ARC Grants

Information about ARC research grants awarded to members of the Centre

Future Fellowships

Future Fellowships promote research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia.

DECRA Fellowships

DECRA Fellowships support and advance promising early career researchers in areas of national importance.

Discovery Projects

The Discovery Projects scheme supports excellent basic and applied research by individuals and teams while expanding Australia's knowledge base and research capability.

Linkage Projects

The Linkage Projects scheme promotes the development of long-term strategic alliances between higher-education organisations, industry and end-users.


Future Fellowships

Future Fellowships promote research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers.

Future Fellowship Understanding and addressing racism in Australia
Funding Period 2014-2018
Investigator
  • Associate Professor Yin Paradies
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Project Summary 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. It will design,
implement, evaluate and analyse findings from anti-racism interventions, examine the interplay between racism and the impact of organisational diversity and shape policy and practice relating to racism, anti-racism and diversity across various sectors. This multi-faceted approach will considerably enhance our understanding of, and capacity to address, racism both in Australia and internationally.
Future Fellowship Islam in Iran's foreign policy: Central Asia and Afghanistan
Funding Period 2012-2016
Investigator
  • Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Project Summary Understanding the way Iran operates in its (Muslim) neighbourhood is important for the way we engage with Iran and prepare for the regional implications of Iranian policies. This project will explore an important part of the world and its direct impact on Australian national interests.

DECRA Fellowships

DECRA Fellowships support and advance promising early career researchers in areas of national importance. The aim of DECRA Fellowships is to promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways and enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments.

DECRA Fellowship User Driven Interventions in the Reduction of Drug-Related Harm: Analysing Structural Barriers and Capacity Building Among Drug User Organisations
Funding Period 2013-2015
Investigator Dr Christopher Smith
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Project Summary This project argues that although Australia's consumer-centred approach to harm reduction has been widely praised, consumer participation remains limited in countries such as Britain and Canada. Entailing an international comparative analysis of these three sites, this project focuses on building capacity and reducing structural barriers among drug user organisations.
DECRA Fellowship Shared Belonging in Australia: Public Space and Intercultural Relations in Suburban Darwin
Funding Period 2013-2015
Investigator Dr Michele Lobo
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Project Summary This project aims to develop a multi-layered and multidimensional understanding of public spaces in suburban Darwin, a Larrakian city. In particular it seeks to respect and value insights from people who have experienced dispossession and displacement such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and racialised migrants.
DECRA Fellowship Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq
Funding Period 2012 - 2014

Investigator

  • Dr Benjamin Isakhan
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Project Summary This project addresses the relationship between heritage destruction and violence in Iraq since 2003. Employing an innovative methodological approach,the project is expected to generate new understandings of the complex inter- relationship that exists between the destruction of cultural heritage and sharp upsurges in terror and violence.

Discovery Projects

The objectives of the Discovery Projects scheme are to support excellent basic and applied research by research individuals and teams while expanding Australia's knowledge base and research capability. Discovery Projects enhance international collaboration in research by fostering international competitiveness of Australian research.

Discovery Project

Reinventing philosophy as a way of life

Funding Period 2014-2016
Investigators
  • Dr Michael Ure
  • Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson
  • Dr Matthew Sharpe
Administering Organisation Monash University
Project Summary The core aim of this project is to examine modern re-inventions of the classical ideal of philosophy as a way of life. It will investigate the reanimation of this idea in post-Kantian philosophy, including well-known figures such as Nietzsche but also neglected figures such as Jean-Marie Guyau. The research will be highly significant in providing the first sustained study of how 19th and 20th century European philosophy transformed ancient philosophical schools, such as Epicureanism and Stoicism.
Discovery Project Islamic Religiosity and Challenge of Political Engagement and National Belonging in Multicultural Western Cities
Funding Period 2013-2015
Investigators
  • Professor Fethi Mansouri
  • Dr Michele Lobo
  • Professor Bryan Turner
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Project Summary This project will investigate how participation in Islamic religious practices strengthens attachments to the western cities where Muslims have chosen to live. It will contribute to global, national and local policy outcomes that focus on the challenges of accommodating minority religions in diverse western cities.
Discovery Project Religion and Political Thought
Funding Period 2012 - 2014
Investigators
  • Associate Professor Marion Maddox
  • Associate Professor Roland Boer
  • Dr Christopher Hartney
  • Dr Geoffrey Boucher
  • Dr Matthew Sharpe
Administering Organisation Macquarie University
Project Summary Why do so many Australian political leaders increasingly profess religious belief, while the public becomes more secular? What does this mean for our politics? Religion and Political Thought (RAPT's) interdisciplinary, rigorous analysis contributes both to a large international project (Asia, Europe and North America), and to developing an Australian tradition of political theory.
Discovery Project Ethnic Discrimination in the Private Rental Housing Market
Funding Period 2011 - 2013

Investigators

  • Professor Kevin M Dunn
  • Dr Heather MacDonald
  • Dr Yin C Paradies
  • Dr Rae Dufty
Administering Organisation The University of Western Sydney
Project Summary

Paired testing protocols, as used in North American and Europe, will be used for the first time in Australia to test for ethnic discrimination in the allocation of private rental housing. This will fill a significant gap in current knowledge, and provide an evidence for policy action and remedies.

Discovery Project Australia's Asian Futures: A Cultural History, 1972 to the present
Funding Period 2009 - 2013
Investigator
  • Professor Baogang He
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Project Summary This project falls within the Research Priority 4: Safeguarding Australia. Its benefits include strengthening Australian leadership in deliberative democracy, developing deliberative democratization in China which is vital for the security and fundamental interest of Australia, and offering new strategies of deliberative democratization for the international democracy-promotion community. It will contribute to a balanced and sophisticated understanding of Chinese democratization; enhance cooperation between Australian researchers and their counterparts in China; and contribute to global democracy-promotion activities by developing a new field of deliberative democratization.
Discovery Project The Democratization of the Rising China through Deliberative Democracy
Funding Period 2009 - 2011
Investigators
  • Professor David Walker
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Project Summary Relations with Asia are vital to Australia's prosperity and security. This project places in historical context evolving understandings of what the 'region' has meant to Australians from the 1970s to the present. It will clarify the processes by which Australia has adapted to Asia, and points of resistance to engagement. By examining the representations of politicians, journalists, Asianists, and travel writers, this study will seek to explain how threats to security have been perceived over time, and the interplay between popular and elite representation. An analysis of how threats from political Islam have been understood will inform a wider history of threat perceptions extending from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
Discovery Project Local Governance, Multiculturalism and Active Citizenship: The Case of Arab-Muslim Diaspora in the West
Funding Period 2007 - 2010
Investigators
  • Associate Professor Fethi Mansouri
  • Professor Sue Kenny
  • Professor David Walker
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Project Summary This project will advance our understanding of the best practice approaches towards the management of intercultural relationships within multicultural communities. It will generate international benchmark data on the management of multicultural spaces and will lead to a range of practical policies for local city councils, NGOs and state governments. The findings will form a robust empirical basis for understanding the optimal way of formulating government-NGOs partnerships in the successful implementation of culturally responsive policies. The study will also result in the development of effective policy responses aimed at enhancing active citizenship, social cohesion and intercultural understanding.
Discovery Project Deliberative Democracy and Citizenship: A Study of Deliberative Polling and Participatory Budgeting in China
Funding Period 2006 - 2008
Investigators
  • Associate Professor Baogang He
  • Professor Geoff Stokes
Administering Organisation University of Tasmania
Project Summary The result of this research will enhance Australian democracy-promotion activities overseas, foster Chinese learning from Australian deliberative democratic experiences, as well as benefiting Australian governmental agencies such as AusAID and Australian NGOs working in this field. The project will also strengthen cooperation between Australian researchers and their counteICGrts in China. The lessons learned from this Chinese experiment can be used to improve the quality of citizen participation and to develop more effective means of public participation and consultation in Australia. The project will contribute to the Australian government's dialogue approach to human rights issues in China since 1989.
Discovery Project Western Theory of Deliberative Democracy and Chinese Practice of Participatory and Deliberative Democracy
Funding Period 2004 - 2006
Investigators Associate Professor Baogang He
Administering Organisation University of Tasmania
Project Summary This project is aimed to study how various participatory and deliberative institutions are pursued and promoted by peasants and residents in local governance in China. It is the first study that builds a bridge between Western theory of deliberative democracy and Chinese deliberative practice, adding to our knowledge of local participatory institutions in local China, contributing to a better design of, and improvement of, these institutions, and developing lessons and policy implications that will be broadly applicable not only to most parts of China, but also to other developing countries and beyond.
Discovery Project Capacity-building in Indonesian Islamic NGOs
Funding Period 2004 - 2007
Investigators*
  • Dr Greg Barton
  • Associate Professor Sue Kenny

*Investigators no longer affiliated with the Centre

Administering Organisation Deakin University
Project Summary This study aims to understand and monitor forms and applications of capacity-building in progressive Islamic/Muslim NGOs in Indonesia, over a four year period, in the context of profound social, economic and political change, in order to better understand how best to strengthen such groups and to assist them to become more effective. It will significantly increase our understanding of the complex cultural issues that influence these groups in their efforts to professionalise, build capacity and contribute to civil society. It will identify areas in which Western misunderstandings of Muslim culture and society have limited the effectiveness of capacity building programs.
Discovery Project Comparative dimensions of active citizenship: an analysis of indicators of inclusivity and exclusivity in civil society
Funding Period 2002 - 2005
Investigators*
  • Dr Sue Kenny
  • Dr Kevin Brown
  • Associate Professor Jenny A Onyx
  • Professor TW Burke

* Research team no longer affiliated with the Centre

Administering Organisation Deakin University
Project Summary Active citizenship is a key concept in debates around the nature of civil society and the changing forms of citizenship. To date, grounded studies of the concept have been few. The project's significance lies in its focus on developing indicators of active citizenship. This enables the empirical charting of active citizenship. The comparative aspect to the project will heighten our ability to understand these processes in Australia in relation to other countries.

Linkage

The Linkage Projects scheme promotes the development of long-term strategic alliances between higher-education organisations, industry and end-users, in order to apply advanced knowledge towards national economic, social or cultural benefits.

Linkage Project Using Museums to Counter Racism and Increase Acceptance of Diversity Among Young People
Funding Period 2012 - 2014
Investigators
  • Dr Yin Paradies
  • Dr Naomi Priest
  • Dr Emma Kowal
  • Associate Professor Margaret Kelaher
  • Professor Fethi Mansouri
  • Dr Moya McFadzean
  • Ms Carolyn Meehan
  • Ms Linda Sproul
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Partner Organisations
  • Museum of Victoria
  • Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
Project Summary Although little is known about the topic, racism is a significant issue for young Australians. This project will reveal how high school students and their teachers understand racism, diversity and identity. It will also determine how museum programs can reduce racism and increase acceptance of diversity among high school students and their teachers.
Linkage Project Addressing Race-Based Discrimination in Australia: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Funding Period 2012 - 2013
Investigators
  • Dr Yin C Paradies
  • Associate Professor Margaret Kelaher
  • Professor Alan Shiell
  • Professor Eric T Vos
  • Associate Professor Anthony D LaMontagne
  • Dr Marion Frere
Administering Organisation
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • VicHealth
Partner Organisations Deakin University
Project Summary This project is designed to produce sustainable benefits to Australian society through the provision of important data needed to promote investment in strategies to address race-based discrimination. This will benefit both the lives of individuals experiencing race-based discrimination, including those from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It will also benefit society as a whole through promotion of social cohesion and community connectedness and the economic benefits resulting from increased productivity and workforce participation and reduced burden on health, social and welfare systems.
Linkage Project Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among Migrant Youth in Australia
Funding Period 2009 - 2012
Investigators
  • Professor Fethi Mansouri
  • Professor Zlatko Skrbis
  • Dr Steve Francis
  • Ms Carmel Guerra
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Partner Organisations
  • The Australian Red Cross
  • The Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues
Project Summary This project will focus on youth from three Australian migrant communities at the centre of recent debates about migrant integration, intercultural conflict and social cohesion. It will investigate the role of formal and informal networks in creating among migrant youth a sense of belonging to the mainstream society. The project redresses a critical gap in popular and official understandings of the social fabric of Australia and will provide benchmark data for improved government and community services in the area of migrant youth. It will examine and assess the role of social networks in informing young people's sense of belonging and active participation in the community of citizens.
Linkage Project Australian Diasporas and Brain Gain: Exploring Current and Potential Transnational Linkages
Funding Period 2009 - 2012

Investigators

  • Associate Professor Danny Ben-Moshe
  • Professor Graeme Hugo
  • Associate Professor Loretta Baldassar
  • Dr Therese Joiner
  • Dr Steve Francis
  • Mr Ordan Andreevski
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Partner Organisations
  • Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • Australian Vietnamese Women's Welfare Association
  • Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues
  • Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia
  • COASIT Italian Historical Society
  • Italian/Australian Welfare and Cultural Centre
  • Council for International Trade and Commerce SA Inc
Project Summary

The research will investigate current and potential future roles of diasporas in both Australia and overseas in facilitating trade and investment. The study will examine their political, cultural and kinship ties with homelands and map the geography of seven diasporas in Australia. This will provide new data that describes the character, motivations and movements of diasporas in Australia. Data analysis will determine the current and potential role diaspora play in adding value to Australian society through 'brain gain' and 'circulation' versus 'brain drain'. Findings will inform migration and social policy aimed at maximising benefits of migration.

Linkage Project Social Glue - The contribution of sport and active recreation to community wellbeing
Funding Period 2008 - 2010
Investigators*
  • Associate Professor Russell Hoye
  • Dr Matthew Nicholson
  • Dr Kevin Brown

*Investigators no longer affiliated with the Centre

Administering Organisation La Trobe University
Partner Organisation
  • Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
Project Summary Australian federal, state and local governments allocate more than $4,094 million per year to the provision of sport and recreation services, facilities and programs which service more than 5 million regular participants. This funding is, in part, based on the premise that involvement in sport and recreation develops community wellbeing through the facilitation of social inclusion and connectedness. This research will contribute to the development of policies and practices that will enhance the capability of sport and active recreation organisations to contribute to community wellbeing.
Linkage Project The challenge of managing cultural diversity in education: the case of Arab-Australian youth
Funding Period 2004 - 2007
Investigators
  • Dr Fethi Mansouri
  • Dr Michael Leach
  • Ms Dalal Smiley
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Partner Organisations
  • Brencorp Foundation
  • Victorian Arabic Social Services (VASS)
Project Summary

This project investigates the challenges posed by cultural diversity in multicultural schools. It will focus specifically on students from Arabic-speaking background (ASB) attending secondary schools in the Northern and Western regions of Melbourne. The study will assess whether individual students' attitudes and the schools' structures and pedagogical ideology impact upon ASB students' achievements. In using focus group discussions and attitudinal surveys, the study will also test the cultural appropriateness of such methodological procedures. The study's proposed multi-dimensional model will be tested in order to determine the optimal social environments and inter-ethnic relations needed to successfully fulfill the potential of multicultural education.

Linkage Project Analysing Testimonies of Jewish Holocaust Survivors
Funding Period 2003 - 2005
Investigators*
  • Dr Michele C Langfield
  • Ms Pamela J Maclean
  • Dr Peter D Monteath

* Research team no longer affiliated with the Centre

Administering Organisation Deakin University
Partner Organisation
  • Jewish Holocaust Centre
Project Summary Holocaust Jewish migrants to Australia, and how video mediates these experiences. Significant conceptual advances will be made in the study of memory, Holocaust and immigration history, class and identity debates, gender analysis, oral and video history and the theory of testimony. A team of experienced CIs will analyse a broad sample of videos, while the APAI will concentrate on studying a single episode. The JHC will act as industry partner.
Linkage Project Trade Unions, Globalisation, and Networked Computers
Funding Period 2003 - 2005
Investigators
  • Dr Andrew Vandenberg
  • Professor Geoff Stokes
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Partner Organisation
  • Australian Council of Trade Unions
Project Summary This project undertakes a qualitative study of Australian unionists' usage of networked computers and their potential for increasing trade union membership and participation, and promoting productive diversity in workplaces. At a time of declining unionisation, these issues have become urgent and give rise to key research questions about email and the Internet in trade union organisation and communication with members. The project promises to provide broader theoretical insights into union responses to deregulated labour markets and the globalisation of the economy. The results will be useful to other political and social organisations, as well as government policy makers.
Linkage Project New Trends in Foundation Formation
Funding Period 2002 - 2003
Investigators*
  • Dr Sue Kenny
  • Dr Kevin Brown
  • Ms E Cham

* Research team no longer affiliated with the Centre

Administering Organisation Deakin University
Partner Organisation
  • Philanthropy Australia
Project Summary The encouragement of philanthropic giving is a current priority of governments globally. The creation of foundations is one strategy for expanding philanthropic activity, with profound implications for public policy and existing foundations. Working with Philanthropy Australia, this study will explore the concept of charitable foundations and recent trends in foundation formation such as the development of 'community owned? enterprises and pressures on business to become more 'socially responsible'. The study will produce data of vital importance to informed policy making and to the effectiveness of philanthropic foundations.
Linkage Project Economic and social rights of asylum seekers in Australia: Challenges for Community Associations
Funding Period 2002 - 2004
Investigators
  • Dr Fethi Mansouri
  • Dr Sue Kenny
  • Dr Kevin Brown
  • Ms Dalal Smiley
Administering Organisation Deakin University
Partner Organisation
  • Victorian Arabic Social Services (VASS)
Project Summary This project will investigate the contribution of a community association providing humanitarian assistance to newly-arrived refugees holding Temporary Protection Visas (TPV). The project will assess the capacity of non-government organizations (NGOs) in delivering basic social services and identifying areas of immediate concern. The anticipated outcomes of the project are: (a) the establishment of effective models of best practice in the delivery of social services by a NGO, (b) the potential for partnership between such an organization and the State in developing social policy, and (c) the contribution to theoretical examination of the role of civil society in the new Globalisation era.


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