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The Conversation is a unique collaboration between academics and journalists that in a decade has become the world’s leading publisher of research-based news and analysis.

Everything you read on these pages is created by academics and journalists working together, supported by a team of digital technology experts. Our professional editors work with academics to turn knowledge and insights into easy-to-read articles, and make them accessible to general readers.

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The Conversation was founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2011. It now operates as a global network of sites with dedicated teams working in Australia, the US, the UK, France, Africa, Indonesia, Spain and Canada. Pitches must go direct to these bureaux. A collection of some of the best and most internationally relevant work produced across the network is found here.

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