Institute Researchers Awarded Three ARC Discovery Grants

Congratulations to Professor Ned Rossiter, Professor Brett Neilson, Dr Liam Magee, Associate Professor Sandro Mezzadra, Dr Shanthi Robertson, Distinguished Professor Ien Ang, Dr Bonnie Pang, Professor Megan Watkins, Gregory Noble and their colleagues who between them have been awarded three ARC Discovery Grants in the latest funding round.

Successful projects

Civic Sinoburbia? New Chinese Migrants and Everyday Citizenship in Sydney

Researchers: Dr Shanthi Robertson, Distinguished Professor Ien Ang, Professor Megan Watkins, Dr Christina Ho (UTS), Dr Bonnie Pang
Funding: $392,000

Australia has seen a large influx of China-born migrants in the past few decades. Large numbers of them have taken up residency in various Sydney suburbs, where they now make up almost a third of the population. Focusing on four such suburbs, this project examines how these new Chinese migrants participate in everyday civic life, the barriers that may prevent participation, and how local civic organisations adapt to their growing presence in five domains of social life: education, culture, sport, religion and community service. The project will generate nuanced new knowledge on the local impacts of new Chinese migration, of benefit for urban multicultural governance and enhancing local community cohesion.

Schooling, Parenting and Ethnicity: Asian Migration and Australian Education

Researchers: Professor Megan Watkins, Professor Gregory Noble, Dr Christina Ho (UTS)
Funding: $361,452

This project involves a comparative analysis of Asian- and Anglo- Australian families’ approaches to education. In the ‘Asian century’, there is a pressing need to understand the impact of migration and cultural diversity on Australian education and the factors underpinning the relations between parenting and schooling. The project will develop new ways of analysing education cultures beyond simplistic notions of ‘tiger parenting’ that are pitted against more liberal ‘Western’ approaches. It will produce new knowledge enhancing education practitioners’ and community agencies' understandings of families’ engagement with education, providing an evidence base to inform public debate and social and education policy.

The Geopolitics of Automation

Researchers: Professor Ned Rossiter, Professor Brett Neilson, Professor Anna Munster (UNSW), Dr Liam Magee, Associate Professor Sandro Mezzadra, Professor Manuela Bojadzijev (Leuphana Universit√§t L√ľneburg), Associate Professor Orit Halpern (Concordia University), Professor Yuk Hui (China Academy of Art)
Funding: $464,271

Automation threatens economic disruption. The project aims to understand how competition between China and the US to develop automated technologies shapes the future of work. Focusing on warehouses linked to Alibaba and Amazon in Australia, Germany and Malaysia, the project asks how automation changes labour conditions and modifies geopolitical tensions. Digital simulations of automated technologies in warehouses key to the China-US rivalry will seek to augment knowledge about the governance of labour and territory. Intended outcomes include insights into how automation is a geopolitical and economic concern for policy makers. Benefits should offer strategies for organisations negotiating automation’s effects on workforces.

Posted: 5 December 2019.