Research & engagement
The School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics is one of the largest Schools in the Faculty of Arts. Our staff conduct award winning research in areas including creative writing, literary and cultural studies, linguistics and applied linguistics, translation and interpreting, and tourism. We’re also involved in a range of interdisciplinary projects, centres and faculty-wide focus programs.
We partner with world-leading institutions around the globe; our research has had wide and significant impacts on government policies across a range of sectors and supported the development of innovative technologies. Furthermore, our staff are actively engaged with the community and arts sectors, regularly organising and contributing to public forums.
Research programs View
Research centres/groups View
Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre (MMIC)
Researchs the physical and social impact of population growth in Australia with a specific focus on short and long term consequences of increased immigration for social inclusion as well as settlement experiences for regular and irregular migrant groups.
Innovation showcase View
Scholars from the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics regularly work with partner organisations to address pressing issues. We promote social cohesion, along with linguistic and cultural diversity. The projects below provide a snapshot of our varied work in this area.
Repatriating Aboriginal languages from archive to community
Alice Gaby is partnering with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies and the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity to run a two-week workshop, "Paper & Talk". At this workshop, Indigenous community language researchers will partner with academically trained linguists to locate relevant archival materials on their languages, work to interpret them, and produce meaningful resources for language revitalisation in their home communities.
Independent Travellers and Sustainable Tourism Development
Dr Jeff Jarvis is leading this project, which aims is to understand the behaviour and motivations of the independent traveller market in Fiji.
Independent travellers are strategically important for the Fijian tourism economy as they are high yield, stay longer and travel further than the core markets of Australia and New Zealand. Due to their dispersion and their desire for "authentic experiences" they present significant economic opportunities for both the indigenous population and small scale entrepreneurs to develop SME enterprises.
Key industry partners in this project are Tourism Fiji and South Sea Cruises/Awesome Adventures.
Dr Louisa Willoughby and Dr Simon Musgrave have partnered with colleagues in IT and City of Greater Dandenong libraries to investigate the use of the library’s multilinguial collection. Using cutting-edge techniques of big data analytics, coupled with qualitative interviews with library staff and patrons the study gives new insight into factors shaping demand for multilingual holdings in our libraries and how libraries might best respond to the needs of increasingly diverse and networked patrons.
'Healthy Parks – Healthy People' Monash – Penn State Collaboration
Associate Professor Vicki Peel (LLCL), Professor Brett Hutchins (MFJ) and Dr Celine Klemm (Monash Sustainable Development Institute - MSDI) have partnered with colleagues from the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism management at the School of Health at Penn State University to investigate the 'Healthy Parks – Healthy People' agenda in both the US and Australia.
Together with partners from Parks Victoria and USNPS, the team will examine the relationship between visitation to national parks (both in the U.S. and Victoria) and health and human well-being. In particular we will identify populations in each country who are not benefiting from these resources, in an effort to develop strategies for enabling visitation and benefit accruement. This meets the strategic research mission of both Monash and Penn State (PSU) Universities for improving human health and stewarding the planet’s resources.
Susan Carland is leading a project offering day-long training for DFAT staff and graduates on "Islamic Awareness" (so when they are diplomats posted OS to Muslim majority countries, they have intercultural competence).
South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN)
Monash research project, South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN) is partnering with Professor Susheila Nasta (Open University London) in developing its current project ‘Creative Lives’, a series of interviews (published online) with established and emerging South Asian diasporic writers. Included in the series are multi awarded novelists, Amit Chaudhuri (Indian-British) and Michelle de Kretser (Sri Lankan-Australian). Interviewers are members of SADIRN, particularly Early Career Researchers from Australia and beyond.
Professional development View
Continue to advance your interpreting and translation career through our professional development opportunities for language, translating and interpreting.
LLCL partners View
Government and NGOs
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Department of Defence
- Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations
- Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
- Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Australian Federation of Deaf Societies
- Expression Australia
- Victorian Multicultural Commission
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Australian Learning and Teaching Council
- Victorian Deaf Education Institute
- Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
- National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI)
Industry and international
- Association of Ukrainians in Victoria
- Australian Book Review
- Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT)
- Chin Communications
- CIUTI – International Association of Universities training Translators and Interpreters
- Copyright Agency Limited
- DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)
- Emerging Writers Festival
- Istituto di Cultura – Melbourne
- Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)
- Melbourne Writers Festival
- ONCALL Interpreters & Translators (ONCALL, AUS)
- The Lab
- Ukrainian Studies Foundation in Australia Ltd
- Volkswagen Foundation Germany
Engage with LLCL research View
We are a diverse and flourishing multi-lingual community of academics and students from all over the world. Our researchers have a deep understanding of the history, languages and cultures of a range of geographic regions.
There are a range of ways that your organisation can engage with the School:
Contract research and consultation
Your organisation could benefit from our research on how culture informs consumer needs. We have extensive experience in both the public and private sector.
We offer a range of customised professional development programs to respond to industry needs, including short courses for translators and interpretors. Our research can also assist in developing a culturally inclusive workplace.
Expert lectures and industry briefing
Our academics are often invited by the government, public and private industry partners to present and give public lectures on their area of expertise, both nationally and internationally.
Our interns are high achieving students with current academic knowledge and research skills. Interns are a great resource for specific projects or regular operations, bringing fresh perspectives and creative solutions to your organisation.
Engage with Monash Arts research View
Engagement is a main ambition of the Faculty of Arts. Engagement can take many forms. Partnerships can be formed in surprising ways. If you have an idea for a possible project, want inspiration for how we can collaborate, or just want to hear more about what we can offer, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our business development team is always ready and we will endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours.
Arts Research Business Development Office:
Phone: +613 9905 8547
Fax: +613 9905 1497
Location: 3rd Floor West, Menzies Building,Monash University, Clayton campus
More information: About Monash Arts Research