Grants and projects

These are the research grant projects that the academic staff at the Unit are currently engaged in, or have recently completed.

ARC Discovery Grant 2012 - 2014

Assoc. Prof Dominic Murphy

The Structure and Function of Self-representation

Recent psychology and neuroscience suggests that human beings are very bad at knowing themselves. This project changes that debate by arguing that our self-examination is not designed to increase self-knowledge, but to help us navigate the social world.

2012: $30,000
2013: $60,000
2014: $32,000

ARC Discovery Grant 2010 -2012




Health and Medicine in the Dutch East Indies: Medical Research, Health Programs and Colonial Networks of Mediation

John Templeton Foundation

Assoc. Prof. D Rickles Project Co-Leader

New Agendas for the Study of Time: Connecting the Disciplines

2012-2015: $1,507,753.23 (USD)
(Matching Funds from Sydney University)

Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi)

Assoc. Prof. D Rickles

  • Large Grant: Information and Interaction (with Ian Durham) $59,762 USD
  • Mini Grant: Foundations of Dualities (2013) $4900.00 USD
  • Mini Grant: A Quantum Gravity Sourcebook (2013) $2560 USD
  • Mini Grant: Rationalising Physics (2012) $2500 USD

ARC Discovery Project DP0984930

Assoc. Prof. D Rickles

The Development of Quantum Gravity

2009 : $ 127,500
2010 : $ 124,000
2011 : $ 124,000
2012 : $ 124,000
2013 : $ 118,000

Project Summary
This research constitutes the first large-scale effort to unpack and make sense of the development of quantum
gravity. Given the pressing nature of this problem and its importance for our worldview, such a study would be of
great benefit to several sectors of the academic community. By giving a global perspective of the field from its
origins those outside the field will be able to appreciate its importance and its place in contemporary physics.
Quantum gravity researchers will be able to see how their preferred approach fits into the web of research
programs, thus opening the door for greater collaboration between the various approaches. This research will
greatly enhance Australia's position in this breakthrough science.

University of Sydney Bridging Grant

Dr Dominic Murphy

2009-10 : $ 40,000

ARC Discovery Project DP0772706

Assoc. Prof. Ofer Gal and Dr Charles T. Wolfe

The origins of scientific experimental practices: from the anatomical theatre to the conversations of the Royal Society

2007 : $98,324
2008 : $130,974
2009 : $137,010
2010 : $90,240

Project summary
This research will offer new insight into the emergence of scientific empiricism, and will thus provide an important contribution towards informed public discussion concerning science education, the relations between the sciences and between science and general culture. This discussion is incumbent on us in our quest for a knowledge based economy and a proper place in an increasingly competitive world of science led industry and commerce. Australia enjoys a prime international position in history and philosophy of science scholarship, and in the field of seventeenth century science in particular. This project will maintain and enhance this position.

ARC Discovery Project DP0664046

Assoc. Prof. Ofer Gal

The imperfection of the universe: music, mathematics, technology and the (dis)order of nature in baroque science

2006 : $120,000
2007 : $30,000
2008 : $90,000

Primary RFCD: 3706 - History and philosophy of science and medicine
Administering institution: the University of Sydney

Project summary
This research will offer new insight into the birth of modern science, and will thus provide an important contribution towards informed public discussion concerning science education, the relations between science and industry and between science and general culture. This discussion is incumbent on us in our quest for knowledge based economy and a proper place in an increasingly competitive world of science led industry and commerce. Australia enjoys a prime international position in history and philosophy of science scholarship, and in the field of seventeenth century science in particular. This project will maintain and enhance this position.

ARC Discovery Project DP0450751

Assoc. Prof. Hans Pols

War, Trauma, and Rehabilitation: The Army, Psychiatry, and World War II

2004 : $30,000
2005 : $26,000
2006 : $29,666

Project summary
This project will examine a key episode in the history of twentieth century psychiatry: the development of new theoretical approaches and treatment methods for war neurosis encountered during World War II. This will be the first in-depth study of the topic and will be conducted from a trans-national perspective, in which the contributions of Australian, British, and American psychiatrists will be analysed. The development of psychiatric diagnoses will be analysed in the context of the
dynamic relationship between psychiatrists, soldiers, and the army. The outcome will be at least three refereed journal
articles and a scholarly monograph.