ARC Linkage Awards for 2004 - Round Two

 

Faculty of Arts

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

Faculty of Business and Law

Deakin Business School

Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Ecology and Environment
School of Engineering and Technology

The University of Melbourne



Faculty of Arts

School of Communication and Creative Arts

Title: Landscape and Memory: the West Coast of Victoria

Dr S Srivastava, Dr LC Johnson, Prof MF Meehan, Dr FM Devlin-Glass, Mr D de Bruyn

2004 : $11,778
2005 : $23,556
2006 : $23,556
2007 : $11,778

Category: 3704 - HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

APA(I) Award(s): 1

Partner Organisation(s)
Experimenta Media Arts Inc.

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: The application is for an APAI PhD, located within a wider plan by Deakin University and Experimenta Media Arts to develop an interactive mode of analysis of landscape and design of civic spaces across the west coast and hinterland regions in Victoria. The project will locate development and regional cultural understanding within an enriched historical perspective, drawing on cross-disciplinary research and using digital animation in particular to display the 'presence of the past in the present', to explore and promote distinctive and sustainable modes of living, and to construct visual hypotheses for environmental and cultural development in each area.

School of Social and International Studies


Title: The challenge of managing cultural diversity in education: the case of Arab-Australian youth

Dr F Mansouri, Dr MP Leach, Ms DE Smiley

2004 : $20,000
2005 : $40,000
2006 : $40,000
2007 : $20,000

Category: 3701 - SOCIOLOGY

Partner Organisation(s)
Brencorp Foundation
Victorian Arabic Social Services (VASS)

Administering Institution: Deakin University

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 fulfil the potential of multicultural education.

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Faculty of Business and Law

Deakin Business School

Title: An investigation into consumer perspectives on emotional, attitudinal and behavioural loyalty

Prof CE Hartel, Ms R Bennett, Mr IJ Walkley, Mr SA Cierpicki, Dr JS Worthington

2004 : $35,000
2005 : $72,500
2006 : $75,000
2007 : $37,500

Category: 3801 - PSYCHOLOGY

Partner Organisation(s)
Colmar Brunton Research
Golden Casket Lottery Corp
WorkCover Qld

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: Attracting and retaining loyal customers is central to the economic viability of organisations. Yet, scholars have not resolved how to define brand loyalty, what contributes to brand loyalty for different services, products and industries over time nor the appropriate application of brand loyalty measures in different contexts. Current conceptualisations overlook the role of emotion and its relationship with the other dimensions of brand loyalty. The proposed project will be the first application of a prototype approach and one of the few studies to use quantitative longitudinal research techniques to further understanding of what brand loyalty is and how it develops.


Title: The Role of Communication in Sino-Australian Business Negotiations: An Appraisal

Prof CE Hartel, Dr S As-Saber

2004 : $11,778
2005 : $23,556
2006 : $23,556
2007 : $11,778

Category: 3801 - PSYCHOLOGY

APA(I) Award(s): 1

Partner Organisation(s)
Foster's Group Limited
Coster Diamonds

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: Communication difficulties together with the lack of cultural understanding are a major barrier preventing many Australian businesses from succeeding in the Chinese market, a primary estination for Australian exports. Yet up til now, the study of Australian-Chinese cross-cultural communications has been largely unattended. This project addresses this need by integrating an emotions perspective on communication with a well-established communication theory. Using a grounded theory approach, the proposed project will result in a model that will assist businesses to identify points where communications may falter and formulate strategies for dealing with such intricacies in the context of Sino-Australian business negotiations.


Title: A knowledge base to model the relationship between individual's lives and their communities

Dr K Reed, Dr BJ Blunsdon

2004 : $20,000
2005 : $50,000
2006 : $41,778
2007 : $11,778

Category: 3701 - SOCIOLOGY

APA(I) Award(s): 1

Partner Organisation(s)
Municipal Association of Victoria
Our Community

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: This research will 1) model the impact of 'communities' on residents' lives, and study the inter-relationships between community assets and structure, the life-situations of residents, collective and individual well-being; and, 2) study the relationship between people's levels of social connectedness and community affiliation on community functioning. The information generated will inform public policy initiatives that aim to strengthen communities and contributes to the need for more in-depth empirical work in the area of community and individual development. This innovative project will integrate data from a wide range of sources and makes it accessible through state of the art technology.

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Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Ecology and Environment

Title: A microbiological risk assessment model for the use of reclaimed water in irrigated horticulture

Prof F Stagnitti, Dr R Premier, Dr A Boland;

2004 : $22,500
2005 : $45,000
2006 : $45,000
2007 : $22,500

Category: 2908 - CIVIL ENGINEERING

Partner Organisation(s)
Department of Primary Industries

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: The volume of reclaimed water used in Australia is increasing. A major use of reclaimed water is irrigation of horticultural crops. There are considerable associated risks including contamination of soil and plants and accidental ingestion of harmful pathogens. Whilst research on many risks has been conducted, there are knowledge gaps and information is not readily available to managers. The central aim of this project will be to develop a new, comprehensive mathematical risk assessment model able to simulate different irrigation and horticultural scenarios. The primary output will be a user-friendly environmental decision support system incorporating the newly developed model.

School of Engineering and Technology

Title: Developing Light Weight Automotive Structures

Prof PD Hodgson, Prof MJ Cardew-Hall, Dr E Pereloma, Dr M Dingle, Dr BF Rolfe, Dr I Timokhina

2004 : $85,718
2005 : $168,954
2006 : $167,032
2007 : $129,066
2008 : $45,270

Category: 2301 - MATHEMATICS

APA(I) Award(s): 2
APDI Dr I Timokhina

Partner Organisation(s)
FORD MOTOR COMPANY OF AUSTRALIA LTD

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: In Australia, most automotive companies are now considering advanced high strength, formable steels for weight reduction. These steels are extremely complex with little published research in key areas of their application. The objective is to develop a detailed understanding of the forming and post forming properties of a range of these steels and from this to design and produce new lighter weight automotive structures. This work will include improved finite element models to predict the shape as well as a detailed understanding of how to manufacture components from these steels at high production rates and the mechanical properties after manufacturing.

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The University of Melbourne

Title: Engagement with schooling: Influences of motivation processes on the development and application of independent thinking skills

Dr MD Ainley, Dr MC Perry (Deakin University), Dr M Polack

2004 : $22,500
2005 : $45,000
2006 : $45,000
2007 : $22,500

Category: 3301 - EDUCATION STUDIES

APA(I) Award(s): 1

Partner Organisation(s)
Balwyn High School

Administering Institution: The University of Melbourne

Summary: Motivation and flexible thinking skills are critical outcomes of schooling if adolescents are to become life-long learners. This collaborative project employs innovative methodology to investigate students' developing capacity to apply thinking skills to novel problems and how motivational processes contribute to these outcomes. Measurement of real-time sequences of reactions and decisions provide direct access to on-task processes not available from existing methods. Problem tasks developed in collaboration with teachers will be used with Year 7, 8 and 9 students in a cohort-sequential design. Findings will inform future innovations designed to engage and challenge educational achievement in adolescents.

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1st December 2009