Aims were to examine what parents say, think and believe about child restraint system (CRS) use and child travel safety, and how children were restrained and behaving in their CRS during every-day car trips. The research comprised three stages. Stage 1 used an online survey to explore parental beliefs about CRS use and child occupant safety. Stages 2 and 3 used a naturalistic driving study. Stage 2 identified characteristics of child occupant travel. Stage 3 identified the travel characteristics (familial-, child-, trip-related) associated with suboptimal head positions for child occupants when travelling in a forward-facing CRS or a booster seat.
The thesis analyses the contemporary trend of ‘depoliticisation’ in Western contexts that are indicative of dynamics that are shaping a transition of liberal-democratic societies into newly configured regimes that are laden with new political questions. A theory of historicity is proposed that foregrounds how societies are shaped by implicit forms of instituting power that regulate cultural activity. Based on this theory of historicity, the thesis develops an alternate perspective on the perceived ‘crisis’ of democratic culture in Western contexts.
The term epiphany conjures up ideas of imagination, invention and discovery. This autoethnographic study contains five articles that incorporates vignettes from my life of unrelated, but interconnected experiences of sexual abuse, which profoundly affected me through moments of trauma but also epiphanous transformation. Writing audaciously about the violence and abuse during my life was an act of apostasy, as I chose to abandon any constraint I felt about remaining silent. I offer my stories as a body of evidence as to the value of storytelling, but also of epiphany. This process can be a model for future autoethnographic works.
This thesis explores the desirability of the transitional justice paradigm and engaging the past to conflict resolution efforts between Israelis and Palestinians. Given the struggle remains one characterised by antagonistic belief systems and national identities, it is submitted that the current conflict-settlement model in the Middle-East is fraught. My PhD demonstrates how transitional justice has the potential to serve as a valuable tool in long-term conflict resolution, and could foster truth-telling, restorative justice and grass-roots reconciliation between the two nations. Ultimately, the PhD designs an unofficial Israeli-Palestinian Truth and Empathy Commission (IPTEC) to address the gross systematic human rights abuses committed by both nations against each other’s civilians.
Rapid emergence of antimicrobial resistance has become a global concern. This thesis examines the potential of positively charged cyclodextrin derivatives as new antimicrobial agent for combating antimicrobial resistance. It also identifies the mechanism of action of the positively charged cyclodextrin derivative with good antimicrobial activity.
Nepal is in the process of transforming its school education system to promote learner-centred pedagogies and outcomes. To do so, it implemented a decisive curriculum reform policy called the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) in 2007. Using a qualitative case study method, this research sought to understand how Nepali secondary school teachers and leaders interpreted the NCF’s learner-centred reform policy into practice. The study’s findings revealed that that teachers and school leaders failed to implement learner-centered education reform with fidelity and the tension between policy and practice was evident. The study highlighted the importance of a policy being contextually relevant, appropriate and owned by practitioners for it to be translated into practice.
This paper examines the connections between the penitential works attributed to Gildas and David and those of the anonymous author of the Poenitentiale Ambrosianum and Cummian. It argues that the penitential attributed to Gildas should be regarded as a genuine work by Gildas and that the Ambrosianum be considered as ‘the book of David’, from which excerpts were made. Attempts by Cummian to combine these two authorial traditions in seventh-century Ireland point to the continuing strength of a British Church, against the image presented by Bede.
Version of Record: in P. Draper and J. Schellenberg (eds.) Renewing Philosophy of Religion Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming
The working title for this paper was "My Two Cents Worth". The final title better reflects the content of the work.
This study explores the process of becoming academic through the stories of 14 Vietnamese women academics and doctoral students in Australian universities. It engages with and expands the literature on academic subjectivity by drawing on the Deleuzian concept of assemblage and its related concepts. Data were generated from 27 interviews with the women. The findings highlight that becoming academic is within arrangements that involve people, things, actions, feelings, words and ideas that are in constant relation to wider social dimensions. The findings offer complex social forces in shaping becoming academic and possibilities for creating new relations within academic spaces.