Advancing Society and Culture

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Enabling a sustainable World

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Improving Health and Wellbeing

Our strong research focus on heritage, society and international development is advancing global understanding of intercultural relations, migration, indigeneity, racism, religion, democracy, politics and governance.

Deakin is an Australian research hub on the Middle East and has recently created an innovative Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue.

In education, researchers are cultivating society and culture by informing policy across all educational sectors through developing partnerships, transforming pedagogies and working toward achieving equity and social justice.

Our education researchers are helping to lead a major national program that aims to increase the study of science and technology in secondary education, which is vital to the future of our region.

Across the Asia-Pacific, projects range from identifying strategies to improve equity for children with disabilities, to building “Asia Literacy,” to close involvement in the UN’s annual economic and social index for all countries within the region.

Multi-funding success for education research
Online learning methods, influence of teacher expertise and participation levels in Higher Education will be explored through Deakin-led research projects funded by the Australian Research Council. Deakin University has further cemented its place as a leader in education research with three academics receiving funding for their projects in the latest
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Indigenous early childhood teachers make the difference
Deakin Indigenous graduate, Alexis Spencer, is aiming to support Indigenous people to have meaningful careers in early childhood teaching – and benefit children in remote communities. Alexis Spencer, a Deakin Indigenous graduate, has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years across remote Australian communities. Her research
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Creative thinking brings more parents to conferences
A few clever initiatives have opened the way for more parent–researchers to attend academic conferences more easily. A series of “family friendly initiatives” are set to improve conference accessibility for delegates with young children, particularly women scholars. Associate Professor Kim Toffoletti, a sociologist within Deakin University’s School of Humanities and
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How important is the media in remote areas?
A Deakin researcher is investigating how the media shapes the way we perceive “community” in rural areas. With population resettlement to rural and regional areas on the rise, it’s crucial that regional people feel connected to their communities. Dr Kristy Hess, a Senior Lecturer in Communication at Deakin University, argues
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Middle East: how can we reduce the conflict?
Deakin researchers will investigate the role of regional actors in fuelling Middle East proxy wars, with the hope of finding ways to reduce the bloodshed. The ongoing conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan are estimated to have led to the deaths of more than 600,000 people. In a bid to assess
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Rethinking the ‘age of the human’
By all accounts, you’ll be hearing the word “Anthropocene” more and more, especially as universities around the world are starting to host “Anthropocene Campuses.” But what does it mean? Chair of the Anthropocene Campus Melbourne and Alfred Deakin Institute researcher Dr Timothy Neale explains. The term “Anthropocene” has become many
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Defying destruction
Prosecuting crimes such as genocide and cultural destruction is difficult, but the same techniques used to digitally preserve heritage can also be used to provide evidence of its destruction. Deakin University art historian and archaeologist Dr José Antonio González Zarandona recently lent his expertise to a multidisciplinary team working on
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Teachers are key to girls’ self-perception
With the right strategies, teachers can significantly improve self-perception, motor competence and, ultimately, physical activity in teenage girls – leading to life-long benefits, according to new Deakin research. Belief in themselves plays a crucial role in girls’ involvement in physical activity. In a world-first study on the benefits of “mastery”
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Stepping into space: what are our ethical obligations?
Space exploration is a fascinating frontier for science, but we need to consider its ethical, health and environmental implications, claims Deakin bioethicist Evie Kendal. Who owns objects in space? How do we protect the Earth from the biosecurity risks of space exploration and what are the ethics of establishing future
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Graphics – key to science and maths success in schools
Developing diagrams and visual representations can lead to huge improvements in student performance and engagement in STEM subjects. Deakin researchers are taking their findings to schools across the country.    Diagrams, graphs and sketches – and even physical gesturing – have always played a role in science education, but
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Free speech or public harm?
Recent actual and cancelled appearances by Steve Bannon raise questions about traditional approaches to knowledge generation, writes Deakin philosopher Dr Patrick Stokes. One thing you have to give Steve Bannon: he knows how to get people yelling at each other. The former Trump chief strategist and Breitbart editor may be
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Facts help overcome prejudice
Having more factual knowledge of Islam and contact with Muslims is linked to less prejudice against Muslims, according to a new study. Recent research from Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is the first to examine whether knowing more facts about Islam as a religion and
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Digital games can educate, claims 3MT winner
A presentation on the educational value of digital games has seen PhD candidate Jarrod Hogan win this year’s Deakin 3MT crown. Mr Hogan is investigating whether the strategic use of digital games in secondary school classrooms could be a powerful educational tool. Based within Deakin University's School of Education, Mr
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Anniversary of conflict reveals more work to be done
One year on, a new book sheds light on the ongoing Myanmar Rohingya conflict. August 25 marked the first anniversary of the outbreak of violence that drove 671,500 Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh in a matter of months. There are now 1.1 million Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh. Deakin University Senior
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Cobalt and the Congo? Disciplines unite for ethical renewable energy
Political scientists are working with engineers, chemists and other hard scientists at Deakin to achieve “ethically green” renewable energies. Cobalt is necessary in many batteries to stabilise the materials, but 80 per cent of the world’s cobalt comes from the politically-corrupt Democratic Republic of Congo. How will this affect future
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Epigenetics: research explores policy risks
Epigenetics and the notion of plasticity have changed the way we think about human development. Deakin’s new ARC Future Fellow Maurizio Meloni is exploring the moral landscape and policy implications for populations in three countries. The rise of epigenetics and theories of developmental origins of health and disease since the
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Should social media accounts of the dead be deleted?
With no legal or ethical regulations in Australia, the decision of what to do with the digital remains of those who have passed away is likely to be faced by a growing number of us. Deakin University philosopher Dr Patrick Stokes argues that, in most cases, they should be kept
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Is it time to change the way we teach maths?
Mathematical reasoning has been neglected in Australian schools, but it is key to people's ability to be strategic throughout their lives, claim researchers who are working to improve maths education across the nation. A comprehensive review by the Australian Academy of Science (2015) recommended that national attention be directed to
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‘Critical Animal Studies’ Research Network launched at Deakin
Renowned Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer has presented the opening lecture for Deakin’s new research network. The new Deakin Critical Animal Studies (DCAS) Network aims to bring the needs, rights and vulnerabilities of nonhuman animals into focus in both research and teaching at Deakin University. The Network was launched on
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New researchers on track for success
Two of the Alfred Deakin Institute’s newest research fellows are taking advantage of a unique opportunity open only to early career researchers. Dr Sherene Idriss and Dr James Scambary have joined Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) as DECRA Track Research Fellows, a position unique to
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ADI Director takes tough stance on Australia’s aid program
In a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Australia’s aid program, Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director of the Alfred Deakin Institute, has argued Australia is not pulling its weight in the global community. The Parliamentary inquiry into the ‘strategic effectiveness and outcomes of Australia's aid program in the Indo Pacific and
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Revealing the other side of cute
What happens to animal TV stars when they’re no longer cute enough to amuse us? A new documentary by filmmakers Donna McRae and Michael Vale explores the consequences of using chimpanzees for our own entertainment. If you grew up in Adelaide or Bendigo in the 1960s you might have caught
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Deakin announces Doctoral scholarships
India-based postgraduate students planning to study in Australia will have more reason to choose Deakin for their Higher Degree by Research, with the announcement of eight new fully-funded PhD scholarships for 2018-19. The scholarships will support research projects focusing on specific research themes and help prepare a new generation of
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Seeds of repair
Australia’s exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale features the work of a Deakin artist. Grasses from Victoria’s Western Plains will bloom inside the Australian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Biennale in Venice this year, as part of an exhibition by architects Baracco+Wright in collaboration with artist Linda Tegg,
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New Beats: research reveals digital impact on journalists
Over 3000 Australian print and broadcast journalists have been made redundant in the past six years. A team of academics is investigating their fates and recording the effects of digital media on the profession. Recent issues concerning the integrity of Facebook “news” have drawn attention to the risks and influence
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Visualising the future
A collaborative project between Deakin Motion.Lab and the City of Melbourne opens up new avenues for the use of virtual reality in future planning. Major changes to city infrastructure can be tough to get past residents who love their urban environment and want a voice in how it should look.
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Papua New Guineans to hear their own stories of WW2
Historians are using the latest technology to share with the people of Papua New Guinea their own stories of World War Two. Deakin University researchers have played a key role in collating oral histories of Papua New Guineans relating to World War Two, in collaboration with Papua New Guinean researchers.
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Effective feedback: key to improved university teaching
Researchers from Deakin’s Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning are seeking to improve feedback practices – and student learning – across Australian universities. Feedback has the potential to improve student learning significantly, but it is too often underutilised, misunderstood, and a source of frustration for educators and students
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When policy meets history
If understanding history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes, what role do historians have to play in policymaking in a time of increasing international tension? Between writing books, leading Deakin University’s unique Contemporary Histories Research Group (CHRG), teaching and researching, Professor David Lowe, Chair of Contemporary History with Deakin’s
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Call for dignity to be the foundation of international animal rights laws
International legal recognition of animal rights or welfare should be based on the concept of dignity in line with the approach taken with international human rights, according to Deakin Law School researchers. There are no compelling reasons why the concept of dignity, one of the key justifications of human rights
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Encouraging social entrepreneurship
Social enterprises in India have a new resource with the commissioning of the Deakin Centurion Centre for Social Entrepreneurs. Deakin University and India’s Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM) have set up a joint centre for social entrepreneurs. Located at CUTM’s campus in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, the Deakin Centurion Centre
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Memorialising tragedy in Papua New Guinea
A Deakin researcher is considering the moral dimensions of Papua New Guinean dark tourism initiatives. Located on the slopes of volcanic Mount Lamington in Papua New Guinea’s Oro Province, the old Higaturu Station is a place marked by violence and memories. It is less than an hour’s drive from the
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Chasing the molecule
Extolled by the science community as “the Holy Grail of modern biomedicine,” the gene editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 is taking Deakin’s multi-talented anthropologist Eben Kirksey on a journey around the Globe, exploring its many applications and potential consequences. The potential of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool is causing universal excitement among
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‘Moments of wonder’: education research makes an impact
A passion for the environment and education led a Deakin PhD alumnus from a career in marine biology in Mexico to developing innovative educational experiences in Melbourne. Banksia Gardens Community Services in Broadmeadows is a vital hub for the local community, offering a variety of educational programs for all ages
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Australia’s deep time history revealed
A Deakin historian’s pioneering work on the nation’s ancient past and the history of Australian archaeology has contributed to a rewriting of our national story. Deakin University historian Mr Billy Griffiths is being acclaimed by Australian historians and archaeologists for creating a new understanding of Australia’s ancient past and an
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Finding the way for women in supply chain industry
A new initiative is tackling gender inequities in the supply chain industry, and misconceptions about the industry’s role. Australia’s multi-billion dollar supply chain industry must close its gender gap and attract fresh talent if it wants to grow to meet an increasingly automated future. That’s the message of a new
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Support for Deakin research networks
The successful Stage 2 bids for funding under a Deakin scheme to encourage multi-disciplinary research teams have been announced. Affordable homes and new technologies to help reverse biodiversity loss are the latest cross-disciplinary projects to receive funding under the Deakin University Research Network Scheme. HOME, led by Associate Professor Richard
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Changing the story of gendered violence through schools
REDI’s Professor Amanda Keddie has received a prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholarship to work with world-renowned gender, relationships and equity experts in the United States. New insight into how schools can change the story of gendered violence will be the focus of international research undertaken by Professor Amanda Keddie from Deakin
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Insights on Western Victoria amongst digital treasures
Online exhibitions are offering fascinating insights to special collections at the Deakin Library. The research notes, drawings and ponderings of Deakin geologist Edmund Gill, who researched the geology of Western Victoria for almost 50 years, make up the current exhibition on Deakin University Library’s Fusion: Deakin Exhibitions Online site. Seventeen
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ARC project to enhance multiculturalism in library collections
Deakin has been awarded over $340,000 in today’s round of Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grants. Professor Klaus Neumann, Professor of History at Deakin University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, has won one of 22 Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grants announced today. His project “Representing Multicultural Australia
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Research opposes media narrative of ‘African gangs’ in Melbourne
The Director of Deakin’s Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Professor Fethi Mansouri, has called for contextualisation of the issues surrounding the sensationalised reporting of ‘African gangs’ in Melbourne. Findings by researchers at Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute (ADI) have shown that Australia’s project of a multicultural nation is
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The haunting of “Lost Gully Road”
A love of Casper the Friendly Ghost as a child led to a fascination with ghost stories, but the spectre in Dr Donna McRae’s latest film is not so friendly. As the young girl walks, step by step, through the dark hallway, her pale face illuminated only by the light
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The dark side of emoji
The ubiquitous emoji, those seemingly harmless little icons used in digital communications around the world, are proving a minefield for law reform, according to new research from Deakin Law School. In a paper to be published in the Tennessee Law Review, Deakin University researchers Dr Elizabeth Kirley and Associate Professor
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Indigenous research-first among record ADI funding results
$2 million in ARC funding will support five research projects at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. Achieving improved empowerment of Indigenous communities in Australia is an important goal for Alfred Deakin Professor Yin Paradies, Chair in Race Relations and Deputy-Director of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship
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Metro Tunnel to lead the way in nature-friendliness
With the help of Deakin researchers and the concept of ‘biophilia,’ Melbourne’s five new Metro Tunnel stations will achieve a refreshing level of human-friendliness. The sound of water, biomorphic patterns, mystery, greenery and varying temperatures and airflows at the railway stations may be some of the elements considered to help
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Study uncovers economic impact of natural disasters
New research from Deakin Business School has revealed the impact of natural disasters on Australia’s economy. A Deakin University analysis of the consequences of natural disasters has found floods are more likely to impact the Australian economy than bushfires. Professor Mehmet Ulubasoglu, from Deakin Business School, said while it was
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Multicultural honour for Deakin researcher
A Deakin academic is the sole 2017 addition to Victoria’s Multicultural Honour Roll in recognition of her tireless work serving Geelong’s multicultural community. After more than 10 years as a clinical psychologist in her home country of Iran, Dr Matin Ghayour-Minaie, a Research Fellow with Deakin University’s Centre for Social
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New phase for Deakin in gender equity
Providing additional support for researchers caring for young children is one of several strategies Deakin is introducing to improve support for women staff. Deakin University researchers Victoria Stead and Lana Williams are two of the first staff to benefit from new initiatives that aim to support researchers who are also
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Doing diversity in Australia: time to revitalise multiculturalism
Multiculturalism in Australia is alive and well, but needs recalibration if the country is to live up to its reputation as a multicultural success story, according to a Deakin report. Researchers from Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) have found that, while there is general public
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Indigenous research first – Deakin celebrates ARC round success
Nineteen new Deakin-led projects and awards have been announced in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) Scheme Awards. Improved empowerment of Indigenous communities is a goal of Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Race Relations, Yin Paradies, who has been awarded a Discovery Indigenous 2018 project award –
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Institute and Strategic Research Centre Directors
Advancing Society and Culture

Prof Fethi Mansouri

Director, Alfred Deakin Institute For Citizenship And Globalisation
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Prof Julianne Moss

Director, Deakin Centre for Education Research
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Prof Yang Xiang

Director, Centre for Cyber Security Research
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Professor Kim Vincs

Director, Centre for Creative Arts Research
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