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Current Projects

There are a number of current collaborative and supported research projects at the Centre.

Research Clusters

Collaborative research clusters at the Centre are currently devoted to:

Collaborative Research Projects

Faculty Research Centres Competitive Funding Scheme 2014

  • Advancing Gender Equity in Male Single-sex Environments: Elite Boys' Schools

    Chief Investigators:

    • Prof Chris Beasley (School of History and Politics)
    • Prof Martha Augoustinos (School of Psychology)
    • Dr Mandy Treagus (School of Humanities)

    This project will approach the broad question; can male single-sex environments offer opportunities for advancing gender equity by focussing on the instance of Australian private boys' schools. It is a pilot project arising out of a much larger proposed study across two states.

    Boys' schools and their links to leadership and (masculine) privilege are highly significant features of Australian school education (Poynting & Donaldson 2005). The prominence of private-school male ex-students in sites of power and authority, such as Australian parliaments and business, is well established (Pash 2013; Windsor 2013; Clark 2010). Since gender inequity has a demonstrable impact on all citizens' health and wellbeing - in particular their socio-economic participation - it is important that these potential future leaders be included in the promotion of equitable gender relations. These schools and their leadership programs are a focal point of research interest given their likely continuing increase in enrolments and their ongoing impact on the future membership of sites of power and authority (Smyth 2010; Younger et al. 2005). Single sex boys' schools might at first seem inimical to the advancement of gender equity (Flood 2008; Gill 2004; Mills & Lingard 1997). However, our preliminary work shows that their prospectuses, curricula and teaching practices contain elements that have the potential for systemic development to promote a stronger culture of gender equity in male single-sex environments.

    This project will pay primary attention to identifying ways that single-sex boys' schools can support and indeed drive substantive, concrete changes which will better prepare their graduates for a world in which gender is not understood as a force of division. The social benefits of the project with regard to promoting health and wellbeing are associated with the development of alternative styles of masculinity, particularly those linked to masculine leadership, which can actively take into account men's involvement with family and other care relationships, and reflect contemporary demands on men and women.

    The project will begin with exploratory semi-structured interviews conducted at three Adelaide private single sex boys' schools with either the principals or senior staff members. The interviews will then be employed to develop thematic content codes for textual analysis of documents from these schools (such as prospectuses and websites) and media commentaries on private boys' schools.

  • Improving Gender Equity in Computer Science and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)


    • Dr Anna Szorenyi (GSSA)
    • A/Prof. Katrina Falkner (Computer Science)


    A significant impediment to the growth of the ICT industry is the lack of gender inclusive participation. Existing research generally focuses on final effects rather than on processes of gendering, and thus tends to work as a self-fulfilling prophesy: defining women as 'the exception' and passively reinforcing the definition of the industry as male. In order to find more productive sites for intervention, this project seeks to unpack in more detail the experiential processes of gendering of both students and the ICT environment, using theories and methods that allow exploration not only of why women don't enter IT fields, but why both women and men do, and how they build their gendered identities through these projects in the ongoing present. The study will consider gender as performative (Butler 1990), an approach that enables exploration of the ways that gender is constantly under negotiation and change in ways that may offer sites for intervention in the gendered relations of ICT.

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    This project aligns with three of the University’s strategic goals, viz, of 'addressing problems creatively, across discipline boundaries,' to 'rekindle our importance to the community', and 'creating research partnerships with...industry...' The project also enacts the Fay Gale Centre's mandates to enhance gender equity in the University and in the broader community, and utilizes the gender expertise located in that Centre to address a problem in the Discipline of Computer Science.

RASA Project

This project brings together scholars within the Fay Gale Centre, and beyond, with peak nongovernment bodies concerned with sexual health and sexual education. While there is considerable evidence that sexual wellbeing is viewed as highly important by most people, the meaning of sexual wellbeing and why it is matters remains somewhat less clear. This developing research agenda is intended to provide innovative research on an arena that is critical to a number of government and nongovernment agencies.

Mining Project

This projected project draws upon our extensive cross-disciplinary expertise with regard to differential gender impacts for men and women in relation to mining. Our concerns with examination of social and health issues linked with masculinities/men and of equity issues for women in the workplace and community are central here. Our intention is to provide data and practical policy assistance which will be of use to mining companies, governments, communities and non government organisations.

Supported Research Projects

In the past, the Fay Gale Centre Fellowship Scheme has supported Members' gender-related research projects by providing competitive funding for grant applications, book manuscripts, early career projects, and submission of research articles to high-ranking journals.

Associate Professor Rachel Ankeny  
Article Fellowship for the Article Understanding Australian Women's Attitudes to Genetically-Modified Foods. View the related article.

Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray
Article Fellowship for the Article Gender, Social Inclusion and Climate Change 

Dr Dee Michell 
Article Fellowship for the article On the Edge: Kylie Tennant's Representation of Adolescent Girls in State Care

Ms Anne Hewitt
Article Fellowship for the article Can a theoretical consideration of Australia's anti-discrimination laws contribute to the harmonisation project. View the related article.

Dr Jessie Gunson 
Early Career Researcher Fellowship for the project Examining Gender, Agency, and Medicalisation in the context of Menstrual Suppression.

Associate Professor Jenny Baker 
Book Fellowship for the book titled Theorising Survival: Indigenous Women and Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Dr Ros Prosser and Associate Professor Rob Cover
Book Fellowship for the book titled Queer Memory Project: Narratives and Histories of Sexual Minority Communities and Subjectivities

Dr Mandy Treagus and Associate Professor Cathy Speck 
Book Fellowship for the edited book titled Body Work: Performativity, Femininities and the Visual

Dr Mandy Treagus and Associate Professor Rob Cover 
Grant Fellowship for the project titled Masculinity, Respectful and Responsible Off-field Behaviour in Australian Masculine Team Sport: Primary Prevention, Early Intervention and Generational Change

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