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Dear Social Change ECP members
Our August newsletter contains details of upcoming events, meetings, and new Vice-Chancellor’s Fellows. We are continuing to establish new research networks — meetings for several of these are coming up soon. We’re also inviting Social Change researchers to register your interest in a new Mobility, Migration and Security Research network, and a Research and Policy network — see below for further information on these. We hope these and other networks will play an important role in connecting and supporting cross-disciplinary work across RMIT. I’m delighted also to welcome Dr Jacinthe Flore and Dr Monica Barrett, our new Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellows. 
Best wishes, Julian
Have you registered as a Social Change ECP Affiliate? 
Interested in registering as an ECP Affiliate, or know someone who is? Just click here.
Migration, Mobility and Security Research network
The Social Change ECP is supporting the development of a new research network focussed on our priority area of Transformations in Migration, Mobility and Security. We’re interested in linking up RMIT researchers across the university who are working on the social, economic and cultural implications of increasing global mobility, and our changing experiences of place and displacement. Key questions include the impact of migration and relocation on social identities, networks and communities, and the best strategies for improving policy and practice in migration, settlement and related areas.
The first meeting of the network will take place on Wednesday 18 September, 2:00 - 3:30pm. If you would like to attend the meeting and/or participate in the network, please register.
VC Fellows SPARKS Poster and Networking Symposium
Friday 16 August 2019
2 - 4:00pm RMIT Activator 

All are invited to a catered afternoon tea to network with VC Fellows from across all eight Enabling Capability Platforms. 

The event is organised by the VC Fellows' Advisory Group. It includes short talks from Keith McLean (Director of Manufacturing, (CSIRO) and Leah Heiss (Designer for Human Health), followed by a poster session where the current RMIT Vice Chancellor's Research Fellows will share their exciting research with time for networking. 

Pedagogy in the Pub is a series of discussions where invited speakers critically engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The August speaker will be Dr Arathi Sriprakash, Reader in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Her research examines the global politics of education reform, past and present.

CAST OUT LOUD: Hands + Mouth: Boundaries of the Body
Tuesday 20 August, 5-6.15pm
 RMIT University City Campus
Garden Building: Building 10, Level 5, Room 89

This intra university and cancer centre project combines creative arts, participatory design, ethnographic and health methods to explore the possibilities, experience and challenges of spaces within the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. This experimental and participatory event explores the boundaries of the body at the end of life (touch, embodiment, gestures and more) through roving conversations as we consider end of life scenarios. 

Presented by Rebecca Hilton (Uni. Arts Stockholm), Keely Macarow (School of Art), Gretchen Coombs (School of Media & Comm.), Kit Wise, (School of Art), Soumitri Varadarajan (School of Design) and Fleur Summers (School of Art).
Image credit: 
Fleur Summers, Wax works II, 2019 

The Women Researchers Network has two free lunchtime events in August:

WRN presents: Superstars of STEM
Tuesday 13 August, 12pm
Register here

WRN presents: Homeward Bound
Wednesday 21 August, 11am
Register here
RMIT’s Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships registration closing 18 August.

If you know people who may be interested in applying, now is the time to have those conversations! Please encourage potential applicants to read the material about the Fellowships online, and to talk to colleagues in relevant areas, including research centres, schools and groups.

First step registration closes on 18th August, 2019
Further information
Round 8 of the CRC-P program is expected to open between mid-August to mid-September, 2019

The CRC-P program provides industry-led collaborations with short term (up to three years) matched funding of up to $3 million to develop important new technologies, products and services.
Is this program right for your collaboration?
Successful submissions take time to develop, and an evidence of collaboration is required. The emphasis of the program is to get new products, technologies and services to market. This is traditionally not the first phase in a partnership and is truly industry driven. 
Further information
Researcher Policy Capability Network
A Researcher Policy Capability Network is being established to bring together RMIT researchers with experience in policy engagement, or from previous policy roles. The network will share knowledge on effective approaches to influencing policy and provide support and advice to other researchers seeking to engage with policy stakeholders.

You can register your interest in participating in this network by emailing David Downes, Snr Coordinator, Research Translation, Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Are you interested in interdisciplinary research in health? Join HASH!
HASH (Health, Arts, Social sciences and Humanities) is a Network for people who are passionate, or just curious, about interdisciplinary health research to share ideas, present their work and discuss pressing topics of research methods and theory, impact and engagement.
To join, please send this information to:
  • Title
  • A head shot (2000 x 2000 pixels) or any photo of yourself that you’re happy for us to upload on the site.
  • Short biography (2-3 paragraphs)
  • Research areas of interest (up to five)
  • Website/ staff profile link
  • Link to Research repository or other preferred publication database
HASH is supported by the Social Change and Design & Creative Practice ECPs.
Activism @ the Margins: Stories of Resistance, Survival and Social Change

10 - 12 February 2020
The Capitol Theatre (RMIT University)

Driven by desires to dismantle entrenched power structures, populism and autocracy, and to save the Earth, people are beginning at the grassroots and connecting with activists internationally from #BlackLivesMatter to #ExtinctionRebellion to #IsupportStandingRock to #ReclaimtheNight and other Anti-Rape and Anti-Violence Against Women supporters, from the Arab Spring to #SOSBlakAustralia and other grassroots movements around the world.

How do we make sense of these protest movements in the digital age and in relation to social change over time? This conference offers a chance for pause, reflection and critical engagement of this complex question. Papers, posters and panel proposals are invited on a variety of themes.
Further information
Welcome to our new Social Change ECP Vice Chancellor's Fellows, Dr Jacinthe Flore and Dr Monica Barratt.
Monica Barrett outside the NSW Coroner’s Court after providing expert testimony to the ongoing inquest into drug-related deaths at music festivals.
Jacinthe Flore, Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre (School of Global, Urban and Social Studies). 
Jacinthe commenced a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in July 2019. She is based in the Social and Global Studies Centre (School of Global, Urban and Social Studies). Before commencing in this role, Jacinthe was a researcher on two projects: ‘Mental Health and Supported Decision-Making’, an ARC Linkage Project, and ‘Early Menopause: Experiences and Perspectives of Women and Health Professionals’, a NHMRC Partnership Project. On the latter project, she was a co-author of an innovative Healthtalk Australia digital resource, which will be launched in late 2019.

Jacinthe writes in the intersections of digital technology, health and society. Her research is interdisciplinary and situated in two interrelated areas: (1) the genealogy of psychiatric diagnoses, sexuality and medical techniques, and (2) pharmaceuticals, mental health and digital technology. She is the author of A genealogy of sexual appetite in Western psychiatry which will be published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2020.

Her postdoctoral project interrogates the nexus of digital technology, user design and mental health in the twenty-first century, particularly the development of wearable devices, wellbeing apps and fourth generation pharmaceuticals. Governments, NGOs and start-ups are increasingly turning to digital technology and the ‘internet of things’ to provide support to people experiencing mental illness. This project will examine our growing reliance on ‘data-driven’ mental health care. It will ask, what are the implications of machines learning our emotional patterns and stressors – through objects that we wear, carry and access – and offering us ‘solutions’? The project will harness the perspectives of users, programmers and developers, as well as examine the architecture of technologies themselves and the applications of artificial intelligence.

Monica writes, I am a social scientist working at the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University as Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow. I also hold a visiting appointment at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW Sydney.
My research investigates psychoactive drug use in digital society. I am particularly interested in how digital technologies and the cultures they sustain are transforming longstanding social problems like illicit drug use. My work crosses a variety of disciplines, including sociology and criminology alongside epidemiology and public health.
My expertise is in research (and I'm a research methods and ethics nerd!). But I don't want to just do research for the sake of it. I believe that people who use drugs have a right to access the best health interventions and care, and the most accurate information, as possible. In my work I have developed partnerships with people most affected by drug policy, that is, people who themselves currently take drugs in the settings I am investigating, and in some cases, their families and friends. I believe it is critical to do research and construct policy *with* these groups, not *for* them.
My recent work has been funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Research fellowship and by NHMRC, US National Institutes of Health, New Zealand's Marsden Foundation and Australian Institute of Criminology project grants.
I also hold the following appointments: Australian Research Lead, Global Drug Survey; Director of Research,; Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator (Victoria), The Loop Australia; Associate Editor, International Journal of Drug Policy; Deputy Editor, Drug and Alcohol Review.

Monica welcomes any RMIT staff and affiliates to contact her directly about potential collaborations.

Policy@RMIT (P@R) is an Urban Futures ECP funded project that aims to study and enable different contributions to public policy. This includes contributions to the evidence-base, evaluating policy outcomes and wider public debates. 
P@R is seeking insights from RMIT researchers regarding what they consider supports or hinders the contributions of academic research to public policy.  
The P@R team request you complete a 15 minute survey to share you experience. The survey will be open until the end of August and can be accessed here.
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