World-class research into the history of child refugees in Australia has been recognised by the Australian Research Council (ARC), who today announced that Professor Joy Damousi has been awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship.

She joins only 15 other distinguished researchers around the country in receiving this award.

The Australian Laureate Fellowship is the most prestigious individual fellowship the ARC awards. It attracts world-class researchers and research leaders to key positions, and creates new rewards and incentives for the application of their talents in Australia.

The University of Melbourne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor James McCluskey said these were major fellowships.  “Applicants have to demonstrate not just the outstanding world-leading achievements of their research, but the way in which they are well-supported in their own university, and the kinds of capacity they will be able to build there,” he said.

“The University of Melbourne is committed to research that informs and assists the community and our new ARC Laureates are key leaders in their fields.”

In addition to the Laureate Fellowship, Professor Damousi received the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award to undertake an ambassadorial role to promote women in humanities, arts and social sciences research. Professor Damousi is from the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. Her research project will look at the history of child refugees in Australia, and how the past can inform us about current and future approaches to humanitarian immigration.

She joins eight other current Laureate Fellows at the University exploring big questions in biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics and health.

Current University of Melbourne Laureate Fellows:

Professor Lloyd Hollenberg (quantum imaging in biology), Professor Peter Taylor (modeling of random phenomena), Professor Frank Caruso (engineering nanomedicine materials), Professor Ivan Marusic (modeling turbulence), Professor Peter Hall (new directions in statistical science), Professor Stuart Wyithe (understanding the first galaxies in the universe), Professor Ary Hoffmann (pest control under climate change), Professor Paul Mulvaney (molecular plasmonics).