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An X-Y view of life

SA’s generations X and Y – where they live, how they work and the kind of community they are a part of – are the subject of a comprehensive study about to be undertaken by PhD researcher at UniSA’s Centre for Work + Life, Sigrid Christiansen. Funded through the Australian Research Council, the Work, Home and Community Project will record the views of Adelaide men and women, 24 to 35 years. Christiansen says she hopes the research will help to inform policy development in housing, education, social security and other government support schemes. "I want to hear from a wide range of people at all stages and circumstances, from professionals and students to factory workers. I would like to speak to singles, people with families, and those living anywhere from the outer suburbs to the CBD, those in their own homes, buying or renting and those still living in their parental home," she says. To take part in the Work, Home and Community Project contact Sigrid Christiansen on 0402 247 474 or sigrid.christiansen@unisa.edu.au

New research centre opened in Whyalla

Earlier this month the Centre for Rural Health and Community Development (CRHaCD) was officially launched by Vice Chancellor Denise Bradley in a ceremony at Whyalla campus that also included other members of Chancellery and representatives from regional and Indigenous communities. CRHaCD is a UniSA funded research centre and a joint initiative of the Centre for Regional Engagement and the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School. CRHaCD Director Professor Brian Cheers says the facility grew out of an ongoing collaboration between researchers at the Centre for Regional Engagement and the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School. The Spencer Gulf Rural Health School is a joint venture of UniSA and the University of Adelaide. "With both centres being co-located and with a number of overlapping research interests and joint research taking place it made sense for the establishment of a recognised research centre". The CRHaCD will boast 30 members who will focus on three main research themes: sustainable communities and livelihoods in rural and remote places, health and wellbeing in rural and remote communities, Indigenous health.

Chinese market intelligence

PhD candidate at UniSA’s Ehrenberg-Bass Institute, Li Fang, is Nielsen Media Research Australia’s inaugural Scholar and scholarship winner. Li Fang is investigating and analysing audience behaviour in China and Australia. The scholarship will support research in China examining Chinese consumer behaviour and promote the adoption of stochastic models in the burgeoning Chinese market. Nielsen Media Research will also provide Li Fang continuing access to Chinese and Australian radio audience listening data to use in her investigation. Managing Director of Nielsen Media Pacific, Peter Cornelius, says the scholarship is designed to support emerging researchers, breaking new ground in market research. "The scholarship recognises the importance of Li Fang’s ongoing research into broadcast research measurement models," Cornelius says. "It’s an area of vital importance as Nielsen Media conduct radio audience measurement surveys across nine Asia Pacific markets." Li Fang was also awarded UniSA’s University President Scholarship. She is due to finish her PhD in 2009.