register, and how we can create more resilient societies better able to adapt to extreme ecological shocks, now and into the future.

A conversation with Steve Killelea AM (Founder and Executive Chairman, IEP); Robert Glasser (Head, ASPI Climate and Security Policy Centre) & Jane McAdam AO (Director, Kaldor Centre), moderated by Anthea Batsakis (The Conversation).

More information is available here

Access to this side event is included in your #Kaldor21 ticket.

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