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Funding for public policy research

15 November 2022
All-women academic teams to work on addressing critical policy issues
Four University of Sydney projects have been awarded funding for public policy research on family violence, youth runaways, gender equity in the workplace and disaster management.

The prestigious James Martin Institute (JMI) Policy Challenge Grants were awarded at a breakfast event at NSW Parliament this morning. 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Emma Johnston said she was thrilled to see four all-women teams leading this important research. 

“The University of Sydney has been a partner of JMI since its inception in 2019. We are thrilled to collaborate with government, industry and community partners to review and co-design public policies that have a significant impact on the lives of Australians,” Professor Johnston said. 

“I look forward to seeing the progress of these important new projects that aim to better understand and reduce the prevalence of youth runaways, establish gender-equitable workplaces in NSW as the norm, design disaster management policies in partnership with the community and assess the impact COVID had on family violence services.”

JMI is an independent, non-partisan policy institute, bringing government, academic and other experts together to develop practical solutions that address societal challenges and improve lives. It is a partnership between the NSW Government, the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, and the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Johnston sits on the JMI board.

Understanding youth runaways

Professor Amy Conley Wright, from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, will lead a team, including Professor Stefanie Schurer, Professor Judith Cashmore, Dr Betty Luu, and Ms Suzanne Pope, on a project investigating the characteristics and risk profiles for youth who go missing or run away. The project will receive around $81,000 in funding. 

Creating a gender-equitable future

Professor Rae Cooper, from the University of Sydney Business School, will lead a team, including Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill and Miss Charlie Hock, on a $40,000 project to develop research-informed principles for a gender equitable future of work in NSW.

Working together on disaster management

Associate Professor Margot Rawsthorne will lead a team from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, which includes Professor Amanda Howard, Dr Cate Massola and Dr Pam Joseph, on a $50,000 project to formalise community perspectives in disaster management.

Examining family violence services

Associate Professor Ghena Krayem, from the University of Sydney Law School, will lead a team, including Dr Amira Aftab (WSU), Professor Farrah Ahmed (Melbourne) and Dr Balawyn Jones (La Trobe), to look at the impacts of COVID-19 on domestic and family violence service provision in culturally and linguistically diverse and faith-based communities. They will receive $25,000 in funding. 

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