Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN)
The Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) aims to connect scholars and students of international political economy and political economy in Australia and beyond and provide a forum for discussion of ideas and research.
AIPEN’s origins are in a workshop at the University of Adelaide convened by Juanita Elias and Leonard Seabrooke in 2007 to discuss the state of IPE in Australia. The successful event generated momentum leading to a second workshop at the Australian National University in 2009 and a third at Griffith University in 2010. Shahar Hameiri, the convenor of the fourth workshop in 2012 at Murdoch University, sought to better institutionalise the network and improve communication among its members. He coined the name AIPEN and established an AIPEN listserv and later a Facebook page. AIPEN has since grown. From the fifth workshop at the University of Sydney (December 2013), the workshop has become an annual event, held in recent years at University of Wollongong (February 2015), University of Tasmania (February 2016), University of Queensland (February 2017), and Monash University (February 2018).
In 2015, AIPEN established the Richard Higgott Prize for best journal article in IPE/PE by an Australia-based scholar. The prize is awarded annually through a voting process combining the views of the wider membership with a decision by a judging panel. The recipients thus far have been:
2018 Maria Tanyag, ‘Invisible Labor, Invisible Bodies: How the Global Political Economy Affects Reproductive Freedom in the Philippines’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 19:1 (2017).
2017 Samanthi J. Gunawardana, ‘“To Finish, We Must Finish”: Everyday Practices of Depletion in Sri Lankan Export-Processing Zones”, Globalizations, 13:6 (2016).
2016 Gareth Bryant, Siddhartha Dabhi and Steffen Böhm, ‘“Fixing” the Climate Crisis: Capital, States and Carbon Offsetting in India’, Environment and Planning A, 47:10 (2015).
2015 Ainsley Elbra, ‘Interests Need Not be Pursued If They Can be Created: Private Governance in African Gold Mining’, Business and Politics, 16:2 (2014).
While the annual workshop and prize remain AIPEN’s main activities, the network provides an excellent platform for forming new research collaborations, announcing new publications, advertising academic jobs in the field, or anything else members are keen to share.
To be part of AIPEN, either ‘like’ us on Facebook @AusIPEN, or join our listserv at: http://lists.murdoch.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/aipen.