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Researchers at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute (ADRI) conduct high quality research, founded in the social sciences and humanities, which promotes debate and policy impact. We build links across disciplinary areas, and with external partners, according to key research questions. We encourage postgraduate and early career researchers to join distinctive research programs, and in addition to regular opportunities we feature innovative appointments enabling transition from doctoral research to the next-phase of research career. ADRI researchers are particularly engaged with questions relating to Australia and changes in Asia and the Pacific.
ADRI comprises both research-only scholars and teaching and researching academics. In both cases, ADRI members are ambitious, active researchers committed to research excellence and impact. Disciplines informing our research projects are: anthropology, applied economics, cultural heritage and museum studies, demography, geography, history, international development, international relations, law, literary studies, philosophy, politics, policy, sociology and gender studies.
Many ADRI researchers operate in one or more of six thematic research groups:
Some of these groups link to established Research Centres, which form key components of a federal operating structure. The Institute promotes research that will enhance Australia's future economic, social and cultural wellbeing - at national, state and regional levels - and research informing our understanding of a changing world.
The Institute’s members work across all of Deakin's four campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds; Geelong Waterfront Campus; Melbourne Campus at Burwood; and Warrnambool Campus. The Institute’s headquarters are at the Geelong Waterfront Campus.
The Alfred Deakin Research Institute will generate and promote research that will inform public debate and policy. Research will feature cross-disciplinary and problem oriented approaches, based on collaborative relationships within Deakin University and with external partners, including government entities. From its foundation in the humanities and social sciences, the Alfred Deakin Research Institute will promote research that integrates knowledge generated from a broad range of disciplines in ways that address problems of local, national and international importance. ADRI will become known for the excellence of its research and research impact, the quality and endurance of its relationships and networks, and its nurturing of next-generation researchers around key research questions.
The Alfred Deakin Research Institute was established as a major research initiative by Deakin University in 2009. In its research, it also draws inspiration from the achievements and legacy of Alfred Deakin, a key architect behind Australia's Federation, three-times Australian Prime Minister and the outstanding politician in the first ten years of the Commonwealth of Australia, 1901-10. In his thinking about Australian progress and its connection to a federated Commonwealth of Australia, Deakin demonstrated a powerfully prescriptive imagination, drawing on philosophical, intellectual and religious engagements.
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