Projects conducted by the Alfred Deakin Institute (ADI) are funded by the Australian Research Council, or conducted in partnership with other organisations.

Australian Research Council projects

Many of our research projects are funded by the Australian Research Council ...

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Projects with partners

We conduct research partnerships and consultancies with government agencies, industry, civil society organisations, the not-for-profit sector and universities around the world.

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Current projects

A Buddhist Debate and its contemporary relevance

This project is concerned with one of the central debates in Tibetan philosophy concerning truth, realism and epistemic justification. It begins with Daktsang Lotsawa's charge that Tsongkhapa, one of Tibet's most influential philosophers, was guilty of '18 great contradictions' in his presentation of the two truths (conventional and ultimate), and it then explores the responses by Tsongkhapa's followers up to the present day.

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Analysis of the causes, nature and capacities for peace in Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim—Rakhine Buddhist conflict

This project will analyse the complex conflict between the national Burmese government, the 'Rohingya' Muslims and the local Buddhist in Rakhine state, Myanmar, in light of the country's historic political, and economic transition.

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Collecting the West

Some of the first objects through which Europeans imagined Australia came from Western Australia, and have circulated through global, national and local collecting networks over a 400-year period.

This project aims to explore these objects and identify how they presented Western Australia to the world, informed the WA identity and a new understanding of the state.

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Conflict analysis and peacebuilding in Rakhine State, Myanmar

This project is a research component of a much larger development programme being implemented by the Australian NGO Graceworks Myanmar Inc (GWM) in Rakhine State of Myanmar—the site of significant conflict between the ‘Rohingya’ Muslims, local Rakhine Buddhists, and the Burmese State.

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Cool living heritage in Qatar: sustainable alternatives to air-conditioned urban development

In response to the rapid uptake of air conditioning in Qatar and across the Gulf, this project seeks to promote more culturally and environmentally sustainable form of urban development through the revival of a ‘cool living heritage’. For most countries around half of all carbon emissions come from building, and in Qatar and throughout the Gulf a significant proportion of that energy consumption is associated with electronic cooling. Addressing such issues, this project’s interdisciplinary methodology will first integrate a diverse array of material culture designs – spanning architecture, furniture, clothing, fanning and gardens – with examples of everyday customs, habits and social practices from Arab culture.

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Cultural diversity and the arts

Lack of representation and recognition of culturally diverse voices in the arts is a recurring public issue.

For the arts, increasing the participation of artists from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds adds new voices thus broadening the scope for creative and artistic expression leading to greater creativity. For civil society more generally, a free and open space for expression of diverse ideas builds social cohesion and democratic participation.

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Democracy and local governance in Tunisia: Australian and Indonesian Perspectives

Tunisia’s pathway to sustainable democratic governance is being given valuable support through projects supported by ADI and the Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR).

The projects have aimed to build the capacity of civil society organisations, women and youth through dialogue with governance experts and exposure to other international experiences.

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‘Digital citizenship’ practices of Malaysian-Chinese youth

The project extends previous research which examined how the digital cultures of Muslim youth in the US and Australia contest normative definitions of ‘digital citizenship’. In the research digital practices and cultures were found to nourish new voices, rights-claims and political expressions, enabling young people to re-negotiate what it means to exist and act as a citizen in a context where these expressions were often marginalised in formal politics.

While digital citizenship education is championed in Malaysia, these policies exist alongside practices of digital surveillance and suppression of political dissent and minority rights. These tensions produce both political inertia and novel acts and practices of everyday digital citizenship.

This project examines these tensions from the perspective of Malaysian-Chinese youth.

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Enhancing our understanding of, and capacity to address, racism in Australia

Despite the well-recognised need to understand and address racism, it remains a globally significant issue.

Encompassing a range of internationally novel research, this project aims to enhance conceptual understandings of racism and anti-racism and investigate empirical data on the health and social effects of racism.

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Evaluation of the social cohesion, young people and multiculturalism project

Researchers are working to evaluate the 'Social Cohesion, Young People and Multiculturalism' project, which is being run by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) in two areas of rapid growth and high immigrant concentration in metropolitan Melbourne, the City of Wyndham and the City of Casey.

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Experiences and perspectives of Koreans in Australia and New Zealand

This project analyses the lives of Korean migrants who were born or grew up in Australia and New Zealand (including adoptees), the role that they play in their host societies, their connections with the Korean community and with the Korean homeland, and the formation of their identities.

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Fethullah Gülen Chair in Islamic studies and intercultural dialogue

The Fethullah Gülen Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue was established through an endowment by the Australian Intercultural Society in order to provide new insights into the role that social inclusion can play in building a peaceful society.

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Hazards, culture and Indigenous communities

The natural hazard sector is broadening its agenda to prioritise disaster resilience, including a greater emphasis on community engagement, and the risk and resilience issues of culturally diverse peoples. Industry priorities for this work include: to reduce hazard risk to these groups; to increase resilience in these groups and the wider community; to meet societal and policy expectations about cultural engagement; and to broaden the knowledge base utilised in natural hazards management. However, this is a complex cultural context to navigate, not least with respect to Indigenous peoples living in southern Australia.

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Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

Intercultural Understanding (ICU) is a general capability that the Australian Curriculum expects all young people to develop through their primary and secondary schooling. This large-scale research project has been developed to build an appreciation of Australia’s social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity, and the ability to relate to and communicate across cultures. The ICU Project is working with schools and systems to help them build ICU.

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Intergenerational relations in New Arrival Communities in Victoria

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) commissioned the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University, to undertake exploratory research to examine the nature of relations between parents and adolescents in newly arrived migrant communities in Victoria as they negotiate the challenges of migration, settlement and integration.

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Islamic religiosity and challenge of political engagement and national belonging in multicultural Western cities

This is an Australian Research Council funded project conducted by researchers at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia, and City University of New York (CUNY), United States.

The project illustrates the role that Islamic religious beliefs, rituals and faith-based community practices play in shaping experiences of belonging and citizenship in multicultural, western cities.

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Let the dead speak: social engagement in spiritualism

This is a unique, three-year investigation of the sociological, anthropological, and historical dimensions of Spiritualism in Australia, a small but highly influential religious movement.

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Measuring cultural property destruction in Iraq and Syria

This project sets out to document and interpret the heritage destruction which has occurred in Iraq and Syria, following the Iraq War of 2003, the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011 and particularly since the rise of the ‘Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’ (ISIS).

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Navigating difference: children’s experiences of an Australia – South Korea school partnership

International and intercultural education are globally recognised as critical to students’ development as global citizens. However, to date there is limited research about how primary school students engage in international education activities, including international school partnerships, also known as ‘sister school’ partnerships.

This project aims to develop a greater understanding of how students on both sides of a global partnership in Australia and South Korea experience racial, ethnic and cultural diversity in daily life and how participation in their schools’ partnership activities might help encourage positive relations between people from diverse backgrounds.

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Place and displacement in Aboriginal Australia: A Warlpiri visual cultural enquiry

At a time of social turbulence and hyper-mobility, this project examines Aboriginal people’s transforming relationships to place. From ancestral places, to the nation and beyond, it analyses how Warlpiri people of central Australia have pictured themselves in a changing world. 

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Qualitative end user evaluation: integrated law enforcement

This project will determine the perceptions of user-analysts (i.e., specific users within the different police and law enforcement agencies) of the extant information systems used in federal policing and law enforcement and expectations for new information systems proposed by the Data to Decisions Co-operative Research Centre (D2DCRC). 

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Revitalising multiculturalism via deliberative interventions

Australia can no longer be defined by cultural diversity, but rather by what is termed ‘super diversity’ with migrants from Africa, South Asia, East Asia, South East Asia, Europe and New Zealand and a language base of more than 400 languages.

This project considers whether multiculturalism is still a viable empowering social policy or is it necessary, indeed desirable, to consider alternative approaches such as interculturalism as a new way of managing super-diversity?

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Standing up to racism and racial bullying among Australian school students

This project aims to substantially increase understandings of bystander responses (including their extent, nature, potential, merits, benefits, and constraints) as a means of countering racism and racial bullying among Australian school students.

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The chaotic transition from war to peace in Soviet-Occupied Europe 1945-53

Historians are struggling to understand the complexities of the chaotic and violent transition from war to peace in Soviet- occupied Europe after the second World War. This project seeks to apply an innovative methodology to newly declassified archival data so as to compare the experiences of social collapse, famine and reconstruction across this region.

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The civic life of young Australian Muslims: active citizenship, community belonging and social inclusion

Enhancing the engagement of marginalised youth in civic life is critical for a healthy democracy and community cohesion. Unlike the more common focus on exclusion and disadvantage, this project investigates the range of ways young Australian Muslims actively participate in civic life and establish belonging in community.

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The effects of transnational mobility on youth transitions

Young people increasingly migrate abroad for work and education, and Australia is a significant hub for sending and receiving. Migration and education policies encourage this mobility, which is expected to provide youth with enhanced life chances and competitive skills. However, very little research examines its effects on young people’s transitions: that is, its impact on their establishment of ongoing social and familial ties, capacity for engaged citizenship and sustained belonging, and efforts to make adult identities and imagine and enact longer term plans and life trajectories.

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Understanding the structure and composition of co-offending networks in Australia

Deakin criminologist Dr Chad Whelan, Flinders criminologist Dr David Bright and Prof. Carlo Morselli (University of Montreal) have received a Criminology Research Grant, from the Australian Institute of Criminology, for a project entitled Understanding the structure and composition of co-offending networks in Australia.

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Young Australians' perspectives on religions and non-religious worldviews

Australia’s religious profile has altered dramatically in recent decades. The proportion of the population who identify as Christians has fallen markedly. Together, followers of the Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish faiths now represent about six per cent of the population.

By systematically eliciting young people’s understandings about religion and belief, this project will inform public debate about how education can assist or impede intercultural understanding and processes of social inclusion and countering extremism.

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Young people and social inclusion in the multicultural city

This Future Fellowship project is a sociological analysis of young people's negotiation of social cohesion and civic belonging in multicultural communities. Up to three quarters of the youth of industrialised nations live in cities characterised by rapid global flows of people and cultures. The experiences of young people of diverse backgrounds can be both a barometer of cohesion and a critical source of information about informal and local practices that shape inclusion in conditions of increasing mobility and cultural change.

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Youth as global citizens in multicultural societies

The Youth as Global Citizens in Multicultural Societies Research Project will explore young peoples' experiences, opportunities and challenges of living in a culturally diverse and global society. It also aims to explore intercultural relationships and the use of digital technologies to understand what it means to be a locally connected, global citizen.

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