CDU secures funding for national research projects 

CDU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research and International, Professor Sharon Bell

A number of Charles Darwin University (CDU) research proposals have received funding as part of the prestigious Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Linkage Projects Scheme for projects commencing in 2011.

A total of three ARC projects with combined funding totaling more than $310,000 will call on CDU’s diverse research expertise.

CDU’s Dr Eric Fassbender, associate professors Dean Carson, Deborah Richards, and Bill Wade will research the implications for new media technologies in remote communities as a part of their Virtual Galleries ARC grant. The Virtual Galleries project will explore the potential for user-controlled webcam and interactive three-dimensional Art Galleries in remote art centres to help people in remote communities to secure an income and create wealth and improve social wellbeing for themselves, their families and their communities.

Associate Professor Fiona Arney from the Menzies School of Health Research has gained funding for a project that will explore the impact and implementation of family group conferencing for Aboriginal children. In partnership with the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families, this ground-breaking study aims to transform child protection services and improve the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable Aboriginal children.

In addition, CDU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research and International, Professor Sharon Bell will lead the University of Melbourne’s ‘Women in the scientific research workforce: identifying and sustaining the diversity advantage’ ARC project.

Building on her earlier work on women in science, the four year project will extend the knowledge of gender differences in scientific career paths and critical career transitions.

The Australian Government’s Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme funds collaborative projects between university researchers and partner organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.