7 Dec 2018

Like all rankings, the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) has its share of shortcomings and moreover could be a damaging exercise for the humanities.

Discussion paper

15 Nov 2018

Over the last forty years, there has been a change of worlds in funding research in the arts and humanities. In the Old World, there was little direct funding or assessment of AH research. In the New World, AH research is funded directly, it is...

Journal article

15 Nov 2018

There is a growing concern in the humanities over ‘inhumane’ working conditions and practices that are damaging to scholars and the disciplines they work in. In recent years, tremendous institutional and governmental pressure has been placed upon university departments to show return on investment (ROI)...


26 Oct 2018

Birmingham has defended his intervention, suggesting most Australian taxpayers would prefer funding be directed to other research.


15 May 2018

This report is based on the premise that the use of impact assessments can bring substantial benefits to the research community, including enabling the community to better communicate its value, encouraging developments in research and teaching, and — fundamentally — helping the community find ways...

Journal article

24 Apr 2018

This article discusses two practical experiments in remaking collections. Drifter (2016) and Succession (2014).


19 Feb 2018

This report investigates the roles, opportunities and support available for early career researchers in the social sciences in the United Kingdom.

Journal article

2 May 2017

This article reports on a pilot project at University College London, working in collaboration with the British Library, to scope out how best high-performance computing facilities can be used to facilitate the needs of researchers in the humanities.


10 Jan 2017

Active scholarly citizens bring intellectual agility that allows for creative, imaginative, and just development thinking and practice.

Case study

17 Sep 2015

Australia’s humanities scholars contribute to the vitality and wellbeing of the nation in a multitude of ways.

Research in disciplines such as history, philosophy, archaeology, literature, linguistics and the classics seeks to illuminate the human condition as well as to bring imagination and excitement...


31 Aug 2015

The current research training system (RTS) seems to be working reasonably well, producing high quality and innovative researchers in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH). One challenge that the sector faces is ensuring the appropriateness of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholarship, for those...

Discussion paper

4 Feb 2015

DASSH welcomes the Australian Government’s acceptance of the recommendation to create a single higher education research data collection system contained in the PhillipsKPA “Review of the Reporting Requirements for Universities”.

DASSH is strongly supportive of Option 1, as it would significantly lessen the administrative...


28 Nov 2014

If you work in a university, you are almost certain to have heard the term 'open access' in the past couple of years. You may also have heard either that it is the utopian answer to all the problems of research dissemination or perhaps that...

Working paper

15 Oct 2014

Research in the humanities, social sciences, and fine and creative arts has impact but defining, measuring, and comparing these impacts is an enormous challenge.


12 Feb 2014

This thesis is a work in practical theology that examines the tension between two realities. On the one hand, there are the stated policies of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) that encourage its members to live out a diverse life together. On...


1 Nov 2013

This thesis discusses the sustainability of contemporary and traditional music from 'Are'are, an area in the Solomon Islands. It examines the environmental influences and the acoustemology of music through local, national and global contexts. This entails analysis of how music, and the material used to...


30 Sep 2013

This study describes the processes of cultural adaptation to environmental conditions through an examination of ceramic technology. The case study involved eight months fieldwork in the Yap Islands, Western Caroline Islands, Micronesia, to obtain archaeological, ethnographic and environmental information.Analyses of the mineral and chemical composition...


20 Aug 2013

The purpose of this thesis is to study the intersection between the forms of Christianity introduced into Samoa, and traditional Samoan social patterns and values, in the period up to 1880. A long introduction lays the groundwork for the rest of the work, by setting...


19 Jul 2013

Following feminist critiques and challenges to the distinctive and discourse within the genre of public theology, this research further explores possibilities in feminist public theologies. By engaging with the work of Luce Irigaray and acknowledging the relational paradigm shift that her philosophy effects, this research...



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