The Alliance for Praxis Research (APR) is a collective formed by Artists, Early Careers and High Degree Researchers from Monash University and RMIT University with backgrounds in arts, anthropology, heritage, design, urban planning, and environmental studies, among other fields of study. We believe that the alliance between disciplines, institutions and practices can foster the creation of spaces and encounters for social change and expansion of knowledge.
One of our intentions is to nurture transdisciplinary collaborations across faculties, research programs and communities, as academics are often confronted with the challenges to break through disciplinary and institutional silos. That is significant for students and early careers, particularly when coming from overseas, who are not familiar with universities’ organisation of research centres and local networks of scholars - especially in Melbourne, where several leading universities are located but improvements in their interconnections (and connections with the community) are still much needed.
Praxis guides our practice and creative thinking. In the academic context, praxis refers to the practical application of theoretical concepts or ideas. It involves testing and applying theories in real-world situations, often with the goal of bringing about social change or making improvements in a particular field.
Praxis can also refer to the process of reflecting on one's experiences and using that reflection to inform one's actions and decisions. In this sense, praxis is a critical component of experiential learning and can help individuals develop skills and knowledge that they can use to solve problems and effect change in their communities.
On a chilly afternoon of April in 2020, some PhD students from different universities, disciplines and interests got together to have coffee, one of the few things people in Melbourne could do after their first Covid19 Lockdown. Some didn't know each other, some did, but they all shared one need: a space where their lives could expand beyond their research, creating new pathways for growth outside of institutions and inviting more like-minded people to join in.
Patchment scrolls began to roll, with many ideas. One coffee turned into weekly meetings online and in person to try to develop something that would mean anything. So after a few brainstorming sessions, The Alliance for Praxis Research was created. The story kept evolving as we set up new collaborations and welcomed new members.
Get to know us, join our collective, get in touch. We would love to meet you.
Since we created our group, we collaborated with different institutions and people. We created encounters and workshops for several annual events happening in Melbourne and some of our previous activities were partially funded by MGA, Enabling Impact Platforms (RMIT), Mpavilion and Melbourne Design Week.
Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA)
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Monash Graduate Association (MGA)
Siteworks and These Are The Projects We Do Together
Mpavilion 2021 and 2022
Melbourne Design Week 2022 and 2023
Festival of Urbanism (Monash University) 2021 and 2022
ORCA Network - Ocean Research & Climate Action