CHASS Publications

Published by Routledge and edited by Professor Joseph M. Sircusa, this pocket book features a range of essays by prominent Australian and international researchers and illustrates the diverse ways in which HASS disciplines provide essential services to citizens in all walks of life. This book was officially launched at the 2016 Australia Prizes Dinner by Robyn Archer AO, who has also written its Foreword.
Based on fifteen years of arts and innovation literature, this paper explores the central proposition that the arts sector – particularly the performing arts, visual arts and crafts, new media arts and creative writing – should be included in the Australian Government’s innovation policy development.
The development of appropriate, effective and innovative policy interventions requires a comprehensive understanding of the supply of and demand for university staff in Australia. A more detailed knowledge base is needed. This paper provides some preliminary analyses, including of disciplinary differences.
This paper discusses the contribution that the arts, humanities and social sciences can make to innovation systems and innovation policy by embedding design and creative practice in innovation.
Australia needs to encourage a new form of research that contributes directly to the formulation of policy in government. Such research is initiated by the end user rather than the researcher, and is characterised by being strategically driven, problem oriented and cross-disciplinary. Scientific or technological research, in particular, benefits from the inclusion of complementary work in the social sciences and humanities.
This report focuses on one particular form of collaboration: ‘cross-sectoral collaborations’ which combine the talents of HASS with those of science, technology, engineering and medicine. It has looked at the actual and potential benefits of such work, and illustrates these benefits with examples from Australia and overseas.
For decades, researchers in HASS have endured a funding system that assesses their work through a narrow prism of quantity: How many papers? How much grant money? How many research students? This project set out to find a fairer way to evaluate research, by focusing on the quality and impact of the diverse outputs of HASS research, such as books, performances, reports to government, films, libretti and professional advice.
This report describes commercial activities and examines the impediments and incentives facing HASS researchers and educators at the tertiary level in Australia. It is a snapshot of who is commercialising research and how they approach this task, based on the findings of focus groups and questionnaires.