The Conversation

Who we are

The Conversation Australia and New Zealand is a unique collaboration between academics and journalists that is the world’s leading publisher of research-based news and analysis.

Everything you read here is created by academics and journalists working together, supported by a team of digital technology experts. Our professional editors turn knowledge and insights from academics into easy-to-read articles, and make them accessible to readers like you.

All our work is free to read and free to republish under Creative Commons. We do this as a not-for-profit company guided by a clear purpose: to provide access to quality explanatory journalism essential for healthy democracy.

We place a high value on trust. All authors and editors sign up to our Editorial Charter. Contributors must abide by our Community Standards. We only allow authors to write on subjects on which they have expertise. Potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed.

Our team is led by an Editor, Misha Ketchell, and CEO, Lisa Watts. Our funding comes from partners from the university and research sector, some philanthropic organisations and more than 20,000 individual donors.

The Conversation was founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 2011.

In 2017, it grew to include Aotearoa New Zealand, where all eight universities are now members of The Conversation. Our editorial team includes award-winning NZ journalists Finlay Macdonald, Veronika Meduna and Debrin Foxcroft.

The Conversation now has a global network of sister sites with dedicated teams working in Africa, Australia, Brasil, Canada, France, Indonesia, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the US.

We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of lands where our contributors and editors work, including acknowledging Māori as tangata whenua in Aotearoa New Zealand, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia.