Peter Harrison currently supervises students conducting research into the reproduction of reef corals, the effects of bleaching and pollution stress on coral.

Professor Peter Harrison

School of Environment, Science and Engineering

Two scientists in a laboratory setting studying whelks, a variety of sea-snail.

Find a supervisor

Higher Degree by Research study is an essential part of life at Southern Cross University. We provide the opportunity for students to become part of a thriving research community and engage in relevant and original research projects. 

Before applying to study a Higher Degree by Research at Southern Cross University, you must first find and confirm a Principal Supervisor and Co-Supervisor. Contact both prospective supervisors to ensure you have their consent to be nominated in your application.

To further assist you, please click on the relevant School link for a list of available supervisors. Alternatively, contact the School Director (Higher Degrees Research Training) for the School in which you wish to enrol if you need assistance in finding a suitable proposed supervisor.


School of Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Grayson Cooke

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: media art, art/science, the archive

Dr Kathomi Gatwiri

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: trauma and adverse experiences, decolonizing education/practice, race and Immigration

Professor Anne Graham

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: children and young people's wellbeing, children and young people's participation, ethical research and practice involving children

Dr Lynda Hawryluk

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: creative writing, poetry, literary studies

Dr Matt Hill

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: music composition, music analysis, film music

Dr Mandy Hughes

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: refugee and multicultural studies, food studies, regional issues

Professor Mark Hughes

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: aged care, social work practice, LGBTIQ issues

Dr Erika Kerruish

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: human computer interaction, sensory studies, continental philosophy

Dr Lisa Milner

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Australian studies; labour history; community media.

Associate Professor Annie Mitchell

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: contemporary music composition and research, music pedagogy, music/the entertainment industry on cruise ships

Dr Jean Renouf

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: climate change, community resilience/regeneration, ethical security

Dr Gregory P Smith

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: social vulnerabilities, homelessness, out-of-home care, low socio-economical challenges

Associate Professor Adele Wessell

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: food history, environmental history

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School of Business and Tourism

Dr Ali Reza Alaei

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: pattern recognition, image and video processing, applied big data analysis

Professor Yvonne Brunetto

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: the impact of personal factors and organisational factors on employee outcomes, predictors of PsyCap, psycho-social safety, wellbeing, factors affect change mgt or policy implementation outcomes

Dr Vinh Bui

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Internet of Things in Tourism, Healthcare and Education.

Dr Deborah Lisa Che

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: nature-based tourism, agritourism/food tourism, peer-to-peer travel platforms

Dr Jacqueline Christensen

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: corporate governance, accounting education

Dr Kay Dimmock

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: marine tourism, outdoor leisure, tourism management, teaching tourism in higher education

Dr Jennifer Harrison

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: accounting, finance, financial literacy and education

Professor Robyn Keast

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: collaborative practice and networked arrangements, integrative service delivery, governance

Dr Matthew Lamont

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: sport tourism, active leisure, sociology of sport

Dr Raina Mason

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: instructional design, women in technology, introductory computing

Dr Silvia Nelson

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Workplace relationships, nursing/police management, organisational behaviour.

Dr Scott Niblock

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: fund performance, financial wellbeing, behavioural finance

Professor Darshana Sedera

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Innovation, entrepreneurship, impact of digital technology

Dr Pascal Scherrer

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: sustainable tourism, visitor management, sustainability

Dr Carolyn Seton

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: cognitive load theory/educational psychology, digital literacy for older people, user experience/HCI

Dr Golam Sorwar

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Technology Acceptance Modeling, Digital Health, Multimedia Signal Processing, Artificial Intelligence

Dr Tania von der Heidt

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: sustainable marketing, consumer behaviour, creativity and innovation in marketing and business, higher education curriculum in marketing and general business

Professor Betty Weiler

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: sustainable tourism, tourist behaviour, tour guiding

Dr Simon Wilde

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: digital marketing, internet studies, e-commerce

Professor Erica Wilson

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: sustainable and protected area tourism, gender and tourism/women's travel, qualitative methodologies

Dr Jun Xu

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: digital business, innovation and technology management, e-health

Associate Professor Martin Young

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: political economy, tourism, gambling

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School of Education

Dr Raoul Adam

Principal Supervisor

Worldviews, critical and creative thinking, wicked problems

Dr Sally Ashton-Hay

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: TESOL/ESL/EAP/EAL, academic literacy, online learning

Dr Wendy Boyd

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: quality of early childhood education and care, education principles and practices, leadership, sustainability in education, professional learning

Associate Professor Marilyn Chaseling

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: school improvement, educational leadership,educational history

Dr Peter Cook

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: Dance, arts and creativity education, A/r/tography, transitions to higher education

Dr Airdre Grant

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: indigenous education, teaching practice, spirituality and health

Professor Martin Hayden

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: higher education governance and management, higher education quality assurance, higher education in Southeast Asia

Dr Lisa Jacka

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: innovative pedagogy, online teaching and learning, emerging technologies in education

Dr Jennifer Johnston

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: teacher identity, teacher advocacy, teacher work, leadership, educational change implementation and management, literacy education, positive psychology in schools, parent engagement in student learning, quality teaching, teacher professionalism

Associate Professor Alexandra Lasczik

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: A/r/tography, arts & environmental education, movement studies, including walking inquiry

Dr Marianne Logan

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: science and sustainability education, environmental education, school/university partnerships

Professor David Lynch

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: teacher education, school improvement, school leadership

Dr Jemma Peisker

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: Material engagement, optimal experience (flow) in education, teacher education, A/r/tography

Dr Brad Shipway

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: application of critical realism to the field of education, democracy & civics education, philosophy of ed & emancipatory education

Dr Angela Turner

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Food, health and wellbeing, environmental education, STEAM teaching, learning and assessment

Associate Professor Geoff Woolcott

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: studies of learning and engagement networks across society, STEM education (mathematics and science with a focus on spatial reasoning), collaboration, impact and innovation (with a focus on complex systems)

Dr Tony Yeigh

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: blended learning, educational mindfulness, inclusive education, positive psychology/positive education, school leadership, school improvement

Dr Chris Zehntner

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: sociology of sport, coaching, power and knowledge in sport

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School of Environment, Science and Engineering

Dr David Abrego

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: adaptation to environmental change in corals, coral reef restoration, coral health and disease

Dr Cherise Addinsall

Associate Supervisor

Research interests: incorporation of traditional and indigenous knowledge systems into sustainable development and policy, strengthening linkages between tourism, agriculture and local industries in the south Pacific, enhancing climate resilience with a focus on women and marginalised people

Professor Bill Boyd

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: scholarship of teaching & learning, indigenous studies, environmental science & management

Dr Matt Broadhurst

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: Marine Science

Associate Professor Daniel Bucher

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: sclerochronology, age determination and environmental histories of aquatic animals, biodiversity of fish and invertebrates, patterns and changes, coral reef ecology

Dr Daniel Cagnazzi

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: marine mammals ecology, genetic and population dynamics, marine megafauna toxicology, marine biodiversity and conservation

Professor Les Christidis

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: evolutionary biology, conservation biology, taxonomy

Associate Professor Dirk Erler

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: nutrient cycling, oceanography, environmental engineering

Dr Elisabeth Deschaseaux

Co-Supervisor

Research interests:

Professor Bradley Eyre

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: aquatic biogeochemistry, coral reefs, aquatic greenhouse gases

Associate Professor Ross Goldingay

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: wildlife conservation, restoration ecology, forest ecology

Dr John Grant

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: nutrient cycling, agricultural systems, forest soils

Dr Zan Hammerton

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: management of coastal and marine ecosystems, tourism impacts, environmental restoration of riparian zones

Dr Maree Lake

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: traffic engineering, transport planning, operations research

Dr Yee Yan Lim

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: smart materials-based structural health monitoring, energy harvesting using piezoelectric materials

Dr Hanabeth Luke

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: social dimensions of agricultural systems and regenerative land management, social dimensions of land-use transition, including extractive development, community engagement in decision making, including social license to operate and deliberative democracy

Associate Professor Damien Maher

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: ecohydrology, freshwater and marine science, smart sensors

Dr Mona Malekzadeh

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: Land reclamation, dredged sediments, large strain consolidation, electro-kinetic stabilization, expansive soils, unsaturated soils, mine tailings, tailing dam design, slurry

Dr David Newell

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Amphibian ecology, wildlife disease, threatened fauna

Associate Professor Joanne Oakes

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: coastal ecosystems, stable isotope techniques, carbon and nitrogen cycling

Associate Professor Steven Purcell

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: fisheries ecology, fisheries management, marine invertebrate ecology and behaviour, small-scale fisheries livelihoods

Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: environmental toxicology and chemistry, catchment management, science in art

Professor Andrew Rose

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: iron biogeochemistry, mineral formation and nucleation mechanisms, nutrient recovery and reuse from waste and wastewater

Associate Professor Kai G Schulz

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: planktonic food webs, climate change impacts, ocean solutions

Dr Anna Scott

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: cnidarian reproductive biology (sea anemones and corals), symbiosis – anemones, anemonefishes, zooxanthellae, impacts of the marine ornamental aquarium trade, and the potential for captive breeding to help alleviate these problems

Dr Debra Stokes

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: mangrove ecology, NSW sea turtles, drones

Associate Professor Kathryn Taffs

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: palaeoecology, bioindicators, wetlands

Dr Ahmed Mostafa Thabet

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: design of mechanical and structural systems, numerical modelling and mechanical characterization of composite and hybrid materials, aerospace and marine structures

Dr Naomi Wells

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling, ecosystem science

Dr Lachlan Yee

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: antibacterial polymer surfaces, recycling waste plastics, biodegradable polymers from insect sources

Dr Heidi Zimmer

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: forest restoration, disturbance ecology, dendrochronology

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Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples

Dr Stuart Barlo

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: indigenous communication principles and protocols, learning from country, knowing with sky country

Dr Catherine Howlett

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: indigenous peoples and resource governance, indigenous peoples and the state, indigenous peoples and research

Dr Monica Seini

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: indigenous research methodologies and curriculum development, indigenous peoples and natural resource development/extractivism, development, environment and health

Dr Shawn Wilson

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: indigenous knowledge, indigenous methodologies, wellbeing and health

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School of Health and Human Sciences

Associate Professor Christina Aggar

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Interprofessional education and workforce development, primary health care and chronic illness

Dr Alex Barwick

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: diabetes, chronic disease, lower limb

Dr Kyle Bennett

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: skill acquisition, expertise, youth sport

Dr Joanne Bradbury

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: nutritional pharmacology, complementary medicine, mental health

Dr Jessica Browne

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: middle ear disease, infection and immunity, antimicrobial activity

Dr Paul Butterworth

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: chronic disease, mental health, diabetes

Professor Andrew Cashin

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: autism and other developmental disabilities

Dr Yingyan (Lisa) Chen

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: knowledge translation, cardiovascular research, mix-methods study.

Dr Mike Climstein

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: clinical exercise physiology, water-based research: surfing, stand up paddleboarding, swimming, surf lifesaving, skin cancer, world master games/veteran athletes

Dr Sheri Cooper

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: chronic disease management, public health nutrition, food literacy

Associate Professor Rosanne Coutts

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Sport and exercise science, Sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology

Dr Zachary Crowley-McHattan

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: neuromuscular control and adaptation, skill acquisition and motor learning

Dr James Donnelly

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Applied psychology and neuropsychology (e.g., dementia, chronic illness, brain injury, wellness, parenting), psychophysiology (e.g., EEG as an index of emotion), mindfulness and meditation

Associate Professor Michelle Donelly

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: inclusive communities, participation and engagement, occupational performance

Associate Professor Roger Engel

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: Chronic respiratory disease, allied health services, rehabilitation

Associate Professor Wendy Gilleard

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: adaptation to increased mass and dimensions as seen in pregnancy and obesity

Professor Iain Graham

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: health policy domestic and international, primary care and mental health, evidence based care linked to role and scope of practice

Professor Peter Hassmen

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: sport and exercise psychology, overtraining syndrome and burnout in athletes and coaches, mental health in sport

Dr Louise Horstmanshof

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: transition, ageing, developing the health workforce

Professor John Hurley

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: all mental health related topics, emotional intelligence, education for health professionals

Professor Marie Hutchinson

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: health of vulnerable populations, health workforce, clinical outcomes

Dr Elaine Jefford

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: maternity, women's health, education

Dr Desiree Kozlowski

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: emotional intelligence, gender, pleasure - especially its links with health, creativity, resilience, productivity, and wellbeing

Dr Richard Lakeman

Principal Supervisor

Research interests:Positive psychology, psychotherapy, programme evaluation

Dr Mitchell Longstaff

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: cognitive psychology, memory/working memory, movement science/motor control

Associate Professor Deb Massey

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: acute care, patient safety, mixed methods

Associate Professor Bernice Mathisen

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: speech pathology, spiritual care in allied health, swallowing in children and adults

Associate Professor Rudi Meir

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: sports specific conditioning and training, exercise technique, thermoregulation and fluid status in sport

Associate Professor Gail Moloney

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Social and community psychology, with broad interests in drawing from theory to understand and design strategiesand interventions for pressing social and health issues .

Dr Beth Mozolic-Staunton

Co-Supervisor to MSc only

Research interests: paediatrics, health promotion, developmental disability

Dr Paul Orrock

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: clinical effectiveness, clinical reasoning, problem/cased based learning

Dr Anna Praskova

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: career developmental psychology, psychometrics and scale development, career calling and meaningful work

Dr Stephen Provost

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: psychophysiology, learning, experimental analysis of human behaviour

Dr Basia Radlinska

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: trauma, mental health, neuroscience

Dr Alexia Rohde

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: Evidence-based practice, assessment and diagnostics, acquired communication disorders, clinically-relevant epidemiological research.

Dr Nedeljka Rosic

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: medicinal science, environmental stress, host-microbe interaction

Dr Nasim Salehi

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Public health/health promotion, health services management/healthcare leadership, health and community services, social capital, social determinants of health, social policy and practice, social psychology, mental health and wellbeing, health psychology, citizen science, digital health, health education

Dr Kirstine Shrubsole

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: implementation science, stroke rehabilitation, acquired communication disorders

Dr Christopher Stevens

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: environmental physiology, sports training, sports performance

Dr Christian Swann

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Sport and exercise; goal setting; psychology of performance

Dr Nicola Whiteing

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: rural and remote, workforce, preparation for practice - clinical and curriculum

Dr John Whitting

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: applied biomechanics, sports technique, muscle-tendon mechanics

Dr Heather Winskel

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: psycholinguistics, language and reading, cross-cultural and cognitive psychology

Associate Professor Jacqueline Yoxall

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: forensic psychology, malingering, psychological assessment

Professor Shi Zhou

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: neuromuscular responses and adaptations to exercise and training, exercise testing and intervention for selected populations, effects of hypoxia intervention on exercise performance and hyperglycemia

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School of Law and Justice

Professor Bee Chen Goh

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: dispute resolution, climate justice, law and theatre

Dr Evgeny Guglyuvatyy

Co-supervisor

Research interests: climate law and policy, tax law, forest policy, cryptocurrencies and law

Professor William MacNeil

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: jurisprudence & legal history, law and literature (including film, television, art, and other aesthetic media), human rights

Associate Profesor Jennifer Nielsen

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: discrimination law, critical race and whiteness studies, critical legal studies

Professor John Page

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: property and legal theory, property law, public space and public property

Dr Alessandro Pelizzon

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: legal anthropology, comparative law, ecological jurisprudence

Dr Rohan Price

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: histories of East and South East Asia, Nietzsche and Heidegger, regulation of organic food in Asia Pacific

Associate Professor Nicole Rogers

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: climate interdisciplinary studies, wild law, law as performance

Dr Thomas Round

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: administrative law, civil rights/constitutional law, electoral laws and voting systems


National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine

Professor Jon Wardle

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Public Health and Health Services, Health Policy and Health Law, Complementary, traditional and integrative medicine

Associate Professor Romy Lauche

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Complementary, traditional and integrative medicine, chronic disease management, clinical research

Associate Professor Matthew Leach

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: evidence-based practice, health services research, complementary and integrative medicine

Dr Andrea Bugarcic

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Molecular and cell biology, herbal medicine and evidence use in clinical practice

Dr Janet Schloss

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: Clinical trials - nutraceuticals, herbal medicine, medicinal cannabis, diet; oncology and chronic disease, medicinal cannabis

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National Marine Science Centre

Professor Kirsten Benkendorff

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: aquatic animal health (invertebrates), bioactive marine compounds, molluscs/shellfish

Dr Daniel Harrison

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: coral reef conservation, geoengineering techniques and practicality, fisheries oceanography

Professor Brendan Kelaher

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: drone technology, ocean change biology, marine ecology

Dr Benjamin Mos

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: aquaculture, ocean change, marine-freshwater connectivity

Dr Anna Scott

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: cnidarian reproductive biology (sea anemones and corals), symbiosis – anemones, anemonefishes, zooxanthellae, impacts of the marine ornamental aquarium trade, and the potential for captive breeding to help alleviate these problems

Professor Stephen Smith

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: marine plastics, marine biodiversity, ecology of marine molluscs

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Southern Cross GeoScience

Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: human evolution, palaeodiet, evolutionary medicine

Professor Scott Johnston

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: environmental geochemistry, hydrology, water quality

Dr Douglas Tait

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: climate change, groundwater contamination, aid projects in developing countries

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Southern Cross Plant Science

Professor Bronwyn Barkla

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: plant biochemistry, proteins, membrane transport, proteomics

Dr Priyakshee Borpatra Goahin

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: Genomics, proteomics, metabolomics

Dr Peter Bundock

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: breeding passion fruit, genetics of revegetation of rainforest trees

Dr Lei (Ben) Liu

Principal-Supervisor

Research interests: phytochemistry, food chemistry, cereal chemistry

Dr Catherine Nock

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: genomics, population genetics, subtropical species

Dr Mervyn Shepherd

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: forest genetics, plant breeding, genetics of essential oils

Dr Simon Williams

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: honey, coffee, plant products

Professor Terry Rose

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: Crop and pasture agronomy, soil science, subtropical horticulture nutrition

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Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Professor Robert Weatherby

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: drugs and human performance including sport and matters subject to legal considerations such as drugs and driving, economic, social and environmental sustainability of the rail industry and public transport


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