The CRC provides a sustained Research Environment for related projects through its program of research development, grants, and activities. This coherent research agenda allows faculty a space to incubate and mature joint research projects, and increase research visibility.
For junior faculty, the CRC provides a mentoring structure for collaborative research which improves grant success and increase research publications. For graduate members, the research environment builds skills competency and consolidate skills capability.
Cultural research prioritises agendas that emerge from outside the academy. It typifies a new kind of research practice that engages industry, government, cultural sectors and community groups, and involves concrete modes of action and intervention (cf. Ang, Morris, Turner). It is characterized by a mode of interest in the world (where research problems are generated and initiated from the concrete non-academic contexts of social life and experience), and a mode of involvement with others (where research is collaborative, cross-sectoral and cosmopolitan). Through these two modes, cultural research is self-reflexive, interdisciplinary and engaged knowledge.
The CRC approaches culture as a site of contestation between people, resources and power (cf. Grossberg). The CRC researches culture in three broad ways (cf. Williams):
- as part of everyday life
- as part of the arts and media,
- and through cultural institutions.