Research Projects - 2015

Ageing, Home and Housing Security Among Single, Asset-Poor Older Women

Researcher: Dr Emma Power
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Period: 2015-2019
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Thumbnail image of a brick house and a car parked in the driveway. This project aims to investigate the stability of single older women's senses of home, security and belonging as they negotiate asset and income insecurity. It examines: how national and housing provider scale housing policy and governance frameworks shape the ways that older women experience and make decisions about the home; and how the home is affected by housing mobility. Using a housing pathways approach, the project aims to develop knowledge of how housing markets and supply affect, and are shaped by, homemaking cultures and practices. The project aims to address a research gap about the ways in which asset-poor older Australians maintain stable housing pathways and senses of home, security and belonging as they age.


'Anti-Racism Apps': Models, Approaches and Uses of Mobile Media for Education Against Racism

Researchers: Associate Professor Alana Lentin and Dr Justine Humphry
Period: June 2015 – May 2016 (continuing)
Project webpage: 'Anti-Racism Apps': Models, Approaches and Uses of Mobile Media for Education Against Racism

A thumbnail image of a hand holding a mobile phone in the air with a crown of people pictured on the screen.This project will examine the way in which mobile media platforms and apps are entangled in specific understandings and approaches to racism. A number of 'anti-racism apps' in Australia, the US, France, the UK and Canada are the focus of the research. Using cultural research methodologies such as platform and interface analysis and interviews with developers and users we will critically analyse and assess the user models, approaches to racism and use of mobile media for education and governance to inform future developments in anti-racism interventions and services.


Cultivating Digital Capacities

Researchers: Associate Professor Amanda Third, Professor Paul James, Dr Philippa Collin, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Tanya Notley, Dr Justine Humphry , Dr Louise Crabtree, Samantha Yorke
Funding: Google Australia
Period: 2015-2016 
Project webpage: Cultivating Digital Capacities
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Family of four sitting around looking at an ipadThis project aims to measure digital capacity across four domains: economic, ecological, political, and cultural. It will identify enabling practices that help people connect using digital means, as well as barriers to participation in the digital world.  The development of the Index will draw upon qualitative case studies of Australian families from diverse backgrounds, along with a quantitative survey with 2,000 participants...Read more .


Staggered Pathways: Temporality, Mobility and Asian Temporary Migrants in Australia

Researcher: Dr Shanthi Robertson
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Period: 2015-2018

Black and white thumbnail of people standing at an airport.Migrant mobilities between Australia and Asia are becoming more temporary and less linear. This project investigates the lived experience and the governance of 'temporally fluid' migration flows from Asia to Australia; explores migrants' senses of belonging over time at local, national and transnational scales; and develops methods and theories to analyse and visualise complex migrant journeys across borders, regions, visa statuses and labour markets. The use of time and temporality as framing concepts of the research will advance knowledge on how migration policy and migrants' decisions and experiences influence each other, and how belonging and transnationalism are being transformed by new types of mobility in the Asia-Pacific region.

Photograph: Vincent Albanese (opens in a new window)


Strengthening Economic Resilience in Monsoon Asia

Researchers: Professor Katherine Gibson, Dr Lisa Law, Dr Ann Hill (University of Canberra), Associate Professor Darlene Occeña Gutierrez
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Period: 2015-2018
Research Project Manager: Joanne McNeill
Project webpage: Strengthening Economic Resilience in Monsoon Asia

Flood zone thumbnailSharing, reciprocity and resource pooling are at the frontline of recovery and relief when economic crisis or disaster hits Monsoon Asia. This research aims to shed light on cases where these economic practices have been innovatively harnessed to diversify livelihoods and build economic resilience. Working with contemporary Asian scholars, practitioners in the disaster field and a data set gleaned from multiple sources, including mid-20th century tropical geography texts, the project aims to bring to the fore a regional landscape of diverse economic practices across Monsoon Asia. A cross-regional online knowledge community is expected to be formed to explore how this asset base might be mobilised towards more effective local development and disaster response.

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