Dear Colleagues,

We start this issue of the newsletter with a joint message to our Alliance community from the Alliance Academic Directors, Professor Abid Khan and Professor Mike Shipman:

“We hope that you and your families remain safe and well at this unsettling time. As our Universities continue to respond to the current public health crisis, it is evident that Alliance activities across all pillars, including research, education, student mobility at all levels, as well as professional services collaboration, are being affected. We thank you for your commitment and the enormous effort that is going into responding to the challenges this brings. We hope to minimise any loss of momentum to your Alliance activities and aim to accommodate, where possible, any changes to ensure their success. 

As a strategic partnership of both Monash and Warwick, rest assured that our Universities remain firmly committed to the Alliance. Our partnership was renewed in February this year and we are preparing a range of new activity support mechanisms and instruments that reflect its maturity. These will be released at an appropriate time in the near future.

As Monash and Warwick coordinate our respective responses to the pandemic, we continue to stay connected and share learning across our organisations. To find out more about each University’s response to COVID-19, please visit relevant sections of the Monash and Warwick websites. 

If you have questions, concerns or queries about a current or potential activity or project, please do not hesitate to contact the Alliance Project teams via email at Monash and Warwick at any time.

We thank you for your support, and hope you and your families stay well and healthy.

Professor Abid Khan and Professor Mike Shipman
Alliance Academic Directors

Earlier this year, the Alliance celebrated a new rolling agreement that replaces the previous five-year term. The new open-ended partnership will enable more deeply embedded collaboration and wider transnational opportunities for students and staff.

The Alliance will also jointly invest in several major challenge-led initiatives that have the potential to produce truly transformational research. We are proud to announce the first two areas to be identified are Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Particle Physics.
New projects supported by the Alliance Research Catalyst Fund

We are thrilled to share with you the latest projects to be funded by the Catalyst Fund, established with the specific intention to foster new initiatives with high potential that combine complementary aspects of each institution towards novel research outcomes.
Beyond Autonomy: Understanding How New Social, Scientific and Technological Influences are Shaping the Future of Freedom
Joint Research Development on Metal-Organic Frameworks Functionalised Silicon Anodes for Advanced Energy Storage
Sustainable Development of Informal Settlements and Citarum Basin Ecologies
Post-Conflict Care Economies: Monash and Warwick researchers published in the Journal of Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society

A number of Monash and Warwick researchers have co-authored a Special Section on post-conflict care economies in the Journal of Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society (vol.26, no.4).
The articles are part of an ongoing collaboration between Monash Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Centre and Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID) led by Professor Jacqui True and Professor Shirin Rai, funded by the Monash Warwick Alliance. 
The special section examines the significance of unpaid care labour in economies affected by violence and conflict and the depletion of women’s bodies and wellbeing as a result of the neglect of social infrastructure in post-conflict recovery.  The special section includes articles by Shirin Rai, Jacqui True, Maria Tanyag, Victoria Pereyra-Iraola, Samanthi Gunawardana, Nicola Pratt and Yasmin Chilmeran:
Jacqui True, "Introduction to Special Section of Social Politics: Post-conflict Care Economies" Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society.

Shirin Rai, Jacqui True & Maria Tanyag, "From Depletion to Regeneration: Addressing Structural and Physical Violence in Post-Conflict Economies" Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society.

Nicola Pratt & Yasmin Chilmeran, "The Geopolitics of Social Reproduction and Depletion: The Case of Iraq and Palestine" Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society.

Victoria Pereyra-Iraola & Samanthi J. Gunawardana, “Carceral Spaces and Social Reproduction: Exploring Export Processing Zones in Sri Lanka and Prisons in Argentina” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society.
A Nudgeathon for sexual health: co-designing HIV prevention strategies using behavioural economics

Associate Professor Dr Jason Ong, Research Fellow at the Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic, Monash University and Professor Daniel Read, Professor of Behavioural Science at the Warwick Business School lead a team to investigate how successes in behavioural change from other disciplines may help to address the issue of controlling HIV using behavioural economics. Read the full article here.
The International Conference of Undergraduate Research 2020

Preparation for the International Conference of Undergraduate Research  (ICUR) supported by the Monash Warwick Alliance is in full swing! The annual conference jointly organised by Monash and Warwick has hosted over 2000 undergraduate student presenters from across the two universities and various global institutional partners from across 5 continents.

ICUR is a two-day, interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference taking place on 29 - 30 September that connects students presenting at their home campuses to peers in the United States, England, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Spain, Belgium and Canada, using video-conferencing technology. A rare opportunity for undergraduates to experience presenting at an academic conference within a network of rigorous support.

As we currently face a period of unprecedented challenge, ICUR’s existing framework as an innovative virtual conference means the conference will adapt and be going ahead as planned, be that on campus or entirely from our online virtual conference centre. 

We invite any Monash or Warwick staff to register as audience members to attend and support our institutions budding undergraduate researchers. We encourage any teaching staff to recommend submitting an abstract to their undergraduate students via the ICUR portal before close of submissions on 31 May. 

Twitter - @MonashWarwick

The Monash Warwick Alliance has an active Twitter page and would like to retweet updates or findings associated with your project. Retweeting offers a great way for us to quickly share information about your project with other interested people. It also offers the chance for you to create connections and encourage more conversation. To ensure we see your project updates, please tag @MonashWarwick
New Dean of Faculty of Education

Professor Viv Ellis has been appointed as the next Dean of the Faculty of Education at Monash, taking over from Professor Lucas Walsh. He will commence her role on the 1 June 2020. Read more.
New Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (China)

Professor Sai Gu has been appointed as Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (China) at Warwick with effect from 1 April 2020. In this newly created role, Sai will work closely with Professor Mike Shipman, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International). Read more.
This year 35 co-publications have been produced between our two universities spanning the following subject areas.
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Materials Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Energy
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