A year in the life of Australia

Australia's sharpest academic minds look back at the year that was in a new book.

A year in the life of Australia 2014 - a published collection of the most interesting articles on The Conversation this year, was launched at a recent event in Parliament House, hosted by editor Andrew Jaspan and chief political correspondent Michelle Grattan and attended by MPs.

The Conversation external relationships manager Debbie Dickinson said the collection provided an intelligent reflection on the year that was.

"The book's an insightful collection of some of the sharpest academic minds, sharing their ideas on the issues that influenced 2014 and those that might - or should - shape 2015," she said.
"Congratulations to all authors whose work was selected for inclusion in the book. And our thanks to all our 15,000 authors - we're sorry we couldn't feature you all."

Victoria University features prominently with the work of five academics in the collection.

College of Sport & Exercise Science researcher Dr Fabio Serpiello's contribution Explainer: the offside rule was a hit with audiences during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil as millions of part-time football fans wondered how it all worked.

Associate Professor Craig Fry and Associate Professor Dennis Hemphill were featured for their piece Unofficial rules of the Tour de France matter most which delved into peloton etiquette within the world's most famous bike race.

PhD research student Elaine Tor provided insight on the cutting edge biomechanics research behind elite swimming with her piece Take your marks ... the science behind the perfect swimming dive.

Adjunct Professor of Business Alan Kohler jumped into the superannuation debates with Superannuation is too costly, so bill me.

Other authors in the collection of 80 articles include Michelle Grattan, Shaun Carney and Rob Moodie.

More than 120 Victoria University academics have written around 330 articles for The Conversation since it began in 2011. You can see all of our articles here.

A year in the life of Australia 2014 was published under a Creative Commons license by the philanthropic publisher Future Leaders, who has kindly made the book freely available to schools and libraries.

The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish.

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