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.

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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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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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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