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Flavio Macau

Flavio Macau

Associate Dean Teaching & Learning, Edith Cowan University
Associate Dean Teaching & Learning at the School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University. Chapter WA President and Board Member of the Australasian Supply Chain Institute. Associate Professor and researcher in Business Systems & Operations. In the past 10 years, supervised 20 research projects; lectured 70+ units to 2,500+ students; published one book, three case studies, and 10+ international peer-review articles in top academic journals; assisted 120+ short-term consulting projects.

Oil in Global Economy Series

Will global oil supply be at risk if Iran and Israel pull the Middle East into war?

Apr 18, 2024 06:28 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Tensions in the Middle East have escalated following Irans weekend missile and drone attacks on Israel, heightening concerns of a wider conflict. As with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, further conflict has the...

Governments are pouring money into housing but materials, land and labour are still in short supply

Sep 20, 2023 23:30 pm UTC| Real Estate

As Australias housing affordability crisis worsens, governments are spending more on housing. Victorias Andrew government has announced a suite of reforms (such as boosting social housing and making planning processes...

Prices are up and the supply of things we need is in flux. How did we get here?

Aug 22, 2023 04:17 am UTC| Economy

Australia is in a cost-of-living crisis. We know that because the prices typical Australians pay for typical products have been climbing much faster than typical wages, as acknowledged in the standard briefing provided to...

Groceries delivered in 60 minutes: it's on the cards but just not yet

Nov 25, 2022 14:00 pm UTC| Technology

From the food replicator in Star Trek to Dumbledore summoning food in Hogwarts banquet hall, we love the idea of instant food on demand. This week, Australian supermarket giant Coles appealed to that love by announcing...

Floods, pandemics, wars and market forces: what's driving up the price of milk

Oct 24, 2022 17:24 pm UTC| Economy

At the end of 2021, the cost of a litre of home-brand milk in an Australian supermarket was about $1.30. Its now about $1.60. What will it cost at the end of 2022? That depends on the continued effect of flooding on...

Battered but not broken: how global trade is responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Mar 21, 2022 15:20 pm UTC| Economy

Russias first McDonalds store in opened in 1990, just months after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was a potent symbol that the Cold War was ending and a great ideological wound healing. Now every McDonalds in Russia is...

Supermarket shortages are different this time: how to respond and avoid panic

Jan 10, 2022 13:04 pm UTC| Economy

Australia has experienced plenty of supermarket shortages since the COVID pandemic began. The emerging crisis now is a bit different. In 2020 and 2021, empty shelves were due to spikes in demand, as shoppers responded...

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Economy

Latest inflation figures are good news

The U.S. economy is slowing, but not crashing. In the dismal science, this is what counts as good news. Thats the message I took away from the latest inflation data, released May 15, 2024, which showed U.S. consumer...

The budget is full of good news, but good news isn’t the same as good management

This years budget has something for everyone, with very little in the way of cuts and no new taxes. Its a classic good news pre-election budget. Whether it is too good to be true hinges on whether this budget...

Interest rates: the ugly dilemma facing Europe’s central banks – and why it’s a mistake to cut too soon

Central banks in Europe are discovering an old dilemma: when they lower interest rates because inflation is slowing down, its likely to weaken their currencies. This in turn may delay the fall in inflation towards their...

Europe is still in short-term crisis mode over Ukraine and lacks a vision for its post-war identity

Some believe that the war in Ukraine has fundamentally changed Europe, giving birth to a different kind of European order. That is, it appears to be driving structural shifts in the way Europe is run and organised that...

Mortgage prisoners: regulatory changes and low credit scores have left thousands trapped in a cycle of high payments

There are 8.5 million households in the UK who own a home with a residential mortgage, often with fixed interest rates from two to five years. Usually, when that mortgage deal ends, the borrower will move to another deal...

Politics

Why is the government proposing caps on international students and how did we get here?

The federal government is due to introduce legislation on Thursday to enable new caps on the number of international student places at educational institutions in Australia. These include universities, TAFEs and private...

Britain is not as broken as everyone seems to think

According to many politicians and commentators, the UK is in a very sorry state. Ahead of the general election expected this year, Labour leader Keir Starmer has pledged to fix broken Britain. He has spoken of his vow...

Belief in democracy is on the decline in Africa

Democracy in Africa has not had a good year. Military juntas from Mali to Niger appear to have cemented their grip on power. Sudans democratic dreams were dashed when the countrys two most powerful strongmen opted for war....

Term limits aren’t the answer

Theres no denying that the current Congress has been one of the most chaotic in recent memory. The paralysis in 2023 and 2024 over the selection of the speaker of the House helped lead to one of Congress most unproductive...

An obscure provision of Ohio law could keep Biden off the ballot there in November

President Joe Biden might not appear on the November 2024 presidential ballot in Ohio. Ohio law requires that presidential candidates be certified that is, the state must be notified that presidential candidates have been...

Science

Black holes are mysterious, yet also deceptively simple − a new space mission may help physicists answer hairy questions about these astronomical objects

Physicists consider black holes one of the most mysterious objects that exist. Ironically, theyre also considered one of the simplest. For years, physicists like me have been looking to prove that black holes are more...

Is dark matter’s main rival theory dead? There’s bad news from the Cassini spacecraft and other recent tests

One of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics today is that the forces in galaxies do not seem to add up. Galaxies rotate much faster than predicted by applying Newtons law of gravity to their visible matter, despite those...

Why are algorithms called algorithms? A brief history of the Persian polymath you’ve likely never heard of

Algorithms have become integral to our lives. From social media apps to Netflix, algorithms learn your preferences and prioritise the content you are shown. Google Maps and artificial intelligence are nothing without...

IceCube researchers detect a rare type of energetic neutrino sent from powerful astronomical objects

About a trillion tiny particles called neutrinos pass through you every second. Created during the Big Bang, these relic neutrinos exist throughout the entire universe, but they cant harm you. In fact, only one of them is...

The Mars Sample Return mission has a shaky future, and NASA is calling on private companies for backup

A critical NASA mission in the search for life beyond Earth, Mars Sample Return, is in trouble. Its budget has ballooned from US$5 billion to over $11 billion, and the sample return date may slip from the end of this...

Technology

Top 5 Reasons Why SEC's Approval Shocks the Crypto Community

The landmark acceptance of eight Spot Ethereum ETFs by the United States. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) represents a significant milestone in the evolution of cryptocurrency investment products. Influenced...

Top 2024 Memorial Day EV Deals: Savings on Tesla, Kia, Ford, and Mercedes Models

CarsDirect has compiled a list of the best Memorial Day EV deals of 2024, featuring notable savings on electric vehicles from Tesla, Kia, Ford, and Mercedes. Mercedes EQB Mercedes unveiled new lease deals for the...

ASML and TSMC Prepared to Use Kill Switch if China Invades Taiwan

ASML and TSMC have a kill switch that can remotely disable chipmaking machines if China invades Taiwan, raising global concerns over the semiconductor industrys vulnerabilities. Global Concerns Rise as ASML and TSMC...

Resolution Overturning SEC Crypto Rule Awaits Joe Biden's Decision — What's Next?

President Joe Biden has ten days to decide on H.J.Res.109 seeks to overturn the SECs crypto rule, which would impact financial institutions that deal with cryptocurrency startups. Despite House Approval, Bidens...
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