The Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research are named in honour of the Academy’s past president Paul Francis Bourke (1938–1999) who was a product of the History school at the University of Melbourne and went on to become one of the first Australian historians to obtain American style doctoral training.
One of 2019’s Paul Bourke Award winners, Rebecca Ananian-Welsh planned her first period of sabbatical planned for Semester 1 2020. COVID threw those plans out the window. Learn what happened, and why Rebecca spends her time thinking about bikies, press freedom and lego (not all at the same time).
One of 2019’s Paul Bourke Award winners, Dr Melissa Day, is an expert in pain psychology. She splits her time between teaching and research, and works hard to make a difference to the lives of people with chronic pain. Learn about Melissa (and her love for The Far Side) in this Early to Mid Career Researcher profile.