ARC Discovery Awards for 2003

Faculty of Arts

School of Communication and Creative Arts
School of Social and International Studies

Faculty of Education

School of Scientific and Developmental Studies

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science

School of Psychology

Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
School of Ecology and Environment
School of Engineering and Technology


Faculty of Arts

School of Communication and Creative Arts


Title: Transformative Utopianism: Contemporary Children's Literature Responding to Changing World Orders from Glasnost to 11 September, 2001

A/Prof CM Bradford, Dr R McCallum, Dr KM Mallan, A/Prof JA Stephens

2003 : $87,000
2004 : $70,000
2005 : $102,000

Category: 4202 - LITERATURE STUDIES

Summary: Political and cultural instabilities and conflicts from 1990 to the present have profoundly affected children's literature. Works of fiction in particular have deployed utopian and dystopian tropes to project possible futures to their implied readers. The project uses the concept of 'transformative utopianism' to suggest that these tropes do important social, cultural and political work by challenging and reformulating ideas about power and identity, community, the body, spatio-temporal change, and ecology. In this way the project draws together multiple theoretical interpretations of texts to demonstrate the responsiveness of children's literature to broader ideological, social, theoretical and pedagogical contexts.


Title: Science, Knowledge and the Transmission of Psychoanalysis

Dr J Clemens, Dr RA Grigg, Prof H Krips

2003 : $36,000
2004 : $36,000
2005 : $50,000

Category: 3706 - HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE

Summary: Psychoanalysis has always wanted to be a science. From Sigmund Freud to Jacques Lacan, disputes in psychoanalysis have typically hinged on the question of whether the knowledge produced by psychoanalysis deserves the appellation scientific. If so, in what way? If not, why not? What sort of psychoanalytic institution would be adequate to psychoanalysis' scientific claims? This interdisciplinary project is a historical, critical and constructive examination of psychoanalytic theory and practice, which re-examines key texts from the vantage point of the scientific question. Finally, the project will ask what psychoanalysis can contribute to the understanding of other scientific practices.


Title: The role of public culture in the construction of contemporary Australian literature

Dr W Ommundsen, Prof MF Meehan, Dr DW Mccooey

2003 : $35,000
2004 : $25,000
2005 : $20,000

Category: 4202 - LITERATURE STUDIES

Summary: Literature is not simply a body of texts; it is a cultural technology, affected by changing patterns of production and consumption. Witness the 'cult of celebrity', the phenomenal recent growth of literary festivals, literary internet sites, reading groups, changing patterns of literary marketing, education, employment and leisure. Academic scholarship, largely text-based, fails to engage with these public and popular phenomena. Our project develops methods for describing and evaluating how these practices construct literary value and cultural identity, in ways that will bring academic literary analysis into a more informed, more creative engagement with public and popular culture in Australia.

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School of Social and International Studies

Title: Community and Governance; Urban Activism in Melbourne in the 1960s and beyond

A/Prof RT Howe, Prof GJ Davison, Prof WS Logan

2003 : $55,000
2004 : $50,000

Category: 4301 - HISTORICAL STUDIES

Summary: As the economy of Melbourne's central and inner areas has been transformed over the last three decades, conflicts over urban redevelopment have impacted significantly on governance, urban policies and inner city communities. By studying the new generation of activists attracted to Melbourne's working class suburbs in the 1960s, this project will push beyond gentrification interpretations of urban change to examine the motivations of activists and the process of forging partipatory structures of governance and community partnerships. The project will assess the significance of this period of transition for managing urban development in the new millennium.


Title: The political economy of military reform in Indonesia: Opportunities and challenges for civilian control of the TNI

Dr D Kingsbury, Dr L McCulloch

2003 : $75,000
2004 : $75,000
2005 : $75,000

Category: 3601 - POLITICAL SCIENCE

Summary: Despite Suharto's fall, and limited reform process, the Indonesian military (TNI) remains deeply involved in Indonesian politics, at Cabinet level, and in state maintenance. The TNI also has substantial economic interests, about two-thirds of which is illegal. The TNI is therefore still central to Indonesia's political processes, and constitutes the major impediment to Indonesia's democratisation. This project will locate military reform within a broader Security Sector Reform agenda, assess the likelihood of further voluntary TNI reform and external reform drivers, and structural problems facing this process. It will analyse the TNI's reform process, and investigate options for bilateral reform assistance.


Title: Face to Face with Asia: Australia, the Colombo Plan and the Asian Engagement Debate, 1950-1975

Dr DM Lowe, Prof DR Walker, Dr CW Waters

2003 : $57,000
2004 : $58,000
2005 : $52,000

Category: 4301 - HISTORICAL STUDIES

Summary: This project will be the first comprehensive study of Australia's involvement in the Colombo Plan for aid to South and Southeast Asia. It will examine this involvement as a central part of Australia's engagement with Asia in the post-war period. It will do so under three main headings: Australian foreign policy; cultural diplomacy; and the internationalisation of higher education. The project will be innovative in bridging the gap between histories of Australian foreign policy and cultural histories of Australian-Asian relations. It will provide an excellent foundation for on-going research into the consequent reconfiguring of our identity as an Asia-Pacific nation.

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Faculty of Education

School of Scientific and Developmental Studies


Title: Transforming the organisation of schooling: Technology and organisational change in the junior years of secondary school

Dr J Lynch

2003 : $75,000
2004 : $75,000
2005 : $75,000

Category: 3301 - EDUCATION STUDIES

Summary: Qualitative methods will be used to document ruptures in the traditional organisation of junior secondary schooling and to explore the role played by information and communication technology (ICT). Literature on the integration of ICT across the curriculum, generic capabilities in school-aged learners and the middle years of schooling suggests that a multi-dimensional construct will be developed, accommodating changes in the organisation of time, space and knowledge and in the roles played by teachers, students and parents. An analysis of the qualitative data will inform the development of a questionnaire which will then be tested and validated.

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Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science

School of Psychology


Title: A biopsychosocial model of exercise dependence, steroid use and disordered eating among adolescent boys

Prof MP McCabe, Dr LA Ricciardelli

2003 : $50,000
2004 : $52,000
2005 : $53,000

Category: 3801 - PSYCHOLOGY

Summary: Recent evidence suggests that hazardous body change strategies adopted by adolescent boys are a major problem. This study validates a biopsychosocial framework to explain the development of exercise dependence, steroid and food supplement use, and disordered eating among at risk adolescent boys. A longitudinal experimental design will be employed. Late maturing boys, who are also less popular with peers, are expected to demonstrate high body dissatisfaction, low self-esteem and high negative affect and maladaptive body change strategies. The result of this study will inform treatment programs for these behaviours.

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Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Title: Plant Genes Conferring Resistance to Ultraviolet Radiation

Prof BA Kunz, Prof M Ruiz-Rubio, Prof RH Schiestl, Dr EJ Vonarx

2003 : $65,000
2004 : $65,000
2005 : $65,000

Category: 2701 - BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY

Summary: Ultraviolet (UV) radiation induces DNA damage that can decrease plant growth and productivity. Our aim is to begin deciphering the mechanisms responsible for the UV resistance phenotype in plants by: 1) isolating genes that control processing of UV-induced DNA damage; 2) determining the influence of UV ongene activity; and 3) elucidating the functions and essential interactions of the gene products. The results of this study will help us understand how these genes operate to produce the UV resistance phenotype. This new knowledge will facilitate eventual engineering of plants to increase agricultural productivity by enhancing resistance to solar UV radiation.

School of Ecology and Environment

Title: Fate of endocrine disrupting chemicals in water repellent soil

Dr G Allinson

2003 : $44,000
2004 : $52,000
2005 : $24,000

Category: 2599 - OTHER CHEMICAL SCIENCES

Summary: The fate of endocrine system disrupting chemicals in soils has not been studied, even though some have been linked to human health effects. Many are found in municipal sewage wastes. This project will measure chemical concentrations in water repellent forest plantation soils irrigated with municipal wastewater. The outcome will be data specifically addressing (1) the risks when forest plantations are irrigated with municipal wastewater in Victoria and, by extension applicable to other Australian ecosystems, (2) Environment Australia's stated need for information directly applicable to ecosystem and human health risk assessment of the environmental risks posed by endocrine disrupting chemicals.

School of Engineering and Technology

Title: Analysis and Design of Multi-objective Optimal Multirate Filter Banks

Dr J Zhang, A/Prof C Zhang, Prof E Mosca

2003 : $65,000
2004 : $55,250
2005 : $46,963

Category: 2802 - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND SIGNAL AND IMAGE PROCESSING

Summary: Multirate filter banks are a fundamental subsystem and play a key role in many applications in information technology, such as digital communications and digital audio and video signal processing. Most of the existing design methods of multirate filter banks are based on idealized operation conditions, so often they do not provide practically desirable performance. This project will develop innovative design methods for multirate filter banks under the worst operational conditions and multiple conflicting design objectives. The results will fill in the gap between the theoretical design and the practical requirements to provide enhanced performance of systems using multirate filter banks.


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