2021 Research Awards Recipients

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Research Excellence

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence

Professor Christian Doerig

Professor Christian Doerig is a recognised leader in the field of malaria kinomics, pioneering the study of cell signalling in the most virulent of the parasites causing human malaria. Christian’s research outcomes are being used globally as the basis for drug discovery.

Christian is currently serving as "Directeur de Recherches" at the French government biomedical research agency INSERM, Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow and Adjunct Professor at Monash University.

He has a highly successful track record in coordinating large international research consortia, including several EU-funded international consortia in malaria research, involving partners in Europe, India, and Africa. One of his current research interests involves the host cell signalling response to intracellular pathogens like malaria parasites and the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus.

Professor Doerig’s group showed in 2011 that malaria parasites hijack signalling pathways of the red blood cells they parasitise. Dr Jack Adderley, a post-doctoral fellow in the Doerig group, has now revealed the full extent of this take-over of the red blood cell by the parasite (Adderley et al, Nature Communications 2020), and Ms Tayla Williamson, a PhD student in the group, is looking at the effects of some of the host-targeting drugs on the parasite.

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence – Early Career Researcher

Dr Huacheng Zhang

Dr Zhang’s is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, and a Senior Lecturer in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering.

Her research is at the forefront of the field of biomimetic nanotechnology and nanomaterials, especially in biomimetic membranes and nano-devices for efficient separation, controlled release, and energy conversion.

Dr Zhang’s publication record has been prolific, including in top-tiered journals, over the last four years , co-authoring 55 high-quality and highly cited publications (H-index of 27) and registering two patent applications. She has also delivered more than 10 invited talks and been invited as a reviewer for over 20 international journals.

Her research excellence has been nationally and internationally recognised by several competitive fellowships, awards, and grants, including the 2021 IAAM Young Scientist Medal and international recognition as the 2020 Class of Influential Researchers by Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.

Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Research Excellence – Higher Degree by Research

Dr Baoyue Zhang

Dr Baoyue Zhang is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Engineering and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET). Zhang completed her PhD from RMIT University, making considerable advances in the field of novel sensing material development and applications.

Her research has demonstrated a facile, low-cost way of achieving ultralow-concentration biomolecule sensing capability using plasmonic two-dimensional (2D) materials. This strategy has been successfully expanded to provide a pathway for early cancer diagnosis technology.

Baoyue’s outstanding research performance includes the publication of over 36 research articles in high profile journals with a citation of 1100+ and an h-index of 19.

Dr Zhang has been very active in industry engagement for research project commercialisation, dedicating herself to achieving research-based technology translation.

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Supervision Excellence

Professor David Forrest

Professor David Forrest is the Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Coordinator in the School of Art and has previously undertaken that role in the School of Education. In the past, he also served as HDR Director for the College of Design and Social Context.

Forrest has made an invaluable contribution to Higher Degree Research, with his extraordinary track record  of over 50 timely Masters and PhD completions.

He has produced six books on doctoral research in the arts and education, highlighting his scholarship in the field of doctoral education and offers an exemplary model to other RMIT supervisors.

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact

Professor Alan Wong 

Professor Alan Wong is recognised in Australia, the USA and around the world as a leading researcher in the field of early fault detection technology and as a successful technology start-up CEO driving significant changes in the power industry.

He successfully developed a commercially viable product called Early Fault Detection (EFD) and introduced it to the market in 2013. The core IP of the EFD technology was created by Professor Wong in one of his ARC Discovery projects and is patented by RMIT University.

EFD technology is now a multi-award-winning product that identifies fire-risk situations in power networks before they progress to complete failures. The patented EFD has successfully detected more than 20 failing high-voltage conductors in Victoria, New South Wales and California and was included in the 2020-2022 Utility Wildfire Mitigation Plans in California USA as part of the wildfire mitigation technology.

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact – Early Career Researcher

Dr Jenny Kennedy

Dr Jenny Kennedy has established herself as a leading digital media scholar whose high impact research speaks to public and industry concerns. Her work on smart home technologies, for example, has drawn attention from international news media, including The New York Times, industry leaders such as Google, and advocacy groups such as Women in Voice.

Jenny’s research charts shifts in digital technology practices against the context of rapid decision-making. Her work in this area has a strong focus on digital inclusion issues and the impacts of digital transformation on the domestic fabric of homes and everyday life.

Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Research Impact – Higher Degree by Research

Musharavati Ephraim Munyanyi

Musharavati Ephraim Munyanyi is a PhD candidate in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing. He has significant experience working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government ministries, and various research institutions, including the United Nations, the Ministry of Finance (Zimbabwe), and RedR Australia. Notably, Musharavati’s appointment to contribute to the United Nations Human Development Report lends support to the important and policy-relevant work he is doing.

Musharavati’s research is multi-disciplinary and focuses on Applied Economics. He has an extensive track record in publishing his work in leading journals such as the Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Energy Economics, and Journal of Business Research. His research publications have contributed to answering questions on how to: reduce energy poverty and obesity, improve homeownership rates, narrow gender gaps in health outcomes, enhance the efficacy of foreign aid at the subnational level, and increase the adoption of clean energy, among others.

RMIT Research Excellence and Impact awards and prizes

RMIT Research Excellence – Team Award

Team Leader Professor Simon Feeny with Professor Alberto Posso and Associate Professor Sefa Awaworyi Churchill

Professors Feeny, Posso and Churchill have made substantial contributions to research on child well-being in lower-income countries. Specifically, they have excelled in their research examining child labour, child sponsorship and child health, cutting across many of the Sustainable Development Goals. This is evidenced by their numerous publications in A and A* journals as well as through the awarding of over $1 million in external research funding from United Nations agencies, government departments and international NGOs. By collecting new primary data and using innovative research techniques on secondary data, their research has led to evidence-based policy recommendations that international development organisations have adopted.

RMIT Award for Innovative Research Supervision

Professor Alemayehu Molla

Professor Alemayehu Molla is acknowledged as a leader in ensuring RMIT’s HDR policies and strategies are successfully implemented. As Director of the Doctoral Training Centre at the College of Business and Law (COBL), Professor Molla introduced a range of initiatives to enable a strong and supportive intellectual community for HDR candidates, such as, Best Milestone Paper Award, Change of Supervision Protocol, Doctoral Training Seminars, and Curriculum Revitalisation to enhance the quality of HDR training and provide a transformative experience for candidates and staff.

Molla led the five-year HDR program review and subsequent enhancement plan. As the Deputy Head of School Research and Innovation (July 2015 to June 2017), he led initiatives to integrate candidates into the School’s culture. He also provides excellent mentorship and support for HDR supervisors, committed to ensuring learning and development opportunities and excellent academic standards.

RMIT Award for Excellence – Graduate Research Leadership

Associate Professor Samantha Richardson

Associate Professor Richardson has been dedicated to supporting HDR candidates and their supervisors for more than 10 years. She has worked together with HDR candidates, supervisors, and the School of Graduate Research to shape policy and enhance the candidates’ experience throughout their candidature at the School, College and University levels.

She instigated the PhD graduation in May (originally part of the Honorary Awards Ceremony) and advocated for HDR candidates to be treated more similarly to staff than to undergraduate students, as HDR candidates produce a significant proportion of the data that is published in internationally peer-reviewed journals that enhance the reputation of RMIT University internationally.

RMIT Award for Excellence – Industry Engagement in Graduate Research

Associate Professor Soumitri Varadarajan

Soumitri collaborates with researchers at Alfred Health to improve health outcomes by activating  patients’ ability to access  products and services. His work focuses on developing solutions that can be commercialised , that are aimed at improving the quality of life for people with chronic, and complex conditions and keep them out of hospital. The capacity development ecology purpose built for this project provides researchers and PhD candidates clear and deliberate access to a targeted community of practice. Within the context of chronic medical management, the vision of this project breaks new ground by taking the hospital and clinicians into the homes of the patients. The two crucial impact statements informing this work are:  a desire to produce outcomes that have a capacity to be commercialised at scale to reach a low-SES demographic in the global south; and secondly, to be globally focused thus independent of local health funding priorities.

RMIT Award for Research Excellence – Technology

Associate Professor Annan Zhou

Associate Professor Annan Zhou has made seminal contributions to the understanding and modelling of the complex hydromechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils. He has established a new modelling framework to tackle the most fundamental issues such as strength, deformation, and soil-water interaction for unsaturated soils, subjected to complex mechanical loads (like construction and excavation) and environmental loads (like flood/draught, heat/cold wave, and sea-level rise). Based on the novel constitutive modelling framework and robust numerical techniques, he has developed advanced numerical tools for better design and assessment of infrastructure involving unsaturated soils in Australia and worldwide.

RMIT Award for Research Excellence – Design

Dr Sarah Foster

Dr Sarah Foster leads a program of applied, multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research designed to influence policy and practice to create healthier built environments. Her research examines the impact of apartment design standards on residents’ health and wellbeing.

As an RMIT V-C Research Fellow, she developed a comprehensive data platform combining policy-specific apartment/building design metrics with a survey of residents and neighbourhood liveability measures. This rich dataset underpins her recent successful ARC Discovery Project and prestigious Future Fellowship, which form a research program designed to inform the content and detail of apartment design policies and the planning of apartment precincts. Sarah’s commitment to excellence is evidenced by the quality of her publications in esteemed journals, including four Web of Science ‘highly cited’ papers; category 1 grant income; extensive connections with policymakers, professional bodies, and health advocates; and the uptake of her research in policy and planning and health advocacy.

RMIT Award for Research Excellence – Enterprise

Dr Jayani Chandrapala

Dr Chandrapala’s most recent research has focused on developing approaches to reducing acid whey, a major waste stream generated through the production of Greek yoghurt and soft cheeses. She has developed advanced membrane technologies to selectively remove unwanted acid and calcium from dairy production waste. The outcomes of her research have attracted considerable interest from local and international food companies seeking to minimise waste and environmental impact, such as Saputo, Arla and Fonterra.  Her close collaborations with the Dairy industry led to the translation of her research into real practices within the dairy sector.

She is recognised both locally and internationally in the field of Food Technology with an h-index of 27 with over 2.5k total citations. She has published 93 publications, out of which more than 95% are within Q1 journals. In addition to her research contributions, she has successfully graduated multiple PhD students at RMIT, each with at least four publications.

RMIT Award for Research Excellence – Early Career Researcher (Technology)

Dr Marco De Sisto

Dr Marco De Sisto is an early career lecturer in the School of Management and a member of the Centre for People, Organisation and Work (CPOW). His research interests concern the inter-relationship between Human Resource (HR) management principles and the decision-making processes of Top Management Teams in unstable or extreme environments.

Harnessing a variety of theories such as collective leadership, signalling theory, and social exchange theory, Dr De Sisto’s work explores how HR and emergency management approaches can work together to result in more effective mitigation and responses to disasters both within and beyond Australia.

Dr De Sisto’s research outputs have already had considerable academic impact. In the last three years, he has co-authored 11 peer-reviewed articles, attracted almost $600,000 in national and international funding, Beyond the academy. He has also published in the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) magazine and been interviewed by SBS radio.

RMIT Award for Research Excellence – Early Career Researcher (Design)

Dr Denver Linklater

Dr Denver Linklater received her doctorate in March 2021 and is already credited with world-renowned expertise in the areas of nanofabrication, materials science, and biotechnology. Denver’s research on the design and development of antibacterial nanomaterials has created significant impact in the field of antibacterial surface modifications.

She has developed relationships with industry partners to commercialise her outputs and to realise the real-world impact that would significantly reduce the incidence of bacterial contamination in the medical implant, textiles, wearable electronics, and packaging industries and revolutionise the way we prevent microbial contamination of materials.

Denver’s research excellence is reflected by numerous awards, including Humboldt Research Fellowship, Victoria Fellowship, AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) Research Internship and high-quality publications in top-ranking journals such as Advanced Materials, Nature Reviewers Microbiology, PNAS, and ACS Nano. In addition to her strong relationships with industry,  she has received grants totalling $200,000, since 2020.

RMIT Award for Research Excellence – Early Career Researcher (Enterprise)

Dr Angel Zhong

Dr Angel Zhong is an award-winning RMIT finance researcher whose work attracts significant national and international media attention.. Her work to improve the financial literacy and wellbeing of Australians has seen her recognised as the finalist of the Women in Finance Awards 2021 in Australia (Thought leader category).

An aspiring academic with strong ties to industry, Angel specialises in the field of empirical asset pricing and investor behaviour in financial markets, which can influence the stability and security of markets globally, and her research has strong investment applications for investors.

She is an editorial board member of two prestigious field journals including Finance Research Letters and Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money. She is a successful recipient of grants in the area of measuring mispricing and sentiment in the Australian equity market.

RMIT Prize for Research Excellence – Higher Degree by Research (Technology)

Dr Pathum Chamikara Mahawaga Arachchige

Dr Pathum Chamikara Mahawaga Arachchige is a highly motivated researcher who is passionate about high-quality research. Chamikara investigated privacy in the context of big data analytics and machine learning, a fundamental component of cyber security that is at the front line in Australia's national interest.

His thesis looks at data privacy and data utility and proposes approaches to achieve a balance between them. Through scalable methods, the results help in conducting large-scale data analytics in a privacy-preserving manner. Chamikara produced multiple valuable privacy preservation mechanisms during his PhD. and published them in highly reputed journals.

Chamikara finished his PhD in 2021, with his papers already attracting more than 400 citations . For his valuable research work, he received the Research Achievement Award for outstanding research performance in the Academic Year 2020, School of Computing Technologies, RMIT University.

Currently, Chamikara works as a research fellow at CSIRO's Data61, Australia.

RMIT Prize for Research Excellence – Higher Degree by Research (Design)

Dr Sarah Robson

Dr Sarah Robson’s research investigated the relational systems intrinsic to Non-Objective Art. Not reliant upon the representation or subjective expression, a non-objective artwork creates a framework of interwoven relationships, both conceptual and somatic, to engender an aesthetic encounter. Dr Robson’s research specifically addressed Non-Objective Art’s immaterial qualities, capacity to accommodate paradox and implied impersonal rationalism, thereby challenging the reductive essentialism of a Western-centric critical perspective.

The inadequacy of spoken or written language to fully express the unique, experiential complexity of an artwork reinforces the agency and value of our aesthetic interactions and their relationship to lived experience. Understanding how Non-Objective Art can be reflective of and contribute to the day-to-day world is essential for asserting its ongoing human, societal and economic worth. Dr Robson’s research contributes to this understanding. Both of Dr Robson’s examiners identified the work as outstanding and excellent and marked on the report “recognition of outstanding work’.

RMIT Prize for Research Excellence – Higher Degree by Research (Enterprise)

Dr Mayumi Silva

Dr Mayumi Silva completed her PhD in the field of Food Science and Technology at RMIT University. Her PhD is focused on developing dairy-based primary and double emulsions using grapeseed oil as a carrier for functional ingredients with the use of ultrasound technology. Ultrasound is an emerging non-thermal technology that will be used in the dairy industry in the near future. This project provides economically and environmentally beneficial suggestions to the agri-food sector, and the novel findings relevant to the ultrasound-induced structural changes of milk proteins will enhance the existing knowledge in dairy and emulsion sciences.

Mayumi has published all her PhD research articles in Q1 indexed journals. She has published book chapters, review articles, magazine articles, and attended international conferences during her candidature. Mayumi has been recognized as one of the Australian global talent holders in the agri-food sector based on her exceptional and outstanding achievements during the PhD journey.

Awards for Research Impact

RMIT Award for Impact and Collaboration - Team Award

Team Leader Dr Louise Byrne with Dr Lena Wang, Dr Melissa Chapman, Ms Helena Roennfeldt

Meaningful inclusion of lived experience perspectives via designated workforce roles is an important factor in best practice mental health service delivery outcomes. It has been repeatedly highlighted as a key to achieving mental health reform both in Australia and internationally. However, this workforce is still emerging, often poorly understood and under supported. Over the last three years, Dr Louise Byrne and her research team at RMIT University: Dr Lena Wang, Ms Helena Roennfeldt and Dr Melissa Chapman, have completed a program of work to create the first state and national-level guidelines for effective employment and development of the lived experience workforce both within and beyond the mental health sector. These policy documents provide a roadmap for organisational and sector leaders across diverse settings to establish governance, policies, and practices that support sustainable and effective growth of the workforce.

RMIT Award for Research Impact – Technology

Dr Damiano Spina

Dr Spina is a computer scientist, who is passionate about applying data science, text analytics, and information retrieval techniques to interactive information access scenarios, including fact-checking and voice-enabled user interfaces.

The potential and impact of his research includes a patented method for automating the training of intelligent virtual assistants using a range of dynamic or generic data sets.

His cross-disciplinary collaboration with RMIT ABC Fact Check led to the establishment of RMIT FactLab, a research hub focused on the evaluation and development of novel information access technologies to assist fact-checking experts in debunking misinformation that is spread on the web and social media.

Dr Spina is the recipient of a prestigious ARC DECRA fellowship to design fairness-aware presentation strategies to access rich information such as fact-checked content via voice-enabled user interfaces. He is also an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.

RMIT Award for Research Impact – Design

Professor Judith Bessant

Professor Judith Bessant, AM, in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, is an internationally recognised scholar in youth studies and political sociology. Her work offers conceptually novel, rigorous, historical approaches to youth studies, politics, media-technology, and sociology. Judith is widely published with many books, chapters, and journal articles to her name.

As a measure of national and international recognition, Professor Bessant was awarded an Order of Australia in 2017 ‘for significant service as a social scientist, advocate and academic specialising in youth studies’. As well as advising governments, business, and NGOs, she is also a member of numerous editorial boards and international research collaborations in the UK, Europe, the USA, North America, and South Africa.

RMIT Award for Research Impact – Enterprise

Dr Monica Barratt

Dr Monica Barratt’s internationally recognised research on psychoactive drug use and drug markets in contemporary digital societies has contributed to significant changes in policy at national and international levels. Australian coroners have invited Dr Barratt to provide evidence at inquests into drug-related deaths. Coroners and government inquiry committees have drawn from the evidence base Dr Barratt has built up to recommend that governments adopt more innovative policy responses to the increasingly prevalent issue of unpredictable drug markets, including drug checking and early warning systems.

Key international agencies, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, cite and repurpose Dr Barratt’s work on digitally mediated drug markets in their annual publications. Through regular invitations to provide expert commentary in the media and multiple invited panels and events, Dr Barratt’s research has led to increased awareness and understanding of the policies and practices that can reduce drug-related harms in the community.

RMIT Award for Research Impact – Early Career Researcher (Technology)

Dr Asma Khalid

Dr Asma Khalid is one of the pioneers in the field of diamond-silk optics and is recognised as an innovator for her applications in smart non-invasive biosensing. Asma has an emerging worldwide reputation in establishing new interdisciplinary collaborations between researchers in biomaterials, photonics, and engineering to address complex problems in biomedical research.

In 2017 Asma was awarded the RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and established a state-of-the-art Optical Silk Lab. Asma has subsequently devised smart silk wound dressings that are able to monitor for early signs of infection and healing progression in wounds. Asma’s work on these innovative silk dressings received significant attention from media, researchers, and clinicians across the country and worldwide. Asma is the current recipient of an IDEAS Grant from the National Health Medical and Research Council (NHMRC), committed to the development and testing of smart wound dressings for burns.

RMIT Award for Research Impact – Early Career Researcher (Design)

Dr Olga Kokshagina

Dr Olga Kokshagina is an RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Business and Law. Olga’ s expertise falls in the areas of strategy, innovation, and technology, with her research connected to the digital transformation of legacy organisations. Olga has led collaborative projects across multiple industries in the fields of veracity, AI, digital health, and collaborative innovation. Olga's contribution to the field has been recognised through the award of European and nationally competitive grants and her research has led to publications in top management and design journals.

Olga has a track record in translating findings into practical outcomes including, contributing to two start-up creations, patents, trademarks, and the dissemination of articles. Her recent work on consequences of digital transformation received the best paper award at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in 2020, and her work on designing a collaborative research project with Callaghan Innovation New Zealand contributed to the establishment of Veracity lab in 2021. Olga is an appointed member of the French Digital Council (CNNUM).

RMIT Award for Research Impact – Early Career Researcher (Enterprise)

Dr Jonathan Kolieb

Dr Jonathan Kolieb works in the field of international law. His research and engagement address the challenge of improving the corporate sector’s respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, especially in areas affected by armed conflict. In partnership with the Australian Red Cross, Jonathan’s work has forged new ground in the global business community’s awareness and understanding of international humanitarian law. His work has been instrumental in the development of innovative, practical guidance tools and training packages designed to assist businesses in embedding a greater appreciation of international humanitarian law into their corporate policies and operations.

Jonathan’s work contributed to the establishment of the Australian Red Cross’ ‘Business and International Humanitarian Law Hub’ and informed United Nations’ guidelines for businesses operating in conflict-affected areas.

RMIT Prize for Research Impact – Higher Degree by Research (Technology)

Mehran Ghasemlou

As a PhD researcher at RMIT, Mehran Ghasemlou has an extraordinary track record of publications w   more than45 papers published in prestigious research journals. He is amongst the most highly cited PhD researchers with an H-index of 25 (Google Scholar) with over 3,000 citations. This is a reflection of how innovative and revolutionary his research has been to date.

During his time at RMIT, he has focused on researching the development of packaging and materials engineered to mimic the self-cleaning properties of the lotus leaf. This work has the potential to significantly reduce the risk of contamination from packaging in food handling and medical settings while also reducing the impact packaging has on the environment, features which are highly sought after in the packaging industry.

He is now applying his expertise to develop the next generation of bioplastics and biobased materials, focusing on engineering new sustainable materials.

RMIT Prize for Research Impact – Higher Degree by Research (Design)

Ding Wen ‘Nic’ Bao

Ding Wen ‘Nic’ Bao is a Lecturer in Architecture at the School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University. He is a Registered Architect in Australia and the U.S., and UK RIBA Chartered Architect. Nic is completing his PhD at the Centre for Innovative Structures & Materials, School of Engineering and Tectonic Formation Lab, School of Architecture and Urban Design at RMIT. His research is truly interdisciplinary, exploring how buildings can be shaped and optimised through robotic fabrication in line with both architectural and structural design requirements.

He has published 18 articles during his PhD candidature. His work has been exhibited widely, including BoDW Hong Kong, Melbourne Design Week, IASS Expo Barcelona, Venice Biennale, Time + Architecture magazine and the permanent cover of Current Chinese Science. Recently Nic received the 2021 Young CAADRIA Award, 2020 RMIT Engineering Discipline HDR Impact Prize and two significant first prizes in national and international competitions on structural optimisation and additive manufacturing in 2020 and 2019.

RMIT Prize for Research Impact - Higher Degree by Research (Enterprise)

Kevion Darmawan

Kevion is an international PhD student from the School of Science, STEM College. His research project focuses on harnessing the natural proteins in milk for health and antimicrobial purposes. He has also been involved in cross-collaborative projects with university wide-partners in computational structural biology, including evaluation of certain drugs and dietary compounds to potentially combat COVID-19.

Using state-of-the-art supercomputers in the National Computational Infrastructure, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, and Swiss National Supercomputing Centre that are accessed via successful competitive resource applications, Kevion has worked productively and contributed to society as a scientist. He has published research articles in high-ranking journals in the area of food science, including Food Hydrocolloids and LWT.

Throughout his candidature, he has also actively participated in international and national conferences to share novel findings, knowledge, and prospective industrial applications to the wider community.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.