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Funding awarded to three diverse projects

Funding awarded to three diverse projects

In recent months ADI researchers have been awarded grants to pursue projects that will have meaningful impacts for Indigenous communities, domestic violence survivors, and those working to counter violent extremism in the Asia-Pacific region.

A/Prof Tiffany Shellam, with partners from Albany Heritage Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation, National Museum of Scotland, Western Australian Museum, National Museum of Australia, University of Western Australia, Natural History Museum, London and the City of Albany, has been awarded funding for an Australian Research Council Linkage Project. The project, Entangled knowledges: Kaartdijin, science and history in the Robert Neill Collection, is based on the collection of fish specimens, sketches and ethnographic material taken from Menang Country (Albany, WA) by Robert Neill in 1841.

The project aims to connect the collection, housed in the National Museum of Scotland and the Natural History Museum in London, with Menang families and to digitally reassemble the collection, in an effort to adjust the dominance of Western science frameworks of natural history collections by centring otherwise hidden Indigenous taxonomies.

Dr Mary Iliadis and Dr Danielle Tyson, with colleagues from QUT and Monash University, have been awarded funding by the Australian Institute of Criminology for their project Police body-worn camera technology in response to domestic and family violence: a national study of victim-survivor perspectives and experiences.

The project is the first study internationally to examine the benefits and detriments of police body-worn camera (BWC) technology in response to domestic and family violence (DFV) incidents from the perspective of victim/survivors.

This study will generate much-needed empirical research on the use, efficacy, perceived benefits and limitations of police BWC footage in response to DFV in Australia, including its evidentiary use in court proceedings and state responses, for example, in DFV, child protection, and family law matters.

The funding, granted through the Criminology Research Grants program, is awarded to projects seeking to transform current and future public policy issues. Its strong public policy focus means that research arising from this funding body will have tangible policy and practice outcomes.

In other funding news, Dr Matteo Vergani and Prof Greg Barton have secured funding from The Asia Foundation as part of the Resiliency Initiative – a large project supported by Facebook that aims to promote tolerance, strengthen inter-faith and inter-ethnic understanding, and counter violent extremism in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Vergani and Prof Barton’s project, Measuring impact of online and offline campaign for building resilience and tolerance in tackling South and Southeast Asia conflict, builds on the multi-year experience and research findings produced through SEAN-CSO. The team will conduct desk research to design and produce an online guide for civil society organisations in the Asia-Pacific region to assist the Asia Foundation in measuring the impact of online and offline campaigns for building resilience and tolerance and for reducing conflict, hate and online misinformation.


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