HASS researchers shine in DECRAs

15 November 2019

UQ research has been boosted by $7.7 million thanks to 19 projects being awarded grants from the Australian Research Council in the 2020 Discovery Early Career Research Awards (DECRAs).

Four of these projects came from researchers in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, who collectively brought in $1.58 million – an outstanding achievement.

Congratulations to Dr Christopher Hay (School of Communication and Arts), Dr Zoe Staines (School of Social Science), Dr Renee Zahnow (School of Social Science) and Dr Megan Evans (Centre for Policy Futures)  who will use this funding to support their projects ranging from the origins of live performance subsidy in Australia, 1949—1975; exploring the impact of policy reform on unemployment in remote Australia; preventing crime in public spaces; and evaluating the effectiveness of impact investing for biodiversity conservation.

HASS Associate Dean (Research) Professor Annemaree Carroll said these applicants have attracted funding from an extremely competitive scheme (with a national success rate of 16 per cent).

“These positive outcomes have raised the HASS Faculty’s success rate for this round to 23 per cent with a total income to HASS of $1.58m,” Professor Carroll said.

“In both the ‘Studies in Human Society’ and the ‘Studies in Creative Arts and Writing’ fields of research, UQ was tied for first place in Australia (next to Monash University).”

Providing funding for early career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions, the DECRA scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by enabling outstanding Australian and international early career researchers to conduct their research in Australia.

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