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Research Expertise

There is a diverse array of research undertaken within the Faculty of Arts and Education, ensuring we have supervisors with a broad scope of expertise.

To find a specific area of interest, just start typing your topic in the search box. If you are a CSU Staff Member, you can also view a slide show/pdf of the broad range of work and research interests by staff in the Faculty of Arts and Education.

Name Content Expertise Methods ExpertiseDiscipline

Zundans-Fraser,  Lucie

Teacher Education

Inclusive education; Special education; Gifted education; Course design; Curriculum design; Collaborative practice; Higher education Qualitative research methods; Design-based research  
Yucel,  Salih

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Islamic Theology; Quranic Exegesis; Jurisprudence; interfaith relations and contemporary Islamic movements   
Yi,  Zhixian

Information Studies

Management and leadership for information professionals; Change management; Knowledge management; Marketing techniques; Information needs and use; Digital libraries; Information technology use Quantitative and qualitative data analysis  
Woodward,  Margaret

Faculty of Arts

Communication design; heritage interpretation design; creative regions; creative industries; creative practice; publishing as art practice; souvenirs and tourism communication   
Vigliante,  Tace

Teacher Education

Social justice education; Anti-racism education; Indigenous studies in higher/teacher education; Philosophy for and with children; Philosophical and ethical inquiry in teacher education; Capabilities Approach in education; Society and Environment (social studies) education   
Van Duinen,  Jared

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Imperialism; colonialism; sports history; British empire; transnationalism; social and cultural history; historiography; history theory; Anglo-Australian history   
Uniacke,  Suzanne

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Applied philosophy; ethics; philosophy of law; social and political philosophy   
Thompson,  Kim

Information Studies

Socio-cultural information studies; Information access; Information poverty; Usability analysis; Information society   
Spence,  Edward

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Media Ethics; Digital Ethics; Philosophy and Ethics of Information; Philosophy and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics; Philosophy and Ethics of Computer Games; Philosophy and Ethics of Technology; ??Media Corruption; Corruption; Hellenistic and Roman Ethics; Philosophy and Ethics through Performance   
Smith,  David

School of Education

Online learning; Learning design; Educational leadership; Technology assisted pedagogy; Mobile learning; Information literacy and practice Mixed methods  
Simmons,  Peter

School of Communication and Creative Industries

Organisational communication; internal and external; Principles for professional communication of fairness and legitimacy; Human perspectives on coexistence with non-human animals; Strategies and tactics for communicating the future. Social media analysis; Surveys; questionnaires; interviews; vignettes  
Sertkaya,  Suleyman

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

S?rah of the Prophet (Biography of Prophet Muhammad) and S?rah Philosophy; Interpretation of Islamic Sacred Texts; Tafsir (Exegesis of the Qur’an) and Had?th (Prophetic Tradition); Islamic Theology; Radicalisation and Islam; Islam and Morality; Oral History, History of Islam and Muslims in Australia   
Segal,  Alex

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Literary theory; literature and philosophy; modernism; romanticism; poststructuralism   
Rush,  Emma

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Environmental ethics; professional ethics; sexualisation of children   
Ragusa,  Angela

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Social change; problems & inequality - class; gender; culture & sexuality; institutional and attitudinal change; environmental sociology; media & communication studies; leisure & work; materialism/consumerism; land use; migration; post-productivism & tree/sea-change; political sociology; social movements & social control/power; mental health; sociology of science & technology   
Qayyum,  Asim

Information Studies

Human computer/document interaction; Digital libraries; Information and knowledge management; User needs; Information practices   
Press,  Frances

School of Education

Early childhood education; Policy; Leadership; Integrated early year's services; ECEC workforce   
Pawar,  Manohar

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Social work and social policy; international social work; social development; social consequences of climate change and water; social work education; informal care and ageing; community development   

Ozalp, Mehmet

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Islam in the West: Islam and West relations, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, social cohesion/multiculturalism in Australian and in the West, Islamophobia, radicalisation, citizenship and integration; Muslim Youth in the West: Muslim youth identity and identity formation, Muslim youth issues in Western societies and in Australia; Islamic theology and its contemporary applications in public theology; Islamic classical and modern history including contemporary religious, cultural, political issues in the Middle East  
Owens,  Kay

Teacher Education

Mathematics education particularly transitions in culture and early childhood education; Geometry and measurement education; Visuospatial reasoning; Ethnomathematics; Evaluation research; Indigenous education particularly in Papua New Guinea and Australia; Curriculum evaluation; Human society and environmental education studies; Integrating ICTs in schools Mixed methods; Quantitative; Qualitative research  
Overton,  Neil

School of Communication and Creative Industries

Drawing; art history and visual culture; art theory; art prizes; drawing-to-design; art reviews; novelists; theatre history; film history; animation; performance art; gender; issues in contemporary art; drawing exhibition practice; newspaper illustration; cartooning; visual journalism; Surrealist poetry; fine art; creative industries; photohistories; biography; interviews; writing for the arts; curator   
Neville,  David

School of Theology

New Testament Theology; Gospels; Hermeneutics; Scripture and Ethics; Scripture and Public Theology   
Murray,  Libbey

Teacher Education

Early childhood; Transition to school; School adjustment; Kindergarten; Starting school; Learning readiness; Including children in research; Teacher-child relationships; Classroom quality   
Mlcek,  Susan

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Rural community development; community management; Indigenous ideas and issues; including cross-cultural competencies; volunteering; social capital; cultural capital; human services delivery; narratives from social work and human services; societal issues; for example: social inclusion of homeless people; marginalisation and isolation of refugees and migrants; sociology of education   
McLeod,  Sharynne

Teacher Education

Speech-language pathology; Early childhood; Speech; Multilingual   
McFarland,  Laura

School of Education

Early childhood education; Parenting; Parent-educator relationships; Teacher-child relationships; Families; Birth-two education and care; Attachment; Parental well-being and mental health; early childhood environmental sustainability Mixed methodologies and cross-discipline approaches  
Masterman-Smith,  Helen Environmental sociology; sociology of animals; critical animal studies; sociology of work; labour history; political economy; social movement   
MacKenzie,  Noella

School of Education

Writing acquisition; Writing processes; Writing instruction; Early years literacy; Literacy education; Early reading instruction; Transition; Teacher morale; Teacher status; Teaching awards Qualitative  
MacDonald,  Amy

School of Education

Early childhood mathematics education; Primary mathematics education; Mathematics curriculum and pedagogy; Transitions to school; Researching with children; Children's drawings; Representations; Ecological theory; Bronfenbrenner; Prior-to-school and out-of-school contexts; Early childhood STEM education; Professional development for early choldhood educators   
Lymn,  Jessie

Information Studies

Collections; especially zines and other DIY and community collections; Archival practices; LGBTQI+ considerations in information studies; Research data management Qualitative research methods; Ethnography & autoethnography; Discourse analysis; Narrative; Queer theory & scavenger methods  
Luck,  Morgan

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Philosophy of religion; metaphysics; new and alternative religious movements; video game ethics Analytical Philosophy  
Liu,  Ying-Hsang

Information Studies

Interactive information retrieval; Organisation of information and knowledge resources; User-centred design and evaluation of information retrieval systems   
Liu,  Jianxin (Richard)

Teacher Education

TESOL; New learning; Multimodality and multimodal assessment; Gender and masculinity studies; Cultural studies; China and Chinese studies; Post-structural and postcolonial theories   
Letts,  Will

Teacher Education

Science education; Cultural studies of science education; Gender and sexuality in schooling; Teacher education theory and practice ethnographic methods; queer theory; feminist poststructuralism  
Langat,  Kiprono

School of Education

Teacher education; Workplace learning and development; International education; Critical pedagogy; Socio-cultural studies Ethnographic research; Case study; Critical discourse analysis  
Keskin,  Zuleyha

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Inner peace; Islamic spirituality; Radicalism and Violenet Exrtremism; Islamic Education in the West   
Kennan,  Mary Anne

Information Studies

E-research; Data management; Scholarly communication; Information openness; E-participation; Informed participation Interpretivist approaches; qualitative research methods; Actor-network theory; content analyses  
Jamali,  Hamid R.

Information Studies

Human information behaviour; health information; Scholarly communication; scientometrics Quantitative methods; Statistics; Mixed-methods design; Qualitative data analysis  
Iner,  Derya

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Islamophobia; Muslims in the West and Australia; Religiosity; Women in Islam and Muslim societies; Early 20th century intellectual debates in the Muslim world and its extension today; Early 20th century Muslim Women history Interdisciplinary study; mixed methods; archival research in early periodicals; research in Ottoman archives  
Hider,  Philip

Information Studies

Information organisation; Information retrieval; Information architecture; Online information behaviour; Informetrics; Valuation of library and information services; LIS education Questionnaire surveys; transaction log analysis; usability/protocol analysis; content analysis; contingent valuation and choice modelling  
Gray,  Ian

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Rural community; sustainability; transport; regionalism   
Gottschall,  Kristina

Indigenous Australian Studies

Cultural studies; Subjectivity (gender; childhood; Indigenous); Post-structuralism; Post-colonialism; Feminist theory Visual and textual analysis; Discourse analysis; Alternative research methods  
Garrison,  Kasey

Information Studies

Educational information services; Teacher librarianship; Academic libraries and libraries in educational settings; Children's and youth literature; Storytelling; e-learning and information literacies in educational contexts (schools and higher education); Educational informatics   
Fenton,  Angela

School of Education

Early childhood education and care; Strengths approaches; Child protection; Health and safety; Child development; Emotional development; Capacity building; Parent-Educator partnerships; Children with complex needs; Resilience and well-being; Teacher education Cross discipline approaches  
Fenton Taylor,  Jill

School of Communication and Creative Industries

Organisational communication; qualitative research and evaluation methods; grounded theory; appreciative inquiry; narrative inquiry and methods; case study; storytelling; visual methodologies; performance text   
Edwards-Groves,  Christine

School of Education

Literacy practices; Explicit teaching; Interaction; Professional development; Professional learning; Multiliteracies; Technoliteracies; Digital literacies; Practice architectures; Student voice; Multimodal writing processes Ethnomethodology  
Douglas,  Brian Anglican theology; Anglican sacramental theology; especially Eucharistic theology; interfaith dialogue   
Davidson,  Christina

School of Education

Digital literacies; Young children's social interactions at home and in educational contexts Conversation analysis; Phenomenography; Interpretive phenomenological analysis; Ethnomethodology  
Danaia,  Lena

Teacher Education

Science education; Astronomy education; Teacher education; Transition (primary to high school and high school to tertiary); Teacher professional learning; Classroom practice; Curriculum development   
Crichton,  Merrilyn

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Rural sociology; water politics and social equity; rural and regional mental health; rural social inequality; rural communities; qualitative social research; Bourdieu   
Coruh,  Hakan

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Medieval Exegesis of the Qur'an (Classical tafs?r); Modern Qur'an Exegesis (Modern tafs?r); Contemporary Islamic thought; Islamic Legal Theories (usul al-fiqh) and Jurisprudence   
Cohen,  Daniel

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Free will; moral responsibility; self-control; ethical theory; population ethics analytic philosophy  
Clarke,  Stephen

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Applied Ethics; Medical Ethics; Professional Ethics; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Moral Psychology; Philosophy of Religion; Conscientious Objection; Human Enhancement; Cognitive Bias; Cognitive Science of Religion; Tolerance; Religion and Violence; Conspiracy Theories Analytic Philosophy; Naturalistic Philosophy; Empirically Informed Philosophy  
Carroll,  Mary

Information Studies

Information infrastructure; Access and equity; Education in work place; Vocational education and higher education; Libraries and their role in the community; Libraries as social and cultural institutions; Impact of outside agencies particularly philanthropic agencies on the Australian education landscape   
Candusso,  Damian

School of Communication and Creative Industries

Sound; Sound Design; Sound Production; Film; Film Production; Spatialisation Surround Sound; Film technology; Documentary; Interactivity; Immersion; Virtual Reality; Augmented Reality; Music; 3D; 3-D; Cinema; Music Technology; Music Production; Screen; Television; Games; Sonification   
Bowker,  Sam

School of Communication and Creative Industries

Research methods in art history and curatorship; learning in museum/ gallery contexts; portraiture and self-portraiture; war art; khayamiya (Egyptian tentmaker applique); Australian art; travelling artists; orientalism; anonymity in art history; tourist art; ancient art; nineteenth-century European art; Islamic art and architecture   
Bell,  Karen

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Post-conventional social work theory; gender; social justice; ecological social work; psychosocial aspects of assisted reproduction; rural health; rural service delivery; women's health; qualitative research; social work education; international social work and international mobility programs;   
Bacchus,  Ruth Literature; literary theory; reflective pedagogy; colonialism and post coloniality; especially India/South Asia; identity; subjectivity; feminism; post-structuralism; gender; sexuality; youth; childhood   
Ansari, MasheedHistory of Islam and Muslims in Australia; Oral History & Migration History; Transnational and Transcultural Islamic Movements; Islamic Sacred Texts & Theology; The history of Islamic Thought, Spirituality and Culture; South Asian Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Islamic Studies & Religion & Society.  
Alexander,  Donald

School of Communication and Creative Industries

Organisational communication internal and external); Public Relations; technology and communication; leadership and management communication; communication curricula development content analysis; case studies  
Afzal,  Waseem

Information Studies

Human information behaviour; Information and knowledge management; Information communities   
Aernie,  Jeff

School of Theology

Gospel of Mark; Greek linguistics; Pauline Epistles (esp Corinthian correspondence); Pauline Theology 

Adjunct Supervisors

The Faculty of Arts and Education would like to acknowledge the important contributions that its adjunct staff make, usually without financial compensation, to the supervision of many of our research students. A list of adjunct supervisors of research students in the Faculty of Arts and Education follows.

  • Dr Peter Adams
  • Dr Jill Fenton-Taylor
  • Dr Anne Lloyd
  • Dr Donna Mathewson-Mitchell
  • Professor David McKinnon
  • Dr Doreen Rorrison
  • Dr Peter Rushbrook
  • Professor Ninetta Santoro
  • Dr Ross Todd
  • Dr Umar Umangay
  • Dr Kirsty Williamson

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