Current Research Projects & Fellowships

Staff and students in the School of Geography are extremely grateful for the funding and support we receive for research from the Australian Research Council and from our partners in government, civil society and industry. Currently funded research projects are listed below.

ARC Funding

  • Australian Laureate Fellowships

    CI: Barnett, Prof Jonathon(S)
    Project: FUTURE ISLANDS: CATALYSING SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN LOW-LYING ISLANDS

    CI: Bebbington, Prof Anthony
    Project: MINING AND SOCIETY IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT: PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABILITY

  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

    CI: Boyd, Dr Candice
    Project: ENGAGING YOUTH IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

    CI: Brown, Dr Trent
    Project: AGRICULTURAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA: ASSESSING ACQUISITION AND IMPACT

    CI: Hughes, Dr Rachel
    Project: WHERE IS THE JUSTICE? THEORISING THE LEGACY OF THE KHMER ROUGE TRIBUNAL

    CI: Ide, Dr Tobias
    Project: THE IMPACT OF DISASTERS ON ARMED CONFLICTS

  • Discovery Indigenous Projects

    CI: Fletcher, Dr Michael-Shawn
    Project: ALTERED STATES: EUROPEAN ARRIVAL, FIRE AND ECOLOGY IN NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

    CI: Fletcher, Dr Michael-Shawn
    Other CIs: Blaauw, Dr Maarten(E); Lise-Pronovost, Dr Agathe(E); Heijnis, A/Prof Hendrik(E); Pedro, Dr Joel(E); Hodgson, Dr Dominic(E)
    Project: HOW DO THE SOUTHERN WESTERLY WINDS RESPOND TO RAPID CLIMATIC CHANGE?

  • Discovery Projects

    CI: Bissell, A/Prof David
    Other CIs: Gorman-Murray, Dr Andrew(E)
    Project: HOW MOBILE WORK IS TRANSFORMING AUSTRALIAN HOMES

    CI: Downes, Prof Barbara
    Other CIs: Lester, Dr Rebecca(E); Rice, Prof Stephen(E)
    Project: EXPLAINING SPECIES DIVERSITY IN A FRACTAL WORLD

    CI: Downes, Prof Barbara
    Other CIs: Lester, Dr Rebecca(E); Chesson, Prof Peter(E)
    Project: SPECIES COEXISTENCE IN THE REAL WORLD: NOVEL FIELD TESTS OF COMPLEX THEORY

    CI: Dressler, A/Prof Wolfram
    Other CIs: Fabinyi, Dr Michael(E); Barclay, A/Prof Kate(E); Pido, Prof Michael(E)
    Project: GOVERNING THE BLUE ECONOMY IN MARITIME ASIA-PACIFIC

    CI: Drysdale, A/Prof Russell
    Other CIs: Wolff, Prof Eric(E); Woodhead, Prof Jonathan; Zanchetta, A/Prof Giovanni(E); Regattieri, Dr Eleonora(E); Ferretti, Dr Patrizia(E); Lohmann, Prof Gerrit(E); Sanchez-Goni, Prof Maria(E); Skinner, Dr Luke(E); Tzedakis, Prof Dr Polychronis(E)
    Project: UNDERSTANDING INTERGLACIAL DIVERSITY

    CI: Head, Prof Lesley(S)
    Other CIs: Jackson, Prof Sue(E); Palmer, A/Prof Lisa(S); Robertson, Dr Morgan(E); Castree, Prof Noel(E); Stenseke, Prof Ingela(E)
    Project: SOCIAL BENEFITS OF MARKET-BASED POLICY INSTRUMENTS FOR CARBON AND WATER

    CI: Jeffrey, Prof Craig
    Other CIs: Dyson, Dr Jane
    Project: SOCIAL GEOGRAPHIES OF YOUTH ACTION IN INDIA

    CI: Kennedy, A/Prof David
    Other CIs: Woodroffe, Prof Colin(E); Murray-Wallace, Prof Colin(E)
    Project: SEDIMENTARY PROCESSES ON SANDY COASTS IN SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA

    CI: Kennedy, A/Prof David
    Other CIs: Reef, Dr Ruth(E); Wong, Dr Vanessa(E); Spencer, Prof Tom(E); Brooks, Dr Susan(E); Moeller, Dr Iris(E)
    Project: THE ROLE OF VEGETATED FORESHORES IN STABILISING AUSTRALIA'S SHORELINES

    CI: Mcmichael, Dr Celia(S)
    Other CIs: Kothari, Prof Uma(S); Mcnamara, Dr Karen(E); Arnall, Dr Alex(E)
    Project: SEA-LEVEL RISE AND EVERYDAY LIVES IN SMALL ISLAND STATES

    CI: Palmer, A/Prof Lisa
    Other CIs: Mcwilliam, Dr Andrew(E)
    Project: SPIRITUAL ECOLOGIES AND CUSTOMARY GOVERNANCE IN POST-CONFLICT EAST TIMOR

    CI: Rutherfurd, A/Prof Ian
    Other CIs: Lawrence, A/Prof Susan(E); Silvester, Dr Ewen(E); Baldwin, Dr Darren(E); Macklin, Prof Mark(E)
    Project: RIVERS OF GOLD: THE LEGACY OF HISTORICAL GOLD MINING FOR VICTORIA’S RIVERS

    CI: Webber, Prof Michael
    Other CIs: Barnett, Prof Jonathon; Crow-Miller, Asst Prof Britt(E); Wang, Prof Mark; Chen, A/Prof Dan(E); Rutherfurd, A/Prof Ian; Finlayson, A/Prof Brian
    Project: THE TECHNOPOLITICS OF CHINA'S SOUTH - NORTH WATER TRANSFER PROJECT

    CI: Wiesel, Dr Ilan
    Other CIs: Gleeson, Prof Brendan; Bigby, Prof Christine
    Project: THE DISABILITY INCLUSIVE CITY

  • Future Fellowships

    CI: Bissell, A/Prof David
    Project: HOW DIGITAL ON-DEMAND MOBILE WORK IS TRANSFORMING AUSTRALIAN CITIES

  • Linkage Infrastructure (Equipment and Facilities)

    CI: Fletcher, Dr Michael-Shawn
    Project: A NATIONAL FACILITY FOR THE ANALYSIS OF PYROGENIC CARBON (NON-LEAD)

  • Linkage Projects

    CI: Downes, Prof Barbara
    Other CIs: Bond, Doctor Nick(E); Lake, Professor Philip(E); Reich, Doctor Paul(E); Coleman, Mr Rhys(E)
    Project: RESTORING FUNCTIONAL LINKS BETWEEN RIPARIAN ZONES AND STREAMS BY ENHANCING STRUCTURAL RETENTION

    CI: Drysdale, A/Prof Russell
    Other CIs: Arnold, Dr Lee(E); Hill, Prof Robert(E); Reed, Dr Elizabeth(E); Cooper, Prof Alan(E); Austin, A/Prof Jeremy(E); Tibby, Dr John(E); Hellstrom, Dr John; Price, Dr Gilbert(E)
    Project: NARACOORTE CAVES: A CRITICAL WINDOW ON FAUNAL EXTINCTIONS AND PAST CLIMATES

    CI: Rutherfurd, A/Prof Ian
    Other CIs: Sheldon, A/Prof Fran(E); Olley, Prof Jonathon(E); Steward, Dr Morag(E); Nilsson, Prof Christer(E); Burton, Dr Joanne(E)
    Project: CAN WE SEE THE WOOD FOR THE TREES? EFFECTIVE RESTORATION STRATEGIES IN RAPIDLY CHANGING SUBTROPICAL RIVER SYSTEMS

    CI: Rutherfurd, A/Prof Ian
    Other CIs: Dr Petter Nyman, Dr Gary Sheridan; A/Prof Patrick Lane; Dr Owen Jones; Dr Shane Haydon; Mr Charles Showers
    Project: MITIGATING EXTREME WATER SUPPLY CONTAMINATION IN BUSHFIRE BURNED CATCHMENTS

    CI: Wiesel, Dr Ilan
    Other CIs: Frkovic, Mr Ivan(E); Dent, Mr Adam(E); O'Neill, Ms Justine(E); Donne, Mr Andrew(E); Bigby, Prof Christine(E); Douglas, Prof Jacinta(E); Carney, Prof Terry(E); Then, Ms Shih-Ning(E); Chesterman, Dr John(E); Burgess, Ms Mary(E); Carne, Mr Peter(E); Siegel-Brown, Ms Natalie(E)
    Project: EFFECTIVE DECISION MAKING SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITY

University of Melbourne funding

  • Early Career Researcher Grants Scheme

    CI: Konlechner, Dr Teresa
    Project: DOES VEGETATION MEDIATE DUNE RECOVERY FOLLOWING COASTAL EROSION?

  • McKenzie Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

    CI: Prendergast, Dr Amy
    Project: THE ROLE OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE EXPANSION OF EARLY MODERN HUMAN POPULATIONS AND THE DEMISE OF NEANDERTHALS

Other Funding

  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, R&D Programs

    CI: Cook, Dr Brian
    Other CIs: Farquharson, A/Prof Robert; Lamb, Dr Vanessa
    Project: ASEM 2013/003 UPTAKE OF AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES AND BEST PRACTICE AMONGST FARMERS IN BATTAMBANG AND PAILIN PROVINCES, CAMBODIA

  • BHP Billiton Iron Ore

    CI: Rutherfurd, A/Prof Ian
    Project: IMPROVING THE DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES OF MINING STREAM DIVERSIONS IN THE EASTERN PILBARA BY UNDERSTANDING THE GEOMORPHOLOGY AND HYDROLOGY OF NATURAL ANABRANCHING STREAMS. (Support for a PhD project)

  • Corangamite Catchment Management Authority

    CI: Mcsweeney, Dr Sarah
    Project: GEOMORPHIC PREDICTION MODULE TO SUPPORT THE MANAGEMENT OF ARTIFICIAL ESTUARY OPENINGS

  • Deakin University, RO Collaborative Agreement

    CI: Kennedy, A/Prof David
    Project: IMPROVING COASTAL EROSION ASSESSMENTS FOR VICTORIA

  • Department of Environment Land Water & Planning

    Climate Change Innovation Grant

    CI: Kennedy, A/Prof David
    Other CIs: Gallop, Dr Shari(E)
    Project: BAY BEACH RESILIANCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

    Port Phillip Bay Fund

    CI: Kennedy, A/Prof David
    Other CIs: Konlechner, Dr Teresa; Ierodiaconou, Assoc. Prof. Daniel(E)
    Project: CITIZEN-SCIENCE DRONES FOR BAYSIDE BEACH HABITAT

  • Department of Industry; NSW Crown Lands and Water

    CI: Downes, Prof Barbara
    Project: EFFECTS OF DAMS ON OVIPOSITION BY AQUATIC INSECTS

  • Glenelg Hopkins CMA

    CI: Rutherfurd, A/Prof Ian
    Project: THE DYNAMICS AND MANAGEMENT OF SAND IN THE GLENELG RIVER, VICTORIA

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Reef Guardians Research Grants

    CI: Garber, Jonathan Lloyd(Stu)
    Project: THE ROLE OF RIPARIAN VEGETATION IN PROTECTING WATER QUALITY BY TRAPPING FINE SEDIMENT IN SOUTH EASTERN QUEENSLAND RIVER CORRIDORS

  • La Trobe University; Aust Red Cross

    CI: McMichael, Dr Celia
    Project: TO GAIN AN IMPROVED UNDERSTANDING OF THE MOTIVATORS AND OBSTACLES TO SUSTAINED HYGIENE BEHAVIOUR CHANGE IN RED CROSS PROJECTS IN NEPAL FOR ITS WASH PROGRAMMING.

  • Melbourne Water Corp

    CI: Cook, Dr Brian
    Project: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (CEDRR)

  • National Geographic Society Committee for Research

    CI: Mcmichael, Dr Celia
    Project: NAVIGATING RISING SEAS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF RELOCATION IN FIJI, THE MALDIVES AND TUVALU

  • NSW Department of Primary Industries

    CI: Rutherfurd, A/Prof Ian
    Project: EROSION AROUND LARGE WOOD IN RIVERS (MURRAY RIVER). (Support for a PhD project)