Monash Arts academics win two places in ABC Radio National’s Top 5 Humanities and Social Sciences Media Residencies

Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves (left) and Dr Ruth Morgan (right).

In an extraordinary coup for Monash Arts, Dr Ruth Morgan and Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves have been named as recipients of ABC Radio National’s 2019 Top 5 Humanities and Social Sciences Media Residencies.

Ruth is an environmental historian researching how societies make sense of environmental change, while Barbara is a senior lecturer in sociology exploring the potential of technology to address loneliness amongst the elderly.

Dr Jane Connors, ABC Editorial Adviser and Top 5 co-adjudicator, recognised Ruth and Barbara as amongst the nation's 'brightest minds and newest voices'. They were chosen from more than 150 applicants to undertake a two-week residency at ABC Radio National, where they will hone their ability to develop extraordinary content across radio television and online by working with leading journalists and broadcasters.

Both researchers are thrilled to have secured the coveted residencies.

“It’s exciting!” said Barbara. “It’s a recognition of the importance of the issues I’ve been researching, namely on how we can ensure emerging technologies work for diverse groups of older people instead of excluding them.”

“It will provide opportunities for broader conversations on these important issues and to disseminate academic knowledge more widely.”

“I'm really looking forward to learning new ways to share environmental stories,” said Ruth. “Through telling these stories, I can help people to understand how the environmental challenges we face in the present have arisen, and how we might tackle them for the future.”

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