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Return to Eden: nature as spiritual experience in a secular world

Volume 11 Number 1 January 12 - February 8 2015

 

In a recent episode of Up Close, the University research podcast, Dr Robin Canniford, Co-Director of the University’s Cluster for Organisation, Society and Markets talked about his research into surfing culture and how people assemble romantic experiences of nature. Following is an extract, edited by Monique Edwards.

A different way of knowing the world

Volume 11 Number 1 January 12 - February 8 2015

 

Every year, the University’s Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development invites the wider community to gather at the Spot Theatre to hear the Narrm Oration. 

The relativity of wayfinding

Volume 11 Number 1 January 12 - February 8 2015

 

New research into wayfinding has made some surprising revelations about how people take directions and use landmarks, with potential applications in emergency services calls, among other things. By Annie Rahilly.

Leaving no stone unturned

Volume 10 Number 12 December 8 2014 - January 11 2015

 

In 1908 Englishman and amateur scientist Ernest Westlake travelled south from Southhampton to collect stone implements and interview Tasmanians, many Aboriginal, about native language, history and culture. In 2014, the meticulous digitisation of his entire collection of papers was awarded the prestigious Mander Jones Award. Gabrielle Murphy reports. 

A changing relationship to work: Gen Y focussed on freedom and flexibility

Volume 10 Number 12 December 8 2014 - January 11 2015

 

Laura Soderlind and Susannah Woodward look at the millennial generation’s changing attitudes to work.

Everyday architecture and the local barber shop

Volume 10 Number 11 November 10 - December 7 2014

 

Manifestations of architecture and design often define our great cities. From the Sydney Opera House to the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal, urban spaces and buildings, so iconic that they become global interpretations of the cities themselves, are not rare. However, these make up only a small component of the urban character.  By Niamh Cremins

Scientists unearth Australia’s early historical records of droughts and flooding rains

Volume 10 Number 10 October 13 - November 9 2014

 

Stav Psonis reports on new research that has added 70 extra years of data to the record of Australia’s weather patterns.

75 years of fuzzy accounting

Volume 10 Number 10 October 13 - November 9 2014

 

Accounting’s Geoff Burrows reflects on a forthcoming event which is the world’s oldest continuing accounting research lecture series.

A step toward unraveling the mystery of Indus Valley script, and printing

Volume 10 Number 10 October 13 - November 9 2014

 

Andi Horvath reports on a discovery in the Indus Valley of ancient copper plates which could potentially date the advent of printing to more than 1500 years, before what is commonly believed to be the first known printing, in China around 700 BCE.

Where are Asian-Australians in public life?

Volume 10 Number 10 October 13 - November 9 2014

 

Despite academic and social success, Asian-Australians remain under-represented in our nation’s public life. Pamie Fung explores the reasons why.

Study finds a lack of knowledge and interest in superannuation among young

Volume 10 Number 10 October 13 - November 9 2014

 

A new study has found young Australians are generally uninterested and sceptical about superannuation. By Heather Gasgoine.