More than one million dollars worth of Australian Research Council (ARC) grants will be administered by Charles Sturt University (CSU) from next year in a variety of new projects funded by the Federal Government.
The seven Discovery and Linkage Projects, to be administered by CSU, total almost $1.1 million and range from linguistics, to collective obligations for Australian social issues such as refugees and aid, brain injury rehabilitation, plagiarism and managing tree densities in western NSW.
“The varied projects involving CSU staff will further develop the University’s research profile and its flow-on benefits to our regional communities,” said acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Graduate Training), Professor Gail Whiteford.
CSU-administered Commonwealth funded ARC Discovery Projects, commencing in 2006:
- The Grammar of Biblical Hebrew: Functional and Corpus Analyses: the four year ARC-funded project will see original, innovative research in Australia into Biblical Hebrew linguistics. Biblical Hebrew is the language of the Hebrew Bible, a text sacred to Judaism and Christianity and of interest to the wider Australian public. (Researcher: Matthew Anstey from the CSU School of Theology in Canberra)
- Collective Obligations and Partial Compliance: during the three year project, this research will have important implications for a number of prominent issues in contemporary life in Australia, such as those concerning refugees, relations with the Aboriginal community and international aid. (Researcher: Dr Keith Horton from Wagga Wagga and a member of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics).
CSU-administered Commonwealth funded ARC Linkage Projects, involving industry partners and commencing in 2006:
- Participation following traumatic brain injury in rural, regional and remote areas: CSU researchers will join industry partners from health organisations across NSW in the two-year project to secure improved rehabilitation programs for people with brain injury, especially in regional, rural and remote areas. (Researchers: Professor Margaret Alston, Associate Professor Lindy McAllister, Dr Alison Winkworth; Dr Michael Curtin; Dr Robert Neumayer from CSU‘s Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Campuses)
- Managing tree densities in western NSW, development of a process‑based model to predict woodland dynamics: working with the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation, this three year project will enhance woodland management in inland NSW to assist policy development and decision making by natural resource managers. (Researchers: Dr Ian Lunt from the CSU School Environmental and Information Sciences in Albury-Wodonga and Dr RA Bradstock and Mr M Bedward)
- Changing the way that Australians enter the workforce: part time working careers of young full‑time school and tertiary students: aims to develop a greater understanding of the way Australians enter the workforce and the way that we think about jobs, careers and training. (Researchers; Associate Professor Erica Smith from the CSU School of Education in Wagga Wagga and Prof WA Patton)
- Values Enactment Training, Values Congruence, and Emotional Intelligence: A Field Experiment. This project will develop a practical training strategy to reduce the gap between values statements and the behaviour of employees in Australian organisations. (Researchers: Professor Tony Travaglione and Dr Grant O'Neill from CSU School of Marketing and Management in Bathurst and Professor S Mcshane)
- Generating knowledge and avoiding plagiarism: Smart information use by secondary students. This will focus on dealing with the roots of the problem of plagiarism rather than detection. Through innovative teaching at the secondary level, the project supports recent school curriculum efforts in all Australian states, in International Baccalaureate schools and in the educational sector worldwide. (Researchers: Professor John Weckert Dr Joy McGregor, Dr Yeslam Al Saggaf from CSU’s School of Information Studies in Wagga Wagga as well as Dr CM Williamson and Ms S Boyd).
Collaborative projects involving CSU academics who will work with researchers from other universities in 2006:
- Administered by Griffith University, Associate Professor Ian Gray and Dr Dimitria Giorgas from the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga will work collaboratively on the Discovery Project: Towards Sustainable Regional Institutions: The Nature, Role and Governance Implications of Contemporary Australian Regionalism.
- Administered by Macquarie University, the Discovery Project, Brokering Democracy: United States Policy toward Chile from Nixon to Bush Sr. (September 1973‑December 1989), involves Christopher McGillion from the CSU School of Communication in Bathurst.
- Administered by the University of Technology, Sydney, the Linkage Project, Advocacy in the age of compacts: Strengthening the policy development dimension of partnership agreements between government and community organisations involves Dr John Casey from CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing in Sydney.
Further details about the ARC grants can be found here.