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Research student supervision

Academic staff in the School of Arts and Social Sciences can provide supervision for postgraduate research studies within various discipline areas for Masters (MA) and Doctorate (PhD) awards. The following is a list of the School's areas of research specialisation.

For more information about postgraduate research studies please contact the Future Students team online or by phone: 1800 626 481 (free call)


SupervisorProposed Research Topics
Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Stephens
  • Critical theory
  • Cultural studies
  • Queer theory
  • Gender studies
  • Science and technology studies
  • Affect theory
Dr Glory Gatwiri
  • Post-colonial studies
  • Intersectional feminisms and the body
  • FGM, vaginal fistulas, gendered and racialised violence
  • African women and development
  • Critical race, gender and sexuality studies
  • Decolonising research and practice
Leigh Carriage
  • Improvisation
  • Vocal pedagogy
  • Composition and analysis
  • Contemporary singing
Dr Lynne McPherson
  • Child protection and child and family practice
  • Supervision of child protection practice
  • Kinship care
  • Child abuse in sport
Dr Moya Costello
  • Creating writing: fictocriticism, ecocriticism and art writing
  • Food and wine writing
  • Contemporary Australian literature
Dr Lynda Hawryluk
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
  • Memoir
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Film and television studies
Dr Adele Wessell
  • Food studies
  • History & Australian studies
  • Cultural Geography
Dr Louise Whitaker
  • Mental health
  • Women's health
  • Social work education
Dr Rob Garbutt
  • Community-engaged research
  • Issues of place, identity and belonging
  • Regional countercultures
  • EcoHumanities
  • Cultural studies and pedagogy
Dr Erika Kerruish
  • Cultural and gender studies
  • Affect and sensory studies

Media Studies

SupervisorProposed Research Topics
Associate Professor Grayson Cooke
  • Live audio-visual performance
  • Media histories and media art
  • The face and technology
  • Human/machine relations
  • Archives and the remix
Dr Lisa Milner
  • Film and politics
  • Media culture and policy
  • Australian studies and history
  • Cultural geography
  • Screen music and audio-visual production

Creative & Performing Arts

SupervisorProposed Research Topics
Dr Annie Mitchell
  • Music pedagogy and curriculum development
  • Jazz and contemporary music
  • Musicology
Dr Barry Hill
  • Music technology & audio production
  • Electronic music and performance
  • Digital media content delivery
  • Ethnographic aspects of Australian and Global Music Culture
Dr Matt Hill
  • Contemporary music composition and analysis
  • Film music composition and analysis
  • New media and computer music
  • Post secondary music education
Dr Wes Hill
  • Contemporary art theory
  • Criticality in visual art
  • Appropriation and the readymade
  • The 'folkloric' in art history
Dr Stephen Garrett
  • Visual arts
Ms Fiona Fell (Masters)
  • Trans-disciplinary collaborations
  • Installation and site specific work in the public arena
  • Ceramic based practices

Social Sciences

SupervisorProposed Research Topics
Assoc. Prof. Mark Hughes
  • Social work and policy
  • Aged care
  • LGBTI studies
  • Mental health
Dr Yvonne Hartman
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Social inclusion and regional Australia
Dr Sandy Darab
  • Social justice and welfare
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Pedagogy and ethics
Dr Liz Reimer
  • Child abuse and neglect / child protection
  • Foster care / out-of-home care
  • Youth work
  • Prevention and early intervention in the child and family welfare field
Dr Angela Coco
  • Studies of religion and new spiritualities
  • Community studies: working in multicultural contexts
  • Internet / online studies
Dr Elaine Nuske
  • Responsible/problem gambling
  • Substitute care
  • Research with children
  • Counselling
Dr Lester Thompson
  • Social Policy
  • Cross Cultural/Indigenous Welfare
  • Social Work Pedagogy
  • Social Welfare Ethics
  • Humanitarian Studies
Dr Jo Coghlan
  • Australian politics, political parties and elections
  • Indonesian politics
  • American politics
  • European-EU-UN politics
  • Media representations of politics
  • Human rights
  • Australian public policy
Dr Gregory P Smith
  • Phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Out-of-home care (Historical)
  • Identity
  • Stigma and Shame
  • Homelessness