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Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit


The Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU) is a new research unit located in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

ACCRU is dedicated to both promoting and understanding the role of information, communication and new communication technologies (ICTs) in processes of development and change. ACCRU draws together a group of internationally regarded specialists and emerging researchers into a new consortium dedicated to supporting the program, evaluation and research needs of a wide range of organisations that have a role in promoting communication interventions, across a wide range of themes and contexts.

The aim of ACCRU is to link individuals and organisations with an interest in the application of communication to issues of inequality, vulnerability and deprivation. ACCRU seeks to engage both the research and practice sectors and believes that there are gains to be made in developing a network of Australian-based applied communication researchers and organisations and linking these to international bodies. In doing so, ACCRU aims to build understanding, disseminate high quality peer reviewed outputs and build capacity in this critical area.

ACCRU affiliates have worked with a number of well-known bilateral and multilateral organisations including: ADB, AusAID, DFID, GTZ, UNDP, UNESCO, WHO. In addition, affiliates have worked with: ABC International Projects, BBC World Service Trust, China National TB Control Program, Development Pathways, Hassall and Co., HLSP; Maxwell Stamp and Philippines National TB Control Program.

The key objectives of ACCRU are to:

OBJECTIVE 1: Promote collaborative evidence-based research in the areas of applied communication and C4D across a range of Australian and international organisations.

OBJECTIVE 2: Foster collaboration and links between Australian and International applied communication researchers/practitioners and build a unique ACCRU digital platform for knowledge sharing and dissemination that will be the first of its kind based in Australia.

OBJECTIVE 3: Develop, commission and disseminate a range of knowledge products, such as peer-reviewed working papers, best practice briefs, key sheets and webinars based on existing and new research and practice.

OBJECTIVE 4: Support the research, evaluation, advisory and capacity development needs of partner organisations through the provision of technical advice, targeted research and the development of specialist training.

OBJECTIVE 5: Build applied communication and C4D capacity within Australia via the provision of postgraduate research training opportunities and post-doctoral fellowships.

OBJECTIVE 6: Network Australian and international applied communication and C4D specialists and gather them at periodic ‘themed' workshops and conferences to foster collaboration and knowledge dissemination.


Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit



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