2021 ANU Gender Institute Research Funding for Working Groups: Grant Recipients

Janet Hunt | CASS, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Caring about care: Understanding First Nations women’s unpaid caring roles

This research aims to provide an understanding of the full scope and nature of unpaid care work performed by First Nations women, the complex realities shaping decisions around unpaid caregiving, and the associated impacts on women. It will work with First Nations women and organisations, to understand how First Nations women themselves conceptualise care work, how they value and experience it, including its challenges, how much of it they do, and how and if policy could better recognise and value it. This project will be undertaken in collaboration with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), in response to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner’s Wiyi Yani U Thangani (‘Women’s Voices’) Report. Thus, the research will provide empirical evidence that can inform the AHRC’s ongoing policy advocacy, as well as provide a base for ongoing research.
Carolyn Strange | CASS, School of History

'Coercive Control’: an Issue of National and International Significance

The 2021 National Summit on Women’s Safety highlighted the problem of ‘coercive control’ (CC) in intimate partner relationships. Although many activists support criminalising the behaviour, others caution against responses likely to reinforce social inequalities. Moreover, criminal laws are illsuited to prevent the abuse of power. How can researchers contribute to tackling this problem? To meet this challenge, this multi-disciplinary Working Group will undertake research that probes understandings of CC across time, culture, and language; develops educational tools for men and women; interrogates CC through the arts; and raises consciousness of CC within and beyond intimate relationships.
Celia Roberts | CASS, School of Sociology

Refusing to reproduce in the face of global threats? The impact of climate change on Australians’ reproductive decision-making

This interdisciplinary research group will ask how Australians who are deciding not to have children conceive of the risks of climate change, and explore their concerns about parenting and future generations. What kinds of resources are they drawing on to make their decisions and what is their experience of articulating these decisions to others? What are their thoughts about family and kinship and how do they build alternatives to conventional ‘parents and children’ households? How do issues of sex/gender and sexuality play out in these reproductive decisions?
Evelyn Goh | CAP, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs

Women and Climate Change: A Multi-scalar Approach to Epistemic Empowerment

The proposed Working Group on Women, Knowledge and Climate Change (WoKCC) addresses the theme of Gender and Global Threats by focusing on the intertwined challenges of gender inequality and climate change. Women are disproportionately affected by climate change but also play pivotal roles in building social and national resilience. How can women’s traditional and Indigenous ecological knowledge be best leveraged to enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation in climate-vulnerable areas in the global South? What are the wider implications of the knowledge generated from such local studies of women’s epistemic empowerment for climate politics at the regional and global levels?




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Date posted

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

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