Researchers from across the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences have been awarded ARC Discovery and DECRA grants for 2019. From ethics in industry and cultural diplomacy, to how we build trust in today’s social and digitally driven world, their research across diverse fields reveals more about us as a society, and helps to shape where as a society we are headed.
Dean of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Rae Frances offered her congratulations to all the successful applicants, the strength of whose applications propelled the College’s success rate significantly higher than both the ANU and national averages for DECRAs. She also offered encouragement to those who were unsuccessful on this occasion, and those who may apply in the future.
“I know how much work goes into these applications and it is important to remember how incredibly competitive the ARC is. I encourage all future applicants to discuss proposal ideas with colleagues at an early stage to get appropriate feedback.”
Five CASS researchers have received DECRA grants, available to early career researchers, totalling almost $2million.
Dr Jenny Davis from ANU School of Sociology was awarded a DECRA grant for research into ethics-based industry.
Dr Raihan Ismail from Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, recipient of this year’s Crawford Medal for humanities research, was awarded a grant for her research into transnational networks of Salafi clerics.
Centre Director Professor Amin Saikal offered congratulations to Dr Ismail. “It is a great achievement on the top of her recent award from the Academy of Humanities in Australia. It is wonderful and gratifying to see her accomplishing so much during so little time since her appointment to an A/lectureship only five years ago. The Centre, College and University should be proud of her.'
Dr Justyna Misckiewicz and Dr Guillaume Molle from ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology were awarded grants, for research into changing bone metabolism in ancient Asia-Pacific populations, and for religious systems of ancient Polynesia respectively.
And Dr Robert Wellington from ANU School of Art and Design received a grant for research into art and cultural diplomacy.
Five CASS researchers received, individually or as part of a team, Discovery Program grants for 2019.
Professor Will Christie, Director of the Humanities Research Centre received a grant to explore the emotional registers of liberal culture in the long nineteenth century.
Associate Professor Colin Klein from ANU School of Philosophy was awarded a grant to explore trust in a social and digital world.
Professor Matt Gray, Director of the Centre for Social Research Methods was awarded a grant for research into gender equality, as part of a project led by the ANU Joint Colleges of Science.
Dr Katie Sutton (ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics) and Dr Alexandra Dellios (Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies) were awarded were awarded grants for externally led projects, looking at modern sex research, and the migrant contribution to nation building respectively.