The University of Melbourne has been successful in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowships, including the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship, which was awarded to a University of Melbourne recipient for the third straight year.

The University was also number one nationally for ARC Linkage Project funding outcomes, with 32 successful projects totaling more than $11 million.

The ARC made both announcements in Canberra this morning.

Professor Adrienne Stone from the Melbourne Law School received the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship for her work into liberal democracies, and how constitutions can both unify and encourage diversity in modern society.

The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowship is awarded to one outstanding female Laureate recipient in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences disciplines, and includes an ambassadorial role to promote women in research.

The other Laureate Fellows from Melbourne include:

-       Professor Anthony Bebbington currently at Clark University, USA, who will take up his fellowship in the Faculty of Science to investigate how best to govern mining activities to ensure they enhance sustainability, justice and development in a context of climate change; and

-       Professor Jon Woodhead, School of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, who aims to build greater understanding of seasonal and spatial changes in Australia’s rainfall under a warming climate, and measure the nature of the ecological responses.

The ARC Laureate Fellowship scheme is open to Australian and international researchers with a global reputation in their field of expertise, and supports the researchers to undertake their work for five years.

The ARC Linkage Scheme supports research alliances between higher education organisations and other organisations, towards national economic, commercial, social and cultural benefits.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Liz Sonenberg congratulated the new fellows, as well as the ARC Linkage Project awardees and their research partners, on their success, while thanking the professional staff who provided superb support for all applicants.

“These are marvellous outcomes and we are particularly pleased to host the recipient of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowship for the third straight year. The University is very proud of the world-class research being undertaken across its academic community, and of our deep engagement with varied research partners. These successes are welcome recognition of the talent at our institution.”