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Amplifying voices from the Royal Commission into Aged Care through animated poetry

This VRES project is part of a larger three-year project titled Amplifying voices from the Royal Commission into Aged Care, which is funded by the Australian Research Council. This boundary-pushing transdisciplinary project asks the critical question: how can non-traditional approaches like arts-based methodologies provide marginalised aged care residents with more visibility and voice in public discourse and policy debates about aged care?More information about the project can be found on the project website.This project is situated within the 2nd stage …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Creative Practice
Research centre(s)

Design Lab

Digital media, location awareness, and the politics of geodata

This project critically examines the increasingly pervasive role of location metadata (or geodata) in Australian smartphone practices and cultures and the implications this has for users, industry, and public administration.With near-ubiquitous levels of smartphone use in Australia, digital media have become integrated within everyday lives. These services, however, rely on access to an individual's location, raising privacy and cybersecurity concerns over this sensitive datapoint.This project adopts design research to develop design artefacts to enhance public understanding of geodata and privacy, …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Design
Research centre(s)
Digital Media Research Centre
Design Lab

Rhythm & Movement for Self-Regulation in early childhood: digital design and research translation

Rhythm & Movement for Self-Regulation (RAMSR) is a program developed by registered music therapists, and early childhood specialists, that teachers all adults working with young children to engage in rhythmic movement activities known to build brain architecture that supports self-regulation. Essentially, RAMSR seeks to bring the brain-building benefits associated with learning music to the masses in early childhood.In 2016 and 2020, RAMSR studies showed the program was indeed effective in stimulating growth in attentional, emotional, and behavioural regulation for young …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education

Fraud and corruption in local government

This project aims to improve the integrity and financial accountability of local government by developing an enhanced governance framework for local government. The first part of the project involves mapping local government failures across Australia.Over the last seven years, eighteen local councils have been sacked because of fraud, corruption, financial mismanagement and behavioural problems. For example, Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) uncovered long term corrupt conduct involving elected councillors and senior executives across four local government authorities. While the …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Accountancy

How ethics and responsibility can guide marketing communication decision-making

Corporations and brands have both experienced and exploited social issues-based crises. This project aims to examine how ethics and social responsibility guide marketing communication decision-making to consider risks, issues, and opportunities associated with campaigns.In this project, you will work with academic and industry supervisors to review of existing literature and conduct interviews with public relations and marketing communication experts to examine their frameworks for ethical decision-making. You will also be invited to participate in producing a publication related to this …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Does law suffer from a compassion deficit?

Empathy, compassion and emotion play an important role in society. Yet, many areas of law suffer from a compassion deficit to some extent. This research is part of a larger study arguing that this situation can be addressed via policy development enriched through a process of identifying and rectifying compassion deficits.In this research we are focusing on the laws of equity and how they have been embodied into corporate law. One example of this is how corporate law allows for …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

Designing future magnetic materials

Low-dimensional and atomically-thin magnets host a myriad of exotic magnetic states. As such, they are excellent candidates for memory and logic devices in future technologies.However, the atomic structures needed to realise these states are still not well understood.For this reason, theoretical investigations of the electronic and magnetic properties of these materials are crucial to engineer functional magnetic materials in the future.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Exploring and supporting the internationalisation of indigenous businesses

Driving growth and employment in the rapidly evolving Indigenous business sector is a key priority of Australia’s national and state governments. An important growth strategy for firms is internationalisation through, for example, exporting, international strategic alliances or even foreign direct investment. Yet we know relatively little about the growth of Indigenous businesses through international business.This project will answer questions including:How do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses internationalise?Is their approach to international growth like that of other small and medium …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

Statistical methods for detecting Antarctic ecosystems from space

Satellite images are a frequent and free source of global data which can be used to effectively monitor the environment. We can see how the land is being used, how it’s being changed, what’s there – even where animals are in the landscape. Using these images is essential, particularly for regions where data is expensive to collect or difficult to physically access, like Antarctica. In Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, satellite images can be an easy and quick way to …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science
Centre for the Environment

Urban media and digital geographies

We are seeking PhD projects that will contribute to an ongoing, cross-disciplinary research program investigating the critical role played by space, place, and location within digital media and society. Project proposals should be situated within or across communication, digital media, and design and draw on current or emerging critical approaches, such as:digital geographiesurban informaticsplatform urbanismtechnological sovereigntycritical data studies.

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Communication
Research centre(s)
Digital Media Research Centre

Nonprofit Centres in Australia – shared spaces and workplaces

Nonprofit organisations can struggle to secure office and program spaces in their neighbourhoods and lack adequate workplaces to meet their missions. Shared working spaces are an innovative model and effective long-term solution for nonprofit organizations' need for stable and affordable office and program space. One solution is co-locating multiple nonprofits in shared spaces, sometimes called nonprofit centres, that have shared services and a collaborative culture. This project will document nonprofit centres in Australia, examine challenges and solutions from operating nonprofit …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Accountancy
Research centre(s)
Centre for Future Enterprise
Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies

Disclosures and accountability in large charities

The importance of charities to the Australian economy and society has been visible during the extended period (to date) of the COVID-19 pandemic, where those in need have turned to nonprofit organisations when the services and support provided by government or the for-profit sector have been unavailable or insufficient. Yet Australia’s charities require public trust and legitimacy to ensure their sustainability, and disclosures (both financial and non-financial) are a vital way of demonstrating and communicating their work. Disclosures allow stakeholders …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Accountancy
Research centre(s)
Centre for Future Enterprise
Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies

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