Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson

PhD Candidate heading to Chicago Council of Global Affairs

27 February 2018

An Australian National University student has been selected as one of only 27 students globally to join the Next Generation Delegation at the Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, DC.

Craig Robinson, a PhD Candidate in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, is examining the role of crisis diplomacy in preventing food price shocks, by developing a new crisis diplomacy framework to apply to the 2007-08 food price crisis. The framework seeks to identify how the global agricultural system tipped into a crisis in 2007-08, entry points for diplomatic engagement to address risk factors and strategic agreements diplomats can pursue to prevent global food price shocks.

Craig’s research was identified from an applicant pool of more than 800 students attending 364 universities in nearly 90 countries. “I am delighted that Craig’s promising work is being recognised at the global level. His project uses a new framework to analyse and understand better the issue of food price shocks, with the long-term objective to develop crisis prevention tools that will help us to enhance global food security,” remarked Dr Jochen Prantl, who acts as supervisor for this research.

The symposium, convened by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, will be held March 21-22 and will focus on ‘youth livelihoods’. According to conference organizers, Africa’s population will double by 2050, with 1 billion projected to be under the age of 18. The event will bring together global leaders, innovators, disruptors and trailblazers shaping the future of food and agriculture to discuss ways to harness the potential of this demographic to secure economic growth and stability. A key theme of Craig’s research is to achieve stability in the global agricultural system through international cooperation to avoid some of the costly measures enacted during the 2007-08 food price crisis is essential.

Craig combines his research with previous experience working on food security for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, advising on Australia’s engagement in the United Nations, the Group of Twenty, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and other food security multilateral processes. In 2016, he received the Chancellors Commendation for a 7.0 GPA for his Master of Asia-Pacific Studies at ANU.

The Australian National University is proud of the academic caliber of its researchers. We wish Craig all the best for his participation at this year’s Global Food Security Symposium.

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