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Researchers at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute conduct high quality research, founded in the social sciences and humanities, which promotes public debate and policy impact. Our researchers are particularly engaged with questions relating to Australia and change in the world. We build links across disciplinary areas and with external partners, according to key research questions.
The Alfred Deakin Research Institute was established in 2009 as a major initiative of Deakin University. We have created a vibrant research community that, since 2010, has secured $6.8 million in research income (including more than $5.2 million in Australian competitive grants); supported 24 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom have gone on to secure further academic appointments; and supervised 35 higher degree by research candidates through to completion.
The institute comprises both research-only scholars and teaching and researching academics. In both cases, our members are ambitious, active researchers committed to research excellence and impact. 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.
Alfred Deakin Research Institute researchers operate in one or more of three thematic research groups:
From its foundation in the humanities and social sciences, the Alfred Deakin Research Institute pursues research that makes a difference for Australia and the world.
The institute bears the name of Alfred Deakin (1856-1919), barrister, journalist, intellectual, spiritualist, political visionary, gifted orator, and three-time prime minister. He was the dominant figure of Australia's first decade following Federation. The Institute draws on and honours the legacy of Alfred Deakin and the contribution he made to the development of Australia's political and social institutions.
Although Australia has seen profound changes since Deakin's retirement from federal politics in 1913, his thinking still stimulates public debate. He is remembered for his far-sightedness in relation to Australia's role in its region and Australia's relations with the United States and India. Moreover, Deakin argued that Australians would not fulfil their full potential unless they were proactive in connecting with other peoples: "What can we know of Australia if we limit our inquiries within our borders, to the neglect of our relations far and near...?"
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