(L-R): Dr Belinda Townsend, Professor Alan Gamlen, Dr Ibi Losoncz, Dr Louise Olliff, Dr Ashley Schram, Professor Miranda Forsyth, Dr Lia Kent

RegNet scholars awarded APIP grant in regulation and governance research

12th August 2022

We are delighted to announce that Professor Miranda Forsyth, Professor Alan Gamlen, Dr Lia Kent, Dr Ibolya Losoncz, Dr Louise Olliff, Dr Ashley Schram and Dr Belinda Townsend have secured funding from the Asia Pacific Innovation Program (APIP). Congratulations to all our scholars who will be making relevant contributions to regulation and governance research across various sectors.

The impacts of diaspora humanitarianism on crisis-affected communities – Alan Gamlen
The project seeks to understand how Australia-based migrants are helping respond to major humanitarian crises abroad. Such contributions – known as ‘diaspora humanitarianism’ – have grown in recent years, to address proliferating humanitarian crises, and plug growing gaps in the formal international humanitarian system. This research will entail translating and implementing a pre-existing questionnaire survey to examine the impacts of Australia-based diaspora humanitarianism from the perspectives of crisis affected communities in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, South Sudan, and Syria. It will leverage and build on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project entitled Diaspora Humanitarians: How Australia-based Migrants Help in Crises Abroad.

The online identity construction of the Australian extreme Far Right – Ibi Losoncz
The aim of this project is to capture Australian online Far Right (FR) extremist communication and activism data for analysis to study collective and self-identities and identity-threat narratives of the FR, and situate them within the broader Australian socio-historical and cultural context to understand their growing influence in the mainstream. The research will bring a new theoretical lens—the identity construction of the Australian FR movement from a regulatory governance perspective. The research will see government, research practitioners, and scholars from across and beyond ANU coming together to cultivate expertise on this emergent and pressing governance issue.

Exploring the separation and reunification experiences of East Timorese ‘stolen children’ and their biological families – Lia Kent
During the Indonesian occupation of East Timor (1974-1999) it is estimated that thousands of Timorese children were transferred to Indonesia to be raised by Indonesian families. Since 2013, the Indonesia-based NGO Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) has been leading a program to trace and facilitate reunions of East Timorese ‘stolen children’ – now adults – with their biological families in Timor-Leste.. Through participatory research, this project aims to develop a better understanding of the diverse experiences of separation and reunion among stolen children and their East Timorese families and their long-term support needs. The findings will contribute to scholarship and practice.

Exploring multi-stakeholder perspectives on diaspora humanitarianism – Louise Ollif
The aim of the project is to hold two hybrid-format multi-stakeholder consultation workshops to explore the experiences and perspectives of various stakeholders regarding major humanitarian actions that are currently being conducted by Australia-based migrant groups in response to high-priority humanitarian crises overseas. This will help to identify the conditions for successful diaspora humanitarianism and develop best practices to enhance multi-stakeholder humanitarian responses in the future. Workshop participants will be drawn from key diaspora organisations, government agencies, multilateral organisations, and non-governmental organisations responding to humanitarian crises in countries where Australia-based migrants are actively connected.

Navigating Pacific Criminology – Miranda Forsyth
Until very recently, Pacific ways of theorising crime, violence, justice and peace have largely developed in separate and isolated places - hidden currents beneath the visible surface of Northern criminology. This project seeks to create a space for these disparate currents to surface and converge in productive and energising ways. There is a need to change the way criminology is thought of in relation to the region, and to reorient its production of knowledge by highlighting previously unseen perspectives from the region. This project seeks to raise the profile, scholarship, and research acumen of the region by showcasing the voices and contributions to the criminological landscape from throughout the Pacific Islands region.

Synthesising the state of knowledge on agri-foodtech governance – Ashley Schram
This project will conduct a state-of-the-art review on agri-foodtech governance. At present, the literature on agri-foodtech governance is distributed across a diverse range of fields and no reviews have been published synthesising the state of the literature. Bringing together the study of agri-foodtech as a whole-of-food systems intervention can support the identification of systemic challenges and opportunities, as well as shared principles to guide a coherent approach to governing the sector as whole.

Developing an Asia Pacific ECR Consortium on governing the commercial determinants of health – Belinda Townsend

Research at the College of Asia and the Pacific is designed to help better understand the evolving dynamics of our region and support transformative social change and serves as both a practical resource and a trusted partner for all who focus on Asia and the Pacific. The APIP aims to support research within the College of Asia and the Pacific and is awarded to projects that meet various criteria including innovation and potential for societal and/or policy impact.

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