The University of Newcastle, Australia

ARC Discovery Projects 2015

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle has secured six Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Program grants for 2015.

ARC Discovery Projects 2015

Including the ARC Future Fellowship awarded to Associate Professor David Lubans, which was announced in September 2014, the Faculty has won $2.1 million dollars of nationally competitive ARC research funding.

This is another great outcome for the Faculty of Education and Arts and reflects the significant research contribution it makes to UON and the broader scholarly community.

Details of ARC Discovery Projects

Professor Lisa Adkins
DP150101772 1608 Sociology
Employment Activation and the Changing Economy-Society Relation

Underemployment and joblessness have emerged as serious social problems in an age of global economic uncertainty. This project focuses on how, across advanced liberal societies, these problems are being redefined via transnational policy models and experiments seeking to 'activate' underemployed and unemployed populations. This project posits that these experiments articulate a new dynamic between economy and society and aims to provide a better understanding of this dynamic. It aims to deliver a reconceptualization of under-and unemployment, a new and relevant analysis of policy models, and new empirical insight into the mobilisation of activation policies.

Dr Lisa FeatherstoneDr Amanda Kaladelfos (Griffith) Dr Carolyn Strange (ANU), Dr Nina Westera (Griffith)
DP150101798 2103 Historical Studies
Sexual Offences, Legal Responses and Public Perceptions: 1880s-1980s

Testimony of sexual abuse before the current Royal Commission has exposed the historic neglect and cover-up of institutional offences. Yet, to unearth the deeper and wider dimensions of sexual offending requires scholarly historical analysis. This project aims to use qualitative and quantitative analysis to track how and why certain forms of sexual behaviours parked public concern and provoked legal responses and public inquiries from the1880sto the1980s.The systematic examination of these patterns through archival and published documents is intended to test the relation between shifting community and political concerns and the conduct of criminal trials.

Dr Mark Harvey, Dr Myfany Turpin (UQ), Dr Michael Proctor (Macquarie)
DP150100845 2004 Linguistics
Kaytetye and Prosodic Theory

This project addresses a central question about language. How well do we understand the structure of syllables and words? The project aims to examine the Australian language (Kaytetye), the unusual word and syllable structure of  which suggests that models of syllable and word structure may require significant revision. The project aims to consider the implications of Kaytetye sound structure for general theories of phonology, and more importantly for ideas about universals in language. The project involves extensive documentation of Kaytetye, which is an endangered language. The project is expected to provide a detailed description of Kaytetye sound structures and articles addressing the implications of these findings for phonological theory.

Prof Allyson Holbrook, Dr Jill Scevak, Dr Kylie Shaw, Prof Sid Bourke, Prof  Dennis McInerney (U Hong Kong)
DP150102088 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Excellent researchers: Using learner profiles to enhance research learning

Recent evidence concerning metacognitive learning and affect reveals that research degree candidates are a diverse group of learners, and little is known about explaining wasteful attrition, stress and delays in progress. Such a study is essential, especially given the growth in research degrees, new transitional pathways, diversity in candidate backgrounds and chronic high attrition. This longitudinal study applies new findings about doctoral learning profiles in a direct intervention (DOCLearnPro) that targets individual differences across students in doctoral and master's degrees to improve learning out comes significantly and contribute theoretically, methodologically and substantively in order to advance understanding of researcher development.

Dr Eva Petersen
DP150101368 1605  Policy and Administration
Grantsmanship in the social sciences: an international comparative study

University-based social scientists spend considerable time each year applying for competitive research grants. It is a significant undertaking for universities and individuals. Taking an international comparative approach the project aims to offer original in-depth insight into how so-called 'grantsmanship' is undertaken, how it is learned and how it is experienced. It investigates how different policy and institutional contexts influence such work and how social scientists negotiate scientific and strategic exigencies in the process of proposal writing. Such analysis aims to enhance understanding of the contemporary mechanisms that shape social scientific practice and stimulate professional, political and public debate central to democratic well-being.

Prof Lyndall Ryan, Prof Amanda  Nettelbeck (UAdl),A/Prof Anna Johnston (UTas), A/Prof Penny Edmonds (UTas), A/Prof Victoria  Haskins, Dr Angela Wanhalla (U Otago),
DP150100914  2103  Historical Studies
Intimacy and Violence in Anglo Pacific Rim settler colonial societies

Violence and intimacy were both fundamental to the formation of settler colonial societies, yet we know surprisingly little of how they were connected. Through a large-scale collaboration of leading scholars, this project aims to produce the first transnational analysis of intimacy and violence as key, intertwined vectors in the development of settler societies across the colonial Anglophone Pacific Rim. Drawing out connections between the broad-scale dynamics of colonial rule and the violent and intimate domains of its implementation on the ground, the project aims to generate new comparative insights into the development of colonial settler cultures and create enhanced understanding of their legacies or western settler democracies today.

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