PhD candidates Andi Brown and Rhoda Darkwah earn place in Raydon Scholars program

Monash Arts’ Andi Brown and Rhoda Darkwah are among the six inaugural scholarship recipients who will use their research as a force for social good, enabled by one of Australia’s largest philanthropic gifts of $8.8 million from an anonymous donor towards arts, social sciences and humanities research.

The generous gift forms the Raydon Scholars program, which provides scholarships to PhD students in the faculties of Arts, MADA, Education and Law, with preference given to asylum seeker students and students from refugee backgrounds.

The donation will empower each of the scholarship recipients to create significant, positive change that addresses pressing social challenges on both a local and global scale.

‘We’re deeply grateful for the generous donation, which will support some of our best and brightest minds to contribute to research for the social good of the community,’ says Provost and Senior Vice-President Professor Marc Parlange.

‘We’re delighted to see this extremely generous gift supporting research in the arts and humanities.’

Rhoda Darkwah's research examines the linkages between informal urbanism and resilience in cities in developing countries, while Andi Brown (pictured), a tutor in cybercrime with the School of Social Sciences, is investigating how smart home and remote access technologies may be used in the perpetration of domestic violence.

In particular, Andi will be exploring the use of emerging technologies to control and manipulate victim environments. Through her research, Andi hopes to show how such technologies are being used in a coercive and controlling manner, and to contribute to the creation of preventative and support practices for those experiencing or at risk of family violence.

‘Having personally experienced violence in the home, I’m closely connected to the issue,’ Andi says.

‘The focus needs to shift from reactionary to preventative measures to effectively reduce harm. True change will only occur through greater understanding.’

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