Research projects on disability-inclusive disaster responses in the Philippines, renewable energy transition in Mongolia, climate change and affordable energy in the Pacific, and sexual health services for non-binary people in NSW are among the six projects to receive financial grants from the Australian Human Rights Institute's 2024 seed funding round.

The grants program is open to UNSW research projects that address and relate to human rights, with applications accepted from Institute Associates across all UNSW faculties and partner institutions.

As well as the usual offering of Institute grants in the range of $5000-$10,000, partnerships with the UNSW Disability Innovation Institute and the Faculty of Engineering provided additional joint seed funding opportunities in 2024, with two $20,000 grants. These grants were made available for projects with a disability focus and for research at the intersection of engineering and human rights.

A list of all successful 2024 applicants is available below.

Australian Human Rights Institute grants

Promoting human rights to clean environment and health through tech-driven behavioural change for renewable energy transition in Mongolia 
Associate Professor Carmen Leong     
Business School, School of Information Systems and Technology Management 
Funding: $9,950

Understanding the experiences of system-impacted students: A national first initiative 
Dr. Kev Dertadian  
Faculty of Law and Justice, School of Law, Society and Criminology 
Funding: $7,000

The human right to sexual healthcare: A study on the accessibility of NSW sexual health services to non-binary people in line with the NSW STI Strategy 
Scientia Research Fellow Heather McCormack   
Faculty of Medicine and Health, Kirby Institute 
Funding: $7,000

Expressions of abuse and agency: Art-making addresses human rights violations in Australian criminal legal jurisdictions 
Professor Tony Butler   
Faculty of Medicine, Justice Health, School of Population Health 
Funding: $7,000

Joint grant with the UNSW Disability Innovation Institute

Co-designing disability-inclusive disaster response in the Philippines 
Dr Georgia Van Toorn     
Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture, School of Social Sciences, 
Funding: $20,000

Joint grant with the UNSW Faculty of Engineering 

Providing clean and affordable energy to Pacific Island Countries: Energy assessment considering climate change 
Dr Shukla Poddar
Faculty of Engineering, School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering
Funding: $20,000

There are currently more than 200 Institute Associates from every UNSW faculty, with expertise across a broad array of human rights issues. Further information about the Institute Associates program is available here.

You can explore some of the many different Associate projects financially supported by the Institute in previous years here.