The Academy is pleased to announce eight recipients of funding through its Workshops Program for 2023, with over $70,000 awarded to convenors from ten different universities to advance research and policy agendas on nationally important issues.

The Academy Workshops Program offers Australian social scientists financial assistance to host multidisciplinary workshops with the purpose of the Program being a catalyst:

  • for innovative ideas in social science research and social policy
  • to build capability amongst young researchers, and
  • to foster networks across social science disciplines and with practitioners from government, the private sector, and the community sector on issues of common concern.

This year’s funding round applications showed high interest in emerging digital challenges including harmful digital marketing, digital governance of welfare services and robotic futures. Other topical areas awarded funding include adolescent uptake of vaping and justice for women who kill their abusers. Additionally, in 2023, a total of 32% of participants in the Workshops Program are early and mid-career researchers.

Congratulations to all who received funding during this competitive round:

Workshop title Convenor names and institution Institutions and partners
How can we minimise the adolescent uptake of vaping and related social and health harm?
  • Associate Professor Gary Chan (UQ)
  • Dr Janni Leung (UQ)
  • Emeritus Professor Wayne Hall (UQ)
  • The University of Queensland
  • National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research
  • Professor Coral Gartner
  • NHMRC CRE on Achieving Tobacco Endgame
Strategic Public Interest Litigation for Transparency and Accountability of Harmful Digital Marketing: A Researcher-Regulator-Community Dialogue
  • Associate Professor Paula O’Brien (UniMelb)
  • Professor Christine Parker FASSA (UniMelb)
  • Professor Jeannie Paterson (UniMelb)
  • Professor Kim Weatherall (UniSydney)
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Sydney
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making and Society
  • Centre for AI and Digital Ethics, The University of Melbourne
  • Health Law and Ethics Network, Melbourne Law School
Successful strategies for improving access to justice for women who kill their abusers
  • Associate Professor Danielle Tyson (Deakin)
  • Professor Bronwyn Naylor OAM (RMIT)
  • Professor Heather Douglas AM FASSA (UniMelb)
  • Deakin University
  • RMIT University
  • The University of Melbourne
The digital governance of welfare-to-work and employment services
  • Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of Political Science Mark Considine FASSA (UniMelb)
  • Associate Professor Siobhan O’Sullivan (UNSW Sydney)
  • Dr Michael McGann (UniMelb)
  • Dr Phuc Nguyen (La Trobe)
  • The University of Melbourne
  • La Trobe University
  • La Trobe Business School
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
Education and Anthropocene
  • Alfred Deakin Professor Jill Blackmore AM FASSA (Deakin)
  • Professor Julie McLeod FASSA (UniMelb)
  • Professor Terri Seddon FASSA (La Trobe)
  • Alfred Deakin Professor Russell Tytler FASSA (Deakin)
  • Deakin University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Social Transformations and Education Research Hub
  • La Trobe University
  • Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE)
Australian Urban Robotic Futures: Potentials, Limits and Options
  • Professor Robyn Dowling FASSA (UniSydney)
  • Professor Simon Marvin (UniSydney)
  • Professor Martin Tomitsch (UTS)
  • The University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
Teachers in early education (TEE): An innovative approach to assessing and supporting early childhood teaching quality
  • Associate Professor Marianne Fenech (UniSydney)
  • Professor Sandie Wong (Macquarie)
  • Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer FASSA (Monash)
  • The University of Sydney
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
Due process or due proceeds? The future of confiscation and related AML laws in Australia
  • Dr Radha Ivory (UQ)
  • Dr Gregory Dale (UQ)
  • Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM FASSA (Monash)
  • The University of Queensland
  • Monash University

The Academy Workshops Program has been operating for over 30 years bringing Australian social scientists together to advance research and policy agendas on nationally important issues. The Academy supports 8-10 workshops each year with funding up to $9,000.

To know more about the Workshops Program and register to be alerted of future rounds, visit