Big FAT Ideas videos now live

Seven academics confronted these topical issues in September and the videos are now live online at
Big-Fat-IdeasThe Big FAT ideas program presents Focused, Ambitious and Transformative talks by La Trobe academics. Each video will challenge the audience to think differently about an issue of local, national or global significance.

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Rosenberg said the program will create conversations around new ideas, ‘Big FAT Ideas aims to encourage audiences to engage with issues and concepts they hadn’t explored before, or see familiar issues from a different point of view.’

‘Big FAT Ideas is another way for La Trobe University to share innovative thinking with Australian communities and beyond,’ Professor Rosenberg said.

Fishy ethics: Why we need to eat less fish
Dr Susan Lawler, Environmental Management and Ecology
Human beings are harvesting more fish than ever before, with serious consequences.

Education and the war on youth
Professor Lorraine Ling, Executive Dean – Education
One of the most powerful social engineering tools available in society is school curriculum.

Sin taxes: A low blow to the poor
Dr Wayne Geerling, Lecturer in Economics
Cigarette sin taxes are favoured by economists and politicians, generating over $6B in revenue per year in Australia.

Cities are still new frontiers
Trevor Budge, Associate Professor - Community Planning and Development
In human history, there is no precedent for vast numbers of people to be housed in urban concentrations.

People, pets and positive psychology
Dr Pauleen Bennett, Psychological Science
Pets are present in 63% of Australian homes and most Australians have lived with a pet at some point during their life.

Are our Western accounting standards to blame for terrorism?
Ken McPhail, Chair in Accounting
Is the rise of terrorism related to the institution governing the development of global accounting standards?

Mobile phones to connect refugee women
Dr Dennis Wollersheim, Lecturer, School of Public Health and Human Biosciences
Peer support training and free call mobile phones to small groups of refugee women is lowering communication barriers.


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