UNSW Arts & Social Sciences’ academics successful in latest ARC Future Fellowships round

5 Jun 2017

ARC Fellowships Rd 1 2017
L to R: Associate Professor Laura Shepherd and Dr Joanne Faulkner

We are pleased to announce that Associate Professor Laura Shepherd (School of Social Sciences), Dr Joanne Faulkner (School of Humanities & Languages), and Associate Professor Katherine Albury (School of the Arts & Media) have been successful in the latest round of ARC grants.

Associate Professor Laura Shepherd and Dr Joanne Faulkner were both awarded ARC Future Fellowships (details below). In this round of submissions, UNSW was awarded 13 of the 91 awarded Australia-wide, with Monash University and University of Queensland each receiving 14. UNSW topped the state with the closest competitor being the University of Sydney which had 5 successful applications.

Associate Professor Katherine Albury was awarded an ARC linkage grant alongside Professor Alex Broom and Dr Emma Kirby (both from PJI), and Associate Professor Xiaoyuan Shang, Professor Karen Fisher and Dr Natasha Cortis (all from SPRC) whose grants were announced in 2016 (details below). 

Please join us in congratulating them:

Associate Professor Laura Shepherd
Countering terrorism and violent extremism through women peace and security
ARC Future Fellowship (FT17 Round): $868,000
This project aims to advance knowledge about efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism (CT/CVE) and the United Nations’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, investigating how these two sets of practices are being brought into alignment. The threat to peace and security posed by terrorism and violent extremism is of increasing magnitude in global politics. Applying innovative methods, this project explores the integration of CT/CVE and WPS at the UN and in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Sweden, in collaboration with UN entities and civil society organisations. The insights generated through this project will enable scholars and practitioners to both rethink violence prevention in WPS policy architecture and rethink CT/CVE through WPS principles.

Dr Joanne Faulkner
Significances of 'childhood' in postcolonial Australia
ARC Future Fellowship (FT17 Round): $742,961
This project aims to investigate the rhetorical and political use of the figure of the Aboriginal child as a site of mediation in efforts to reconcile cultural tensions in Australia, particularly between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Utilising an interdisciplinary critical analysis of concepts of childhood, the expected outcomes of the project include enhanced understanding of the specific character of injury inflicted upon Aboriginal communities through interventions targeting their children, such as their removal into out of home care. This should provide significant benefits to the contemporary social project of reconciliation, through increasing critical attention to the part of cultural misunderstanding in perpetuating Aboriginal disadvantage.

Kath Albury

Associate Professor Katherine Albury (pictured above)
Safety, risk and wellbeing on digital dating apps
ARC linkage grant: $139,930
Associate Professor Katherine Albury, Dr Anthony McCosker, Associate Professor Kane Race, Ms Jessica Botfield, Ms Giverny Lewis, and Mr Johann Kolstee
Partner orgs: ACON Health Ltd & Family Planning NSW

Safety, risk and wellbeing on digital dating apps. This project aims to build an evidence-base scoping and strategic planning of health promotion campaigns targeting Australian dating app users. The rise of digital dating apps generates a number of issues regarding cultures of health and wellbeing, including concerns regarding risks of sexual assault, and sexually transmitted infection transmission. Popular media reports raise concerns regarding sexual privacy breaches, in the form of 'revenge porn', sexual harassment and sexual assault. Despite this, little evidence exists regarding the role apps currently play in users' everyday negotiations of consent, condom use, contraception, and other aspects of sexual health and wellbeing. The outcomes of this project will establish foundations for future health interventions promoting sexual health and safety for digital dating app users, and take an innovative participatory approach. This will result in practical, strategic recommendations regarding the future planning, and implementation of digital health promotion campaigns targeting diverse populations, including heterosexual and same-sex-attracted young people aged 15-30.

PJI grant

Professor Alex Broom and Dr Emma Kirby (pictured above)
Cultural biographies, medical knowledges: A sociological study
ARC linkage grant: $210,000
Professor Alex Broom, Dr Emma Kirby, Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic, Professor Jonathan Adams, Dr Zarnie Lwin, Dr David Wyld, Dr Eng-Siew Koh, Dr Paul de Souza, and Ms Lisa Woodland
Partner orgs: Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital Foundation, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

This project aims to push the cancer care sector toward person-centred care rather than simply ‘accommodating cultural diversity’. Cancer is much more than just the leading burden of disease in Australia; it is a social and cultural entity, experienced in hugely varied ways within and across communities, subtly reflecting individual histories and cultural biographies. This project will use oral life history and visual methods to understand the interplay of migrants' cultural biographies, their experiences of cancer, and the care they receive. Anticipated outcomes are improved care for migrants living with cancer, person-centred care, and inclusive policy strategies and guides for practice.

SPRC ARC grant

Associate Professor Xiaoyuan Shang, Professor Karen Fisher and Dr Natasha Cortis (pictured above)
Government purchased services for children 
ARC linkage grant: $285,000
Associate Professor Xiaoyuan Shang, Professor Karen Fisher, Dr Natasha Cortis, Professor Jude Howell, and Mr Tong Lihua
Partner orgs: Beijing Children's Legal Aid and Research Centre & Right To Play, China

This project aims to establish ways the Chinese government can avoid the quality and accountability problems other countries’ governments have faced when purchasing child welfare services over the last 30 years. Using six regional case studies and government national datasets, this project will identify the effect of new purchasing models and address significant regulatory risks in China’s burgeoning welfare state. Findings are expected to build governments’ capacity to purchase good quality, equitable services for children; improve outcomes for millions of Chinese children; and build new theories of government contracting, service system governance, and global social policy convergence and transfer, relevant for Chinese and Australian social services.