Industry Grants

Information about industry funded research completed by members of the Centre

The Development Of A The National Evidence Base For Cultural Diversity In The Arts

Industry Funded Research The Development Of A The National Evidence Base For Cultural Diversity In The Arts
Funding Period 2013-2014
Investigators
  • Professor Fethi Mansouri
  • Associate Professor Yin Paradies
  • Associate Professor Danny Ben-Moshe
Partner Organisation Kultour Pty Ltd
Project Summary Coming Soon

Social Cohesion Young People And Multiculturalism Project

Industry Funded Research Social Cohesion Young People And Multiculturalism Project
Funding Period 2013-2014
Investigators
  • Professor Fethi Mansouri
  • Associate Professor Danny Ben-Moshe
  • Dr Victoria Stead
Partner Organisation The Centre For Multicultural Youth
Project Summary

CCG researchers are working to evaluate the "Social Cohesion, Young People and Multiculturalism" project, which is being run by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) in two areas of rapid growth and high immigrant concentration in metropolitan Melbourne, the City of Wyndham and the City of Casey. The project aims to increase opportunities for inter-community connections, for young people's participation in social and community life, and for strengthening the leadership capabilities of young people from diverse backgrounds. In effect, the aim is to create both the bridging and bonding community relationships that underpin social cohesion. Local community conversations, skills training, and the involvement of young people in collaborative "Youth Action Groups" are the key elements in the project's methodology. The evaluation will cover each of these three elements, establishing the project's impact in facilitating social cohesion and offering a model for application in other Local Government Areas (LGAs). Impact will be measured against a set of community cohesion indicators.

Intergenerational Relations In New Arrival Communities In Victoria

Industry Funded Research Intergenerational Relations In New Arrival Communities In Victoria
Funding Period 2013-2014
Investigators
  • Professor Fethi Mansouri
  • Associate Professor Danny Ben-Moshe
  • Dr Victoria Stead
Partner Organisation Ethnic Communities Council Of Victoria
Project Summary  

Evaluation of Regional Participation Project

Industry Funded Research Evaluation of Regional Participation Project
Funding Period 2012-2014
Investigators
  • Associate Professor Danny Ben-Moshe
  • Dr Anna Halafoff
  • Associate Professor Yin Paradies
  • Dr Victoria Stead
Partner Organisation The Centre for Multicultural Youth
Project Summary This project will evaluate two new Centres for Multicultural Youth (CMY) offices established in Ballarat and Gippsland in regional Victoria from 2013-2016.It will assess how CMY's regional presence is contributing to the improving young people from migrant and refugee background's participation in work, school, family and community and contributing to their sense of wellbeing and belonging. It will also investigate to what extent CMY's regional presence is contributing to the ability of local communities and services to manage and develop an inclusive environment for young people from diverse backgrounds. This project will contribute new knowledge and understanding regarding migrant and refugee youth participation in regional areas, in this way it will assist in improving social welfare and individual wellbeing of young people living in regional areas. It will also assist service providers in regional areas, including CMY and its partners, to understand the needs of migrant and refugee youth and to improve their service provisions. While focused on Ballarat and Gippsland, the findings of this project can also inform and improve service provision for youth from migrant and refugee backgrounds youth in other regional areas.

Impact and Experiences of Racism on the Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians

Industry Funded Research Impact and Experiences of Racism on the Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians
Funding Period 2008-2009
Investigators
  • Associate Professor Fethi Mansouri
  • Dr Michael Leach
Partner Organisation The Foundation for Young Australians
Project Summary This project responds to an identified need for Australian youth-focused research into experiences of racism for young people of Indigenous, migrant and refugee backgrounds. It will map out the experience of racism for these groups of young people and how this impacts on heath and wellbeing. The project will also investigate mainstream attitudes of young people in relation to key issues in contemporary race relations, such as cultural diversity, tolerance and privilege.
Publications The impact of racism upon the health and wellbeing of young Australians

Measuring Human Rights Knowledge and Understanding within the Victoria Police

Industry Funded Research Measuring Human Rights Knowledge and Understanding within the Victoria Police
Funding Period 2007
Investigator*
  • Dr Kevin Brown

*Investigator no longer affiliated with the Centre

Partner Organisation Victoria Police
Project Summary This project (funded and being undertaken on behalf of Vic Police) requires preparation of a survey and subsequent report informed by the collection and analysis of quantitative data gathered from the survey of Victoria Police employees. This focuses on issues relevant to a valid and reliable assessment of the current patterns of knowledge and understanding of human rights principles across Victoria Police. The three main aims are: to assess knowledge of human rights principles within Victoria Police employees; to assess understanding of human rights principles within Victoria Police employees; to gauge the relevance and application to Victoria Police of human rights principles.

Reshaping Rural and Regional Urban Customer Attitude to Water Saving and Recycling across South West Victoria

Industry Funded Research Reshaping Rural and Regional Urban Customer Attitude to Water Saving and Recycling across South West Victoria
Funding Period 2007-2011
Investigators*
  • Associate Professor Kevin O'Toole
  • Dr Anne Wallis
  • Associate Professor Bradley Mitchell

*Investigator no longer affiliated with the Centre

Partner Organisation
  • Victorian Water trust
  • ALCOA
Project Summary This project investigates the adoption of water saving initiatives across the customer base of Wannon Water, including a significant rural component not previously investigated. Developing a detailed understanding of the attitudinal barriers to the adoption of water saving behaviours and the implementation of strategies targeted to those behaviours are the primary goals of this project. Through a participatory research process that involves researchers, water managers and the community the benefits of behaviours that reduce water demand and the barriers to adopting these behaviours will be investigated so that effective programs for water saving and recycling can be developed, tested, refined and implemented as part of Wannon Water's demand management program.
Publications Pipes, ponds and people : adaptive water management in drylands

Understanding drivers and barriers : the key to water use behaviour change

Household water use behavior : an integrated model

Place-based knowledge networks : the case of water management in South-West Victoria

Footy, flows and farms : a visualisation tool for determining community water allocation preferences

The Challenge of Managing Cultural Diversity in Education: The Case of Arab-Australian Youth

Industry Funded Research The Challenge of Managing Cultural Diversity in Education: The Case of Arab-Australian Youth
Funding Period 2004-2007
Investigator
  • Associate Professor Fethi Mansouri
Partner Organisation Scanlon Foundation
Project Summary This project funded by the Scanlon Foundation (2004-2007) investigated the challenges posed by cultural diversity in multicultural schools. It focused specifically on students from Arabic-speaking background (ASB) attending secondary schools in the Northern and Western regions of Melbourne. The study assessed whether individual student's attitudes and the school's structures and pedagogical ideology impact upon ASB student's achievements. In using focus group discussions and attitudinal surveys, the study also tested the cultural appropriateness of such methodological procedures. The study is tested in order to determine the optimal social environments and interethnic relations needed to successfully fulfil the potential of multicultural education.
Publications

Multicultural education and racism: the case of Arab-Australian students in contemporary Australia

Race, identity and education achievements among Arab-Australian students

Structural deficiency or cultural racism: the educational and social experiences of Arab-Australian youth

Local Government, Volunteering and Community Strengthening Project

Industry Funded Research Local Government, Volunteering and Community Strengthening Project
Funding Period 2008
Investigator*
  • Professor Sue Kenny

*Investigator no longer affiliated with the Centre

Partner Organisation MAV- Municipal Association of Victoria
Project Summary This joint research project between CCHR and the Municipal Association of Victoria investigates the changing nature of volunteering, considers how these developments can contribute to community strengthening, and seeks to identify the unique opportunities that this may present for local government both now and in the future. Also included will be research about the requisite enabling attitudes, structures and conditions that have the potential to facilitate a meaningful and sustainable approach to volunteering by local government so that Councils can foster community development and use existing resources to their best advantage.

Asian Federalism

Industry Funded Research Asian Federalism
Funding Period 2007
Investigators
  • Professor Baogang He
  • Professor Takashi Inoguchi
Partner Organisation The Japan Foundation
Publications

Federalism in Asia

Benchmarks for Community Access/ Denial to Key Life Areas and the Development of a Human Rights Assessment Tool for People with a Communication Disability

Industry Funded Research Benchmarks for Community Access/ Denial to Key Life Areas and the Development of a Human Rights Assessment Tool for People with a Communication Disability
Investigators*
  • Professor Sue Kenny
  • Dr Michael Leach
  • Owens

*Investigator no longer affiliated with Centre

Partner Organisation Communication Aid User Society (C.A.U.S.)

In search for Deliberative Democracy in China

Industry Funded Research In search for Deliberative Democracy in China
Funding Period 2006
Investigator
  • Professor Baogang He
Partner Organisation Ford Foundation
Project Summary The theory of deliberative democracy has offered a new perspective on democratic practice: the use of reason predominates, the force of the better argument is supposed to prevail over wealth and political influence. In the last decade, many democratic theorists have undertaken the empirical study of deliberative institutions through several experiments focusing on citizens' participation (Fishkin 1991, 1995; Ackerman and Fishkin 2004; Fung 2001, 2003). This project builds upon and extends those studies to investigate how deliberative institutions can be designed and improved in the Chinese polity that combines both authoritarian and democratic elements. The project initiates a number of innovative experiments in which ordinary citizens will discuss debate and deliberate on village issues, on how to spend the annual budget at Zeguo town, and on environmental issue in the city of Wenling. Its practical aims are: to organize citizens to participate widely in the decision-making process and in managing the community's public affairs; to empower citizens through improving and revising the existing deliberative institutions, and thereby cultivate deliberative citizens and influence the rural governance. The project will also organize an international workshop on deliberative democratic practice in Australia.
Publications The Search for Deliberative Democracy in China

Online Forums and Citizen Participation in Australian Democracy

Industry Funded Research Online Forums and Citizen Participation in Australian Democracy
Funding Period 2006
Investigators*
  • Dr Monika Merkes
  • Dr Lucas Walsh

*Investigator no longer affiliated with Centre

Partner Organisation Australian Internet Domain Name Administrator Foundation Grant
Project Summary Citizenship disengagement from conventional politics has prompted governments to seek other methods of encouraging participation. This project reviews the use of online policy consultation and discussion forums seeking to foster greater citizen participation in Australia. It will do this by evaluating the goals, expectations and delivery of four current governmental initiatives in the area. The project will compare each government's intentions for using online forums against the empirical outcomes. The project will also compare these outcomes with different normative models of democracy. In so doing, this project will contribute to an assessment of the limits and possibilities for online forums to improve the quality of Australian democracy.

Reinvigorating Multicultural Education in Culturally Pluralist Communities

Industry Funded Research Reinvigorating Multicultural Education in Culturally Pluralist Communities
Funding Period 2005-2007
Investigator
  • Associate Professor Fethi Mansouri
Partner Organisation Scanlon Foundation
Project Summary This project funded from 2005-2007 is an action research project that develops and trials a multi-tiered approach to effecting successful multicultural educational change in culturally diverse schools. The project aimed to increase students, particularly Arabic-speaking background students, positive educational outcomes, particularly retention rates and educational achievements.
Publications Cultural diversity as an educational advantage

The policy of values and the value of policy : managing cultural diversity in Australian schools

Tracking What Works: Voluntary Activity, Community Strengthening and Local Government

Industry Funded Research Tracking What Works: Voluntary Activity, Community Strengthening and Local Government
Funding Period 2007
Investigator*
  • Professor Sue Kenny*

*Investigator no longer affiliated with Centre

Partner Organisation MAV-Municipal Association of Victoria
Publications

Tracking What Works: Voluntary Activity, Community Strengthening and Local Government

Local Government and the Challenges to Cultural Diversity

Industry Funded Research Local Government and the Challenges to Cultural Diversity
Funding Period 2005
Investigator
  • Associate Professor Fethi Mansouri
Partner Organisation City of Darebin

A Multi-Tiered Model for Diversity Management in Schools

Industry Funded Research A Multi-Tiered Model for Diversity Management in Schools
Funding Period 2004-2007
Investigator
  • Dr Fethi Mansouri
Partner Organisation Brencorp Foundation

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