Dean's Research Awards 2017

16 May 2017

Dean's Research Awards

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences has recognised the outstanding research performance within the Faculty at this year’s Dean’s Research Awards. The annual awards reward the research excellence of academic staff across the Faculty.

This year’s ceremony was held on Monday 15 May at the Centennial Parklands with an introduction to the event by Professor Helen Groth, Associate Dean of Research. The winners were then presented their awards by Professor Susan Dodds, Dean of Arts & Social Sciences, and Professor Nicholas Fisk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

We are pleased to announce the 2017 recipients:

Academic Excellence

Best monograph: Associate Professor Lisa Ford

Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins of International Law, 1800–1850 (Harvard 2016)
Professor Jennifer Pitts of Chicago described the book thus:
Rage for Order is a remarkable and important book that succeeds brilliantly in the ambitious tasks it undertakes and that will undoubtedly be received as a major contribution to the literatures in global history, imperial history, and the history of international law. It makes a vital intervention… in the lively interdisciplinary debate about the formation of the global legal order, one that will have to be taken into account by all future histories of international law.”


Best monograph by an early career researcher: Dr Michael Richardson

Gestures of Testimony: Torture, Trauma and Affect in Literature (Bloomsbury Academic 2016) challenges the notion that trauma is fundamentally unrepresentable. Having mapped the biopolitical and affective architecture of the war on terror, it adopts an interdisciplinary approach to show how testimony founded in affect can bear witness to torture and its traumas.
Grounded in provocative readings of poems by Guantanamo detainees, memoirs of interrogators and detainees, films such as Zero Dark Thirty and lncendies, the Bush Administration's Torture Memos, and fiction by George Orwell, Franz Kafka, Arthur Koestler, Anne Michaels, and Janette Turner Hospital, the book traces the workings of affect, biopower, and aesthetics to re-think literary testimony and the practice of its writing.
Gestures of Testimony gives shape to a mode of affective witnessing, a reaching beyond the page in the writing of torture that reveals violent trauma-even as it embodies its veiling.


Best HDR publication: James Keating

James Keating, ‘‘An Utter Absence of National Feeling’: Australian Women and the International Suffrage Movement, 1900–14,’ Australian Historical Studies 47, no. 3 (2016): 462–81.
Supervisor: Associate Professor Lisa Ford - School of Humanities and Languages
In February 1902, the Victorian suffragist Vida Goldstein helped establish the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (IWSA) in Washington, D.C. Four months later, the Commonwealth Franchise Act gave white women unprecedented political privileges. Despite these pioneer achievements, Australian women struggled to achieve prominence within the international suffrage movement before the First World War.
Discounting traditional explanations that expense and distance kept Australians on the IWSA’s margins, this article reconsiders the concept of national representation – a central tenet of liberal internationalism. In the wake of Federation, deep colonial loyalties persisted and women remained ambivalent about assuming the responsibilities of national and international citizenship.
The publication is in an excellent journal, single authored, beautifully written, well researched and argued, with strong original contribution. This is truly an outstanding contribution from an HDR candidate.


Best doctoral thesis: Charlotte Wood

Supervisors: Associate Professor Anne Brewster - School of the Arts and Media and Professor Dorottya Fabian - School of the Arts and Media
The Natural Way of Things (novel) & Looking for Trouble: Problem finding processes in literary creativity
The Natural Way of Things also won the 2016 Stella Prize.


Best HDR supervision: Professor Slava Kalyuga

School of Education
Professor Slava Kalyuga has been nominated by the School of Education with an outstanding record of supervision, taking numerous students to completion and displaying a strong commitment to the development of research students as a Postgraduate Coordinator for Education and a member of the Higher Degree Committee for Arts & Social Sciences. 
“My supervisory approach is, to a significant degree, informed by my own research program, which involves using proven research- and evidence-based methods and actually immersing students in the processes of developing such methods using the supervisor-as-scholar's internal research laboratory. I am committed to developing students' abilities to apply research-based knowledge and independent thinking when critically analysing research strategies and methods.”


Achievement by an early career researcher: Dr Emma A Jane

The findings of Dr Emma A Jane’s early career research studies into cyberhate are situated at the vanguard of international research and have established her international reputation as an agenda-setting scholar in the field of digital culture and ethics of technology.
They have led to approaches from and collaborations with multiple scholars, media outlets, publishers, corporations, and NGOs from both inside and outside Australia, including Google Jigsaw, the US-based Women’s Media Center (WMC) Speech Project, Women’s Health Victoria, and the NSW Legislative Council MP Mehreen Faruqi.


Achievement in Research Leadership: Associate Professor Iva Strnadova

Associate Professor Iva Strnadová is a co-founder and the leader of the Special and Inclusive Education Research Group (SIERG). As Deputy Head of School (Research), Iva has applied the same level and quality of attention to mentorship and support, going well beyond her position description.
In particular, she has pioneered a range of initiatives that have greatly increased the productivity and research focus of the School of Education, to support both higher degree research students and her peers.

Global Impact

Research (scholarly) impact: Dr Joanne Spangaro and Professor Anthony Zwi

Dr Joanne Spangaro and Professor Anthony Zwi’s SyLVIE study Systematically Looking at Violence in Emergencies was the first systematic review of interventions to reduce risk and incidence of sexual violence in conflict zones.
The analysis identified mechanisms underpinning successful interventions which included increasing risk of detection of perpetrators and safe conditions for disclosure of assaults.


Social Engagement

Research (social) impact: Dr Myra HamiltonDr Trish HillCathy Thomson, and Emeritus Professor Bettina Cass

Since the publication of their report into policy measures that value unpaid care provision, Dr Myra HamiltonDr Trish HillCathy Thomson, and Emeritus Professor Bettina Cass have been central in building momentum behind policy changes that support parents and carers, having an impact on policy development processes, policy advocacy, and public debate.
The AHRC commissioned project reports have had a significant impact on key policy areas that serve to benefit the most disadvantaged in our society. The use of this work by key actors in the welfare and financial sectors indicates the broad-ranging impact of the work.