MLS researchers successful in latest round of ARC grants

New research projects to be conducted by Melbourne Law School academics have been awarded major funding under the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) grants.

MLS Dean Professor Carolyn Evans and Professor Adrienne Stone achieved one of only eight Discovery awards in Law Australia-wide for their new project Freedom and inclusion in the modern university.

The research will focus on understanding conflicts in modern universities over intellectual freedom and inclusiveness and create a set of practical principles to help universities prevent or manage these conflicts.

Senior lecturer Dr Alysia Blackham was awarded one of only two Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards in law for her project, Addressing age discrimination in employment.

Australia’s ageing population means that people are having to work for longer. Dr Blackham’s research will consider the effectiveness of Australia’s age discrimination laws and whether or not these support people to extend their working lives.  The research will help inform public policy and debate and improve responses to Australia’s ageing population, providing economic, health and social benefits.

Associate Professor Anna Chapman was successful in receiving a Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant as part of a team led by the University of Technology Sydney.

The team’s project Comprehensive free access to Australian industrial and workplace law, aims to develop an ‘Australian Industrial and Workplace Relations Law Library’ on AustLII, bringing together relevant current law in one searchable location and digitising key resources and developing analytical tools. The project is aimed at improving research into the Australian industrial and workplace relations system and will help to inform future policy and debate.

Professor Miranda Stewart, together with her Australian National University colleague Dr Alfred Tran, also received a Discovery project grant for research to evaluate the effectiveness of tax avoidance by multinational enterprises.  The project aims to provide critical information to policy makers on whether these measures help to improve the integrity of corporate tax.

Melbourne Law School congratulates these staff on their success and acknowledges the hard work of all staff involved in putting forward applications for Australian Research Council funding.