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Areas of Investigation

Name Research Areas
Elivio Bonollo
Emeritus Professor, Design

Design education and practice with reference to the industrial, graphic and engineering design professions; industry-based product development projects.

Dianne Firth
Adjunct Associate Professor, Landscape Studies

The theory and practice of landscape architecture; heritage landscapes and the communication of landscape meaning through the arts.
Stephen Frith
Adjunct Professor
The history and theory of urbanism.
Bill Green
Emeritus Professor, Design
Human centred design and design history and theory, including Inclusive Design and Applied Ergonomics.
Gevork Hartoonian
Professor, Architecture
Contemporary architectural history/theory, and the notion of modernity in Australian architecture.
Philip Hutchinson
Lecturer, Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture theory; landscape architecture history; biopolitics and power as it relates to landscape architecture; post-industrial landscape architecture.

Scott Heyes
Assistant Professor, Landscape Studies
Landscape studies and cultural geography: Indigenous people and national parks/protected areas; Indigenous, cultural and heritage landscapes and seascapes; storytelling spaces; Indigenous mapping and navigation/way-finding; mythical landscapes of Indigenous peoples; the spatial dynamics and lifestyle adaptations which result from the design and planning of remote indigenous communities.
Michael Jasper
Associate Professor, Architecture
The art of city design; formal analysis, with an emphasis on problems and devices of composition in mid twentieth century architecture and on the diagonal in particular; modernist thought, and the evolution of the modernist project in relation to the historiography of Renaissance architecture.
Carlos Montana Hoyos
Associate Professor, Industrial Design
Multidisciplinary approaches to Design, mainly in the areas of Industrial Design (ID); Ecodesign; Design for Sustainability; Design, Handcrafts & Cultural Identity; Biomimicry & Bio-Inspired Design; Design Management; Innovation & Creativity; Strategic Design; Design Thinking and History of Industrial Design.

Andrew MacKenzie
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture

(sub)urban landscape planning and regulation; landscape design and project management and landscape architecture practice.
Fanke Peng
Assistant Professor, Fashion, Visual Communication and Interactive Media Design
Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to research and practice, with a research focus on digital fashion and health in the global creative economy, wearables, internet of thing (IoT), augmented reality (AR), virtual Reality (VR), near field communication (NFC), design strategy, design thinking and seamless online and offline shopping experience
Name Research Areas

Warwick Blood
Emeritus Professor, Communication

Risk theory and risk communication in the contexts of news portrayals of health issues; and images of war, terror and risk.
Sally Burford
Associate Professor, Information Studies
Knowledge and information work especially in the digital environment; the use of complexity and practice-based theories in order to investigate the gap between the nature of practices and the strategic intent of organisations; the practice of web information architecture.

Glen Fuller 
Assistant Professor, Journalism

The shifting role of specialist media in scenes and the relation between media and enthusiasm; media and cultural studies, influenced by the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze; the cultural infrastructures of non-institutional intellectual cultures.

Kate Holland
Senior Researcher, Communication
Health communication; health activism; social movements; postpsychiatry; critical realism; disability studies; research ethics.
Cathy Hope
Assistant Professor, Journalism & Communication
The history of Australian culture industries; the history of cultural policy and its impact on cultural institutions; Festivals and events and their relationship with communities.
Deborah Lupton
Centenary Research Professor, Communication

Critical digital health studies; big data cultures; surveillance society and digital technologies; the digitisation of children; the use of digital technologies in academia; social analysis of sensor-based and wearable technologies; media, risk, health and medicine.

Kerry McCallum
Associate Professor, Communication
Australian public opinion; Indigenous representation and policymaking; media history; journalism practice and news framing of mental health, war, politics, diversity and Indigenous issues.
Mathieu O'Neil
Associate Professor, Communication
Online communities, fields, and social movements. Diffusion of innovation and activism on the Internet, work in the digital economy, and organizational and environmental communication.
Sora Park
Associate Professor, Communication & Media Studies
Digital media users and audience studies; media industries and policy; and media convergence.

Peter Putnis
Emeritus Professor, Media History 

The history of international news networks including the development of news agencies.
Matthew Ricketson
Professor, Journalism

Narrative journalism, a practice that goes by various names including literary journalism, literary non-fiction, creative non-fiction and book-length journalism.

Joelle Vandermensbrugghe
Convenor
The representation of minority groups in the media; community broadcasting; ethnic media.
Jerry Watkins
Associate Professor, Communication
Mobile content and devices; communication for development; health communication; participatory content creation; interaction design; communication policy; digital literacy; online/social media; convergence.
NameResearch Areas
Belle Alderman
Emeritus Professor, Children's Literature
Children's & young adult literature, especially Australian; publishing for young people; young adult novels; picture books and genre based literature for young people.
Stephen Barrass
Associate Professor, Media and Interaction Design
Physical computing; Tangible interfaces; Data sonification; Sociable objects and Wearable media.
Greg Battye
Professor, Online Writing & Narrative Theory
The use, meaning and understanding of visual imagery, including interactive visual information, in courts and other legal settings; narrative interpretations of meaningful but seemingly non-narrative texts such as photographs; cognitive aspects of narrative theory in all narrative forms.
Scott Brook
Associate Professor, Creative Writing
Cultural policy studies (inc. creative labour, cultural planning and cultural indicators); the Australian literary field; Pierre Bourdieu; governmentality studies; modern discourses on creativity (with a focus on the history of creative writing and post-War US 'creative management' literature); Vietnamese Australian cultural production.
Peter Copeman
Creative Writing
Screenwriting and playwriting; developmental dramaturgy and script editing; community-specific, cross-cultural and location-specific theatre (such as museum performance).
Jen Crawford
Assistant Professor, Creative Writing

Creative writing, especially approaches to poetry and fiction that expand conventional forms (visually, aurally, in genre terms). The poetics of place, including postmodern and postcolonial takes on subject/site/language relationships. Contemporary Australian poetry. Literature of Aotearoa/New Zealand, Singapore, the Pacific.

Anthony Eaton
Associate Professor, Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Childrens, Young Adult, and Crossover Fiction, both in creative practice and theoretical research.
Paul Hetherington
Associate Professor, Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Creativity, poetry and life writing; how visual artists understand and write about their creative practice.
Sam Hinton
Assistant Professor, Design & Media Arts and Production
Assessment and feedback in creative arts; computer and video games; Australian games industry; Internet and network histories; critical approaches to emerging entertainment technologies.
Ross Gibson
Centenary Professor Creative & Cultural Research

Narrative and memory in placemaking; film studies, digital media and large-screen environments. Recent works include the books 26 Views of the Starburst World (UWAP) and Stone Grown Cold (Cordite Books) and the co-production of the ABC Radio National Feature 'Energy Grids'.

Paul Magee
Associate Professor, Poetry, Psychoanalytic and Marxist Theory
The relation between poetry and knowledge, with perspectives from Marxism, psychoanalysis, the philosophy of knowledge, and the philosophy and history of aesthetics; political theory and cultural studies;  placing poems in storey-high lettering on the sides of buildings.
Felicity Packard
Creative Writing & Cultural Theory
The nexus between creativity, research and process and the contested issue of 'true' stories and how their 'truth' is understood by the writer and the audience or reader.
Lisa Scharoun
Assistant Professor, Media Arts & Graphic Design
Global graphic design strategy; emotions and value sets in visual communications and global concepts of utopia in contemporary graphic design strategy.
Susan Thwaites
Assistant Professor, Media Arts & Production
Screenwriting; Adaptation; Cinematography; Screen Studies
Jennifer Webb
Professor, Creative Writing & Cultural Theory
Contemporary war art; post September 11 novels and human rights issues; embodiment; creative writing focusing on prose fiction and poetry.
Jordan Williams
Associate Professor, Creative Writing and Literary Studies
The relationship between reading literature and creative writing; embodiment; new forms of reading and writing with a focus on graphic novels and new media (including new media poetry).
Name Research Areas
Jeff Brownrigg
Adjunct Professor, Cultural Heritage
The Irish in Australia; the intangible heritage of colonial Australia (especially convict heritage); music and society; the early history of museums; the rise of the National Trust (UK); and Australia's sound, still and moving image history.
Adam Dickerson
Assistant Professor, International Studies
History of philosophy; philosophy of language; epistemology; comparisons between Eastern and Western philosophy.

Nawal El-Gack
Assistant Professor, International Studies

Participatory and Rural Development; Natural Resources Management, Indigenous Knowledge; Microfinance and Risk Management; Development and Conflicts; Development in Practice, specifically in Africa and Middle East.
Jason Flanagan
Assistant Professor, International Studies
The areas of Security, peace and conflict studies, and United States political and diplomatic history, with a particular focus on the role of rhetoric and language in the outbreak, evolution, and resolution of international conflict.

Ross Gibson
Centenary Professor Creative & Cultural Research

Narrative and memory in placemaking; film studies, digital media and large-screen environments. Recent works include the books 26 Views of the Starburst World (UWAP) and Stone Grown Cold (Cordite Books) and the co-production of the ABC Radio National Feature 'Energy Grids'.
Scott Heyes
Assistant Professor, Landscape Studies

Landscape studies and cultural geography: Indigenous people and national parks/protected areas; Indigenous, cultural and heritage landscapes and seascapes; storytelling spaces; Indigenous mapping and navigation/way-finding; mythical landscapes of Indigenous peoples; the spatial dynamics and lifestyle adaptations which result from the design and planning of remote indigenous communities.

Tracy Ireland
Assistant Professor, Cultural Heritage
All aspects of historical archaeology and heritage management; ethics in archaeology and conservation; the cultural politics of the past; the conservation and interpretation of archaeological sites; cultural landscapes and landscape archaeology.
Tahmina Rashid
Associate Professor, International Studies
Gender & Development; Community Sustainability; Human Trafficking; Human Rights; Women's Rights Movement; Women's Empowerment; Religious Extremism; Migration, Identity & Citizenship; Geographical interest South Asia and South Asian Diaspora in Australia.

Tim Sherratt
Associate Professor, Digital Heritage

Using digital tools to expose alternative voices and experiences from within the cultural record; Exploring how digitisation projects change our relationship with the past; Developing new forms of online publication that integrate historical writing and cultural collections.
Bethaney Turner
Assistant Professor, International Studies
The role of cultural identity in relation to issues of food security and food sovereignty; social revolutionary movements in developing nations.

Alison Wain
Senior Lecturer, Cultural Heritage and Conservation

Materials conservation, conservation of intangible heritage, conservation science, ethics in heritage and conservation, significance and values in heritage, museum and collections management, curatorial studies.
Auriol Weigold
Adjunct Professor
International and diplomatic history; Australia-India bilateral relationship; Australian politics and democracy; Indian politics and democracy; Imperial and postcolonial history in Asia.
Name Research Areas
Peter Copeman  
TESOL Learning and Teaching
The application to TESOL of theatre and drama techniques, particularly the adaptation of actor voice training techniques to the teaching and improvement of pronunciation and speaking skills.

Ruth Fielding
Assistant Professor in TESOL and Foreigh Language Teaching 

Bilingual education; bilingualism, identity and language; bilingual identity negotiation; language teacher education; intercultural language education and initial language teacher education.

Debbie Hill 
Assistant Professor, TESOL and Foreign Language Teaching
Oceanic linguistics; lexicography; semantics and pragmatics; and grammar teaching.
Jeremy Jones 
Professional Associate
Academic writing; discourse studies; language teaching methodology; qualitative aspects of language assessment; and language and social identity.
Eleni Petraki 
TESOL/Foreign Language Teaching/Applied Linguistics
Language teacher education, TESOL/FLT, grammar teaching, intercultural communication and discourse analysis; Technology in language learning.
Elke Stracke
Associate Professor TESOL/Foreign Language Teaching/Applied Linguistics
Blended language learning; Independent learning and learner autonomy; Students' and teachers' beliefs/views; Postgraduate supervision practice; Teacher training.
Kate Wilson
Adjunct Associate Professor

My research interests include TESOL and foreign language learning and teaching, academic literacy and academic literacy development, and tertiary education pedagogy.