Deakin Grants

Information about Deakin University funded research completed by members of the Centre

Alfred Deakin Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships

The Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowships were established to support excellence in research undertaken in areas of research strength at Deakin University. The Fellowships are designed to support early career researchers

Understanding and countering the impact of racism on the health and wellbeing
of children and youth from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds

ADPDF Understanding and countering the impact of racism on the health and wellbeing
of children and youth from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds
Funding Period 2014-2016
Investigator
  • Dr Naomi Priest
Project Summary Although freedom from racism is a recognised human right, racism remains a globally significant issue with detrimental health, social and economic impacts. Racism also affects many Australian children and youth with 70% of secondary school students across four states reporting experiences of racism in 2009. This project encompasses a range of internationally unique transdisciplinary research using cutting-­edge statistical techniques and novel qualitative analysis. This research will significantly enhance our understanding of, and capacity to address racism and promote intercultural understanding among children and youth both in Australia and internationally. This project addresses three research aims:
1) Investigate pathways by which racism influences racial/ethnic inequalities in child and youth health;
2) Develop intervention strategies for children and youth to promote positive racial/ethnic attitudes and
intercultural understanding;
3) Understand the effectiveness of anti-­racism  interventions with children and youth.

Australia's Engagement with ASEAN: The Importance of Culture

ADPDF Australia's Engagement with ASEAN: The Importance of Culture
Funding Period 2013-2015
Investigator
  • Dr Sally Percival Wood
Project Summary This project examines Australia's approach to its relationships across the ASEAN region from a cultural perspective. Often, diplomatic and economic relations operate on a strictly functional basis that overlooks the currents of cultural and historical connection that operate in Southeast Asia. The project seeks to explore how Australia can better leverage its relations with Asia through a deeper, more subtle, understanding of functions of culture and history.

Cross-Cultural Diplomacy: Indian Visitors to Australia, 1947 to 1980

ADPDF Cross-Cultural Diplomacy: Indian Visitors to Australia, 1947 to 1980
Funding Period 2013-2015
Investigator
  • Dr Amit Sarwal
Project Summary This project is the first systematic, theoretically informed and empirically grounded examination of how Australia and India viewed each other in the aftermath of decolonisation. This study will not only reassess the existing literature on Australia-India engagement in relation to Indian visitors, during the period 1947 to 1980, but will also analyse the real and effective cross-cultural connections between India and Australia that the Visitors Program forged.

Exploring Intercultural Encounters in the Darwin-Palmerston Urban Area

ADPDF Exploring Intercultural Encounters in the Darwin-Palmerston Urban Area
Funding Period 2012-2013
Investigator
  • Dr Michele Lobo
Project Summary This project focuses on the role that multi-sensory experiences of place play in understanding urban sociality and belonging in a north Australian city. It is anticipated that this research, which uses innovative qualitative techniques, will provide a better understanding of the politics and poetics of place. The project will build on Dr Lobo's doctoral research, 'Reimagining Citizenship in Suburban Australia', which focused on the everyday experiences of negotiating ethnic difference in the City of Greater Dandenong, one of the most culturally diverse suburban areas in Melbourne, and indeed Australia.

New Foundations of Multiculturalism

ADPDF New Foundations of Multiculturalism
Funding Period 2012-2013
Investigator
  • Dr Alexander Naraniecki
Project Summary Dr Naraniecki is currently working on the history of the theoretical development of multiculturalism in Australia, with particular attention to the relationship between Christian thought and multiculturalism. Dr Naraniecki is also investigating the 'Kantian' aspects of Karl Popper's epistemology.

Enquiry into the Fight of the Century: The Whaling Dispute Between Australia and Japan

ADPDF Enquiry into the Fight of the Century: The Whaling Dispute Between Australia
and Japan
Funding Period 2011-2012
Investigator
  • Dr Yoko Harada
Project Summary Dr Harada is interested in why and how Australia and Japan, countries that are normally in a stable and sound relationship, have come to take such different positions on whaling. By untangling this complicated dispute (which is currently deadlocked), Dr Harada is attempting to understand the fundamental positions dividing the two nations on this issue. Initially, her research focuses on Australia's whaling history and on compiling a concise history of whaling in Australia.

Central Research Grant Scheme

The Central Research Grants Scheme provides funding for early- to mid-career Deakin University research staff to undertake high quality research projects.The scheme is intended for mature research projects of small to medium scale.

Online Interactions with the Dead

CRGS

Online Interactions with the Dead
Funding Period 2014

Investigator

  • Dr Patrick Stokes
Project Summary Online Interactions with the Dead considers increasingly common practices of online memorialisation and commemoration, as well as other ways in which the phenomenal and practical presence of the dead is mediated through emerging online technologies. These practices will be considered in the light of a range of questions in contemporary philosophy to do with the extent of personal identity and the ontological and moral status of the dead. The project aims to determine the potential significance of these emerging online practices for these ongoing philosophical questions.

The Law's Response to Children Who Kill: A Comparative Analysis

CRGS The Law's Response to Children Who Kill: A Comparative Analysis
Funding Period 2014
Investigator
  • Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon
Project Summary The law's response to children who commit lethal violence raises unique questions and difficulties in practice and has long energised scholarly and community debate. Such cases require a balance between punishment and understanding that is often difficult to achieve. This project will critically examine the effectiveness of current legal responses to children who kill in the Victorian and English criminal justice systems from the perspectives of legal practitioners involved in the daily operation of the law. This will be undertaken with a key focus on questions relating to justice, law reform and theories of responsibility. The results will provide an evidence base for future reform in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Lessons from the Kenya Slum Upgrading Project

CRGS Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Lessons from the Kenya Slum Upgrading Project
Funding Period 2014
Investigator
  • Dr Sam Balaton-Chrimes
Project Summary Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) is increasingly accepted as a norm in mass land acquisition processes for indigenous people, however it is not seen as applicable for people who are non-indigenous, yet similarly vulnerable; and the idea is typically operationalized in a compliance-based way, rather than as a democratic process. This project undertakes a theoretical review of FPIC as a right and a democratic process, conducts a systematic review of existing FPIC standards and guidelines, and conducts a qualitative case study of land acquisition in the Kenya Slum Upgrading Project to evaluate the barriers to and possibilities for more robust, democratic FPIC processes.

Religions and Beliefs Education (RBE) in Schools: Social Inclusion, Citizenship and Countering Extremism

CRGS

Religions and Beliefs Education (RBE) in Schools: Social Inclusion, Citizenship and Countering Extremism
Funding Period 2013
Investigator
  • Dr Anna Halafoff
Project Summary The central aim of this project is to investigate the controversial issue of religions and beliefs education (RBE) in schools. This study is both significant and innovative as it will compare RBE in the local context of Victoria with other Western multifaith societies. A pilot study will also be conducted investigating levels of religious and interreligious understanding among Victoria's secondary school students, and a new theoretical framework of cosmopolitan governance and religion will be developed. The findings of this project will thereby generate new knowledge regarding the role of RBE in advancing social inclusion and countering extremism in and beyond Australia.

Varieties of Capitalism in Asia

CRGS Varieties of Capitalism in Asia
Funding Period 2013
Investigator
  • Dr David Hundt
Project Summary This project investigates the diversity of Asian capitalism, the defining feature of which is the government's direct promotion of economic development. We examine the ideas behind economic policy making in Asia, collaboration between states and business, and the effectiveness of development strategies. This investigation of the Varieties of Capitalism in Asia is timely given that the neoliberal model of American capitalism, in which markets rather than states drive economic development, has been crisis-prone in recent years. By identifying the strengths and weaknesses of Asian capitalism, this project informs debates about how to strengthen Australian economic security as our interests are increasingly entwined with Asia.

Measuring Heritage Destruction and Spikes of Violence in Iraq

CRGS Measuring Heritage Destruction and Spikes of Violence in Iraq
Funding Period 2012
Investigator
  • Dr Benjamin Isakhan
Project Summary The core aim of this project is to empirically test the assumption that a significant relationship exists between hertigage destruction and spikes in violence in Iraq. To do this, the project will develop the world's first database of heritage destruction in Iraq. This will involve Dr Isakhan travelling to Iraq in 2012 to conduct interviews and archival research. He will also visit several significant heritage sites across Iraq and document the destruction that has occurred. The database that Dr Isakhan creates will then be correlated with existing measures of violence in Iraq to determine the precise nature of their relationship. This will set the precedent for studies of both heritage and violence and enable policy formation towards the minimization of heritage destruction and spikesin violence during times of conflict.

Temporary Protection of Refugees in the European Union and Australia: A Comparative Policy Analysis

CRGS Temporary Protection of Refugees in the European Union and Australia: A Comparative Policy Analysis
Funding Period 2005-2007
Investigators
  • Dr Fethi Mansouri
  • Dr Michael Leach

Investigating the Cultural and Pedagogic Dimensions of Multicultural Education

CRGS Investigating the Cultural and Pedagogic Dimensions of Multicultural Education
Funding Period 2004
Investigators
  • Dr Fethi Mansouri
  • Dr Michael Leach

Cultural Indicators of Successful Settlement of Refugees

CRGS Cultural Indicators of Successful Settlement of Refugees
Funding Period 2004
Investigators
  • Dr Fethi Mansouri
  • Dr Michael Leach
Publications Lives in limbo : voices of refugees under temporary protection


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