UNE builds new research links with Germany

Published 14 November 2016

Two University of New England (UNE) researchers have been supported by the world’s largest funding program for academic exchange to conduct collaborative research with German colleagues.

UNE was one of 27 Australian universities to win a share of a $2.5 million combined investment by Australian universities and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) towards collaborative research between the two countries in 2017-18.

Dr Nicolette Larder of UNE’s School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences will investigate the role of finance in agriculture with researchers at the University of Leipzig.

Dr Nengye Liu from the School of Law is researching the conservation of living marine resources in the polar regions, in collaboration with colleagues at Trier University.

“Only 72 projects were approved out of the 257 submitted to DAAD for the 2017-18 grant round, so this is a terrific effort by our researchers,” said UNE’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Heiko Daniel.

“These grants endorse the calibre of the research being conducted at UNE. We investigate solutions to local problems, but we work to an international standard.”

The collaborating researchers from both countries will receive travel and living costs, enabling an interchange of Australian and German people and ideas.

The exchange scheme was established between Universities Australia and the nationally funded German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in December 2014.

With a budget of 430 million euros per year, the DAAD is the largest funding organisation in the world for international academic exchange.



Conservation of Marine Living Resources in the Polar Regions

(International Law)

Dr Nengye Liu, University of New England

Professor Alexander Prolß, Trier University

Mr Valentin Schatz, Trier University


Understanding the role of finance in agriculture

(Human Geography)

Dr Nicolette Larder, University of New England

Mr Gautam Pingali (PhD candidate), University of New England

Dr Sarah Ruth Sippel, University of Leipzig