As a global University, RMIT has a commitment to research that builds understanding by practical investigation into the problems it encounters in the world around it.
Asian Focused Research
Our research agendas are global complementing the teaching programs which we offer with our Asian partners. This involvement with Asia and the Pacific makes us part of Asian cities and the region, industries and communities. At AsiaPacific@RMIT we come together to share our research on Asia and the Pacific and learn from each other.
We have heard from researchers on topics ranging from urban design in Tokyo, the challenges of health centres in Bangladesh, Chinese foreign investment in Africa, the history of research in Sri Lanka, remittances to India, memories of headhunters in Borneo, urban resilience in the Pacific, to sustaining Singapore nationalism abroad.
Professor Supriya Singh, Steering Group member, AsiaPacific@RMIT
Within the College of Business, as well as throughout the wider University, many staff and students are engaged in research that has an Asian and Pacific focus. With this in mind, the aims of the AsiaPacific@RMIT initiative are to:
- Identify those staff and students whose research work, regardless of discipline, has an Asian and Pacific focus.
- Provide forums through which researchers can network, exchange and discuss their research findings.
This will be achieved through:
- Seminars and workshops at which researchers present and discuss their projects and findings in an environment of mutual respect.
We look forward to building a vibrant community of Asian focused researchers.
Funding and Support
AsiaPacific@RMIT started as Asia@RMIT on 15 October 2008 funded by the College of Business. It continues to be sponsored by the Graduate School of Business and Law, College of Business, RMIT University. It is supported by the School of Media and Communication,and the School of Global Urban and Social Studies, College of Design and Social Context. Drawing on all parts of the University it is one of the most interdisciplinary seminars at RMIT.
Members of the Steering Group are:
- Professor Supriya Singh
- Associate Professor Catherine Gomes
- Associate Professor Paul Battersby
AsiaPacific@RMIT Seminars are held at The Emily McPherson College Building, 379 - 405 Russell Street Melbourne (corner of Russell and Victoria Streets) (RMIT Building 13).
Diversity and Inclusion in Australian Academia: The Case of Asian Academics
This talk examines faculty diversity from the perspectives of Asian-born academics. Based on both quantitative data and qualitative interviews, it analyses the challenges faced by Asian-born academics in employment, everyday interactions in their workplaces, and career advancement.Attend the final session of the 2018 seminar series Diversity and Inclusion in Australian Academia: The Case of Asian Academics
See below for a list of previous seminars
Rethinking mediated Im/mobilities. Uncovering the paradoxical consequences of mobile media use in the conduct of Filipino family life at a distance
Dr Earvin Cabalquinto, School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University
A woman to warm my heart’: Low-wage Chinese migrant men and their desires
for intimacy in Singapore
Dr Sylvia Ang, GUSS, RMIT University
‘Live it and Spit it’: Hip Hop and the Globalized Muslim Youth of the Asia Pacific
Assoc. Prof. Kamaludden bin Mohamed Nasir, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
Daigou, Chinese mobility and micro-entrepreneurship in Australia
Assoc. Prof Haiqing Yu, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University
Creativity in Australasia
Assoc. Prof Anne Harris, School of Education, RMIT University
The Digital Divide and the Va (space in-between or gap), a Samoan concept of space that Technology Cannot Bridge
Dr Marion Muliaumaseali’i, RMIT University
Souvenirs of Jaipur: student experience and outcomes from the "greatest literary show on Earth"
Philippa Brear, Senior Lecturer, School of Media and Communication
Tiffany Doensen and Callum Fogarty, students, Bachelor of Communication
From the Ground-Up: The Local/Global Eco-Enterprise Project in remote Papua New Guinea
Associate Professor Yaso Nadarajah, Principal Research Fellow (Centre for Global Research), GUSS.
Caring at a Distance –Filial piety in Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia
Dr Julian C. H. Lee, Centre for Global Research, Global and Language Studies, GUSS
Impact of health prevention programmes on global Indigenous populations
Dr Margaret Heffernan, OAM, PhD (Melb), School of Management; College of Business
‘The World is My Oyster': Asian International Students and their Aspirations for Transnational Mobility
Dr Catherine Gomes, School of Media and Communication
Jointly organized with the Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture (CPC) on ‘Lee Kuan Yew: notes on his legacy’
Chris Hudson (CPC). ‘Citizen Lee and the Making of Singapore’
Terry Johal (CPC). ‘Hatchets, Knuckledusters and cul-de-sacs: The making of the Iron Man of Singapore.’
Enqi Weng (CPC). ‘”The Heavens Opened and Cried”: Mediatised National Mourning for Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew.’
Dr Damian Grenfell, Director, Centre for Global Research, RMIT and Research Advisor on the Nabilan Ending Violence Against Women Program in Timor-Leste. ‘Inside and Out: Working towards preventing Familial Violence in Timor-Leste.’
Dr Larissa Sandy, Lecturer, Justice and Legal Studies, RMIT. Sex work in Cambodia’.
Dr Anand Kulkarni, Senior Manager Planning and Research Strategy and Governance, RMIT. ‘The battle for the hearts and minds of the highly skilled diaspora.’
Associate Professor Tania Lewis, Deputy Dean Research & Innovation,
School of Media & Communication, RMIT. ‘Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia.’
Professor Darryn McEvoy, Principal Researcher in Urban Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation, RMIT. ‘Urban resilience in the Pacific region.’
Jointly organized with Dr Catherine Gomes, Leader, Migration and Digital Media, DERC
Professor Brenda Yeoh, Dean, Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. ‘Cupid goes to Vietnam: The “foreign bride” matchmaking industry in Singapore.’