Research Futures: 29 November to 1 December 2016

Research Futures is a program of free practical workshops run by the College of Design and Social Context, Research and Innovation. Providing early and mid-career researchers with an opportunity to hone their skills in workshops focused on tangible outcome-driven activities, whilst connecting with other research staff across the College and University.

Bowen St

Photo: Filip Laureys

Day 1 – 29 November 2016

9.00–10.00 Shut Up and Write

T-Square Club Cafe, Design Hub

10.00–11.30 Keynote from Dr Helen Kara: Creative Research Methods in HASS Disciplines

Design Hub Lecture Theatre

The use of creative research methods in HASS disciplines (and beyond) is increasing rapidly. Creative methods expert Dr Helen Kara explores what this development means for our research in practice.

The facilitator, Dr Helen Kara, has been an independent researcher since 1999 and was the first fully independent researcher to be conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the UK's National Centre for Research Methods.

11.30–12.00 Morning tea

Design Hub Level 10, Long Room


Addressing Women’s Inclusion and Progression at RMIT

Design Hub Pavillion 1

RMIT’s performance in relation to gender equity shows significant room for improvement, with women under–represented in senior academic and executive ranks, and in certain occupations and disciplines. While this situation is not unique to RMIT, sector data reveals we are notably behind many other Australian universities in terms of an inclusive and gender equitable workplace culture.


  • Overview of the RMIT Gender Equity Action plan and strategies for gender equity – Joshua Goodrick, Deputy Director Human Resources
  • Career strategies and support for female academics – Dist. Professor Larissa Hjorth, Dr Caroline Norma and Dr Megan Tyler will discuss their experiences and the strategies they have used to progress their academic careers.

1.00–2.00 Networking lunch

Design Hub Level 10, Long Room

2.00–3.30 Using Data Visualisation in Research

Design Hub Pavillion 1
Data Visualisation is a powerful and effective research tool that, despite common perceptions, is not limited to high–level corporate data sets. This workshop brings together speakers from a diverse range of research areas who all share a common interest: data visualisation. Come along and see how they use DataVis effectively and learn how you too, can find, simplify and visualise data within your research, and the impact this can have on your research.

Day 2 – 30 November 2016

9.00–10.00 Shut Up and Write

T-Square Club Cafe, Design Hub

10.00–11.30 Exhibition as Methodology

Design Hub Pavilion 1

Exhibitions provide multiple opportunities for RMIT academics. They can be a way to showcase practice–based works, disseminate findings, and used as research methodology. This session will present multiple views on how exhibitions can fit within a research agenda.

11.30–12.00 Morning Tea

Design Hub Level 10, Long Room

12.00–13.00 The Research Career Mid–life Crisis

Design Hub Pavilion 1

Is your research jumping from project to project, or part of an overarching research program? How do you change direction? What is your support network once you are beyond Early Career Research status? How do you avoid a research mid–life crisis? We may not have all the answers, but we can help you to think about the questions.

13.00–14.00 Networking Lunch

Design Hub Level 10, Long Room

14.00–15.30 Industry-led funding schemes: Tools to drive collaboration

R&I's Research Initiatives team will present an overview of industry-led funding and upcoming funding rounds run through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, particularly focusing on the CRC-P Round 3, opening Jan 2017.

With an increase in programs available to our partners, selecting the right program can be overwhelming. Researchers focused on collaborating with industry to drive commercial outcomes are encouraged to attend this session to explore scheme suitability, bid development process and available support and engagement services.

Speaker: Clare Russell, Research Initiatives

Day 3 – 1 December 2016

9.00–10.00 Shut Up and Write

T-Square Club Cafe, Design Hub

11.00–11.30 Morning Tea

Design Hub Level 10, Long Room

11.30–15.30 Engagement and Impact through Partnerships and Knowledge Translation Workshop – Dr Tamika Heiden

Design Hub, Pavilion 4

An introduction to knowledge translation— the foundation for how we create pathways to impact including:

A discussion of impact types other than academic, the indicators of both impact and engagement specific to the humanities and social sciences.

Participants mapping their own impact activities.

Limited places, booking essential

13.00–13.30 Networking Lunch

Design Hub Level 10, Long Room

15.30–16.30 Engagement and Impact through Partnerships and Knowledge Translation – Professor Paul Gough

Design Hub, Lecture Theatre

Professor Paul Gough will provide the context for the focus on engagement and impact and how it links with DSC's partnership focus:

  • What does the impact agenda mean for HASS researchers?
  • The UK experience and advice to early career DSC researchers.
  • An update on the ARC’s impact agenda.

Professor Swee Mak, Director (Interim) Enabling Capability Platform, Design & Creative Practice will present on Pathways to Impact.