CeRDI conducts research and consultancies that enhance regional connections and partnerships through the application of ICT.
The work conducted in CeRDI closely aligns with the directives of the University. Federation University Australia and Commonwealth Compact (2011) outlines the importance of collaborating with key regional stakeholders and facilitating research that benefits local communities through an holistic research agenda, establishing the University as a ‘regional research incubator’.
The Centre is experienced in delivering technologies that support the research activities of external organisations (for example, web-based survey tools for the collection, collation and presentation of research data) and is also committed to conducting research and evaluations in parallel with the projects it undertakes.
The work that CeRDI undertakes has a clear research agenda that directly informs current industry knowledge. Consequently, CeRDI is emerging as a leader in digital futures, eResearch, knowledge management and web based GIS and spatial mapping (each of these need to be hyperlinked to their ‘respective pages’). Its expertise in each of these areas has been established over time and is complemented by skilled and experienced research and technology staff. (Include a link here to research outputs)
Much of the research that CeRDI undertakes has produced valuable connections with local and regional providers. Among its core, long-term partnerships are those developed within the local region, with local government (Moorabool Shire; Colac Otway Shire; Grampians RDA), the agriculture industry (Grains Research and Development Corporation; Birchip Cropping Group) and local health organisations (Grampians Medicare Local; Grampians Integrated Cancer Services) where the partnerships and commitment towards longer-term research and strategic direction already exist.
More recent collaborations reflect CeRDI’s growth in areas of national and international research significance, with partnerships that include state, national and international collaborators. These include:
Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater
Partners include Queensland University of Technology; Natural Resources Canada; CSIRO; Department of Sustainability and Environment
Partners include City of Ballarat; Pyrenees Shire, Hepburn Shire, Golden Plains Shire, as well as Regional Development Victoria
Sport and Recreation Spatial
School of Health Sciences, UB, in partnership with the Australian Sports Commission, Victoria University and VicHealth
Barwon South West, State Fire Management Planning Support
Partners include Country Fire Authority, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Catchment Management and Water authorities
Australia’s Community Legal Sector
Partners include National Association of Community Legal Centres, NSW Law and Justice Foundation, Legal Services Commission of South Australia, Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria, Legal Assistance Forums in Victoria and NSW and Fitzroy Legal Service.
CeRDI recently expanded its staff to include more research trained staff. In addition to its highly skilled technical, programming and project management staff it now has a core group of research-trained staff including a Senior Research Fellow, Post Doctoral Research Fellow and two research officers. CeRDI Staff profiles