ARC Discovery Awards for 2006

Faculty of Arts

School of History, Heritage and Society

Faculty of Business and Law

School of Law

Faculty of Education

School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Architecture and Building
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
School of Engineering and Technology

 

Faculty of Arts

School of History, Heritage and Society

Title: Remembering Places of Pain and Shame: Conservation of the Asia Pacific Region's 'Difficult' Heritage of Imprisonment Sites

Prof WS Logan; Dr CD Long; Dr F Qian; Mr KJ Reeves

2006 : $79,000
2007 : $59,000
2008 : $62,000
2009 : $55,755

Category: 3101 - ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN ENVIRONMENT

APD Dr F Qian

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: This project will contribute to theoretical and practical discourses relevant to Australia's cultural heritage industry. Its findings will have implications for the work of national and state industry bodies (Australian Heritage Council, Australian Dept of Environment and Heritage, Heritage Victoria) and professional organisations (Australia ICOMOS). The project findings may lead to concrete results such as the addition of new places to international, national and state heritage registers and their protection for the benefit of the community at large. The project will also provide Early Career Researcher training and enhance possibilities for future research collaboration with heritage and tourism industry partners.

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Faculty of Business and Law

School of Law

Title: Understanding regulatory networks: Assessing the relevance of the 'rule of law' to business regulation in Vietnam

Mr JS Gillespie; Dr PK Taylor

2006 : $52,000
2007 : $47,000
2008 : $43,000

Category: 3703 - ANTHROPOLOGY

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: Consistent with Research Priority 4, the project will assist Australian policy makers and business investors/exporters to understand why market laws frequently produce fragmentation and instability in developing East Asia. It will also inform important theoretical debates about the relative influence of law, social norms, ethno religious orientations and sentiment in forming regulatory networks that augment and rival state power. The project will strengthen linkages between Australian and Asian universities and research institutions and improve post graduate research and teaching programs.

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Faculty of Education

School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education

Title: Research capacity building: the development of Australian PhD programs in national and emerging global contexts

Prof TD Evans; Ms M Pearson; Dr PD Macauley

2006 : $90,000
2007 : $65,000
2008 : $70,000

Category: 3399 - OTHER EDUCATION

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: PhD programs in universities are the principal means by which new researchers are prepared for work in the knowledge economy. This project develops a comprehensive coded database of every PhD awarded in Australia since the first programs in the 1940s. It the will study fourteen different PhD programs that have developed during this period in four universities. The project focuses on how these programs develop research capacity within disciplines and how these are related to the changing social, cultural and economic needs of Australia. The project will assist in planning future PhD programs and research capacity development.

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Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Title: Understanding environmental drivers of socioeconomic inequalities in food consumption

Dr K Ball

2006 : $104,515
2007 : $65,000

Category: 3212 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: The health, economic and social costs of poor nutrition are substantial. The national partnership, the Strategic Inter governmental Nutrition Alliance, has proposed a strategy, Eat Well Australia, which aims to improve the well being of Australians through better nutrition. Improving Australians' diet will cut health care costs, improve quality of life, and promote physical, mental and social functioning. In order to improve diet, particularly among those who are disadvantaged, a better understanding of the environmental drivers of inequalities in food consumption is required. Findings will inform the development of policies to increase the availability and accessibility of foodstuffs to supply an adequate and affordable diet for all.


Title: Understanding children's risk of obesity: contextual influences on changes in eating, physical activity and weight status

Dr AF Timperio; Prof DA Crawford; Dr K Ball; Dr J Salmon

2006 : $105,000
2007 : $74,000
2008 : $100,000
2009 : $30,000

Category: 3212 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: Overweight and obesity are significant public health issues in Australia. After tobacco, physical inactivity and obesity are leading modifiable contributors to the burden of disease. The economic cost of obesity was recently estimated at $1.3 billion/year. Preventing further increases in childhood obesity is an urgent national priority, however there currently exists insufficient information to guide effective obesity prevention strategies. The findings of this study will inform efforts to prevent obesity at the population level by enhancing knowledge of contextual influences on obesity risk behaviours and the selection of specific targets for intervention. As such, this study will help create a healthier generation of children.

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Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Architecture and Building

Title: The influence of Indian Antecedents on the geometry of Southeast Asian temples

S Datta; Dr DJ Beynon

2006 : $45,000
2007 : $20,000
2008 : $35,000

Category: 3101 - ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN ENVIRONMENT

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: Australia is an emerging player in the field of heritage and conservation in the Asia Pacific region. This project will greatly improve the ability of Australian cultural heritage institutions to address the preservation and conservation initiatives in the region. A successful Australian heritage export industry will foster improved diplomatic relations with Asia. It will provide momentum to a vital and expanding national industry, broadening the scope of Australian trade in cultural heritage and allied professional services and enhancing the nation's image in Asia. This corresponds with the key objectives of the Australian government's foreign affairs and trade portfolios.

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Title: The cost of a meal: life history consequences of foraging mode in fur seals and sea lions

Dr JP Arnould; Dr D Costa; Prof MA Fedak

2006 : $79,000
2007 : $70,000
2008 : $70,000

Category: 2707 - ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: Australia's two fur seal species are currently experiencing population increases throughout their range as they recover from the over exploitation of the commercial sealing era (18 19th centuries) whereas the Australian sea lion population is decreasing (or stable but low) throughout its range and is considered vulnerable. Understanding the mechanisms which determine foraging efficiency in fur seals and sea lions will have implications for the management of these species, which are likely to experience increasing interactions with fisheries activities. The results of this research will assist in the development of policies to ensure the environmentally sustainable use of marine resources.

Title: A novel link between plant pathogen defence and DNA repair capability

A/Prof DM Cahill; Prof BA Kunz; Dr PM Schenk; Dr DF Klessig

2006 : $124,000
2007 : $110,000
2008 : $110,000

Category: 2704 - BOTANY

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: Plants and plant based industries are essential for the provision of food, clothing and building materials and underpin the economies of rural communities. Plant yield and quality and the biodiversity of natural systems are dramatically reduced by disease. The fundamental knowledge gained from our research will enable manipulation of the factors that enhance disease resistance resulting in a significant benefit to Australian agriculture and protection of our natural resources. The current reliance for disease control on chemicals that damage the environment will be reduced and our research will contribute directly to the provision of cheaper, simpler and more effective methods of control.

School of Engineering and Technology

Title: Nodal Power Saving for Disconnected Ad Hoc Sensor Networks

Dr PN Pathirana; Dr BF Rolfe; Dr A Wong

2006 : $80,000
2007 : $85,000
2008 : $85,000

Category: 2917 - COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES

Administering Institution: Deakin University

Summary: Bush fire, age care and farming is Australia's today and tomorrow. A key aspect in bush fire control is early detection of ignitions by spreading miniature low power sensors in a large potential area in an ad hoc fashion and localizing. Response to panic alarm buttons by retirees in a retirement village where they are free to walk around while their location is monitored in real time using a wireless tag they carry to transmit data relating to their physical health(i.e blood pressure, ECG etc). Locating live stocks roaming around in the dairy industry using sensory transmission used for monitoring their statues is vitals for the farmer for improving efficiency.

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1st December 2009