Research Projects - 2014

Australian Cultural Fields: National and Transnational Dynamics

Researchers: Professor Tony BennettProfessor David RoweProfessor Greg Noble, Professor Tim RowseProfessor Deborah StevensonAssociate Professor Michael VolkerlingDr Emma Waterton, Professor Fred Myers (New York University), Professor Modesto Gayo (Universidad Diego Portales, Chile), and Professors Graeme Turner and David Carter (both from the University of Queensland)
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Period: 2014-2017
Project website: Australian Cultural Fields: National and Transnational Dynamics

Futuristic escalator with people Australian Cultural Fields examines the forces changing the production and consumption of contemporary Australian culture. It will assess the influence of transnationalism, the transformations caused by digital media, migration and multiculturalism, and the shifting presence of Indigenous culture, on the relations between culture and nation. Internationally, it is the first large scale study to interrogate the relations between the fields of cultural production and consumption.

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Making Animals Public: the Changing Role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Building Public Value and Interest in Wildlife Documentary

Project transferred to ICS in 2015 with Professor Gay Hawkins' membership of the Institute.

Researchers: Professor Gay Hawkins, Mary Jane Stannus (Head of Content Services, ABC)
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Linkage Project
Partner: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (opens in a new window)
Period: 2014-2016

The aim of this project is to critically evaluate the ABC's changing role in building public value and engagement with animals through the genre of wildlife documentary. For many years wildlife documentary has been seen as quintessential public service content. There is no question that the ABC's Natural History Unit, set up in 1973, played a key role in making animals educational, entertaining and often national. Through an innovative collaboration between media scholars and the ABC this study investigates exactly how the ABC has built public awareness of animals' environmental and cultural significance and the national benefit of this; how this has been affected by changed production models; and how the ABC should manage the intellectual property (IP) of its extensive wildlife archive for the public good in a converged environment.

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Scientific Diversity, Scientific Uncertainty and Risk Mitigation Policy and Planning

A sign on the side of a road reads 'Planned burns reduce fire risk'.Researchers: Dr Jessica Weir, Liz Clarke, Dr Timothy Neale, Associate Professor Michael Eburn (ANU), Professor Stephen Dovers (ANU), Dr Josh Wodak (UNSW), Professor John Handmer (RMIT), Dr Christine Hansen (University of Gothenburg), Associate Professor Tara McGee (University of Alberta)
Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (opens in a new window)
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Scientific Diversity, Scientific Uncertainty and Risk Mitigation Policy and Planning

This project is focussing on how a better understanding of the role of science in decision-making will help industry articulate and defend decisions to the community, media, inquiries and elsewhere, and, better frame information and advice on how scientists and professionals communicate....Read more.

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The Changing Rights to Family Life in Australia: Biomedicine and Legal Governance in Globalisation

Note: Dr Sonja van Wichelen left ICS for The University of Sydney in January 2015.

Researcher: Dr Sonja van Wichelen
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), DECRA
Period: 2014-2017

Hand holding a transparent cap with cells in side This project investigates the impact of globalisation and biomedicine on the legal governance of family life in Australia by comparatively analysing transnational surrogacy arrangements and family reunification in immigration. It will improve public and legal understanding of the changing paradigms of family life in an era of globalisation.

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