Monash Arts awarded significant funding to support world leading research

Monash Arts projects mapping humanitarian activities of Australian-based migrants and understanding attitudes to Freedom of Information requests have been funded $709,906 in the latest announcement of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grants.

The funding was announced by Minister for Education and Youth, Alan Tudge, with the goal to link Australian universities with key industry partners on projects that will strengthen Australia’s future. By supporting the development of partnerships, the ARC encourages the transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas as a basis for securing commercial and other research benefits.

The funded projects are:

Mapping the culture of administering Freedom of Information (FOI) laws  

Associate Professor Johan Lidberg (School of Media, Film and Journalism) leads a project in partnership with three Australian Information Commissioners/Ombudsmen to map the culture of administering Freedom of Information (FOI) laws across a number of Australian jurisdictions. The study aspires to capture and analyse the attitudes among FOI practitioners, government agency management and political leaders toward information access implementation. The project aims to provide the partner organisations with an increased understanding of the culture of administering FOI to inform training/awareness programs and campaigns in order to increase the functionality of FOI. Well-functioning access to information systems is crucial both for good governance and Australia's participation in the digital economy.

Understanding the humanitarian activities of Australia-based migrants in crises abroad

Associate Professor Alan Gamlen (School of Social Sciences) leads a project aimed at mapping 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, 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 work of diasporas themselves, the Australian Civil-Military Centre and other humanitarian organisations, who are partners in the project. This will benefit Australia by highlighting our innovative leadership role in humanitarian and migration issues.