Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Sharon Pickering, recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Dean's Research Awards in three areas: ‘Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher', ‘Excellence for Research Impact', and ‘Excellence for Research Enterprise'.
Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher
The 2018 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher has been awarded to Dr Ruth Morgan from the Department of History in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. Dr Morgan is an environmental historian and historian of science with a particular focus on Australia, the British Empire, and the Indian Ocean. In 2018 she was appointed to the foremost authority on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II, to contribute as a Lead Author of the Water chapter for the panel’s 2021 report. Previously Dr Morgan was invited to present her research at international and Australian universities, including the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University (USA), the History program, University of Waikato (New Zealand), and the Centre for Environmental History, the Australian National University.
Excellence for Research Impact
Dr Asher Flynn, from the Criminology Department in the School of Social Sciences, has been awarded the Dean's Award for Research Impact as she contributes to the national conversation on violence against women by informing new laws, public policy, and victim support responses to image-based abuse. The impact has resulted from two research projects, one funded by the ARC and the other by the Criminology Research Council.
‘Image based abuse’ was first coined by the team in an early media interview and has since been adopted in national policy, laws and support responses (e.g. Office of the Safety Commissioner (OeSC) victim support portal), and scholarship internationally.
The image based abuse research has been cited and used to support recommendations for legislative change in all eight state and federal reports on image-based abuse in Australia. Dr Flynn has been invited to present verbal evidence at all government committee enquiries examining image-based abuse, as well as tender written submissions (10 in total). The work has so far directly shaped the development of new laws, directly generating legal change in NSW, the ACT and federally.
Through public advocacy, including media and policy engagement, Dr Flynn has directly contributed to the national conversation on technology facilitated sexual violence, which her work has framed as an urgent social problem requiring policy and legal reform. A special commendation is awarded to Dr Louisa Willoughby for her work with a range of organisations around the teaching of Auslan (Australian Sign Language) in Victoria and Australia.
Dean's Award for Excellence for Research Enterprise
Professor Jacqui True and the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre (Monash GPS) have been recognised for Excellence for Research Enterprise with the project: A Gender Sensitive Approach to Preventing Violent Extremism in Asia and the Pacific. This innovative research project examined the impact of women’s empowerment and community empowerment on preventing and countering fundamentalist or extremist ideologies in Indonesia and Bangladesh. It sought to provide a broader evidence base on the gendered dimensions of preventing and countering violence extremism (P/CVE) and to inform the ‘Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities’ future programming of UN Women and other stakeholders.
The project also provided an in-depth analysis of the dimensions of intersectionality, such as age, religiosity and socio-economic status, and examined any potential or inferred association with gender-based violence and gender inequality. During this project, Monash GPS partnered with Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Oxfam Bangladesh (as part of the Monash-Oxfam Partnership) to support the use of participatory and community action research methods and contribute to trust and capacity building in the research sites.
The research built upon existing work in this field by Monash GPS (led by Professor Jacqui True and Adjunct Lecturer Dr Sri Eddyono) conducted in 2016-17 for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on ‘Preventing Conflict and Countering Violent Extremism through Women’s Empowerment and Civil Society Mobilisation in Indonesia’.
On this project, Monash GPS also partnered with Gadjah Mada University and SCN CREST, an Indonesia-based NGO, to conduct research on gender perspectives and women’s roles in preventing violent extremism across four sites in Indonesia: Jakarta, Cirebon, Poso and Yogyakarta.
The preliminary findings have already been disseminated at several high-level events, during which the target audience and partners were present.