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The ANU presents


In Conversation with Richard Baldwin


The ANU/The Canberra Times Meet the Author series


10th September 2019


Molonglo Theatre, Level 2, #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, The ANU


Professor Richard Baldwin, Professor Anthea Roberts and Dr Jenny Gordon



Professor Richard Baldwin will be in conversation with Professor Anthea Roberts on Richard’s book The Globotics Upheaval. Globalisation, Robotics and the Future of Work, which documents how to survive in a world of virtual globalisation.

Automation, artificial intelligence and robotics are changing our lives quickly – but digital disruption goes much further than we realize. Richard Baldwin, one of the world’s leading globalisation experts, argues that the inhuman speed of this transformation threatens to overwhelm our capacity to adapt. When technology enables people from around the world to be a virtual presence in any given office, globotics will disrupt the lives of millions of skilled workers much faster than automation, industrialization and globalisation disrupted lives in previous centuries.

What measures will people and governments take in response to such a tectonic economic and cultural shift? How do we avoid the prospect of undermining the very foundations of prosperity? Whilst the changes are now inevitable, there are strategies that humanity can use to adapt to this new world. The Globotics Upheaval will help each of us prepare for the oncoming wave of the advanced robotic workforce.

‘It might just save your life – and your children’s lives. The Globotics Upheaval is a manifesto for future-proofing our jobs and prosperity . . . His prose is snappy . . . as good a summary as you’ll read of the techno-revolution that is about to hit us’ — Sunday Times.UK

Professor Richard Baldwin is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva since 1991, Editor-in-Chief of the economic portal since he founded it in 2007, and ex-President of CEPR, and. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford (2012-2015), and MIT (2003). In terms of government service, he was a Senior Staff Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in the Bush Administration (1990-1991) Richard gained his PhD in Economics at MIT with Paul Krugman with whom he has co-authored several articles. He advises governments and international organisations around the world, and is the author of numerous books and articles on international trade, globalisation, regionalism, and European integration.

Anthea Roberts is a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance, College of Asia and Pacific , ANU, who specialises in public international law, international economic law, comparative international law and geoeconomics. Prior to joining the ANU, Anthea was an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and a Visiting Professor at Columbia and Harvard Law Schools. She is also a Visiting Professor on the Master of International Dispute Settlement at the Graduate Institute/University of Geneva.

Anthea’s book Is International Law International? (2017, OUP) has won several international book awards and was Oxford University Press’s top-selling law monograph worldwide in 2017 and 2018. Anthea has a BA/LLB from the ANU, graduating with First Class Honours and a University Medal in Law. Her interdisciplinary ANU PhD covered socio-legal approaches to global governance.

The vote of thanks will be given by Dr Jenny Gordon, Chief Economist at Nous Group. Prior to joining Nous, Jenny spent 10 years at the Productivity Commission, where she was Principal Advisor, Research. Jenny has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and is Honorary Professor at ANU’S Centre for Social Policy and Methods.

Pre-event book signings will be available from 5:30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and books will be available to purchase.


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