We congratulate Chief Investigators Associate Professor Marie Segrave and Associate Professor Alan Gamlen on their recent Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project funding success! Funded by the Australian government, the goal of ARC Linkage scheme is to link Australian universities with key industry partners on projects that will strengthen Australia’s future.
Marie’s project is titled, ‘Accessing the Family Violence Provision: enhancing migrant women’s safety’. She will co-lead this project with Professor JaneMaree Maher, working with industry partners,InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, Australian Women Against Violence Alliance, and Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change. The project will document the experiences of women who are eligible to apply for the Family Violence Provision (FVP) of the Migration Regulations (Clth) 1994, and map current service practices and outcomes, as well as barriers to accessing the FVP. This project is focused on women who are eligible to access this ‘safety net’ and investigates whether the current operation of the FVP is achieving its stated legislative intent which is to protect women who experience family violence whilst holding a temporary partner visa. Read more about the project here.
Alan will lead his project titled ‘Diaspora Humanitarians: How Australia-based migrants help in crises abroad’ to work with Melbourne and Deakin Universities and industry partners from the Australian Government, United Nations agencies, national and international NGOs, and Oxford University. The project aims to map the extensive humanitarian activities and contributions of Australia-based migrants to crises abroad. Australia is home to large diasporas who are connected to communities in many humanitarian crisis hotspots, including the project's focus areas: Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Pacific Islands. By generating much-needed knowledge on how and why migrants engage in humanitarian responses, the project expects to support and improve the humanitarian work of diasporas themselves, the Australian Civil-Military Centre and other major humanitarian organisations, who are partners in the project. This will benefit Australia by highlighting our innovative leadership role in humanitarian and migration issues.