ARC Linkage Awards for 2003 - Round One

 

Faculty of Arts

School of Social and International Studies

Faculty of Business and Law

Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Faculty of Education

School of Social and Cultural Studies

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science

School of Health Sciences
School of Psychology

Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Architecture and Building
School of Ecology and Environment
School of Engineering and Technology
Externally Led


Faculty of Arts

School of Social and International Studies

Title: Analysing Testimonies of Jewish Holocaust Survivors

Dr MC Langfield, Ms PJ Maclean, Dr PD Monteath

2003 : $40,623
2004 : $36,656
2005 : $42,259

Category: 4301 - HISTORICAL STUDIES

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Jewish Holocaust Centre, Inc.

Summary: This project utilises Australia's largest collection of Holocaust video testimonies, held in Melbourne's Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC), to examine how socio-cultural factors shaped the widely different experiences of Nazi persecution among 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.


Title: Trade Unions, Globalisation, and Networked Computers

Dr AM Vandenberg, Prof GM Stokes

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 3601 - POLITICAL SCIENCE

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Australian Council of Trade Unions

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.


Title: Making Room for the Past: Determining significance in archaeological collections from historic sites

Dr AJ Smith, Ms MM Birtley, Ms S Balderstone, Dr LM McKenzie

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 4302 - ARCHAEOLOGY AND PREHISTORY

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Heritage Victoria

Summary: As a consequence of a recent rapid increase in archaeological excavations, Australian museums no longer have resources to store or conserve all archaeological material and require a systematic means of establishing collection management priorities. Through industry and academic consultation and case studies of particular collections, this research will develop criteria for assessing the research potential or scientific significance of individual artefacts and entire collections from historic sites. Along with recognised measures of social and historical significance, the criteria will provide guidelines with which museums can develop national management strategies for this unique heritage.


Title: Social Policy and Transitional Labour Markets in Australia

Prof B Howe, A/Prof M Considine, A/Prof LI Hancock, Dr SJ Ziguras, Dr IG Manning

2003 : $70,000
2004 : $50,000

Category: 3701 - SOCIOLOGY

Administering Institution: The University of Melbourne

Industry Partner(s): Brotherhood of St Laurence Committee for Economic Development of Australia National Institute for Economic and Industry Research

Summary: The fundamental aim of this project is to explore new institutional arrangements in the area of social policy to cope with structural change in both labour markets and household formation. The project uses the idea of key labour market transitions both to explore the dynamics of labour markets over the life course for individuals or groups and to envisage new types of institutional arrangements that serve to manage risk and enhance people's capacity for social participation. Bringing together a diverse and high-powered group of experts with experience across a range of social policy and labour market arenas, this project will contribute to international debate on the future of the welfare state.

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Faculty of Business and Law

Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Title: A Longitudinal Study of the Role of Marketing Competencies in Individual and Organisational Performance

Prof RN Shaw

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 3502 - BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited

Summary: The general aim of this project is to demonstrate the role of competencies in aspects of marketing, in relation to individual and organisational performance, relevant to the Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited. The focus will be on the conceptualisation and operationalisation of marketing competencies within the practical, competitive international automotive business environment, and not principally on the role of the formal educational system in delivering potential employees with general marketing knowledge. Primary research will be conducted among Ford Marketing employees, and among Ford suppliers and dealers, in a dynamic environment, over several years.


Title: Brand Value, Sporting Sponsorship, and Return-on-Marketing-Investment: A Longitudinal Study including the Development of a Measurement Instrument

Prof RN Shaw

2003 : $28,033
2004 : $28,033
2005 : $28,033

Category: 3502 - BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Geelong Football Club Limited

Summary: This project will examine three related aspects of marketing, within the context of sport sponsorship (Geelong Football Club and Baytec Institute): the valuation of major brands; the evaluation of sponsorship related to major brands; and the evaluation of non-commercial activities related to sponsorship. Three of the key components of the model to be studied in this research project are: the sponsor's decision-making process, e.g., the determination of return on investment (ROI) in this alliance; the value of this association, e.g., the sponsee's brand value to the sponsor; and the sponsee's decision-making process, e.g., the determination of ROI in this alliance.

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Faculty of Education

School of Social and Cultural Studies

Title: Understanding and managing 'risk' for 15-19 year olds in a learning network: a case study of the Geelong LLEN

A/Prof JA Blackmore, Dr J Angwin, Dr LM Harrison, Dr GH Shacklock

2003 : $45,000
2004 : $45,000
2005 : $45,000

Category: 3301 - EDUCATION STUDIES

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Smart Geelong Region

Summary: Learning networks are new strategies of educational reform and community capacity building addressing risk and interdependence arising from globalisation. This Deakin/Smart Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network partnership investigates the effectiveness of learning networks dealing with 15-19 year olds at risk. It explores stakeholders' understandings of learning networks and risk, undertakes a case study of the SGRLLEN, and considers the responses of schools and young people to the SGRLLEN using innovative youth researcher methodologies. It will inform policies, practices and evaluation of Victorian LLENs, provide professional development within SGRLLEN, and theoretically and empirically advance an emerging under researched field.

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Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science

School of Health Sciences

Title: Maintaining bone strength in the elderly: the role of exercise and calcium fortified foods

Dr S Bass, Prof CH Turner, Dr RM Daly, Dr J Salmon, Dr C Nowson

2003 : $63,000
2004 : $50,000
2005 : $66,000

Category: 3212 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Southern Zone, Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited

Summary: There are currently no effective pharmacological agents for maintaining or increasing bone density during ageing available to older men with low bone strength. We aim to measure the effect on bone density and strength of older men who eat food products enhanced with calcium and vitamin D and undertake regular exercise. The results of this research will make an important contribution to knowledge about the influence of diet and exercise on bone health. This research is also important for the food industry to ensure that the development of innovative food products is based on strong evidence.


Title: Developing a data-based system for competitor analysis, performance monitoring, and decision-making within the disability employment service industry

A/Prof J Graffam, Ms KM Smith, Dr D Edwards

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 3502 - BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): ACE National Network

Summary: There are three aims: to implement a database that would assist business decision-making and improvement of professional practices; to provide the peak body means for reporting to members, representing members to the funding body, and promoting the industry; to develop a system relevant to micro and small businesses across industries. Disability employment services currently do not have means for competitor analysis even though it is recognised as integral to business planning. We expect that organisations will use the system, making more informed decisions, improving their performance, and improving their influence in discussions with the funding body.


Title: Living high but healthy: impacts of access to nature on health, wellbeing and effective functioning of inner city highrise residents

Dr M Townsend, A/Prof E Gullone, A/Prof L St Leger, Mr J Senior, Mr PR Brown, Mr VA Haining, Mr P Duncan, Mr K Smith

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 3212 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Parks Victoria, Lort Smith Animal Hospital, City of Melbourne, Centennial Park & Moore Park Trust, Parramatta Park Trust

Summary: Impacts on the health, wellbeing and effective functioning of inner city high-rise residents, resulting from differing levels of access to natural environments, will be studied. Stratified random sampling will be used to select a sample of 600 residents in Melbourne and Sydney, including high-rise apartment owner-occupiers and tenants of high-rise public housing developments. Both groups will include people with differing levels of access to green spaces. Questionnaires based on validated psychometric scales, and qualitative semi-structured interviews will be used to collect data, which will be analysed to assess the impacts of access to nature on health, wellbeing and effective functioning.

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School of Psychology

Title: Improving the competency of police officers in conducting investigative interviews of children

Dr MB Powell

2003 : $85,000
2004 : $85,000
2005 : $85,000

Category: 3801 - PSYCHOLOGY

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Co-ordination Unit,Victoria Police and Child Protection Enforcement Agency, New South Wales Police

Summary: The current research program aims to identify factors that promote and sustain competent police interviewing of children. Although 'best-practice' guidelines in investigative interviewing have been developed, these guidelines are under-utilised by police officers in practice. Research is therefore needed to identify barriers to the implementation of these 'best-practice' guidelines and to test interventions designed to improve their uptake. The expected outcome of this project is the development of interventions that will improve the quality of police training in investigative interviewing. This will increase the quality of evidence obtained from children, especially those who are victims of child abuse.


Title: Caring for carers: An enrichment orientation

A/Prof VA Clarke, Dr SR Bailey, Dr SA Savage

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 3212 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Department of Human Services (Barwon-South West Region)

Summary: The key aim of this research is to enhance the sustainability of providing care to another individual in a rural location, in the domains of aged care, disability and mental health. The rationale for this research is that although substantial financial resources are allocated to support services for carers, there exists no evidence that such resource allocation is optimally efficient and effective. We will develop a systematic analytical tool to accurately determine the physical, social and psychological needs of carers. The outcome of this project will be an improvement in the health and well-being of carers.

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Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Architecture and Building

Title: Open-plan Office Concepts Determine Effective Facilities Space Management

Dr BD Ilozor, Dr GJ Treloar

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 3101 - ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN ENVIRONMENT

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Bovis Lend Lease Pty Limited

Summary: Open-plan layout is the most predominant work-setting and office designs are changing substantially towards this style. This research addresses the question, "How do open-plan attributes affect effective facilities space management." While this layout is increasingly adopted, no research has definitively answered this question or evaluated open-plan design for its usefulness. This research therefore aims to respond to this question and establish reliable criteria for effective management and re-engineering of offices with open-plans. This research is novel and timely since it endeavours to develop new models and objective criteria to better exploit this concept for greater office performance and productivity.

School of Ecology and Environment

Title: Ecological renovation of constructed wetlands: changing state from algae to macrophyte dominated systems

Dr G Allinson, Prof BD Mitchell, Dr PL Jones

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 2911 - ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Mars Confectionary

Summary: Mars Confectionary's constructed wastewater treatment wetlands no longer purify its waste waters. Over-burdening has tipped the balance from a plant dominated, clear water system to an algae dominated, turbid system. This project will aid restoration of the Mars wetlands by (1) improving our understanding of alage-macrophyte dynamics in shallow water basins; (2) producing a series of soft engineering, ecologically based techniques for the management / rehabilitation of natural and constructed shallow water bodies which receive high nutrient loads; (3) improve decision support tools for the renovation and sustainable management of the Mars Confectionary, and similar food processing industry constructed wetlands.


Title: Nutrient Cycling in Lagoon of Islands,Tasmania: management to control

A/Prof JE Sherwood, Em/Prof PA Tyler, Dr GJ Vinall

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 2599 - OTHER CHEMICAL SCIENCES

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Hydro Tasmania Environmental Services

Summary: Hydro Tasmania manages the Lagoon of Islands, a shallow freshwater lake on Tasmania's central plateau. The lagoon provides irrigation water and supports a significant recreational fishery. Over the last decade the lake has suffered increased nutrient enrichment, despite catchment management works to reduce external nutrient loads. Preliminary nutrient budgets suggest that a significant proportion of the water column nutrient load comes from the sediments, phytoplankton or macrophytes. Internal nutrient loads and loading mechanisms will be characterised. Cost effective strategies for their management will be developed utilising hydrological manipulation - a largely unexplored technique.

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School of Engineering and Technology

Title: New Wrought Magnesium Alloys: Manipulating the Annealed Microstructure

Dr MR Barnett

2003 : $48,000
2004 : $50,000
2005 : $53,000

Category: 2913 - METALLURGY

Industry Partner(s): Australian Magnesium Corporation

Summary: One of the main impediments to increased use of wrought magnesium is its characteristic but mediocre mechanical properties. The proposed work paves the way for new improved wrought magnesium alloys by determining how the constituent nano-structures, micro-structures and deformation conditions can be manipulated to control the evolution of properties during annealing. The project will deliver mathematical models describing the annealed microstructure and mechanical properties. The work will also explore the potential of a recent discovery made by the CI of a simple technique to randomise the alignment of the annealed atomic lattice structure, which promises to markedly improve formability.


Title: Assessment of the new technologies to maximise the internal energy efficiency by modelling the energy flows in Victorian power stations

Dr EJ Hu

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 2905 - MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Alcoa Australia, Loy Yang Power

Summary: Increased internal energy efficiency will reduce the CO2 emissions and increase the profit margin for the power stations. The aim of the proposed research is to investigate the internal energy efficiency in the brown coal fired power stations by modelling the internal energy flows to reveal the potentials in the waste' heat streams in the power stations, and to assess new waste heat recovery measures for the power industry. The proposed research, supported by the entire Victorian power generation industry, will help the industry to achieve their green house gas emission reduction target set by the Federal Government.


Title: Methodologies for automatic visual identification in heat detection aids

Dr AZ Kouzani, A/Prof S Nahavandi

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 2802 - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND SIGNAL AND IMAGE PROCESSING

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s):Factory Controls

Summary: New techniques will be designed and developed to automate the existing manual heat detection of cattle, under general imaging conditions. The proposed intelligent system will consist of six stages: 1- image acquisition, 2- image preprocessing, 3- presence detection, 4- illumination compensation, 5- HD detection, and 6- heat detection. The proposed system will handle various image variations, and will be fast and cost-effective. The developed system will improve the productivity of Australian cattle industry.


Title: Removal of toxic air pollutants from car cabin by photocatalytic oxidation reactor

Dr LY Zou, Dr EJ Hu

2003 : $23,033
2004 : $23,033
2005 : $23,033

Category: 2911 - ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

APA(I): 1

Industry Partner(s): Air International

Summary: The air inside car cabin contains the contaminated air drawn from the traffic exhaust which has high levels of volatile organic compounds and other toxic air pollutants. The poor air quality in the car can posea public health problem. Photocatalytic oxidation is an emerging technology which can remove the toxic organic pollutants in car cabin by mineralising them. This proposed research aims to quantify the photocatalytic oxidation process occurring in titanium dioxide mediated reactor by simulating air flow and radiation. The developed simulation model can be used as a designing tool to optimise the cost-effective
reactor design.

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Externally Led

Title: Sustainability and innovation in outer-suburban housing developments

Prof M Berry, Dr I Patnaikuni, Dr GJ Treloar, Ms H Lewis and Dr SP de Silva

2003 : $75,000
2004 : $51,000
2005 : $51,000

Category: 2911 - ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Administering Institution: RMIT University

APAI(s): 2

Industry Partner(s):

* City West Water
* Origin Energy
* Melbourne Water
* Sustainability Policy Services, Building Commission
* Cairnlea Development, Urban and Regional Land Corporation
* Hassell
* Housing Energy Programs, Sustainable Energy Authority of Victoria
* Metricon Homes

Summary: This project will investigate the sustainability outcomes that are possible in outer suburban project homes using current building and design technologies, and the barriers to the uptake of these technologies more broadly in outer suburban project home developments. The outcomes will include a critically needed decision support tool to help the industry to meet regulatory requirements for more sustainable housing. The project is strongly supported by a consortium of industry partners including the Urban and Regional Land Corporation, Metricon Homes, Building Commission, Origin Energy, City West Water, Melbourne Water, Sustainable Energy Authority of Victoria and Hassell Architects.

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Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

1st December 2009