Excellence in the humanities

UNSW's Journalism and Media Research Centre has become a key partner in Australia's only Centre of Excellence in the humanities.

UNSW's Journalism and Media Research Centre (JMRC) has become a key partner in Australia's only Centre of Excellence in the humanities. The Creative Industries and Innovation Centre (CCi) is based at the Queensland University of Technology.

The JMRC was invited to be part of a successful re-bid for the Centre of Excellence, which has since received $6 million in funding from the Australian Research Council.

Professor Catharine Lumby, UNSW's designated Chief Investigator in the Centre, says the research synergies are in the areas of young people and media consumption.

"There are a host of issues that need more research in this field including cyber safety, young women and body image, and the growth in young people making their own media," Professor Lumby said. "Partnering in this new Centre gives us the opportunity to work closely with some of our finest colleagues in the field."

Researchers from the JMRC, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), will start collaborating with CCi colleagues from the middle of the year.

The Dean of FASS, Professor James Donald, said CCi has established itself as a world-class, pioneering centre for research excellence in the fields of media, culture, communication, innovation, and the creative industries.

"We see this as a way of building our research capacity, nationally and internationally. The Faculty is proud to be associated with the Centre of Excellence," Professor Donald said.

Media contact: Susi Hamilton | 9385 1583 | susi.hamilton@unsw.edu.au