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.

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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

Associate Professor Rob Garbutt

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: identity, place and belonging, environmental humanities

Doctor 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

Doctor Lynda Hawryluk

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: creative writing, poetry, literary studies

Doctor Matt Hill

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: music composition, music analysis, film music

Doctor 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

Doctor Erika Kerruish

Principal Supervisor

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

Associate Professor Annie Mitchell

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Jean Renouf

Co-Supervisor

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

Doctor 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

Doctor 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

Doctor Deborah Lisa Che

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Jacqueline Christensen

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: corporate governance, accounting education

Doctor Kay Dimmock

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Jennifer Harrison

Co-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

Doctor Matthew Lamont

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Raina Mason

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Scott Niblock

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: fund performance, financial wellbeing, behavioural finance

Doctor Pascal Sherrer

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: sustainable tourism, visitor management, sustainability

Doctor Carolyn Seton

Co-Supervisor

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

Doctor 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

Doctor 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

Doctor 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

Doctor Sally Ashton-Hay

Co-Supervisor

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

Doctor 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

Doctor 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

Doctor Lisa Jacka

Co-Supervisor

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

Doctor 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

Doctor 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

Doctor Brad Shipway

Principal Supervisor

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

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)

Doctor Tony Yeigh

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Chris Zehntner

Co-Supervisor

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

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School of Environment, Science and Engineering

Doctor David Abrego

Principal Supervisor

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

Research Associate 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

Doctor 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

Doctor 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

Doctor 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

Doctor John Grant

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: nutrient cycling, agricultural systems, forest soils

Doctor Zan Hammerton

Co-Supervisor

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

Doctor Maree Lake

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: traffic engineering, transport planning, operations research

Doctor Yee Yan Lim

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor 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

Doctor Mona Malekzadeh

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: land reclamation, mine tailings, geotechnics

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

Doctor Debra Stokes

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: mangrove ecology, NSW sea turtles, drones

Associate Professor Kathryn Taffs

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: palaeoecology, bioindicators, wetlands

Doctor 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

Doctor Naomi Wells

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling, ecosystem science

Doctor Lachlan Yee

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Heidi Zimmer

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: forest restoration, disturbance ecology, dendrochronology

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Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples

Doctor Stuart Barlo

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Catherine Howlett

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Monica Seini

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Shawn Wilson

Principal Supervisor

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

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School of Health and Human Sciences

Doctor Alex Barwick

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: diabetes, chronic disease, lower limb

Doctor Kyle Bennett

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: skill acquisition, expertise, youth sport

Doctor Joanne Bradbury

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: nutritional pharmacology, complementary medicine, mental health

Doctor Jessica Browne

Co-Supervisor

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

Doctor Paul Butterworth

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: chronic disease, mental health, diabetes

Professor Andrew Cashin

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: autism and other developmental disabilities

Doctor Yingyan (Lisa) Chen

Co-Supervisor

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

Doctor 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

Doctor Sheri Cooper

Co-Supervisor

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

Doctor Zachary Crowley-McHattan

Principal Supervisor

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

Associate Professor Michelle Donelly

Principal Supervisor

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

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

Doctor 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

Doctor Elaine Jefford

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: maternity, women's health, education

Doctor Desiree Kozlowski

Principal Supervisor

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

Associate Professor Matthew Leach

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor 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

Doctor Beth Mozolic-Staunton

Co-Supervisor to MSc only

Research interests: paediatrics, health promotion, developmental disability

Doctor Paul Orrock

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Anna Praskova

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Stephen Provost

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Basia Radlinska

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: trauma, mental health, neuroscience

Doctor Nedeljka Rosic

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Kristine Shrubsole

Co-Supervisor

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

Doctor Christopher Stevens

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: environmental physiology, sports training, sports performance

Doctor Nicola Whiteing

Co-Supervisor

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

Doctor John Whitting

Co-Supervisor

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

Doctor 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

Doctor 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

Doctor 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

Doctor Alessandro Pelizzon

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: legal anthropology, comparative law, ecological jurisprudence

Doctor 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

Doctor Thomas Round

Co-Supervisor

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

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National Marine Science Centre

Professor Kirsten Benkendorff

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor 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

Doctor Benjamin Mos

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor 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

Doctor Renaud Joannes-Boyau

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: human evolution, palaeodiet, evolutionary medicine

Professor Scott Johnston

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: environmental geochemistry, hydrology, water quality

Doctor 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

Doctor Priyakshee Borpatra Gohain

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: genetics, breeding, proteomics

Doctor Peter Bundock

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Lei (Ben) Liu

Principal-Supervisor

Research interests: phytochemistry, food chemistry, cereal chemistry

Doctor Catherine Nock

Principal Supervisor

Research interests: genomics, population genetics, subtropical species

Doctor Mervyn Shepherd

Principal Supervisor

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

Doctor Simon Williams

Co-Supervisor

Research interests: honey, coffee, plant products

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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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