ICS Researchers Awarded ARC Grants

Congratulations to Professor Deborah Stevenson and Dr Karen Soldatic for their successes in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) grants, announced today.

Professor Stevenson is the Lead Chief Investigator on the Discovery Project 'UNESCO and the Making of Global Cultural Policy: Culture, Economy, Development'. The research team members are Chief Investigators Justin O'Connor (Monash University) and Christiaan De Beukelaer (University of Melbourne), and Partner Investigators Yudhishthir Raj Isar (American University of Paris), Constance DeVereaux (Colorado State University), Jun Wang (City University of Hong Kong) and Avril Joffe (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa).

Focusing on UNESCO's wide-ranging cultural policy influence in the global South, this interdisciplinary research project examines its operation at different levels of action in a range of national and local contexts, assessing its effectiveness in combatting emerging global social, economic and development problems. The results will generate original critical insights into global cultural governance that aim significantly to influence and improve the making of global cultural policy by reconceptualising the cultural agenda, operation and research framework of UNESCO. The major benefit will be a more sophisticated, inclusive, and evidence-based cultural policy that supports sustainable and equitable development in the global South. The funding amount is $435,599.

Dr Karen Soldatic is a Chief Investigator on the Discovery Project 'New Public Management, Aboriginal Organisations, and Indigenous Rights' led by Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner with Associate Professor Janet Hunt also a Chief Investigator on the research team. The project is administered by The Australian National University.

This project aims to understand links between recent new public management reforms, particularly in New South Wales, and the operation and capacity of successful urban Aboriginal organisations. The project will include an analysis of case studies from other international jurisdictions (such as New Zealand and Canada). Urban Aboriginal organisations have a distinctive role in society in relation to urban Aboriginal peoples and their rights to self-determination and community development. The outcomes from this project will provide evidence-based research to improve public policy understandings of the distinct role Urban Aboriginal organisations play in society, as well as insights from international comparative research. The funding amount is $299,108.00.

Posted: 10 November 2017.