Two Sydney academics awarded public policy funding

23 November 2023
Projects to address AI in education and habitat restoration
The James Martin Institute (JMI) awarded its prestigious annual Policy Challenge Grants during a ceremony at the State Library of NSW on Wednesday evening.

Two University of Sydney researchers, Dr Mitchell Gibbs and Professor Kalervo Gulson, were awarded grants for their projects to inform public policy challenges.

The research projects focus on habitat restoration using Indigenous knowledges and the impacts of artificial intelligence in education. 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Emma Johnston congratulated the researchers:

“The University of Sydney is thrilled to see our partnership with JMI continue to provide public benefit to Australia. I wish to extend my congratulations to Dr Gibbs and Professor Gulson and their teams on receiving these grants.

“Their success is a testament to the vibrant research ecosystem at our University, fostering collaboration and cutting-edge inquiry. We look forward to the enduring positive impact these projects will have on shaping effective and inclusive public policies.”  

Habitat restoration

Dr Mitchell Gibbs from the Faculty of Science is leading a project to influence policy to properly incorporate Indigenous voices and insights within coastal habitat restoration projects.

AI, education and equity

Professor Kalervo Gulson from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is leading a project to help policymakers and stakeholders effectively anticipate and respond to the educational opportunities and inequalities of using AI-enabled technologies.

Dr Gibbs and Professor Gulson and their research teams will receive funding of up to $150,000 and dedicated support from JMI to maximise the impact of their projects.

In total, over half a million dollars will be awarded to seven winning teams across Australia. The annual program aims to support policy-focused research with the potential to address critical challenges, foster policy innovation and improve lives.

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