Monash Memo: PhD student off to Y20 Summit in Turkey
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Monash PhD student Erin Watson-Lynn will be attending the 2015 Y20 Summit in Istanbul, Turkey as part of the Global Voices Australian Youth Delegation.
Erin joins three other young Australians who will make up the Global Voices delegation travelling to Turkey in August and will receive a fully funded scholarship to attend.
Erin is undertaking her PhD, focusing on women’s entrepreneurship in the Indian Diaspora in Australia. During her academic career she has been published in Australia, South-Asia and China, and over the past six years has been engaged as a labour market analyst and research assistant at Monash, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and Swinburne University of Technology.
The Youth 20 (Y20) is a youth summit that brings together young people from the Group of Twenty (G20) countries to discuss issues closely related to the topics of the G20 Leaders’ Summit. The agenda of this year’s Y20 will be developed by participants in advance during preliminary talks on the Y20 website. The major result of the summit will be adoption of the final communiqué, which will be presented to the G20 leaders in November.
“Attending this forum will allow me to put my skills and knowledge of economics and development into practice,” Erin said.
Recently travelling to Canberra, where she conducted preparatory activities for the summit, Erin met with the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and host of senior politicians including Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne.
Erin is completing a Research Fellowship with Global Voices as part of her experience. This will include the production of a paper on an aspect related to the forum’s agenda to be published by Global Voices.
Global Voices CEO Amy Coetzee said: “This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for Erin.”
Established in 2011, Global Voices is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with international policy both at home and abroad. It does this through regular events and research and development opportunities at home, along with the coordination of youth delegations to important diplomatic forums abroad.