News story 10th Sep 2014

New grants back interdisciplinary research

The Faculty of Business and Economics' recent inaugural Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Grant Scheme is designed to encourage interdisciplinary research conducted by faculty researchers with those in other areas.

This initiative is part of a strategy to support high-quality interdisciplinary research that addresses key societal challenges across the three main research themes within the faculty: health and wellbeing, sustainability and development, and global business.

Research at Monash Business School

Deputy Dean of Research Professor Gary Magee said there had been a strong and very pleasing response to the call for applications.

"This demonstrated the wide range of collaborations taking place between our researchers and those in other faculties," Professor Magee said.

"To meet some of the greatest challenges of our time, research needs to draw upon a range of disciplines and expertise. Each of the projects that has been awarded a grant meets this criterion, tackling important problems from an interdisciplinary perspective."

The following three research projects received grants:

Addressing preventable maternal mortality and morbidity in Solomon Islands: understanding the multifactorial determinants, impacts and costs of unsafe abortion. Lead researcher on this project is Associate Professor Paula Lorgelly from the Centre for Health Economics. Associate Professor Lorgelly's team consists of researchers from the Faculty of Medicine, the Burnet Institute's Centre for International Health, and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the Solomon Islands.

The interactive effect of private Chinese commercial businesses and local business, community development and urban regeneration in South Africa. The lead researcher on this project is Professor Fang Lee Cooke from the Department of Management. Her research team consists of researchers from the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, and Monash South Africa's School of Business and Economics.

Social determinants of wellbeing for ethnic women: improving support services for recent migrants. Led by Associate Professor Yelena Tsarenko from the Department of Marketing, this team consists of researchers from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Medicine.

For more information on research in the Faculty of Business and Economics, visit the website.

This article has appeared in Monash News.