Research Projects - 2009

ASAN Plus Three Initiative on Healthy Tourism

An Asian girl with a white mask over her nose and mouth.Researchers: Associate Professor Robyn Bushell; Associate Professor Brent Powis, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre – UWS
Funding: AusAID
Period: 2009-2010
Project webpage: ASEAN Plus Three Initiative on Healthy Tourism

This project investigated ways to promote the wellbeing of locals and protection of local economies and tourists from emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). The study was part of the project ASEAN Plus Three (Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus China, Japan and the Republic of Korea) Initiative on Healthy Tourism funded by the Australian Government's (AusAID) aid program....Read more.

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Culture in Transition: Creative Labour and Social Mobilities in the Asian Century

Looking over the city of Shangai.Researchers: Associate Professor Brett Neilson, Professor Ien Ang, Associate Professor Ned Rossiter, Meaghan Morris, Ranabir Samaddar, Hui Wang, Associate Professor Sandro Mezzadra
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Period: 2009-2012

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The Asian century has arrived Australia's economic relations with China and India are crucial. Its cultural relations with these nations assume new importance. This project investigates how economic and cultural processes interact to change Australia's position in Asia. Focusing on the experiences of workers in the creative and cultural sectors of three cities (Beijing, Kolkata, Sydney), the project will advance understandings of changing forms of governance and migration in the region. New media will be used to 1) conduct experiments in cultural collaboration between Australia, India and China, and 2) build innovative platforms for the broadening of debates on social inclusion, intercultural dialogue and economic uncertainty.

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Development of Environmental Management Systems in Small Business in the Macarthur Region NSW

Researchers: Associate Professor Robyn Bushell, Bruce Simmons
Funding: AusIndustry, an Australian Government funded initiative under the Building Entrepreneurship in Small Business program
Project webpage: Development of Environmental Management Systems in Small Business in the Macarthur Region NSW

Environmental management systems, though developed all over the world, have not been widely adopted by small businesses with usually 10% or less having taken them up. Though some inroads have been made recently in the Australian tourism industry, other areas of small business such as retail, manufacturing and services have yet to seriously implement them....Read more.

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The Just-in-Time Self: Young Men, Skill and Narratives of Aspiration in the New Economy

A close-up portrait of a young man.Researchers: Dr George Morgan, Associate Professor Greg Noble
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Period: 2009-2011
Project webpage: The Just-in-Time Self: Young Men, Skill and Narratives of Aspiration in the New Economy

Historically, working class men developed their skills on-the-job in stable workplace communities. With the decline in trade and manufacturing employment, young people are told they must be flexible, individualistic and ready to retrain in response to technological change. Many young men, whose vocational inclinations are formed by Fordist models of masculinity, are unable to adapt to these post-Fordist pressures and suffer unemployment as a result. This project will look at the participation of three groups of men of different ethnic backgrounds in community cultural projects, at how skills are taught and learned in these settings and whether their experiences shape the emergence of new occupational identities and narratives of aspiration....Read more.

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Theorising the Entangled Relationships between World Heritage places, local people visitors and industry: a case study in Luang Prabang, Laos PDR

Researchers: Associate Professor Robyn Bushell, Dr Russell Staiff
Funding: UWS (International Research Grants Initiatives Grants)
Period: 2009-2010

This project examined the socio-cultural and political dynamics of everyday life in Luang Prabang Laos, where the global and the local are in constant interplay and tension through the economic forces of  tourism and international institutional presences as a UNESCO World Heritage town. The research examined Luang Prabang as a complex, dynamic and complicated 'cultural system' to better understand the many entangled relationships: between economy, local stakeholders, cultural production and the ritual geographies of place, tangible and intangible heritage values. The research sought to use this to produce a more nuanced understanding of  the potential and the challenges created by tourism in a small  World Heritage destination. The research is ongoing with numerous publications, the development of an ARC Discovery application.

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