The Helen & Geoff Handbury Fellowship Program encourages and supports practical research by individuals or groups that contributes to lasting improvements.
The Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation, Melbourne; Federal Government Collaborative and Structural Regional Development Fund; and RMIT University, Research and Development
The program focuses on the sustainability of vulnerable western Victoria communities. The term “community” is not defined exclusively by geographic region, but also includes communities of interest, occupation, history, language, and others. Sustainable development may include any one or a combination of economic, social, cultural, educational or environmental benefits. It is desirable that research supported by the Fellowship Program would have benefits to similar communities beyond western Victoria. The program also aims to inform policy making, leverage significant engagement in priority areas and develop and share knowledge locally and globally.
The Fellowship Program is supported by the Geoff & Helen Handbury Foundation Trust, RMIT University and government funding (when available).
Principal investigator: Yaso Nadarajah supported by Priyanka Willis (research assistant) with Dr Geoff Handbury (patron) and an advisory team of Reverend Peter Cook, Mrs Cicely Fenton and Dr John Callinan (Western Victoria).