This week ACU announced the establishment of two new
research institutes – the Institute for Health and Ageing and the Institute for
Religion, Politics and Society.
The two new institutes are an important part of ACU’s
five-year research intensification strategy and bring the total of research
institutes to seven, underlining ACU’s commitment and determination to improve
our research reputation and overall research rankings.
The Institute for Health and Ageing will
be led by Professor Marita McCabe who joins us from Deakin University, where
she held the position of Alfred Deakin Professor in the School of Psychology,
and was Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research – one
of Deakin’s Strategic Research Centres.
Professor McCabe is a highly regarded
clinical, health, and forensic psychologist whose research addresses some of
our society’s key health concerns including body image, obesity prevention treatment, eating disorders, human sexuality
and depression, and mental health problems among older people.
In the last 10 years she has obtained over
$12 million in Category One research funding.She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a
member of the Clinical, Health and Forensics Colleges of the APS.
The Institute for Religion, Politics and
Society (IRPS) will undertake comparative
research on the public expression of religion in relation to major institutions
in society such as the law, politics, economy and society.
The IRPS will be led by Professor Bryan Turner, an internationally
respected expert in the sociology of religion, citizenship and human
rights, and social and political theory. Professor Turner is the Director of the
Religion and Society Research Centre and Presidential Professor of Sociology at
The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, USA.
The Institute will have four main research streams. These are:
Religion and Public Life
Religion: Conflict and Solidarity
Cities and Individuals and Gender and Religion.
In the first five years, the IRPS will have a special focus on Asia
(especially South, East, and South East Asia).
Professor McCabe and Professor Turner will
bring invaluable expertise to the University in the key priority areas of
Health and Social Justice and the Common Good.
Both Institutes will be based in Melbourne
and further details about their launches will be announced soon.