Small grants 2017

The Creativity, Culture and Society research theme received a very strong response to the 2017 small grants round. A large number of applications were received from interdisciplinary and collaborative research teams from across the University. Applications demonstrated a diverse range of creative approaches to significant social and cultural issues. The committee is delighted to announce the following research projects supported in this year's small grants round.

Sports Volunteering as Health Intervention? Motivations and outcomes for volunteering at the Australian Masters Games

Examines the extent to which volunteerism can work as a community health intervention to engage young people and socially disadvantaged Tasmanians.

Inclusive practices: Supporting teachers, supporting students

Aims to inform and enhance the ability of partnering organisations to support pre-service teachers, Tasmanian teachers and school communities in embracing diverse and inclusive learning cultures and provide support for LGBTI students.

Broken bodies: From narrative to art- translating women’s stories of breastfeeding into visual art forms

Analyses breastfeeding narratives and translates empirical research findings into art to challenge thinking about how breasts and the female reproductive body is viewed culturally in our society and by science.

New Norfolk Tomorrow: Community Engaged Practice

Works directly with the New Norfolk Council and community to determine potential collaborative research projects and identify research and funding partners across a range of possible fields, including heritage, health, tourism and agriculture.

Promoting Health Literacy in Tasmanian Primary Schools - Evaluating the HealthLit4Kids pilot study

Critically examines, analyses and documents the HealthLit4Kids pilot program which ran at Blackman’s Bay Primary School, Tasmania in 2017, in order to determine the effectiveness of the program in promoting and developing health literacy at a whole of school level (children, teachers, family, local community) for collective public health outcomes.

‘Marketing the City’: Precinct Marketing Programs and Resilience for Local Retailers in Tasmania, Australia

Focuses on the notion of ‘retail resilience’ as it examines the impact of retail precinct marketing programs administered by local governments and affiliated marketing organisations in four Tasmanian sites: Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport.

Unlocking the potential of a novel setting to promote physical activity among Tasmanian adults

Brings together interdisciplinary expertise in behavioural epidemiology, public health, and sociology to examine the social factors that impact participation in parkrun and physical activity.

Creating resilient regional communities – local government rental housing for retirees

Aims to determine the capacity and motivation of Tasmanian local government to support rental housing for an ageing population and understand how this creates resilient communities.

DIGnity Supported Community Gardening as a tool for enabling dementia-friendly environments

Focuses on building the therapeutic capacity of three established community gardens in relation to people who have lost the confidence in their physical or cognitive capacity to garden.

Dementia Cafes: facilitating community conversations about dementia

Explores the effectiveness of dementia cafes to demystify the condition, and facilitate inclusion, support and understanding of those living with Dementia.  

Connecting community through composition

Investigates ways to maximize the use of technology to build a community of geographically isolated music composers through a digital interface.

Waterworth Optics Pilot Project

Aims to establish an interdisciplinary virtual-exhibition research team (VERT) and innovative exhibition capacity for researching and presenting object collections and eportfolios.

Ring Trees in Wadi Wadi Country

Employs art to validate and share Indigenous knowledge and values through an exploration of the importance of Ring Trees for Wadi Wadi traditional owners.

An analysis and comparison of the needs of Australian parents and healthcare professionals of critically injured and chronically ill children

Identifies the experiences and needs of parents and healthcare professionals of critically injured and chronically ill children in the Australian population.

Media and Green Criminology Frames of Water Theft

Identifies and analyses the dominant framing of the news coverage of the Murray-Darling Basin water theft controversy through the lens of critical green criminology.​