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Past grant recipients

Learn about past grant recipients and their fields of research

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre offers grants each year to assist researchers with their work. Find out more about past recipients and how these grants have benefited their work through engagement with Southeast Asia.

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre offers four types of research grants for scholars engaging in the Southeast Asia region, including:

  • research grants for individual and/or group research projects
  • mobility grants to bring partners here or to travel to visit a partner
  • workshops grants to bring people together to produce collective output
  • language grants for training in any Southeast Asian language here or in the region.

Learn more about the grant recipients from 2016 and 2015.

2017 grant recipients

Identifying socio-cultural risks of adolescent pregnancy in East Indonesia

Dr Sara Bernays and Dr Kevin McGeechan, School of Public Health

State and society

Adolescent pregnancy is a major public health concern in the Asia-Pacific region and is identified as a priority in the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Lancet Commission for Adolescent Health. Population Prospects estimated that 1.7 million women and girls under the age of 24 give birth annually in Indonesia, and almost half a million are teenagers. Adolescent pregnancy has huge health and socio-economic impacts and death from unsafe abortion represent 11-1 percent of all maternal deaths across Indonesia. This project will conduct a study with young women in Eastern Indonesia designed to develop informed responses to reduce adolescent pregnancy and adverse health outcomes, and improve maternal and neonatal health among young people. This qualitative research will provide in-depth knowledge of pregnancy intentions in adolescents and their experiences of pregnancy among married and unmarried Indonesian women aged 15-24 years with the overall goal to guide the development of youth-centred health promotion strategies to prevent and mitigate the impact of adolescent pregnancy and associated adverse health outcomes. 

 

Rapid identification of emerging pathogens in marine aquaculture

Dr Paul Hick, Sydney School of Veterinary Science, and Dr Joy Becker, School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Environment and resources

Fish is a vital human food and is critical to global food security. Indonesia is third in the world for fish production behind China and India, and aquaculture is important for Indonesian food security, with 90 percent of the country’s fish production consumed domestically. Aquaculture of high value species destined for export also provides an important source of income for untrained workers. However, infectious disease is the biggest limiting factor in marine aquaculture with approximately 50 percent of fish stocked in sea cages dying before harvest. This project seeks to build on previous collaboration with Indonesian scientists to identify the pathogens that are responsible for several disease syndromes with unknown aetiology causing epidemic mortality evens in farmed grouper in Bali, Indonesia. Identification of the causative pathogen is the key to developing appropriate disease control measures that will enable more informed recommendations for disease control. 

 

Opera as a maritime trade: Chinese Theatre in Southeast Asia

Dr Josh Stenberg, Department of Chinese Studies

Heritage and arts

Chinese performance including “opera” (xiqu), musical theatre, and puppet theatre, has constituted a major form of cultural exchange between the southern areas of China and Southeast Asia from the mid-19th Century until present day. However, methodological bias that has been created by treating Southeast Asia principally in national terms has prevented the networks that have produced ritual and commercial Chinese theatre across the region from becoming apparent. Various cultural communities are treated as independent phenomena rather than as nodes linked through historic theatrical practice and ongoing ritual and commercial relationships. This project will build on previous research on Sinophone theatre networks in Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan and expand into other areas of Chinese theatrical activity in Myanmar and the Philippines to examine the transition from Chinese to non-Chinese performers, the emergence of a region-wide economy for certain genres of theatre, and the practice of temple performance in Myanmar specifically.

 

An assessment of the acceptability and implementation of the Indonesian Mental Health Act (2014) by Balinese mental healthcare providers

Dr Nioklaos Tiliopoulos, School of Psychology, Dr Cokorda Bagus Jaya Lesmana, MD, Head of Cultural Psychiatry Division, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University and Sanglah Hospital, Indonesia

Health

This collaborative project builds on existing and longstanding research collaborations with psychiatrists in Bali, the Suryani Institute for Mental Health, Udayana University and Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar to examine the understanding and implementation of the Indonesian Mental Health Act (MHA) 2014. In 2014 the Indonesian Parliament passed the MHA to address the severity of the mental healthcare situation. In Indonesia, an estimated 11.6 percent of the population is suffering from mental illness and a shortage of accessible and adequate mental healthcare. Additionally, absence of relevant education and fear of cultural stigma leads to treatment avoidance, leaving sufferers vulnerable. To date, only one report exists on the implementation and impact of the MHA on the providers of mental health and this report focuses on a specific set of individuals. This collaborative study will use semi-structured interviews with Balinese psychiatrists as well as an interrogation of the literature surrounding the topic, to provide insight into the awareness and understanding of the MHA by mental healthcare practitioners and on what facilitated or hindered the implementation of the Act into practice on a local level.

Building qualitative research skills for prevention and social research in Myanmar
Dr Nina Berry
Sydney School of Public Health 
Collaborator country: Myanmar

Developing research data management policies for public institutions in Indonesia
Associate Professor Willen Vervoot
Sydney Institute of Agriculture
Collaborator country: Indonesia

Population biology of a critical pollinator, the Asian honey bee, in Indonesia
Dr Ros Gloag
School of Biologial Science
Collaborator country: Indonesia

Prognostic drug resistance screening for imported clinical malaria
Dr Rogan Lee
Westmean Hospital
Collaborator country: Thailand

Regional Mobility Fund recipients

Associate Professor Tiho Ancev
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Country: Vietnam

Professor Roland Fletcher (inward)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Country: Singapore

Dr Holly High (inward)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Country: Regional

Associate Professor Lily Rahim
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Country: Malaysia

Dr Josh Stenberg (inward)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Country: Indonesia

Associate Professor Willem Vervoot
Faculty of Science
Country: Indonesia

Professor Adrian Vickers (inward)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Country: Indonesia

Dr David Wang
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies 
Country: Indonesa

Dr Stephen Whiteman
Faculty of Arts and Sciences 
Country: Myanmar

Conference Fund recipients

Dr Non Arkaraprasertkul
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
Conference:The 13th International Conference on Thai Studies (ICTS)

Associate Professor Weidong Xiao
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Conference: The 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 10 Conference (TENCON)

Sabbatical Visitor’s Fund recipients

Professor Simon Butt
Sydney Law School
Sabbatical visitor: Associate Professor Sharyn Davies
Country: Indonesia

Dr Lynette Mackenzie
Faculty of Health Sciences
Sabbatical visitor: Dr Maw Pin Tan
Country: Malaysia

Professor Adrian Vickers
School of Languages and Cultures
Sabbatical visitor: Professor Michael Laffan
Country: USA

Visiting PhD Scholar Fund recipients

Dr Jeffrey Neilson
Faculty of Science
Visiting PhD scholar: Abellia Anggi Wardani
Country: Netherlands

Dr Elisabeth Kramer
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Visiting PhD scholar: Claudia Stoicescu
Country: Indonesia

PhD Conference Grant recipients

Le Anh Thi Huynh
Faculty of Engineering and IT
Conference: Congrès International de Géotechnique: Ouvrages -Structures (CIGOS 2017)
Country: Vietnam

Van Bac Mai
Faculty of Engineering and IT
Conference: Congrès International de Géotechnique: Ouvrages -Structures (CIGOS 2017)
Country: Vietnam

Song Hong Pham
Faculty of Engineering and IT
Conference: Congrès International de Géotechnique: Ouvrages -Structures (CIGOS 2017)
Country: Vietnam

Dr Cut Novianti Rachmi, MIPH
Faculty of Medicine
Conference: The Obesity Society Meeting
Country: USA

Matthew Taylor
Faculty of Engineering and IT
4th International Conference on Mechanical Engineering Research (ICMER 2017)

Language Training Initiative recipients


Mr Weijing Meng
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Language: Lao

Dr Josh Stenberg
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Language: Hokkien


In-Country Language Training Initiative recipients


Ms Senice So
Office for Global Health, Sydney Medical School
Language: Burmese


Ms Danielle Somers
Office for Global Health, Sydney Medical School
Language: Indonesian


Dr Sophie Webber
Faculty of Science
Language: Indonesian  

Dr Eleanor Bruce
Faculty of Science
Workshop title: Climate adaptation in disaster-prone environments of Southeast Asia

Associate Professor Hans Pols
Faculty of Science
Workshop title: Trauma: Southeast Asian Perspectives

Professor Bill Pritchard
Faculty of Science
Workshop title: Is Myanmar different: The social and economic drivers of change in rural Myanmar placed in global context

Professor Anna Reid
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Workshop title: Researching Professional Music Practice

Dr David Wang
Faculty of Engineering and IT
Workshop title: Sustainable membrane processes for synergistic energy and water applications

Coffs Harbour Christian Community Junior School
Country: Indonesia
Project: The Wayang Kulit

Dubbo School of Distance Education
Country: Regional
Project: Harmony camp

Hampden Park Public School
Country: Indonesia
Project: Increasing student engagement in the Indonesian Community Languages Program

Tumbarumba High School; Merriwa Central School
Country: Indonesia
Project: Support for mandatory 100 hours language learning for rural and remote areas trial

Scotts Head Public School
Country: Indonesia
Project: CLASP (Culture, Language and Arts in Schools Program) artist incursion

Yass High School
Country: Indonesia
Project: Bringing Indonesia to Yass

Dr Sarah Bernays
Faculty of Medicine
Title: What are they being told? Mapping the content and analysing the agendas of sexual and reproductive m-health interventions targeted at adolescents in Indonesia

2016 grant recipients

Harnessing women’s social networks to improve maternal and child nutrition behaviours in East Java, Indonesia: an explorative study of positive and negative deviants

Dr Neeloy Alam, Nina Berry and Professor Michael Dibley
Sydney Medical School

Partnering with Universitas Indonesia, the Southeast Asian Ministers for Education Organisations in Indonesia, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the research team is conducting an evaluation of a maternal and child nutrition intervention implemented by the Government of Indonesia and international and local NGOs in six sub-districts of East Java. The evaluation design includes two cross sectional surveys and cohort follow up surveys of pregnant women and mothers of children younger than 24 months. The sharp disparity among the women’s child feeding behaviours triggers the question about the reasons for the difference that requires further and in-depth investigation. The research team will conduct an explorative study to understand the role of social networks in shaping the differences in women’s child nutrition behaviours among the participants of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Baduta Study.

Barriers and opportunities for contraception access in rural areas of Myanmar

Associate Professor Kirsten Black and Dr Camille Raynes-Greenow
Sydney Medical School

According to a recent United Nations Population Fund report, maternal mortality in Myanmar is one of the worst in the region. Of about 1.3 million women who give birth each year in Myanmar, one in 33 will die from a cause related to their pregnancy. Leading causes of maternal mortality are postpartum haemorrhage and unsafe abortion. An indirect and significant contributor is the lack of access to reproductive health services, which leaves many women unable to limit or space their pregnancies. In Myanmar approximately 19 per cent of women report an “unmet need for family planning”. In the post-partum period, the first year after a birth, women are particularly susceptible to unplanned pregnancy with 10 per cent to 44 per cent of pregnancies being unintended. The project aims to identify barriers and opportunities for contraception access in rural areas of Myanmar, and identify opportunities to improve access to long-acting reversible contraceptive methods in the post-partum period.

Examining community collaborations that empower parents and carers to support children and adolescents with disabilities through a multidisciplinary lens

Dr Michelle Bonati, Associate Professor David Evans, Dr Cathy Little, Dr Michael Millington, Dr Margaret Spencer, Dr Michele Villeneuve

Faculty of Education and Social Work and Faculty of Health Sciences

Parents who care for a child with a disability experience a number of unique emotional, cultural and attitudinal stresses that others may experience only infrequently. Parents cope with these stresses in a number of ways: some draw on internal strengths from immediate family, faith and resolve; others on agencies and resources external to the family. The quality and nature of these outcomes has multiplying benefits for the economic and social prosperity of their community. Little research, however, has examined the experiences of parent’s efforts through multiple disciplinary lenses. This project aims to initiate research with parents in Indonesia to examine the formal, distal, and organised supports families access and experience in supporting their child with a disability to achieve individualised, personalised goals; conduct research involving researchers from a range of disciplines from Australia and Indonesia; and strengthen research links between the University of Sydney and universities within Indonesia.

Gateway port choice and investment plan: the case of Indonesia

Dr Xiaowen Fu
The University of Sydney Business School

Despite Indonesia’s large population and strong economy in recent years, the nation’s maritime sector has not kept up with the growth of its trade and logistics sectors. Overall, sea ports in Indonesia are not competitive in terms of service quality, connectivity, hinterland access and port charges. As a result, much of the international and regional trade has to be routed through the regional hub port in Singapore. To promote the growth of the maritime industry in particular and the national economy in general, the Indonesian government and its state-owned corporations have come up with major initiatives such as the Maritime Highway and a program named “Pendulum Nusantara”. Despite such substantial investments, however, many problems remain to be answered with respect to the economic outcomes of these mega-projects. To address these important issues, the project aims to conduct the following research modules:

  • forecasts of future shipping demands within Indonesia and to major economic regions such as Europe, Northeast Asia and North America
  • a shipping network model that will be calibrated for Indonesian markets for the design of an optimal shipping network and port capacity requirements.

With the results obtained in the above two modules as inputs, to develop a port competition model with which the best port pricing strategy and resultant shipping volume distributions can be identified.

Nanoparticles – safe or not safe?
Dr Wojciech Chrzanowski
Faculty of Pharmacy

How do policymakers view the emerging problem of overweight and obesity in Indonesia?
Professor Mu Li
Sydney Medical School

Pro-environmental behaviour: effects on sustainability and pollution mitigation strategies in the Philippines
Associate Professor Margaret Jekanyika Matanda
University of Sydney Business School

Research Capacity Building Grant recipient
Associate Professor Kirsty Foster
Faculty of Health Sciences
Collaborator country: Vietnam

Regional Mobility Fund recipients

Professor Stephanie Short (inward)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Country: Brunei and Indonesia

Associate Professor Debra Hayes (outward)
Faculty of Education and Social Work
Country: Timor-Leste

Conference Fund recipients

Dr Milena Simic
Faculty of Health Sciences
Conference: Philippines Physical Therapy Association National Convention

Associate Professor Tricia McCabe
Faculty of Health Sciences
Conference: 2016 Convention of the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP)

Sabbatical Visitor's Fund recipients

Professor Budiman Minasny
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
Sabbatical visitor: Dr Dian Fiantis
Country: Indonesia

Professor Adrian Vickers
Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Sabbatical visitor: Professor Dr Ooi Keat Gin
Country: Malaysia

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Grant recipients

Dr Stephen Whiteman
Faculty of Arts and Social Science

Professor Ashley Thompson
Country: United Kingdom

Professor Ben Marais
Sydney Medical School

Distinguished visitor: Professor Guy Thwaites
Country: Vietnam

Professor Adrian Vickers
Faculty of Arts and Social Science

Professor Bambang Purwanto
Country: Indonesia

Visiting PhD Scholar Fund recipients

Dr Aim Sinpeng
Faculty of Arts and Social Science

Nhu Trong
Country: Canada

Professor Philip Hirsch
Faculty of Science

Visiting PhD scholar: Neil Loughlin
Country: United Kingdom

Dr Dyah Pitaloka
Faculty of Arts and Social Science

Abdul Rohman
Country: Singaore

Professor Michele Ford
Faculty of Arts and Social Science

Anna Juschke
Country: Germany

Dr Susan Banki
Faculty of Arts and Social Science

Lucrezia Canzutti
Country: United Kingdom

PhD Conference Grant recipients

Renita Moniaga
Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Conference: International Studies Association’s 58th Annual Convention

Van Dinh Nguyen
Sydney Medical School
Conference: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology Annual Meeting 2017

Nurhanum Bte Syed Sahuri Sarifah
Faculty of Education and Social Work
Conference: APERA-TERA 2016

Chee Wah Loy
Faculty of Science
Conference: 14th Conference of the Asian Crystallographic Association 2016

Grace Blackwell
Faculty of Science
Conference: Acinetobacter 2017

Aila-Nica Bandong
Faculty of Health Sciences
Conference: Philippine Physical Therapy Association National Convention 2017

Marnee McKay
Faculty of Health Sciences
Conference: Philippine Physical Therapy Association National Convention 2017

Johanna Wong
Faculty of Veterinary Science
Conference: 4th International One Health Congress and 6th Biennial Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health

Regina de Gracia
Faculty of Science
Conference: 6th Congress of the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies

Katherine Ashley
Faculty of Veterinary Science
Conference: 17th AAAP (Asian Australasian Animal Production) Animal Science Congress

Nien Cheng
Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Conference: XIXth International Oral History Conference: Speaking, Listening, Interpreting

Workshop Grant recipients

Professor Warwick Anderson
Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Workshop: History of medicine in Southeast Asia

Professor Luke Nottage
Sydney Law School
Workshop: International investment arbitration across (Southeast) Asia

Dr Aim Sinpeng
Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Workshop: Internet, politics and democracy in Southeast Asia

Professor Patrick Brennan
Faculty of Health Sciences
Workshop: BREAST: a novel method to transform breast cancer detection in Vietnam and Southeast Asia

Associate Professor Hans Pols
Faculty of Science
Workshop: Indonesian mental health care: evaluating the present, planning the future

Language Training Initiative recipients

Fran Waugh
Faculty of Education and Social Work
Language: Indonesian

Schools Grant recipients

Cleveland Street Intensive English High School
Region: Southeast Asia
Project: Simple and healthy Indonesian and Thai dishes

Lilydale High School
Country: Indonesia
Project: Komodo Dragon encounter

Nhill College
Country: Indonesia
Project: Indonesian Arts Festival

Scotts Head Public School
Country: Indonesia
Project: CLASP (Culture, Language, and Arts in Schools Program) collaborative implementation

2015 grant recipients

Encoding and decoding Passura’: an interpretative study on the design logic of Toraja-Glyph

Dr Rizal Muslimin
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning


Dr Rizal Muslimin from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning has been awarded a Cluster Research Grant to research the design reasoning process underlying Passura’ - the engraved ornament of the Toraja’s Traditional House (Tongkonan) in South Sulawesi, Indonesia - and the way in which this process governs how meaning is encoded into a visual icon and how the icon is decoded back to its meaning. The aims are to interpret the visual-semantic association of Passura’ by firstly documenting and schematising the Passura' design process and pertaining descriptions in each glyph (about 70 icons), then examining how the semantic meaning is transformed into visual form and, correspondingly, how the visual form is translated into its semantic meaning. Dr Muslimin will conduct in-situ observation on Passura’ engravers’ activities to record their design process and to interview them regarding the meaning of glyphs and their design decisions. Dr Muslimin will also document actual objects illustrated in Passura’ design to interpret the engravers’ abstraction methods in transforming environmental objects into Passura’ design style.

Factories as studios: building increased capacity for creativity and innovation in Vietnamese manufacturing through an artist-in-residence program

Dr Jane Gavan
Sydney College of the Arts

Dr Jane Gavan from Sydney College of the Arts has been awarded a Cluster Research Grant to develop the capacity of participants to undertake a series of artist-in-residence placements within a range of manufacturing communities. Dr Gavan will collaborate with artist researchers at the University of Fine Arts in Vietnam to build on recent research that shows how artists producing creative works within manufacturing communities can raise rates of creativity and innovation in these communities if they can work through the range of challenges associated with entering into these communities. The aim is to expand opportunities for practice for artists at the same time as addressing the strategic need to increase innovation in manufacturing. Artists from UFAV will produce art and design work that will form a survey exhibition to be hosted in Hanoi in late 2016.

Testing feasibility and face validity of quality indicators (QIs) for psychosocial interventions: an Asia-Pacific regional collaboration project

Professor Yun-Hee Jeon
Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery


Professor Yun-Hee Jeon from the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery has brought together a multidisciplinary team of researchers including Professor Henry Brodaty from the University of NSW and Dr Rahimah Binti Ibrahim from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Professor Jeon has been awarded a Cluster Research Grant to test the feasibility and face validity of the European QIs (quality indicators) for psychosocial care in dementia in the context of residential aged care in Asia-Pacific countries. The project will help Professor Jeon’s team determine whether the QIs developed in Europe can be appropriately and validly used to assess quality of psychosocial care in the residential aged care/nursing home context in Australia and other countries in Southeast Asia. Using the findings, the aim is to establish a set of QIs that are appropriate and valid to assess and improve quality of psychosocial care for people with dementia in the residential aged care setting in this region.

Exploring the economic behaviour of taxi drivers in Singapore

Dr Adrian Ellison
The University of Sydney Business School


Dr Adrian Ellison from the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, together with a team of researchers from the University including Professor Stephen Greaves, Dr Richard Ellison and Dr Wai Yan Leong, has been awarded a Cluster Research Grant to explore the economic behaviour of taxi drivers in Singapore and understand how drivers respond to price and demand. The project addresses an important issue the transport system in Singapore is facing. Taxi services have to bridge the gap between mass public transport and the private car in the instances where reliable, on-demand, point-to-point travel is required. Dr Ellison will seek to understand the behaviour of taxi drivers such that effective and equitable transport policies can be designed to help the taxi industry to fulfil this need.

Validation of the Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease infant and toddler scale in a Southeast Asian cohort

Professor Joshua Burns
Faculty of Health Sciences


Professor Joshua Burns from the Faculty of Health Sciences, together with a team of researchers (Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Dr Manoj Menezes, and Melissa Mandarakas) has been awarded a Cluster Research Grant to validate the Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease infant and toddler scale (CMTInfS) in a Southeast Asian cohort (CMT is an inherited disorder of the peripheral nervous system). To evaluate the effects of potentially curative interventions, the project aims to validate outcome measures for infants and toddlers with CMT. It recognises the need for validation in children of different ethnicities for CMTInfS to become a globally accepted outcome measure in natural history and intervention trials. Culturally relevant norms are necessary to generate z-scores to anchor the CMTInfs, as children in Southeast Asia may provide different reference values for some items. Professor Burns’s team has chosen to work in Thailand, as there is both clinical and research expertise in CMT at the Siriraj Hospital and Mahidol University and an extraordinary opportunity to access a large cohort of patients who have previously not been involved in studies.

Managing medical errors: promoting learning over blame among health professionals

Dr Reema Harrison
Sydney Medical School


Dr Reema Harrison from Sydney Medical School, along with Professor Merrilyn Walton, has been awarded a Cluster Research Grant to test an intervention to promote discussion and learning in relation to adverse events to improve the safety of patient care in Vietnam. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that clinicians who directly or indirectly contribute to the occurrence of an adverse event can experience psychological effects that disrupt their professional and personal lives and their ability to deliver high-quality, safe care. These effects have adverse consequences for patients, clinicians and the wider healthcare system.

Geographies of labour in the liquefied natural gas industry in Southeast Asia

Professor Braden Ellem
The University of Sydney Business School

Professor Braden Ellem has been awarded a Cluster Research Grant to investigate employer strategy, labour supply and employment relations in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector across Southeast Asia, focusing on Indonesia. The project aims to examine the extent to which these dynamics are present by questioning how labour is sourced and organised, how global corporate strategies and local conditions affect LNG projects and how corporations defend their commercial interests in these places. LNG is of growing importance in Southeast Asia, with the development of LNG production sites representing an historic change in the geography of the industry. Suppliers and customers are now closer to each other, posing fundamental questions for investors, corporations, contractors, workers, local communities and trade unions.

Community-based Key Informants Method survey to define the burden of childhood disability in the rural Sumba island of Indonesia: a pilot study

Dr Gulam Khandaker
Sydney Medical School


Dr Gulam Khandaker and Professor Cheryl Jones from Sydney Medical School have been awarded a Cluster Research Grant to conduct a community-based Key Informants Method (KIM) survey in East Sumba. Based on the survey, the research team will identify the prevalence and underlying aetiology of childhood disability in the remote island, identify all preventable and treatable causes of childhood disability and develop a community-based rehabilitation program for those children with a disability.

World’s biggest book: textual transmission of the Pali canon in Myanmar

Dr Mark Allon
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


The world’s biggest book is housed in the Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay in upper Myanmar. Dr Mark Allon and Dr Chris Clark from the Department of Indian Subcontinental Studies will pilot a project that builds upon previous conservation work and establish a digital platform necessary to create a complete Roman-script transliteration of the Burmese-script Kuthodaw Pagoda inscriptions and compare this recension of the Pali canon with the wider textual tradition of Myanmar. The project will pilot the use of the Research Environment for Ancient Documents (READ), a philological workbench and publishing platform that is being developed, in consortium, by the University of Sydney, to facilitate the detailed annotation and tagging of textual corpora.

Bridging social and natural sciences to enable community adaptation in protected areas in Cambodia

Dr Daniel Penny
Faculty of Science


The project will bring together natural and social scientists, Dr Dan Penny and Dr Josephine Gillespie from the School of Geosciences, to develop a scenario-modelling approach capable of mapping adaptive strategies for local communities within significant areas. The research team will determine how potential adaptive responses to environmental change might enhance or threaten the conservation values of protected areas. Projected changes in rainfall intensity over this century, and the ongoing regulation of the Mekong main stream and its major tributaries for hydropower, represents a significant threat to this delicately balanced socio-ecological system. The research team will utilise and extend a series of “environmental futures” scenarios within a well-established participatory scenario methodology to map potential adaptive pathways available to riparian communities in the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. By developing properly constituted information on potential adaptive responses to scalable change scenarios, the research team will create an informed basis for enabling policy and regulatory frameworks.

Agricultural land distribution in Indonesia: fragmentation, aggregation and agrarian change

Dr Russell Toth
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Russell Toth from the School of Economics and Dr Jeffrey Neilson from the School of Geosciences, alongside a team of international collaborators, will launch a project on long-term and widespread agrarian change in Indonesia. Gaining access to a subset of the 2014 Indonesian agricultural census, the Cluster Research Grant will fund the costs of securing the final dataset and on-the-ground qualitative validation. In combining the 2013 results with the 2003 census, the research team will produce descriptive analysis on rural change in Indonesia over the most recent decade, which will include looking in detail at changes in the distribution of landholding, whether there has been fragmentation or agglomeration of landholding over the period, how that relates to key social and economic changes, and documenting other changes such as agricultural activity and employment.

Research grant recipients

The politics of truth: mapping ‘truth’ construction on Wikipedia during Thailand’s political crisis
Dr Aim Sinpeng and Dr Ying Zhou
Faculty of Arts and Social Science and Faculty of Engineering and IT

Analysing the movement characteristics of Thai dance
Dr Alycia Fong Yan, Professor Holger Dullin and Professor Richard Smith
Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Science
With Dr Surasa Khongprasert and Dr Weerawat Limroongreungrat
Chulalongkorn University and Mahidol University

Publication Grant recipients

Professor Lindy McAllister
Faculty of Health Sciences
Country: Vietnam

Professor Luke Nottage
Sydney Law School
Country: Thailand

Research Capacity Building Grant recipient

Associate Professor Kirsty Foster
Sydney Medical School
Country: The Philippines

Sabbatical Visitor’s Fund recipients

Dr Gyu-Jin Hwang
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Country: Singapore

Professor Michael Dibley
Sydney Medical School
Country: Vietnam

Regional Mobility Fund recipients

Professor Budiman Minasny
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
Country: Indonesia

Professor Adrian Vickers
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Country: United Kingdom

Dr Vanessa Hearman
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Country: Indonesia

Dr Aim Sinpeng
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Country: The Philippines

Associate Professor Deb Hayes
Faculty of Education and Social Work
Country: Timor-Leste

Professor Anthony Vassallo
Faculty of Engineering and IT
Country: Indonesia

Professor Patrick Brennan
Faculty of Health Sciences
Country: Singapore

Professor Stephanie Short
Faculty of Health Sciences
Country: Indonesia

Associate Professor Lynette Mackenzie
Faculty of Health Sciences
Country: Malaysia

Professor Luke Nottage
Sydney Law School
Country: Thailand

Dr Melody Ding
Sydney Medical School
Country: Singapore

Dr Neeloy Alam
Sydney Medical School
Country: Indonesia

Dr Jeaney Yip
The University of Sydney Business School
Country: Singapore

Visiting PhD Scholar Fund recipients

Professor Michele Ford
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Student: Iqra Anugrah and Sarah Kennedy Bates

Professor David Lewis
Westmead Clinical School
I Putu Yuda Hananta MD

Conference Fund recipients

Ms Natali Pearson
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conference: Indonesia Council Open Conference

Dr Aim Sinpeng
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conference: Association of Asian Studies in Asia

Dr Nerida Jarkey
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conference: 25th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society

Dr Mark Allon
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conference: Myanmar and the Sustainable Development Goals ‘Informed by the Past, Looking to the Future’

Ms Nurchayati Chudori Muksam
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conference: 10th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies

Dr Vanessa Hearman
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conference: The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence and Contested Narratives of the Past

Miss Alifa Zafirah Bandali
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conference: Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference 2015: Minor Culture

Ms Ly Phan
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conference: The Australian Sociological Association 52nd Annual Meeting: Neoliberalism and Contemporary Challenges for the Asia-Pacific

Mr Max Gromping
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conference: 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science

Dr Yeow-Tong Chia
Faculty of Education and Social Work
Conference: Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2015

Ms Elga Adriana
Faculty of Education and Social Work
Conference: The European Conference on Education 2016 by IAFOR (International Academic Forum)

Dr Natalie Allen
Faculty of Health Sciences
Conference: World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress

Professor Luke Nottage
Sydney Law School
Conference: 28th Lawasia Conference

Associate Professor Allison Tong
Sydney Medical School
Conference: Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation

Ms Heni Mufihah
Sydney Medical School
Conference: 6th Congress of Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia Oceania

Ms Pan Hmone (Crystal) Myat
Sydney Medical School
Conference: 2016 Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Associate Professor Jennifer Fraser
Sydney Nursing School
Conference: Sigma Thetatau International’s 26th International Nursing Research Congress

Ms Hanni Prihhastuti
Faculty of Pharmacy
Conference: 75th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2015

Miss Tegan Hall
Faculty of Science
Conference: 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology

Miss Rebecca Hamilton
Faculty of Science
Conference: XIX INQUA Congress: Quaternary Perspectives on Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Civilisation

Mr Sopheak Chann
Faculty of Science
Conference: Associate of American Geography – AAG Annual Meeting

Dr Jeaney Yip
The University of Sydney Business School
Conference: 9th International Conference on Critical Management Studies

Workshop Grant recipients

Associate Professor Lily Zubaidah Rahim
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Workshop: Singapore’s Governance Model: The Challenges of Institutional and Political Reform

Dr Michelle Villeneuve
Faculty of Health Sciences
Workshop: Collaborative Action across Health and Educations Sectors for Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Education: Establishing a Policy Vision and Research Agenda in Indonesia

Language Grant recipient

Dr Yayoi Fujita Lagerqvist
Faculty of Science
Language: Lao

In-country Language Grant recipients

Mr Daniel Herscovitch
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Language: Indonesian

Associate Professor Bill Pritchard
Faculty of Science
Language: Burmese

Abbotsleigh School
Country: Regional
Project: Southeast Asia Day

Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College
Country: Indonesia
Project: Festival Indonesia

Ferncourt Public School
Country: Indonesia
Project: Indonesia Cultural Learning Day

Scotts Head Public School
Country: Indonesia
Project: Indonesian Culture and Virtual Classroom

Illawarra Sports High School
Country: Indonesia
Project: BAGUS! Beyond Berkeley: The Bahasa Indonesia Project ‘AYO’