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Announcement of IGPA's ARC Funding Success

Thu 6 November 2014

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis researchers have been successful in receiving three prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) grants, including two Discovery Project grants and a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

Centenary Professor John Dryzek, Dr Selen Ercan, Dr Paul Fawcett and Dr Michael Jensen, and Australian National University’s Carolyn Hendriks, have received $369,700 to analyse the communication between citizens and policy makers surrounding a controversial Australian topic. Using qualitative and large dataset techniques to collect information, Professor Dryzek and his team will develop a deliberative analysis of the controversy surrounding coal seam gas in Australia. The knowledge generated from this exercise will inform efforts to put deliberative democracy into practice, as well as contribute to more effective environmental governance. 

Dr Richard Hu joins a team of researchers at the University of New South Wales led by Professor Robert Freestone who have been awarded $184,582  to investigate the contribution of design-led policy to economic development in the Sydney Central Business District.

Dr Nicole Curato, postdoctoral research fellow at IGPA, received a Discovery Early Career Research Award worth $324,557 to examine how the ‘building back better’ principle used when recovering from disasters can be applied not only to infrastructure but also to institutions of participatory governance.  Dr Curato will look at the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines case to develop an analytical toolkit that evaluates people’s participation in post-disaster reconstruction.

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