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.

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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The dark side of cooling
The unintended consequences of refrigeration and freezing technology is the topic of this year’s Harrison Lecture, held as part of Barwon Health and Deakin University Research Week 2017. Research Week, from Monday 13 November to Friday 17 November, showcases the research activities of Barwon Health and Deakin and includes guest lectures
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A poem by any other name
A new book will shed light on a poetry form long neglected in scholarship. Prose poetry – poetry that is written like prose in paragraphs rather than verse, but containing poetic characteristics – is growing in popularity around the world. However, despite its long history – some say the Bible
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Reflections on landscape
Only one thing was missing from the long and distinguished career of 80 year old landscape architect Emeritus Professor Ken Taylor AM – a PhD. An Honorary Professor with the Australian National University and Visiting Professor at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Emeritus Professor Ken Taylor AM, can now add another title
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Village story reveals complexities of Stalin’s Russia
A study of soldiers’ post-war battle to rebuild has provided insights about power in Stalin’s Russia. People think that war ends after the guns fall silent, but for a group of soldiers returning home to a tiny Ukranian village, the war just never ended, research by the Alfred Deakin Institute
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Exploring Geelong’s creative future
A Deakin research project on Geelong’s vacant industrial spaces has moved into its next stage. Deakin University’s #VacantGeelong project will present a symposium this week at the National Wool Museum to discuss the historical impact of Geelong’s industrial spaces and potential for their future, as explored through a number of
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The news on diversity
Australians born overseas are more reliant on social media for local and international news than those born in this country, according to new Deakin research. A recent study has highlighted the disconnect between audience appetite for news, the sources they turn to and their trust in the news outlets they
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An international education
Deakin is collaborating on education research with one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities. The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Deakin University’s Centre for Research for Educational Impact (REDI) and the Centre for Higher Education Futures (CHEF) of the Danish School of Education within Denmark’s Aarhus University
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Building a bond between two countries
China Scholarship Council funding is making it possible for overseas PhD architecture students to realise their dreams at Deakin. From developing a new model for funding aged care facilities to researching the landscape architecture of ancient cities, PhD students from China are contributing to architectural research locally and internationally. Ten
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In their own words – Professor Samantha Hepburn
If Professor Samantha Hepburn’s original career aspirations had gone to plan, she would now be a top barrister “fighting the good fight through the courts”. Fortunately for Deakin, the renewable energy sector and the planet, fate intervened. After a year as a practicing lawyer, the lure of a doctorate and
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Stars and sacred trees
Poetry and plants come together in a public arts project at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens this Sunday. While roses and daffodils lend themselves easily to poetic inspiration, it’s the prickles and thorns of cacti and succulents that intrigue poet Maria Takolander. The Deakin University Associate Professor of Writing and Literature
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Supporting women leaders in Indonesia
An ADI course is helping Indonesian Islamic women leaders build capacity. A new course developed at Deakin University is set to empower 30 Indonesian women leaders with enhanced leadership roles within their communities. The Leadership Development Course for Islamic Women Leaders is being developed and led by Alfred Deakin Institute’s
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Time to rethink ‘development’ in Melanesia
ADI’s Dr Victoria Stead is challenging the language of deficit surrounding development in PNG and Timor Leste. As governments and businesses investigate opportunities for development within Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste – Australia’s closest neighbours – Deakin University researcher Dr Victoria Stead is calling for more value to be
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Digital citizenship opens doors for marginalised
An Alfred Deakin Institute researcher has uncovered a digital world of civic identity and practice. Do young people express their citizenship online? Alfred Deakin Institute Research Fellow, Dr Amelia Johns, has co-authored a new book that explores this question and proposes that digital citizenship should be considered in a new
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Students strengthen Australia-Asia connection
New research will investigate Australian STEM students’ learning and experiences in Asia. The number of Australian students studying overseas during their undergraduate years has increased rapidly over the past decade, with one in five undertaking learning abroad. Now, a national investigation into the learning and cultural experiences of Australian students
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3MT success for legal research
Deakin Law School’s Paul McGorrery is the University’s 3MT winner for 2017. • Warning: This article contains material about family violence. The breadth of Deakin University PhD research was on display as this year’s 3MT finalists distilled the essence of their work into just three minutes. From finding new ways
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Study reveals success factors for Australian small business in China
Agile Australian small businesses have some advantages in China, Deakin researchers have found. Simply being Australian can be the first step to success for agile and adaptable entrepreneurs setting up small businesses in China, a Deakin University study has found. Deakin Business School researchers, Professor Stuart Orr, Dr Jane Menzies
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Three minute challenge for research students
Deakin PhD students will battle it out at Deakin’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for a chance to compete in the Asia Pacific final. The annual 3MT competition presents a unique challenge to entrants – to deliver a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in plain English,
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Guides target international research student experience
A new series of booklets aims to improve outcomes for international postgraduate research students, and support their supervisors and training managers. Australia’s international education sector is growing significantly, with Deloitte Access Economics predicting that onshore student enrolments will reach 1 million by 2025. A Deakin-led team has developed a Research
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Religiosity enhances Muslims’ citizenship
A major international research project has shown that, for most Muslims, religious values enhance their sense of citizenship and ability to be just, open and caring people. International research led by the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) has challenged public debate and policy relating to Muslims’ practice
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Research with a difference for reproductive health
Earthquakes and border blockades are uncommon barriers to completing a PhD, but a Deakin researcher has overcome them both. Tricia Ong’s is “not your usual research journey” in more ways than one. In her efforts to improve reproductive health among trafficked girls and women in Nepal, she lived through earthquake
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Future Fellowship for ADI Professor
Deakin’s Professor Tim Winter has been awarded a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship. Professor Tim Winter from Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) has been named as one of two new Future Fellows for Deakin in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) awards. Prof Winter’s
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Collecting history
A project investigating the history of collecting in Western Australia is turning up surprising finds around Australia and the world. When Deakin University historian Dr Tiffany Shellam and her fellow research partners opened a drawer at London’s Natural History Museum earlier this year, the last thing they expected to see
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Leap forward for higher learning
The launch of Deakin’s Graduate Research Academy and PhD Xtra program places the University at the leading edge of research training in Australia. Deakin University PhD students and researchers have access to new opportunities and an enhanced learning experience through the University’s unique researcher training and support program. The Deakin
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Deakin climbs into global top 300 in QS rankings
Leaping 62 places in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, Deakin is now placed in the world’s top 300 universities by every major university ranking. The release of the QS World University rankings today has placed Deakin University at number 293. This jump of 62 places from 2017 positions Deakin
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The evidence for influence
Deakin researchers have confirmed that the role vested interests play in the development of alcohol policy is large and influential. The tobacco industry fought a long, and ultimately losing, battle to prevent government policies affecting their bottom line, despite all the scientific evidence of the health risks of smoking. The
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Printed books still draw youth in the digital era
Despite being a tech-savvy generation, research finds that adolescents still prefer print books. Data from a collaborative one-year pilot study between Deakin and Murdoch Universities has uncovered some surprising findings about the recreational reading habits of teenagers. “We found that digital platforms are not very motivating. Both regular readers and
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Museums pioneer new approach to ethnicity
Australian museums are using empathy to challenge assumptions about ethnic identities. Museums in Victoria and South Australia are taking a new approach to examining migration, with recent exhibitions designed to help people understand others and challenge their views about other cultures. The museums’ work has been showcased internationally by ADI’s
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Giving for a Better World
A school-based research project is exploring how generosity improves personal wellbeing. Does genuine care for others lead to benefits for givers, as well as recipients? That’s the question a collaborative research project between Deakin University and Geelong Grammar School is hoping to answer. Professor Craig Olsson, Dr Bill Hallam and
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Poet comes full circle
An invitation to an international poetry festival will see a Deakin writer travel to the land of magical realism. Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Deakin University, Maria Takolander, will represent Australia at the 2017 International Poetry Festival of Medellin, Columbia. The “Festival de Poesia de Medellin” spreads the
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News in the place where you belong
Local news is still important in an evolving media environment, according to research from Deakin communication specialists. The act of reading a local newspaper can provide a sense of belonging in a community, even though the experience of everyday people who engage with local media is often overlooked in scholarly
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‘Our Future’ – Geelong lecture series
Eminent thinkers will join the Geelong community to explore a new vision for the region’s economy. Some of Australia’s most eminent thinkers, such as Nobel Laureate and former Australian of the Year Professor Peter Doherty AC, will join with the Geelong community to progress an ambitious strategy that aims to
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Remembrance and the teaching of memory
In the midst of ANZAC Day commemorations, a timely paper explores the role of digital technologies in how we think about war and peace. Debate about how best to commemorate fallen soldiers is nothing new; the building of the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance was itself a source of controversy at
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Art, play and science – innovator joins the threads
Notable science writer and artist Margaret Wertheim is exploring the interconnections between arts, maths and science for her Deakin PhD. A passion for communicating the wonder of science has taken Australian Margaret Wertheim around the world and to the pinnacle of science writing and art curation over her 30-year career.
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Why China’s propaganda strategy in Tibet has failed
Professor John Powers has investigated China’s tactics and revealed the limits of propaganda. China’s massively-funded publicity and propaganda campaign aimed at winning hearts and minds and control of Tibet has failed, argues Professor John Powers from the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI). Research for Prof Powers’ book,
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Metro Tunnel Creative Strategy on track
Deakin researchers are helping to shape the Creative Strategy for Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel. Deakin University researchers, Professor David Cross, Dr Cameron Bishop, and Dr Fiona Lee – in collaboration with one of the world’s most progressive public art companies, Situations – have contributed to the development of the creative
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Barry Jones reflects on the modern condition
Australian Living Treasure, the Hon Barry Jones AC, has delivered a thought-provoking speech at the Harrison Lecture for Innovation. From the unique strengths of Geelong, to the challenges facing humanity – with references to some of the greatest thinkers in history, like Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Adam Smith –
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Leadership key to disaster response
A Fulbright scholarship will allow a Deakin professor to expand his work in building the leadership capacity of those at the frontline of humanitarian disasters. Professor Matthew Clarke, Head of Deakin University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was recently awarded the 2017-18 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership. Jointly
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‘Hiroshima Maidens’ in prose
A creative tribute to women affected by the Hiroshima atomic bomb will be funded by an Australia Council Grant. Dr Cassandra Atherton, a lecturer in creative writing and literature at Deakin University, will utilise an Australia Council Grant to work in-situ in Japan for three months and compile a hybrid
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Culturally-diverse women in ASX leadership: a double jeopardy?
Researchers have uncovered a serious lack of women leaders from culturally-diverse backgrounds in ASX-listed companies. In good news, women’s representation in leadership roles across Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed companies is now at an all-time high. However, the more sobering news is that the actual number of culturally-diverse women leaders remains
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Living in two worlds – belonging to one
Dr Shirley Bennell's doctoral thesis is both a finely honed piece of academic research and a moving personal story of the effects of racism and discrimination on generations of her family. One of the first two students to complete a PhD exclusively through Deakin University’s Institute for Koorie Education (The
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Indigenous PhD trailblazer speaks for the vulnerable
Dr Deonne Basaraba, one of the first two students to receive their PhDs through the Institute of Koorie Education in 11 years, speaks for those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. It is time we acknowledged the potential devastating effects of alcohol on unborn infants and the high incidence of
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Warlpiri Drawings join ‘Memory of the World’
Deakin University’s Associate Professor Melinda Hinkson has contributed to the placement of indigenous drawings on an elite UNESCO register. A collection of 169 crayon drawings collected by noted anthropologist Mervyn Meggitt, while undertaking fieldwork with Warlpiri people at Lajamanu (Hooker Creek) in the northern Tanami Desert between 1953 and 1954,
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Equity: a key driver for Australia Day Honours trio
Vice-Chancellor Prof Jane den Hollander, Prof Jill Blackmore and Prof Jon Altman have been honoured for their contributions to the nation. Equity, diversity and building resilient communities are themes for all three of the Deakin University leaders who were recognised in the Australia Day Honours awards for 2017. Vice-Chancellor Professor
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Deakin Motion.Lab helps take Western opera to China
Chinese audiences are flocking to see operas by composers such as Mozart and Puccini – thanks to Deakin know-how, game engine technology and an innovative Australian opera company. Deakin Motion.Lab is assisting the Australian International Opera Company (AIOC) to introduce tens of thousands of people across China to classic Western
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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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