Research networks

Our research networks help strengthen our local and global partnerships. They provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and international collaboration.

AVERT Research Network (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism)

AVERT members conduct cutting-edge research that engages deeply with communities, policymakers and practitioners to develop new knowledge, ideas and evidence bases for how to best address the challenges and harms posed by violent extremist ideology and action.  We work with the conviction that challenging terrorism cannot be disengaged from broad concerns with strengthening social cohesion and protecting human rights.

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Cultural Heritage Asia–Pacific Group

This group specialises in the fields of museum and heritage studies with a special focus on the Asia–Pacific region. Their work explores the idea that heritage, in making use of the past in the present, is central to how we shape the future.

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Philosophy and the History of Ideas (PHI)

EPHI is the largest centre in Victoria focusing on European philosophy and the history of ideas. In a period widely criticised for its loss of historical memory, EPHI is founded on the conviction that we are the inheritors of rich philosophical traditions, from Europe and around the world, that remain worthy of study.

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International Research Network on Multiculturalism

This network is an academic forum aimed at promoting and disseminating interdisciplinary research on the multifaceted multicultural research agenda. The group debates multicultural, intercultural and inter-religious policies, practices, theories, histories and controversies.

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Middle East Studies Forum (MESF)

The Middle East Studies Forum (MESF) is a network of world-class researchers and lecturers in the field of Middle East and Central Asia studies and languages. MESF manages a number of high-profile international grants and teaching initiatives, and regularly hosts international and national events and seminars. MESF is convened by Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh.

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Politics and International Studies

The Politics and International Studies (POLIS) group is a research network of political science and international relations scholars who seek to understand and interpret political phenomena, driven by a willingness to move beyond traditional conceptual and empirical boundaries.

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Science and Society Network

To meet the great challenges of this century, scientists and humanities and social science researchers need to work together. No single academic field can bring about the changes we need to see in the world. Bridging disciplinary divides is the key to finding new solutions to the problems we face.

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Deakin Critical Animal Studies Network

The Deakin Critical Animal Studies Network aims to create an academic-activist space where animals are recognised also as persons, and humans as animals. In this era of the anthropocene, the Deakin Critical Animal Studies Network invites critical reflection to address the challenge of anthropocentrism in our ways and practices.

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Global Digital Publics Initiative (GDPi)

We are a multidisciplinary group of scholars and draw our membership from across the fields of communication, cultural studies, criminology, digital media, anthropology, political science, sociology and creative practice.

We have diverse expertise and work with qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. Across our members are experts in large systems thinking, empirical analysis of big data, technological mapping, data visualization and social modelling, cultural analysis, immersive ethnography, critical theory and gamification.

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