Research Showcase 2018

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RW Join us as we invite our industry research partners to show our appreciation and thank them for their partnership.

Tuesday 28 August 2018 05:15 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Research Community
Presented by:
La Trobe Research Community
Type of Event:
Future Student: Mature-age; Future Student: Postgraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public

Join us for the Research Week Research Showcase. In the spirit of this year’s theme, Engagement and Impact, we will showcase and celebrate our research partnerships. All researchers and graduate researchers are encouraged to invite their industry partners to our flagship event.

If you are a researcher and have a research project that collaborates with external industry research partners and demonstrates impact (now or in the future), we would like to invite you to participate and showcase your research with a research poster.  A research poster template is provided, and the University will print the poster  Or, just register for the event as an attendee.

Register for the Research Showcase


During the 2018 Research Showcase, we will hear from Saku Akmeemana from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,  La Trobe researchers Professor Christine Bigby, Dr Clare Wright, and their respective industry partners:

Saku Akmeemana joined the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2017 as its Principal Specialist for Governance. In that role, she is responsible for shaping the Department’s approach to governance and political economy in its development program, including in fragile and conflict-affected states.  She has spent much of her career working on governance, conflict and the political economy of development, straddling both headquarters and field assignments in the World Bank and United Nations.  In over a decade at the World Bank, principally in South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, her work focused on the political dynamics of institutional change; justice, grievance and the drivers of violent conflict; service delivery and the state-citizen interface; and better understanding the incentives and conditions under which elites invest in broadly developmental institutions and processes.  She convened the political economy community of practice in the Bank’s Governance Global Practice, and led governance work in the Fragility Conflict and Violence Group, including joint work with the United Nations on state building in the aftermath of conflict and conflict prevention. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked for the United Nations in the areas of peacekeeping, political affairs, human rights and refugee response

Over 17,000 people with intellectual disability live in group homes in Australia.  They are among the most socially excluded in our society, who require quality support to exercise choice and control over their lives and to be included. Professor Christine Bigby's together with Scott Sheppard (House with no Steps) and Gail Jeltes and Cathy Gauci (Unisson Disability Services) will share a program of research since 2000 about group homes and has raised awareness about the often-variable quality of life of residents and poor staff practice. Many organisations have adopted the internationally recognised best practice known as 'Active Support' where her research identified the difficulties embedding this practice in service.  Professor Bigby, Scott, Gail and Cathy will talk about the way they have used the research findings to drive changes to management of group homes.  They will also consider the difference that open-access learning materials developed by the research team have made to accessibility of training for staff across the disability sector.

Associate Professor Clare Wright and Producer Mark Ruse (Ruby Entertainment) will speak about their collaboration on the television drama adaptation The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. This project marks an exciting and innovative collaboration between La Trobe University and one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed film and television production companies.  In 2016, Ruby Entertainment bought the screen rights to Clare Wright’s award-winning work of narrative non-fiction, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. The best-selling book is based on Dr Wright’s ARC-funded postdoctoral research, undertaken in the History Program at La Trobe from 2004-2009. Ruby Entertainment will work with Dr Wright as a co-producer to adapt the book into an eight-part television drama series.  The project is currently in development.  Clare is now an Associate Professor of History and ARC Future Fellow at La Trobe.


  • 5.15 pm – Arrival of Guests
  • 5.45 pm – Welcome of guests
  • 5.50 pm -  Opening remarks by Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research), Professor Keith Nugent
  • 6.00 pm - Saku Akmeemana, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - 'Impact, Knowledge and Influence: Research and Australian Aid Program'
  • 6.10 pm – Professor Christine Bigby, Scott Sheppard (House with No Steps), Gail Jeltes and Cathy Gauci (Unisson Disablity Services)
  • 6.35 pm -   Associate Professor of History Clare Wright and Mr. Mark Ruse (Producer, Ruby Entertainment) – “The forgotten rebels of Eureka”
  • 7.00  pm -  Refreshments and Networking

Important dates

Registration to attend and invite guests - by 13 August 2018

For those who have registered to submit a research poster, kindly submit your poster to by 14 August 2018. The Organising Committee will print the posters.

If you have registered guests, you will receive a PDF invite to extend the invite to them. Industry guests will need to confirm online by 18 August 2018.


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