2021 Joint Winners: Carla Pascoe Leahy and Christiana Aloneftis
Carla Pascoe Leahy
My project has charted the changing experience of first-time motherhood in Australia since 1945. By creating and analysing a new archive of interviews, it has established new understanding of what becoming a mother feels like, what supports new mothers need, and whether the experience has become more challenging over time.
My goal is to equip Australian opera singers with the necessary language resources to compete on the international stage by providing quality, accessible, industry-specific coaching 1:1 and via live group masterclass, online. The CHASS Scholarship will support me in organising an online Masterclass for disadvantaged Australian singers who would like to re-invest in their artistic careers post-covid. This type of training is deeply lacking in Australian tertiary institutions and must become a stable in the continued training of singers from student to professional levels. As both an active singer and coach, I am able to fully communicate and embody the concepts I impart in my singers and connect declamatory technique and diction theory with a simple, practical application. I currently work in theatres and with singers from theatres which underlines the relevance of this training. It is not purely academic. The training I am offering is FROM the industry FOR the industry.
The Campaign Explorer database and citizen science project is a Australia’s first ever large scale database of environmental collective action, designed to help activists and researchers design more effective grassroots activism to address our environmental challenges. It has two project components. The first is a dataset hosted by the University of Queensland on an OmekaS website platform (https://enviro-activism.uqdhss.cloud.edu.au/s/emap/page/about). The database is available for download by researchers and activists and includes information on over 1,600 environmental groups, 900 environmental campaigns and 195 climate change campaign outcomes. The second component is the citizen science platform, found at http://www.activismresearchhub.org/campaignexplorer/, which offers a range of tasks and projects for volunteers to contribute to the project.
These two components enable capturing environmental advocacy history and practice which has gone unrecorded in the past. The data collected also includes historical campaign archives, spatial data to enable mapping of environmental groups and campaigns, and the identification of network ties between groups. The innovative development of a citizen science component enables new data and insights to be added every day. To date, the data has informed a range of academic papers, as well as diverse outputs such as ArcGIS storymaps, Twitter stories and activist reports.