Professor Hurriyet Babacan has a distinguished career over the last 25 years with a proven track record of achievement in senior leadership and strategic management roles. She has a distinguished record in scholarship in research, teaching and learning and community and professional service. She has held senior roles in higher education, public administration, and research and training such as Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research), Dean, Head of School and Director of research Institutes. She was the Foundation Director of the Cairns Institute (2009-2012) and Director of the Institute for Community, Engagement and Policy Alternatives at Victoria University. In the public sector she has held roles such as Victorian Manager, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Executive Director Community Outcomes Branch in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Commissioner with the inaugural Multicultural Commission and CEO of Tablelands Regional Council.

Professor Babacan brings extensive track record of leading multidisciplinary research in Australia and the Asia Pacific. Hurriyet has published widely in national and international publications relating to economic and social development including two publications for UNESCO. She has delivered keynote presentations at numerous national and international conferences. She has been Convenor or Steering Committee member of numerous high level conferences including the United Nations- Queensland Government Conference on Engaging Communities. Professor Babacan has been an expert member on numerous departmental and international working parties including the Council of Europe/OECD working party on wellbeing and Ministerial or Premier’s advisory committees relating to women, immigration and settlement, child protection, economic development, employment and education, multiculturalism, equal opportunity and regional development. Professor Babacan is a reviewer for the Australian Research Council. She is also editorial board member or reviewer for numerous international journals.

Professor Babacan has been recognised for her work through a number of awards including the Order of Australia 2014 (AM) for outstanding contribution, as academic and author, and for furthering multicultural community, education and social policy development; Bi-Centenary Medal awarded by the Prime Minister, 2002 and the Multicultural Services Award by the Premier of Queensland. Hurriyet was the Queensland State Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Award in the for Community and Public Service category in 2003. Professor Babacan name has been listed in the Australian Women’s Archives as recognition of women leaders who have contributed to Australia

  • Professor Babacan’s research is multidisciplinary and espouses the principles of ‘engaged scholarship’. Her research interests include: Social /community development and wellbeing Regional economic development Culture and diversity Governance and policy Gender
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Socio-Economic Objectives

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 60+ research outputs authored by Prof Hurriyet Babacan from 2005 onwards.

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CRC for Developing Northern Australia - Grant

Reframing Smart Supply Chains in Northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$90,000 over 2 years
The project involves a renewed examination of supply chains (SC) in Northern Australia (NA), with a view to develop alternative models of SC management which are effective, smart and agile. The processes of globalisation, new types of consumer demand, and next-generation digital technologies are bringing disruption with associated risks. Facilitative and smart SC will be a catalyst for greenfield and ongoing development in NA. While this project will focus on agriculture, the benefits of effective SC to areas such as aquaculture, tourism, energy, defence services, and health and human services will also be considered.
Hurriyet Babacan, Pascal Tremblay and Jancy McHugh (Cairns Institute and Charles Darwin University)
Economic Development; Supply Chains; Northern Australia development

CRC for Developing Northern Australia - Grant

Analysis of impacts of digital inclusion for northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$2,500 (administered by QUT)
The purpose of this project is to mobilise an emerging consortium of research, business and industry partners (including QUT, Premise, JCU, CDU, Cfat and RDANT) to investigate the impacts and relevance of digital inclusion for developing Northern Australia (NA), including identifying impediments and solutions to enterprise and social development.
Michael Dezuanni, Kimberley Wockner, Hurriyet Babacan and Ruth Wallace in collaboration with Steven Rogers and Kate Peake (Queensland University of Technology, Premise, Cairns Institute, Charles Darwin University, The Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd and Regional Development Australia Northern Territory)
Inclusion; digital connectivity; Northern Australia development

Ethos of Engagement LLC - Contract Research

Gender Responsive Alternatives to Climate Change

Indicative Funding
The project involves supporting Ethos of Engagement with developing the frameworks, data analysis and reporting for evaluation research on the Gender Responsive Alternatives to Climate Change. 1. Development of the methodological frameworks for the evaluation research: review existing research data, prepare indicators and questions for research, develop inception report 2. Data analysis from the already collected research data to inform the evaluation research: analyse existing research data for the inception report and assist with the data analysis of the research data to be collected by Ethos of Engagement for the two countries (Cambodia and Vanuatu) 3. Tailoring of the methodology in two countries, i.e. Cambodia and Vanuatu: site visits to each country, understanding context, adapting methodological frameworks for implementation by Ethos of Engagement 4. Support the development and overview of the draft/final research reports: review data collected by Ethos of Engagement, support data analysis and complete draft/final reports for two countries (Cambodia and Vanuatu).
Hurriyet Babacan (Cairns Institute)
Gender; Climate Change; Development

Australian Research Council - Linkage - Projects

Gauging the value of flexible learning options for disenfranchised youth and the Australian community

Indicative Funding
$309,000 over 4 years, in partnership with Brotherhood of St Laurence ($18,000 over 3 yrs); Centacare Townsville ($15,000 over 3 yrs); Northern Territory Department of Education and Children's Services ($19,500 over 3 yrs); the Catholic Education Office ($19,500 over 3 yrs); the Edmund Rice Education Australia ($15,000 over 3 yrs); Victoria University Of Wellington ($6,200 over 2 yrs) and Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development ($18,000 over 3 yrs)
Flexible learning options (FLOs) for young people who have disengaged from schooling are expected to assist in raising educational attainment, but evidence of their economic and social value to date has been anecdotal. This project gauges the value of FLOs across three Australian states and the Northern Territory with the development of an analytic tool that takes into account the complexity of young people's lives together with their stories into an integrated analysis that provides rigorous evidence. The project develops a superior measurement of outcomes from educational interventions for wider use as well as specific findings to inform policy and practice about young people's access to education.
Sue McGinty, Riccardo Welters, Brian Lewthwaite, Katarina Te Riele, Val Wallace and Hurriyet Babacan in collaboration with Dale Murray, David Murray, Eva Lawler, Mary Retel, George Myconos and Tony McMahon (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, College of Business, Law & Governance, College of Arts, Society & Education, Victoria University (Melbourne), Cairns Institute, Edmund Rice Education Australia, VIC Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, NT Department of Education and Childrens Services, Catholic Education Office, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Centacare (Catholic Family Services))
alternative education; marginalised youth; cost benefit analysis

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • A Student Agency Approach to Classroom Engagement (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Cause for hope or despair? Evaluating race discrimination law as an access to justice mechanism for aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Indigenous Economic Development and Sustainable Livelihoods for Northern Australia. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Entrepreneurship Education Through a Feminist Lens: The Case of Migrant African Australian Women Entrepreneurs in North Queensland, Australia. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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