Open Access Week 2022 @JCU Library

Following our post of 24 October, we are pleased to report that we’ve had a very successful Open Access Week 2022! The two major events we organised went off very well with good engagement and interest from the JCU academic and research community.

Open Access Awards

We once again presented two open access awards at an afternoon tea function at both the Townsville and Cairns Campuses on 24 October. 

The first of the two awards was the HDR Open Access Advocate Award, a competition organised by the Library jointly with the Graduate Research School, which invited HDR candidates to submit entries to a competition to answer the question, “How does Open Access help the cause of climate justice?” 

The 2022 winners are:

Winner: Tianna Killoran (College of Arts, Society and Education)

Tianna Killoran

Highly Commended 1: Ratna Devi Pillai (JCU Singapore)
Scholarly Communications Manager Jayshree Mamtora with Ratna Devi Pillai

Highly Commended 2 Sophie Walker (College of Science and Engineering)

Sophie Walker with Library Director, Helen Hooper

The second award, the ECR Open Access Champion Award 2022 was presented to the JCU ECR who, in the opinion of an expert judging panel, had made the greatest contribution to Open Access through their research publications within the previous three and a half years. 

The winners and runner up of the 2022 Award are:

ECR Open Access Champion: Daniel Miller, Lecturer, Psychology, College of Healthcare Sciences 
Daniel Miller

Highly Commended 1: Ailie McDowall, Senior Lecturer, Indigenous Education & Research Centre
Library Director Helen Hooper with Ailie McDowall

Highly Commended 2: Alexandra Edelman, Research Fellow, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences
Library Director Helen Hooper with Alex Edelman

From L to R: Library Associate Director Bronwyn Mathiesen; Librarian Jayshree Mamtora; Professor Christine Bruce, GRS;Sophie Walker; Tianna Killoran; Library Director, Helen Hooper; Alex Edelman; Daniel Miller; Assoc Prof Liz Tynan, GRS and Ailie McDowall. 

Opening for Climate Justice Webinar

The 2022 Webinar was held online on 25 October with two great speakers:

Professor Susan Harris Rimmer, Director, Griffith University Policy Innovation Hu

Susan Harris Rimmer

 Cruel Summer: A Climate Justice Manifesto for Extreme Heat Events

The Northern Hemisphere has just weathered one of the most difficult summers on record, with extreme heat events causing  loss of life and social harm, especially in cities. New Delhi, Phoenix, San Francisco, Shanghai all hit records of heat and  humidity.

Heat-related deaths are on the rise globally: in 2019, a study in The Lancet attributed 356,000 deaths to extreme heat. Over 2,000 people died in Spain and Portugal in the space of a week in July this year due to heatwaves. But we also know that  extreme heat, like covid, affects marginalised and vulnerable people adversely.  Here are the best ideas from global practice  that Australia can apply to take a human rights approach to extreme heat events.

Launching late 2022, the Climate Justice Observatory will bring together human rights methodologies of observatories: the provision of reliable information, equity data, climate modelling, long-form journalism and multidisciplinary expert analysis. The online resource will allow citizens to monitor issues, map local problems and crowd-source solutions, all while providing campaign resources.

Based in Queensland, the Climate Justice Observatory will also be able to monitor and track the development of laws, policies and justice interventions in this region, adding value to existing open access global resources.

There are many ideas from global practice that Australia can apply to take a human rights approach to extreme heat events. Open access publications can play an important role in terms of connecting the science with policymaking, civil-society actors and responsible businesses. In this talk I explain how the Climate Justice Observatory both draws on open access works and creates new sources to share in order to drive local solutions. Climate justice (

Dr Maxine Newlands, Senior Lecturer, Political Science, James Cook University

Maxine Newlands

Justice for the Reef: A Political Scientist's Perspective of Open Access and Climate Justice

A political scientist working to understand how and why environmental politics and networks of communication transform policymaking, Maxine Newlands’ research interests include political ecology, environmental journalism, radical politics, protest movements, and Media discourse and the Great Barrier Reef. Drawing upon her extensive experience working with marine industries, reef protection agencies and citizen science groups, she will discuss how open access publishing encourages connection and collaboration among the climate movement and helps to tackle the wicked problems facing the environment.

The presentations were well received by the JCU academic and research community – if you missed the webinar, you can access the recordings from here.

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