Building Connections Project Management Committee 2020

In mid-June 2020, the Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs Project held its second Project Management Committee (PMC) meeting across two sessions to celebrate the project's research achievements and progress to date.

  • In November 2019 we launched the Schools as Community Hubs International Conference on 3-4 December 2020 (AEST). Following a call for papers, we accepted 15 high quality abstracts from around Australia and North America. A key outcome of the event will be the production of conference proceedings. An edited book is expected to follow. We thank Partner Investigators Simon LeNepveu and Laurence Robinson for their engagement in the review process.
  • Our literature search has intensified, informed by earlier exploration of the varied fields, concepts and terms that define our project. A well-informed systematic literature review focussed on key concepts and terms has now been conducted.

Since early March, our resourceful team has leveraged technology to conduct virtual fieldwork in the form of interviews and workshops.

  • Following ethics approval, scoping interviews have started, conducted by our Research Fellow Dr Philippa Chandler. These interviews are helping to contextualise and situate the research in Australia and draw our attention to informative sites and people for future field research.
  • In May, we ran the first Schools as Community Hubs Development Framework workshop. Originally intended as a face-to-face format in Brisbane, the transition to an online event enabled the inclusion of highly informed participants from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
  • In late June 2020, team members presented to the virtual International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS) Conference in Quebec, Canada.

New people have joined our team.

  • In February, we enrolled two of our four PhD candidates, Natalie Miles and Carolina Rivera YĆ©venes. We recently welcomed Hayley Paproth as our third, working on a project evaluating schools as community hubs. Another additional PhD candidate has applications pending.
  • In May we farewelled Dr Sianan Healy and welcomed Sarah Backhouse as the new Building Connections Project Manager. We thank Sianan for creating such solid project foundations.

meeting participants at Building Connections' PMC Meeting on 18 June 2020

So, in all, a busy first year!

We thank our Linkage Partners for their valued support and engagement, and our Chief Investigators Dr Ben Cleveland, Professor Janet Clinton, A/Professor Clare Newton and A/Professor Ian McShane for their expert insights and close attention to the project.

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More Information

Sarah Backhouse

building-connections@unimelb.edu.au