Human Security and Disasters - projects

Finish Date Project
1 December 2014After the apocalypse: the mediasphere, global crisis and violent ecologies
This project examines the evolution of a crisis consciousness and the way in which human desires were implicated in the cultural politics of violence.
31 December 2012Analysing the urban renewal of Fener-Balat districts from a human security perspective
This project examines the human and community dimensions of the urban renewal program in the Fener-Balat districts in Turkey.
OngoingGlobal Reconciliation
This project supports Global Reconciliation - an Australian-initiated network of people and organisations around the world seeking to promote “reconciliation” - that is, communication and dialogue across national, cultural, religious and racial differences.
1 January 2013Human security and disasters: a dialogue
This project examines the possibility of synergy between human seucrity and disaster management methodologies. In particular it seeks to examine key concepts such resilience, security, vulnerability and insecurity in order to facilitate better civilian, government and military interaction after diastater or conflict.
20 February 2013Human security and natural disasters
This project examines how the human security framework can help understand natural disasters.
30 July 2012Land, power and change: globalization and customary land tenures in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste
Employing a methodology which draws upon both social theory and ethnography, with empirical research in three countries in the Pacific region — Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste — the research addresses itself to the following question: In conditions of globalization, how are systems of customary land usage and tenure in the three countries under consideration being transformed, and with what effect on structures and relationships of power?
OngoingLiving down the past: criminal record checks and access to employment for ex-offenders
This project examines the impact of police record checking by employers on ex-offenders and their rehabilitation.
31 December 2013Sharing responsibility
Finding ways to share responsibility across government and society is an important and complex dilemma that affects all phases of the disaster management cycle. This research project aims to support the Australian fire and emergency management sector to make decisions about sharing responsibility for community safety and resilience in the face of natural disasters. It also opens up an avenue for exploring larger questions about the appropriate roles of governments and citizens in contemporary Australian society.
30 August 2013Socialising security: making space for people in global politics
This is a book project that seeks to develop an understanding of how people are implicated as subjects in processes of security. Drawing from this insight it locates each individual’s shaped subjectivity as the site for opposing unjust or counterproductive security and reconstructing a productive, more human security.
20 January 2012Subjects of security: the domestic role of foreign policy in the war on terror
This project develops a theoretical treatment of how foreign policy regulates domestic politics. This framework is then applied to case studies of the war on terror.
31 December 2013Synthesis study of community expectations of emergency management
This project aims to establish an understanding of community expectations of emergency management in Victoria and indicate what is being done to meet them.
1 August 2013The NGO-military interface in post-conflict and post-disaster contexts
This project examines the interaction, cooperation and coordination between the Australian military and NGOs.

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Finish Date Project
3 July 2011After the violence: truth, reconciliation and national integration in Timor-Leste
With the closure of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor (CAVR) and the dissemination of its findings across 2006, this project examines the impact of CAVR on national integration.
23 December 2010Climate changes: Australian forces abroad
This project involves two distinct sub-projects run by Richard Tanter and Peter Hayes. 1. Australian Forces Abroad Briefing Books prepared by Nautilus Institute at RMIT with support from the Human Security Program. The Australian Forces Abroad Briefing book series draws together existing knowledge concerning ADF and AFP deployments on missions outside of Australia, with the aim of creating a pool of common knowledge which will assist both the Australian community and those communities in which ADF and AFP forces are deployed to assess Australian government policy and its impact. 2. NI-GCI CCAP project on climate change and security and Australia-Indonesia relations.
21 September 2010Crime wars
This project examines the many points of intersection between political legitimacy, law, political violence and criminal activity. It questions why generally law-abiding persons and states sanction rule-infringement, law-breaking and amoral policy or grand strategy. It also examines the criminalization of the developing world in a legal technocratic sense, as well as at the level of public debate about rights, morals and security. A book targeted to graduate students and researchers and policy and military professionals is in development.
4 July 2010Cultural studies and health
A forthcoming book co-authored by Dr Jeff Lewis and Dr Belinda Lewis (Monash University) to be published by Palgrave MacMillan.
20 June 2011Gender and contemporary East Timorese social relations: meanings, importance and possibilities
This project seeks to understand the importance of gender in contemporary East Timorese social relations.
26 December 2009Global cities and human security: Melbourne
This project develops a nuclear attack scenario for the city of Melbourne, mapping such an event from the potential sources of the weapon and avenues for its entry into the city.
22 December 2010Global human security
This project involves the analysis of key security debates surrounding globalization and human security.
23 March 2011Global media crisis: desire, displeasure and transformation
Crisis in the Global Mediasphere examines the evolution of contemporary global crises as an effect of mediation and cultural change. While the project focuses on the conditions and episteme of contemporary crisis, the foundations of this crisis emerges through the ecological and social changes associated with Holocene global warming and the rise of agriculture and surplus economy. The book argues that a crisis consciousness has emerged through the interaction of crisis conditions and a more expansive human desire for pleasure. Contemporary crisis is, therefore, articulated in the mediation of economy, sexuality, ecological change, terrorism and war.
14 September 2010Globalization and human security
Provides an introduction to the concept of human security and questions the utility of traditional national-security frameworks in the post–Cold War era. This project, led by Paul Batterby and Joseph Siracusa, reconsiders the principle of state sovereignty in a global world where threats to humanity are beyond the capacity of any one nation to address through unilateral action. In doing this, it highlights circumstances, actors, and influences beyond the traditional focus on state security, especially the role of international organizations and non-governmental organizations.
27 December 2010Human security and the Asia-Pacific
This project examines the most critical and pervasive threats to the vital core of all human lives in key cities and communities across Australia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea. Through site specific research it seeks to understand not only the nature, source and impact of human security threats in these communities, but also local, national and international sources of recovery and resilience in the region. Findings from each of the sites were presented and developed through the 2008 Human Security seminar series.
2 July 2011Impacts of NGO national gender programming in local communities in Timor-Leste
Working with four East Timorese NGOs in order to collaboratively research and evaluate the impacts of their NGO gender programming in local communities in Timor-Leste.
21 September 2010Indonesian nuclear power proposals
This project documents Indonesian nuclear power proposals. It currently focuses on the the proposed Muria peninsula development, but will in the future address the Gorontalo and Madura proposals. The project is being conducted through the Nautilus Institute at RMIT.
21 March 2011Insecurity and cultural change in Nusa Tengara Indonesia
Led by Dr Jeff Lewis, Dr Selver Sahin and Dr Belinda Lewis (Monash University). This project is designed as a pilot study to explore major human security and development challenges in East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia and establish partnerships with key local stakeholders for future grants applications to 2010 AusAID Research Awards and/or 2011 ARC Linkage funding scheme.
3 July 2010Nation-building across the urban and rural in Timor-Leste
In July 2009, RMIT University coordinated an international conference held in Dili, Timor-Leste. This conference brought people from across Timor-Leste together with those working at national and international levels to discuss issues related to nation-building in Timor-Leste.
3 January 2011Political economies of democratisation
Team: Milja Kurki (project leader - Aberstwyth University, Wales); Heikki Patomaki, Jeff Bridoux (Aberystwyth University) and Anja Gebel Aberystwyth University.
21 March 2011The Bali bombings monument: global cosmopolis
A collaborative project between Dr Jeff Lewis, Dr I Nyoman Darma Putra (Udayana University) and Dr Belinda Lewis (Monash University). This project examines the current changes in Balinese culture and economy through a study of the Bali bombings monument. The study uses a range of heuristic tools, including an analysis of the monument design features and an observational study of visitor uses. The study examines the site as a sacred and public space. The study examines, in particular, the complex inter-national and inter-cultural relationships that are generated through the monument site.