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
Dr Moya Costello
  • Creating writing: fictocriticism, ecocriticism and art writing
  • Food and wine writing
  • Contemporary Australian literature
Dr Emma Doolan
  • Creative Writing
  • Practice-led research
  • Gothic, EcoGothic, Australian Gothic
  • Ecocriticism
  • Writing place
Dr Lynda Hawryluk
  • Creative writing / creative practice in writing / writing workshops
  • Poetry – prose, landscape, verse novels
  • Memoir – life writing, grief narratives
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Grief and mourning
  • Island narratives and islomania
  • Australian Coastal Gothic writing
  • Celebrity authors
Assoc. Prof. Adele Wessell
  • Food studies
  • History & Australian studies
  • Cultural Geography
Dr Louise Whitaker
  • Mental health
  • Women's health
  • Social work education
Associate Professor 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
Dr Jean Renouf
  • International Relations
  • Peace and conflict
  • Security and non-traditional approaches to security
  • Aid and development
  • Global issues
  • International politics
  • Climate change and security.
Dr Leticia Anderson
  • Critical race and racism studies
  • Islamophobia, racism and the media
  • Peace journalism
  • Inclusive and transformational pedagogies
  • Cultural competence.

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
  • Labour history
  • Film and politics
  • Media culture and policy
  • Australian studies and history

Creative & Performing Arts

SupervisorProposed Research Topics
Dr Leigh Carriage
  • Composition and arranging 
  • Contemporary singing
  • Live performance and improvisation
  • Vocal pedagogy
Associate Professor 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
Dr Fiona Fell
  • 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 social policy
  • Aged care
  • LGBTI studies
  • Research impact
Dr Yvonne Hartman
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Social inclusion and regional Australia
  • Environmental social movements
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 Lynne McPherson
  • Child protection and child and family practice
  • Supervision of child protection practice
  • Kinship care
  • Child abuse in sport
Dr Kathomi 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
Dr Lester Thompson
  • Social Policy
  • Cross Cultural/Indigenous Welfare
  • Social Work Pedagogy
  • Social Welfare Ethics
  • Humanitarian Studies
Dr Gregory P Smith
  • Phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Out-of-home care (Historical)
  • Identity
  • Stigma and Shame
  • Homelessness
Dr Mandy Hughes
  • Refugee and migration studies
  • Food studies
  • Sociology of health
  • Visual and creative research methods