2012 ARC Laureates, Future Fellows… and Pacific research

The Pacific Institute at the ANU would like to recognise the significant effort of all academic and support staff who participated in ARC rounds in 2012 and congratulate all recipients of these awards. This post lists 2012 ARC Laureates and Future Fellows with research of relevance to Pacific Island nations [text adapted from the ARC website. Information on ANU’s 2012 ARC Laureates and ANU’s 2012 ARC Future Fellows is available elsewhere.]:

ARC Laureates (17 awards from 108 applications – 6 relevant to the Pacific)

Prof. Sue O’Connor (ANU): Sue is the 2012 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow. This Fellowship will help her focus on the earliest colonisation of Island Southeast Asia and investigate modern human dispersal, adaptations and behaviour along the maritime route to Australia… [It] recognises her role in humanities, arts and social sciences and provides her with additional funding to help her mentor women in science.

Prof Eelco Rohling (ANU): The Fellowship will help Eelco improve the understanding of climate and sea-level change on timescales relevant to longer-term planning, by characterising the relationship between past sea-level and ice-volume change and other key climate factors such as temperature and greenhouse gases, and by quantifying how rapidly sea level may adjust to climate change.

Prof. Alexandra Aikhenvald (JCU): Alexandra’s Australian Laureate Fellowship will help her further and expand her work in the area of correlations between languages and cultures, and analysing endangered languages in tropical areas (especially Papua New Guinea). It will also be instrumental in strengthening real linguistics within JCU, Australia and worldwide, and creating a multidisciplinary team of researchers working on gender, with a focus on previously undescribed languages.

Prof. Terence Hughes (JCU): Terry’s project aims to undertake a novel, multi-disciplinary program of research on coral reefs to better understand and avoid dangerous ecological tipping points. This research will cement Australia’s leading contribution to reef science, and will guide the management and sustainable use of ecosystems around the world [including the Coral Triangle].

Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (UQ): Ove’s Australian Laureate Fellowship will allow him to focus on a series of key questions that lie at the heart of understanding how tropical marine ecosystems are likely to change with climate change and ocean acidification.

Prof. Malcolm McCulloch (UWA): Malcolm’s Australian Laureate Fellowship will help him investigate the future of coral reefs and marine calcifiers in response to rising carbon dioxide and ocean acidification. This will enable best-practice adaptive management at local and regional-scales for marine-dependent industries, and provide new hope for some of our greatest natural assets—coral reefs.

ARC Future Fellowships (209 awards from 603 applications – 3 relevant to the Pacific)

Dr Stuart Bedford (ANU): The archaeology of ritual architecture on the islands of Malakula, Vanuatu. This project will define the historical trajectory, function and role of ritual architecture across Malakula, Vanuatu, furnishing crucial comparative data and contributing to debates on the dynamics and manifestations of long-term social change across the Pacific. Contemporary issues such as population growth, land and food security will be addressed.

Prof Jonathon R Barnett (UMelb): The influence of conflict and migration on adaptation. This project will develop and test theories about the ways in which violent conflict and migration influence the capacity to adapt to climate change using case studies from Fiji, Timor-Leste, and Tuvalu.

Assoc. Prof. Michelle T. Ford (USyd): Trade unionism and trade union aid in Indonesia, Malaysia and Timor-Leste. This project will trace flows of trade union aid to Indonesia, Malaysia and Timor Leste and analyses its impact on local labour movements. It will provide valuable information about the trade unions and industrial relations systems of each country, and new insights into the international politics and practice of the international labour movement.

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