Human Security and Disasters - projects
|201412011 December 2014||After 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.
|2012123131 December 2012||Analysing 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.
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.
|201301011 January 2013||Human 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.
|2013022020 February 2013||Human security and natural disasters|
This project examines how the human security framework can help understand natural disasters.
|2012073030 July 2012||Land, 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?
|Ongoing||Living 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.
|2013123131 December 2013||Sharing 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.
|2013083030 August 2013||Socialising 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.
|2012012020 January 2012||Subjects 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.
|2013123131 December 2013||Synthesis 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.
|201308011 August 2013||The 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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|201107033 July 2011||After 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.
|2010122323 December 2010||Climate 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.
|2010092121 September 2010||Crime 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.
|201007044 July 2010||Cultural studies and health|
A forthcoming book co-authored by Dr Jeff Lewis and Dr Belinda Lewis (Monash University) to be published by Palgrave MacMillan.
|2011062020 June 2011||Gender 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.
|2009122626 December 2009||Global 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.
|2010122222 December 2010||Global human security|
This project involves the analysis of key security debates surrounding globalization and human security.
|2011032323 March 2011||Global 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.
|2010091414 September 2010||Globalization 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.
|2010122727 December 2010||Human 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.
|201107022 July 2011||Impacts 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.
|2010092121 September 2010||Indonesian 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.
|2011032121 March 2011||Insecurity 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.
|201007033 July 2010||Nation-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.
|201101033 January 2011||Political economies of democratisation|
Team: Milja Kurki (project leader - Aberstwyth University, Wales); Heikki Patomaki, Jeff Bridoux (Aberystwyth University) and Anja Gebel Aberystwyth University.
|2011032121 March 2011||The 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.