Monash Arts succeeds in the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards for 2021

Monash Arts academics Dr Susan Carland, Dr Akane Kanai and Dr Luzhou Li have been successful in the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) for 2021 for their outstanding research projects.

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Professor Sue Thomas, noted the quality and immense future impact of these DECRA projects.

“These are world-leading research projects addressing important issues that will make a real difference to every Australian.”

Dr Susan Carland, ‘Living well together - Muslim women, social cohesion and Islamophobia’

Dr Carland’s project aims to identify and document the initiatives being used by Muslim women to counter Islamophobia and build social cohesion in the community. It also examines how these initiatives are received by the community. The project expects to generate new knowledge on the role of gender in creating social cohesion and countering Islamophobia through interviews with Muslim women who lead such initiatives.

Expected outcomes of this research include improved theoretically-informed approaches for addressing Islamophobia. This should provide significant benefits including a better understanding of what works in addressing Islamophobia and building social cohesion, and clarity for guiding funding aimed at supporting such initiatives.

Dr Akane Kanai, ‘Young women’s online experiences of learning about gender inequality’

Dr Kanai’s project aims to investigate how young women engage with socially significant knowledge about gender inequality in social media groups and online discussion forums, and how they use this knowledge. This project expects to generate new knowledge by explaining how online environments shape knowledge acquisition for young people, using an innovative digital ethnographic approach.

Expected outcomes include practical guidelines for assessing the positive and negative aspects of online culture as a pedagogical resource. This should provide significant benefits in helping young people to better navigate online cultures and to recognise, negotiate and, wherever possible, overcome gender-based inequality in their lives.

Dr Luzhou Li, ‘Outbound Chinese social media platforms and platform governance’

Dr Li’s project aims to investigate outbound Chinese social media platforms such as TikTok and the regulatory issues they raise. Chinese platforms are rapidly expanding in Australia and globally, yet they are poorly regulated, leading to the circulation of inappropriate and illegal content.

This project expects to advance policy knowledge of the overseas operations of Chinese platforms, their self-regulatory measures, and external regulatory options. Expected outcomes of the project include improved understanding of the policy and regulatory implications of outbound Chinese platforms. Expected benefits include suitable policy advice on regulation of these platforms in Australia, targeted at reducing public exposure to harmful content.

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