Academics in Action: Research Funding to End Violence Against Women and their Children

The Australia India Institute is pleased to announce that Dr Amanda Gilbertson, Lecturer in Youth and Contemporary India at the Australia India Institute and Dr Amy Piedalue, New Generation Network scholar at the Australia India Institute are part of two projects that have been awarded funding from the Melbourne Social Equity Institute as part of a recent round of MAEVe (Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children) seed funding.  The Institute would like to congratulate Dr Gilbertson, Dr Piedalue and their collaborators on this fantastic achievement.

Project 1: Social Norms and Gender Violence: A Genealogy of the Concept from Public Health to Global Policy

Awarded: $20,000

Kalissa Alexeyeff (School of Social and Political Sciences), Elise Klein (School of Social and Political Sciences), Amy Piedalue (Aii), Amanda Gilbertson (Aii)

Gender inequality is increasingly understood as a problem caused by social norms, with transformation of social norms becoming the dominant model for promoting gender equality globally. Although the concept of social norms was originally adopted to avoid culture-blaming and an excessive focus on the individual as the locus of change in gender justice work, it appears to replicate exactly these problems. This project investigates the genealogy of ‘social norms’ in order to understand its suitability for tackling complex formations of inequality within which gender-based violence is embedded. Outcomes will inform both academic and policy usage of ‘social norms’.

Project 2: A Framework for Intersectional Analysis of Gendered Violence in the Media

Awarded: $30,000

Amanda Gilbertson (Aii), Amy Piedalue (Aii), Georgina Sutherland (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health), Annie Blatchford (Melbourne Law School), Farrah Ahmed (Melbourne Law School), Niharika Pandit (Independent Researcher)

This project aims to develop a methodology for analysing media representations of gender-based violence in relation to other forms of violence and structural inequalities. Previous studies demonstrate that victims, perpetrators and violence are represented differently depending on factors such as race, economic status, religion and geographic location. However, we currently do not have tools that enable analysis of how representations of different communities shape public understandings of gendered violence – its causes, nature and appropriate societal responses. This project will explore media in two countries – India and Australia – in order to build a framework that can be adapted for application transnationally.