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Non-Parametric Spatial Bayesian Crime Regression

RSSS - events - Fri, 2017-05-05 12:44
Date and time:  Wednesday, 24th May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Street Theatre, Street Three, 15 Childers Street, Canberra, 2601 Presenter:  Dr Roman Marchant Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Two significant methodological challenges confront policy makers and practitioners in using crime data. The first challenge is that the models underestimate the extent of crimes occurring within a geographical space and the second is that the models need fully reflect uncertainties in prediction and inference. Combining machine learning techniques and new Bayesian estimation tools this paper develops a generic modelling strategy that learns and hence models crime in a spatial environment. This model will enable policy makers and police to make better and more informed decisions.

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Income trends for selected single parent families

RSSS - events - Thu, 2017-05-04 08:46
Date and time:  Wednesday, 17th May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room, Level 3, Beryl Rawson Building, ANU Presenter:  Cukkoo Joseph Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Government transfer payments make a major contribution to the incomes of many single parent families, increasingly single parents are active in the workforce and frequently pay income tax.
This seminar will present joint research undertaken with Associate Professor Ben Phillips and considers the trends in social security payments and personal income tax paid by typical single parent families (cameos) in Australia. The modelling considers the period from 2005 to 2016 and includes a further projection of two years to 2018.

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Assessing drought conditions in Australia: A self-report measure based on spike and slab lasso

RSSS - events - Thu, 2017-04-27 16:33
Date and time:  Wednesday, 10th May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton Presenter:  Dr. Shuvo Bakar Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Dr Bakar will be presenting collaborative work being undertaken with Professor Matthew Gray, Dr Ben Edwards and Dr Boyd Hunter. The object is to better understand the perception of drought using a self-report measure from a survey conducted in 2007. We establish a relationship between climatic variables and survey data using a novel Bayesian spatial spike & slab lasso method. The proposed method identifies key climatic factors and their lagged influences on the self-reported drought measurement at postcode levels.

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Using an ‘Intermediate Data Structure’ for Sharing and Analyzing Historical Life Course Data

RSSS - events - Thu, 2017-04-27 11:15
Date and time:  Wednesday, 3rd May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room Level 3 Beryl Rawson Building Presenter:  Professor George Alter Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Life course data for historical studies of demographic behavior come from a wide range of sources.  Even when fundamental aspects of the data are the same (births, deaths, marriages, kinship, co-residence), data have been stored in idiosyncratic formats that are difficult to share and re-analyze.  The Intermediate Data Structure (IDS) offers a new approach to sharing both data and the data analysis software.  The IDS uses an entity-attribute-value format, which can hold almost any kind of data.  Data elements are dated for longitudinal analysis, and we capture relationsh

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ANUpoll; Innovation, Science, and Business

RSSS - news - Fri, 2017-04-21 09:11
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The latest ANUpoll has found a large majority of Australians support science and want politicians to rely more on the advice of scientists and experts.

The ANUpoll also found 67 per cent of those surveyed believe science is best funded by government rather than private business, while 82 per cent believe politicians should rely more on expert scientific advice.

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PolicyMod: ANU's model of the Australian tax and transfer system

RSSS - events - Wed, 2017-04-19 10:27
Date and time:  Wednesday, 26th April 2017 - 1:45pm - 2:45pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room, Level 3, Beryl Rawson Building, ANU Presenter:  Associate Professor Ben Phillips Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Associate Professor Ben Phillips of the ANU Centre for Social Research and methods will be providing an introduction to ‘PolicyMod’  the recently developed ANU tax and transfer policy simulator. The presentation will detail the policies that are modelled and the underlying data and methodologies.

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What's the cost? Cost-Benefit tool developed to measure crime intervention

RSSS - news - Thu, 2017-04-13 10:22
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Joint collaboration between the ANU's CSRM and the University College of London (UCL) has led to the development of a Cost-Benefit Tool for the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction. CSRM's Dr Matthew Manning is the lead developer of the tool which been designed to help practitioners make more accurate cost-benefit assessments of their interventions.

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First results from the 2016 Census paint a picture of who the ‘typical’ Australian is

RSSS - news - Tue, 2017-04-11 13:52
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CSRM's Associate Professor Nicholas Biddle has written a piece for the Conversation today on the first results from the 2016 Census. 

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Welfare changes cost single parents up to $6000

RSSS - news - Mon, 2017-04-10 09:52
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Research by the CSRM's modelling team has appeared in today's Sydney Morning Herald. The research examines the cumulative impact of cuts made since 2005. 

The paper can be found here.

Income Trends for Selected Single Parent Families

RSSS - news - Thu, 2017-04-06 15:19
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The CSRM's Ben Phillips and Cukkoo Joseph have released a paper on income trends for selected single parent families. 

The paper can be found here

Dr Marisa Fogarty on ABC radio

RSSS - news - Thu, 2017-04-06 12:17
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Director of the ANU Centre for Gambling Research Marisa Fogarty was interviewed on ABC Radio Canberra this week. Missed out? You can download the interview here.

Webinar; Managing and publishing sensitive data in the Social Sciences

RSSS - news - Tue, 2017-04-04 14:48
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On the 29 March 2017, Dr. Steven McEarchen (Director, Australian Data Archive) and Dr. George Alter (Research Professor, ICPSR & Visiting Prof, ANU) hosted a webinar on 'Managing and publishing sensitive data in the Social Sciences.'

This webinar was part of the 'Making data social: Social sciences and data webinar series', a joint initiative between the Australian Data Archive (ADA) and the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).

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Webinar; Provenance and Social Science data

RSSS - news - Tue, 2017-04-04 14:44
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On the 22 March 2017, Dr. Steven McEarchen (Director, Australian Data Archive) and Dr. George Alter (Research Professor, ICPSR & Visiting Prof, ANU) hosted a webinar with Nicholas Car (Data Architect, Geosciene Australia) on 'Provenance and Social Science Data'.

This webinar was part of the 'Making data social: Social sciences and data webinar series', a joint initiative between the Australian Data Archive (ADA) and the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).

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Work and Socio-economic differences in biomarkers of stress

RSSS - events - Tue, 2017-04-04 10:13
Date and time:  Wednesday, 19th April 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room, Level 3, Beryl Rawson Building, ANU Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Professor Tarani Chandola, Professor of Medical Sociology, University of Manchester and Co-Director, National Centre for Research Methods, UK will give a seminar on the 19 April 2017. His expertise and current research is related to biosocial research methods, including work and stress-related biomarkers, retirement and stress/health. He is also involved in a newly funded ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial research with University of Manchester, UCL and University of Essex.

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Income Poverty – Results, Methods, and Issues

RSSS - events - Tue, 2017-03-28 20:26
Date and time:  Wednesday, 29th March 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room, Level 3 Beryl Rawson Building Presenter:  Rob Bray Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Estimates of the number of people living in ‘poverty’ are regularly produced by academics, welfare organisations, and in some cases by government. While frequently used at face value in political and social debate, these estimates which frequently suggest that significant numbers of people are living in poverty are also at times contested.  This raises the question of what do these figures mean, how much reliance should be placed on them, how are they produced and what are the issues in their derivation.

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Webinar; Managing & publishing sensitive data in the Social Sciences

RSSS - events - Fri, 2017-03-17 09:35
Date and time:  Wednesday, 29th March 2017 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm webinar.jpg Presenter:  Dr. Steven McEachern Presenter:  Professor George Alter Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1222685897322449411

Co-hosted by the Australian Data Archive (ADA) and  the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), join us for a webinar on Wednesday 29 Mar 12.30pm AEDT.

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An analysis of the proposed changes to the government's Paid Parental Leave program

RSSS - events - Tue, 2017-03-07 11:06
Date and time:  Wednesday, 15th March 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room, Level 3, Beryl Rawson Building, ANU Presenter:  Mr Matthew Taylor Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  monica.glasgow@anu.edu.au

Parental Leave Pay (PLP) provides $12,000, to just under 170,000 families every year. At an annual (gross) cost of $1.97 billion PLP provides $672.60 a week for up to 18 weeks that the primary claimant, 99.4 per cent of whom are birth mothers, remain on parental leave after the birth of a child.

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Mental health and the employment careers of young people in Australia – What is the causal relationship?

RSSS - events - Tue, 2017-03-07 11:02
Date and time:  Wednesday, 8th March 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Presenter:  Dr. Hans Dietrich

What is the causal relationship between unemployment and mental health amongst young people in Australia?

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Social sciences and the self in the age of the brain masterclass

RSSS - events - Wed, 2017-03-01 09:17
Date and time:  Tuesday, 14th March 2017 - 9:30am - 4:30pm neuron.jpg Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room, Beryl Rawson Building (#13) Presenter:  Professor Nikolas Rose (Kings College London) Presenter:  Dr Gavin Smith (ANU) Contact email:  gavin.smith@anu.edu.au

Professor Nikolas Rose (Kings College London) is coming to the ANU's Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) to provide a day-long HDR/ECR masterclass on 'Social sciences and the self in the age of the brain' (an overview of the masterclass thematic is provided below). This interactive event will feature Professor Rose discussing selected works relating to the topic, but also offering constructive feedback on the research programs of the masterclass participants who will be given the opportunity to present their current work.

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The Urban Brain: Living in the neurosocial city

RSSS - events - Wed, 2017-03-01 09:11
Date and time:  Wednesday, 15th March 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm city-cars-road-traffic 440x220.jpg Location or Venue:  Finkel Lecture Theatre, JCSMR (#131) Presenter:  Professor Nikolas Rose (Kings College London) Contact email:  eo.rsss@anu.edu.au https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-urban-brain-living-in-the-neurosocial-city-tickets-32034610382

Hear Professor Nikolas Rose argue that we should rethink the experience of living in the city in the light of recent developments in the sciences of life. We now know a great deal about the corporeal and cerebral impacts of the varieties of forms of life that we call ‘urban’. He will argue that social scientists need to work with researchers in the life sciences to understand how urban experience, and urban adversity ‘gets under the skin’ and shapes the bodies and brains of urban citizens and denizens.

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