Some months ago I began work on a podcast series for The Conversation. It’s been a long process with various twists and turns, and one that has led me to appreciate the art of good question asking. But I’m very pleased to say that the first episode is now live!
In it I talk with Nick Rowley about the relationship between scientific research and governance in Antarctica – a particularly appropriate subject in the context of this week’s visit by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to an icebreaker docked at Hobart.
Speaking with: Nick Rowley on democracy in Antarctica
Antarctica is the coldest, driest and possibly the most inhospitable place on Earth. It is also the only continent designated entirely as a natural reserve, used purely for peaceful and scientific purposes.
For many decades, Antarctica has been the final frontier for scientific research, governed by a treaty system signed in 1959, that protects the continent from exploitation and military action. But as countries begin to eye off Antarctica’s wealth of natural resources, will this be enough to stop territorial disputes in the region?
Tamson Pietsch speaks with Nick Rowley about democracy on Earth’s coldest continent.
Nick Rowley is an Adjunct Professor at the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney; he is currently working on a project on Antarctic decision-making.
Tamson Pietsch receives funding from the Australian Research Council.