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Current Candidate Profiles

The work done by doctoral candidates in the Faculty of Arts and Education is diverse, spanning the research areas of the schools that make up the Faculty. Use the links below to read about our candidates.

Jump to School of Communication and Creative Industries, School of EducationSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Information Studies Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, School of Teacher EducationSchool of Theology, candidates.

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School of Communication and Creative Industries Doctoral Candidates

CandidateResearch Topic/Title
Ché Baker

Reviving Digital Davinci; innovation and new methods of screen storytelling in Australia in the age of digital distribution.

Rafael de Lima

Who plays the player? The nodal process for collaborative translations in immersive media

Tracie Edmondson

Mediatisation in the digital age: Transforming communication roles in professional sport in Australia

Victoria ErskineExploring practitioner wellbeing in communication: Towards an approach for sustainable practice
Bec Humphries

Rudolf Steiner’s impact on contemporary Australian art

Muqeem Khan

Optimal Digital Preservation for Digital Intangible Heritage

Daren Pope

The 19th century Romantic landscape, mid-twentieth century mythologizing and current regional arts practice

Tracy Sorensen

Crochet and Cancer, Craftivism and Climate Change

Marie-Christine Sweeney

Here and Now: Storytelling role of the children’s screen writer for the millennial generation.

School of Education Doctoral Candidates

CandidateResearch Topic/Title
Alexandra Blitz-Raith

The Development of a Multimodal and Semiotic Analytical Framework for Educational Apps

Jenny DwyerChildren’s universal right to play, learn and express opinions: A cross cultural study of the cultural construction of STEM.
Letitia Galloway How does the Australian curriculum history enable or constrain rural primary teachers' professional practice?
Lincoln Gill Pre-service teacher use and non-use of ICTs for learning and teaching on professional placement: Investigating pedagogical decisions and defining practice
Sarah HaytonDifferent sides of the same coin? Cyberbullying and the positive uses of social networking: examining perspectives from multiple cultural youth
Mark Lee Academics beliefs and practices in the use of 3D immersive visual worlds for learning and teaching
Gibson MatimbaOverseas Trained Teachers: Enablers and Constraints to Professional Practice and Social Integration into the Australian Education System
James PurkisA study of the interrelationship between school and out-of-school uses of digital technology for collaboration by Australian secondary school students using activity theory
Emma Saxton

Music and Music Education are important in our lives: An investigation into the Values of a Regional Community.

Helen Stavrou“Singing to success: The use of song as a motivational tool for promoting writing/creative writing in the EFL/ESL classroom-tertiary education.”
Natalie Thompson Children's Perspectives of Literacy in and out of Classrooms in the 21st Century

School of Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral Candidates

CandidateResearch Topic/Title
Sharyn AndersonColour, Light and the Complexity of Modernity: The Life and Work of Dorothea Mackellar.
Sharon Crossett Making boys disappear: maternal abandonment, heroic girlhood and emasculation in young adult dystopian fiction
Karen Pinder KlemenchicIdentifying positive strategies and potential barriers to successful academic transition of Indigenous University students.
James RogersonWalker Percy in the Age of the Crisis of Man 
Monica ShortThe Anglican Church of Australia engaging with people in rural, regional and remote Australia

School of Information Studies Doctoral Candidates

Candidate Research Topic/Title
Dilini BodhinayakaAssessing the impact of academic libraries on students
Mary CoeA sense-making approach to active e-book indexes
Wendy DeLucaEthics training in the Australian military
Krystal Gagen-SpriggsTBC
Arif KhanAn investigation of practicum supervision in library and information science
Paul KloppenborgLibrary support and the scholarly information behavior of Higher Education lecturers in TAFE: a constructivist grounded theory 
Romany ManuellThe education and training role of Australian academic librarians
Bec MuirMoving forward in library service provision for people with an invisible disability
Kate RoweDigital literacy within the community, and the role of libraries and other organisations
Monique ShephardAdolescent responses to depictions of mental health in Australian contemporary young adult fiction.

School of Teacher Education Doctoral Candidates

CandidateResearch Topic/Title
Brenda BruceTeachers documenting critical reflections: A Western Sydney primary school case study
Amanda CookeTowards a re-conceptualisation of risk-taking in early childhood education and care practices
Anna CroninThe speech, participation and well-being of toddlers with cleft palate
Belinda FriezerHow do infants interact in triads in long day care?
Melissa LewDeveloping Young People's Health Literacy: A rural secondary school case study
Peta Mathieu Multilingual Children in Their First Year of Schooling: What are Their English Language Experiences
Nicole McGill'Wait' lifting: Active waiting for services for children with speech and language difficulties
John PlayfordPerceived Effectiveness of Correctional Education Programs as Seen Through the Lens of Three Stakeholder Groups: Aboriginal Students, Teachers, and Family/Caregivers and Elders
Emma SaxtonTBA
George Scorgie The Changing Space of International Education: Investigating a Chinese-International School in Mainland China
David SimpsonTBA
Myra SinghIdentity and success in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Valerie TillettTBA

School of Theology Doctoral Candidates

Candidate Research Topic/Title
John Brunton                Theology in Planning: an Integrated theological framework for the planning process.
Ryan BuesnelThe Deutsche Christen under Hitler: Die Botschaft Gottes and the Institute for the Study and Elimination of Jewish Influence on German Church Life.
Kaye ColwellOrdained Local Ministry: practice and best practice.
Mark Layson

The lived experience of loyalty and betrayal: Implications for multidisciplinary responses to Moral Injury in emergency workers

Don Tamihere

"Ka kohia atu au ki tōku iwi": A Māori reading of Genesis 49:1 – 50:14

Centre for Islamic Studies & Civilisation

Candidate Research Topic/Title
Sadeq Ansari The role of 'aql in matn (content) criticism in the works of Abu Ja'far Tahawi
Ensar Cutahija
Mystical Approach to the Qur’anic Story of Prophet Isa (Jesus) through the Exegesis Ruh al Bayan by Ismail Haqqi Bursawi
Sarkhan GasimovThe influence of al-Ghazali's works on Abraham bin Maimonides regarding God, universe and human soul through his mysticism.
Ahmed IkramullahThe Global Issue of Moonsighting; Sighting vs Calculation, A critical Evaluation
Leila KhaledHow effective is ISRE (Muslim scripture) in making better Muslims and better citizens?
Carol MrouePsychological Trauma of domestic violence and an Islamic perspective on healing:  A case study of Australian Muslim women.