Research Grants within the School of Social and Political Sciences

The school is the home to a large number of Australian Research Council (ARC) Projects, including the prestigious Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship awarded to Professor Pippa Norris in 2011, Future Fellowships, Discovery Projects, Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA), and Linkage Projects. In addition, many of our researchers are involved as investigators on ARC Projects hosted outside of the school.

Australian Research Council – 2011 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration Amount awarded
Professor Pippa Norris Government and International Relations Making Democratic Governance Work 2012–18 $2,635,730

Australian Research Council – Future Fellowships

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration
Dr Yasmine Musharbash Anthropology Transformations in Aboriginal central Australia: A study of Warlpiri social relations in a time of crisis 2014–18
Dr Ute Eickelkamp Anthropology Cultural resilience and changing selves in Central Australia 2012–16
Dr Melinda Cooper Sociology and Social Policy Experimental workers of the world: the labour of human research subjects in the emerging bioeconomies of China and India 2011–15
Dr Adrian Hearn Sociology and Social Policy Clarifying transparency: Chinese aid and trade in Latin America 2011–15
Professor Catherine Waldby Sociology and Social Policy The Oöcyte Economy: the changing meanings of human eggs in fertility, assisted reproduction and stem-cell research 2011–15

Australian Research Council – Discovery Projects

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration
Professor Linda Connor Anthropology The Coal Rush and Beyond: Climate Change, Coal Reliance and Contested Futures 2014–16
Dr Justin Hastings Government and International Relations The World’s Most Enterprising Country: North Korea’s Survival in the Global Economy 2014–16
Associate Professor Susan Park Government and International Relations Multilateral Development Bank Accountability: Who Benefits? 2014–16
Professor David Schlosberg Government and International Relations The New Environmentalism of Everyday Life: Sustainability, Material Flows, and the Evolution of Environmental Movements 2014–16
Emeritus Professor Frederick Teiwes Government and International Relations The political dynamics of Deng Xiaoping’s leadership of China, 1979–1992 2013–15
Associate Professor Karl Maton Sociology and Social Policy Pedagogies for knowledge-building: investigating subject-appropriate, cumulative teaching for twenty-first century school classrooms 2013–15
Professor John Keane Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Democracy at the end of the world: new perspectives on the politics and government of Antarctica 2013–15
Dr Justin Hastings and Dr Sarah Phillips Government and International Relations (Justin Hastings) and Centre for International Security Studies (Sarah Phillips) Uncovering the organisational dynamics of pirates and maritime terrorists 2013–15
Professor David Goodman and Dr Beatriz Carrillo Garcia Government and International Relations/China Studies Centre (David Goodman) and Sociology and Social Policy (Beatriz Carrillo Garcia) Economic growth in China’s west: the social basis of enterprise development 2013–15
Associate Professor Fran Collyer Lead by Associate Professor Karen Willis, Faculty of Health Sciences. Fran Collyer is with Sociology and Social Policy How Australians navigate the healthcare maze: the differential capacity to choose 2013–15
Associate Professor Fran Collyer Lead by Professor Raewyn Connell, Faculty of Education and Social Work. Fran Collyer is with Sociology and Social Policy Global arenas of knowledge: centre/periphery relations and change in knowledge production on a world scale 2013–15
Professor Dick Bryan Political Economy New Social Foundations of Money 2012–14
Professor David Goodman – this grant includes a Discovery
Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA)
Government and International Relations Reinterpreting the Sino-Japanese war: north China base areas 1939–1940 2012–14
Professor David Schlosberg Government and International Relations Rethinking Climate Justice in an Age of Adaptation: Capabilities, Local Variation, and Public Deliberation 2012–14
Professor Graeme Gill Government and International Relations Strategies for the Stabilisation of Authoritarian Rule: Russia in Comparative Perspective 2011–13
Associate Professor Ben Goldsmith Government and International Relations Political Institutions, War, and Peace: Global and Regional Dynamics 2010–12
Associate Professor Salvatore Babones Sociology and Social Policy Globalisation and the Global Income Distribution in Times of Stabilty and in Times of Crisis 2010–12
Professor Linda Connor Anthropology Climate Change, place and community: An ethnogaphic study of the Hunter Valley, New South Wales 2009–11
Professor Stephen Castles Sociology and Social Policy Social transformation and international migration in the 21st century 2009–13
Professor Gillian Cowlishaw Anthropology Social Relations Among Urban Aborigines in Sydney's Western Suburbs 2009–11
Dr Gaynor Macdonald Anthropology Restoring the Past to Build the Future: Indigenous Culture, Heritage and Economy in Rural NSW 2008
Em Professor Frederick Teiwes Government and International Relations The Post-Mao Transition in China: From the Ashes of Revolution toward Reform, 1976-1978 2008–11
Professor Graeme Gill Government and International Relations Rites of Power: Symbolism, Ritual and Politics in the Soviet Union and Russia 2006–11
Professor Rod Tiffen Government and International Relations Media Change Political Change 2006–11
Professor Robert Van Krieken Sociology and Social Policy Civilizing divorce: Social change, law and the transformation of parenthood 2006–11
Professor Michael Humphrey Sociology and Social Policy The Professions, Human Rights, and the State: law and medicine in the transition from repression to democracy 2007

Australian Research Council – Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration
Dr Megan MacKenzie Government and International Relations Women in Combat: a comparative analysis of removing the combat exclusion 2014–16
Dr Sarah Phillips Centre for International Security Studies, Government and International Relations State formation and external finance: a case study of Somaliland 2013–16
Dr Anika Gauja Government and International Relations The politics of party reform: who benefits from the democratisation of political parties? 2013–16
Dr Susan Banki Sociology and Social Policy Refugee Activism and Social Movements: the Transformation of Homeland Politics 2012–18
Dr Holly High Anthropology Desire and the political field: Decision-making and political moralities from “culture village” to Vientiane, Laos 2012–15
Dr Deirdre Howard Sociology and Social Policy Indigenous societies, governance and wellbeing: a study of Indigenous community success in addressing disadvantage and promoting wellbeing 2012–15
Dr Martijn Konings Political Economy The Rise of the Federal Reserve 2012–15

Australian Research Council – Linkage Projects

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration
Dr Anna Boucher and Professor Stephen Castles Led by Professor Mary Crock, Sydney Law School. Dr Anna Boucher, Government and International Relations; Professor Stephen Castles, Sociology and Social Policy; Professor Michael Hiscox, Harvard University; Dr Eiko Thielemann, London School of Economics and Political Science; Mr Mark Cully, Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Comparing immigration policy in the ‘group of five’: developing an evidence base for evaluating the role of policy in international migration. 2012–15
Professor Catherine Waldby Sociology and Social Policy Human Oocytes for Stem Cell Research: donation and regulaton in Australia 2008–10
Dr Gaynor Macdonald Anthropology Restoring the Past to Build the Future: Indigenous Culture, Heritage and Economy in Rural NSW 2008–11
Associate Professor Jake Lynch Centre for Peaceand Conflict Studies A global standard for reporting conflict 2009–12

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration Amount awarded
Em Professor Frederick Teiwes Government and International Relations Chinese Communist Elite Politics under Hua Guofeng and Deng Xiaoping 2013–16  

European Commission

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration Amount awarded
Associate Professor Danielle Celermajer Sociology and Social Policy Addressing the root causes of torture: Actions to reduce and prevent torture in police and military settings in the Asia Pacific region 2011–13 $1,392,321
Associate Professor Danielle Celermajer Sociology and Social Policy Developing a networked Asia-Pacific Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation 2008- $1,873,013

Institute for Global Peace and Sustainable Governance

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration Amount awarded
Associate Professor Jake Lynch Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Is peace journalism feasible? Balancing structure and agency in media coverage of conflicts 2014–16 $63,894

MacArthur Foundation

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration Amount awarded
Dr Justin Hastings Government and International Relations Knowledge Transfer in Nuclear Proliferation Networks 2013–15 US$200,000
Professor Peter Curson Centre for International Security Studies, Government and International Relations Food Security in Asia: Strategic Challenges and Risk Mitigation 2010–13 $407,088

Office of Learning and Teaching, Australian Government

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration Amount awarded
Dr Susan Banki Sociology and Social Policy Filling the Social Justice Gap 2013–15 $220,000

Open Society Foundations

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration Amount awarded
Professor Pippa Norris Government and International Relations Political Finance Transparency Project 2014–15 $221,931

The Spencer Foundation, USA

Name(s) Department / Lead Institution Project Title Duration Amount awarded
Associate Professor Ariadne Vromen Government and International Relations, and co-investigators Associate Professor Michael Xenos of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brian Loader of University of York The Civic Network: A comparative study of the use of social media for enhancing young people’s political engagement 2012–14 $312,000