Research Projects - 2012

Cool Living Heritage in Southeast Asia: Sustainable Alternatives to Air-conditioned Cities

Second-hand fans, refrigerators and other appliances standing outside with price stickers on them.Researchers: Dr Tim Winter, Professor Donald McNeill, Associate Professor Johannes Widodo, Dr Jiat-Hwee Chang
Funding:
Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Partner: Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore (opens in a new window)
Period: 2012-2014
Project webpage: Cool Living Heritage in Southeast Asia: Sustainable Alternatives to Air-conditioned Cities

The challenges of reducing the carbon emissions of buildings are significant and complex. In response, this project focuses on electronic air-conditioning and considers the degree to which traditional, less energy intensive alternatives to thermal comfort can be maintained and reinstated....Read more.

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Governing Digital Cities

A photo of Sydney city taken from the air - shows Circular Quay and Botanical Gardens and is looking towards the CBD.Researcher: Professor Donald McNeill
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Future Fellowship Grant
Period: 2012-2016

This project will examine the relationship between private interests and urban governments that underpin Australia's transition to a digital economy. Drawing on international case studies, it will help to close the policy gap between digital infrastructure strategy and urban planning within Australian political debate.

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Photos of the Past: The Negotiation of Identity and Belonging at Australian Tourism Sites

Afternoon shot of the famous Uluru rock in Northern Territory, Australia.Researcher: Dr Emma Waterton
Funding: 
Australian Research Council(opens in a new window), Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Period:2012-2015
Website: Photos of the Past: The negotiation of identity and belonging at Australian tourism sites
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This project will explore the way visitors construct and express identity at a range of tourism sites in Australia. Focusing upon the practices of photography, the research will provide a detailed analysis of negotiations of belonging, which in turn may be used to facilitate debate over the pressing contemporary issue of national cohesion.

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Promoting Young People's Citizenship in a Complex World

A group of young people walking together.Researchers: Dr James Arvanitakis, Professor Bob Hodge
Funding:
Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Period: 2012-2014
Project webpage: Promoting Young People's Citizenship in a Complex World

This project aims to promote empowerment and agency to young Australians by developing the concept and practice of 'active citizenship'. This is done by confronting the emerging sense of disempowerment and alienation that many young people feel by developing ongoing work with a cross section of groups that are an important part of the civic landscape....Read more.

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Smart Engagement with Asia

Researchers: Professor Ien Ang, Dr Yasmin Tambiah, Dr Phillip Mar
Funding: Australian Academy of the Humanities (opens in a new window)
Period: 2012-2015

The depth of Australia's linguistic and inter-cultural competence will be a determining factor in the future success of developments in innovation, science and technology, research capacity, international mobility, trade relations and economic competitiveness. In the medium to longer term, the Asia Pacific region will be a principal focus, presenting major challenges and opportunities economically, socially and culturally, for our national security interests. The project, which is part of the Australian Council of Learned Academies' (opens in a new window)Securing Australia's Future program, examines how language, research and culture can be leveraged as vehicles for Australia's engagement with Asia. The final report, entitled Smart Engagement with Asia: Leveraging Language, Research and Culture (opens in a new window), was launched by Professor Ian Chubb, Australia's Chief Scientist, in Melbourne in June 2015. Members of the Expert Working Group are: Professor Ien Ang (Chair), Professor Chennupati Jagadish (Deputy Chair), Professor Kent Anderson, Professor John Fitzgerald, Professor Krishna Sen and Professor Mark Wainwright.

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Sydney's Chinatown in the Asian Century: From Ethnic Enclave to Global Hub

Sydney Chinatown Dixon Street Entrance. Photographer: John Marmaras. Source: City of Sydney.Researchers: Professor Ien Ang, Professor Donald McNeill, Professor Kay Anderson, Steven Hillier
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Linkage Project
Partner: City of Sydney Council (opens in a new window)
Period: 2012-2015
Project webpage: Sydney's Chinatown in the Asian Century: From Ethnic Enclave to Global Hub

The project examines the role of Sydney's Chinatown as a bridge in supporting economic and cultural links between Australia and Asia, and the activities undertaken by the City of Sydney to enhance those links in the era of rapid globalisation and rising Chinese power.

Photograph by John Marmaras. Source: City of Sydney.

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Violence and Disengagement from Violence in Young Men's Lives

A close-up photo of a young man's hand pulling a knife out of his pocket.Researchers: Professor Stephen Tomsen, Professor David Gadd
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Period: 2012-2014
Project webpage: Violence and Disengagement from Violence in Young Men's Lives

This project will study the significance of victimisation, perpetration and the watching of violence and images of violence, among young Australian men. It will explore the underlying links with masculine identity and have practical applications for developing an understanding of the unknown aspects of disengagement from involvements in violence....Read more.

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